For the second year in a row, partner Sarah Keene has been recognised as a 'Star Individual' by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 for Competition and Antitrust.
Described as a prominent figure in the market, Sarah is praised for her "great big-picture view as well as being very strong on the legal and commercial side." She is acclaimed for prominent roles on major mergers, and regarded by sources as, "the best recognised litigator that I would think of for competition law."
Sarah leads the team that in the last year has worked on complex Competition matters including an appeal for NZME and Fairfax which saw their proposed deal blocked in May last year, advised Suncorp during the New Zealand Commerce Commission's review of its attempted takeover of Tower from Vero New Zealand, and Spark when it opposed the clearance of the proposed merger between Sky TV and Vodafone New Zealand. The team also advises on multiple international deals – helping secure New Zealand clearance for the Dow/DuPont merger and Tronox’s purchase of the titanium dioxide pigment business of Cristal.
The prestigious Star ranking is only awarded to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. Sarah is one of only four awarded across all practice areas, and the only one in Competition/Antitrust, in the New Zealand market and the only New Zealand woman to receive that ranking. Earlier this year, she was named the New Zealand category winner of the 2018 International Law Office Client Choice Award for Competition and Antitrust for a second time.
For both Competition/Antitrust and Public Law practice areas, Russell McVeagh's team is recognised with Band 1 rankings.