Governments and regulators in New Zealand have always taken a strong stance on anti-competitive business practices. The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) can often pose a barrier to firms seeking to pursue large mergers or acquisitions in the New Zealand market and these cases can be regulatory, commercial and procedural minefields.
Businesses need a legal team who are across all of the issues and with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team, we give our clients the confidence to achieve their strategic goals – and why they choose us.
Our competition team offers clients a strong commercial approach with a wealth of litigation expertise in competition and antitrust matters. We have represented major companies such as Fonterra, Pfizer, Qantas, and Westpac, and our team is independently ranked as the best in the country.
Working alongside our clients, our team responds to investigations and prosecutions by the NZCC, obtains clearances and authorisations of mergers, joint ventures and other behavioural arrangements and appeals of NZCC decisions.
Firms need lawyers with international experience to provide a global perspective essential for responding to complex, multi-jurisdictional behavioural investigations. Our team has significant experience in preparing merger filings and responding to behavioural (including cartel) investigations on behalf of international clients. We also work with counsel based in Australia, the US and Europe and with the most respected economic advisers in New Zealand and globally, to provide an effective cross-border legal service.
We act for clients across a variety of industry sectors, with specialist industry experience in financial services, transport, telecommunications, retail, food and agribusiness and health.