Experience

We have advised:

  • Z Energy on its successful application to the Commerce Commission to acquire 100% of the shares in Chevron New Zealand for $785m, New Zealand's most significant merger clearance application in 2015
  • Expedia Inc on its successful application for Commerce Commission clearance for its AU$703m acquisition of Australian travel agency Wotif
  • Vector in successfully obtaining clearance from the Commerce Commission to acquire 100% of the shares of Arc Innovations, Meridian Energy’s smart metering business
  • a leading New Zealand rural services firm in a Commerce Commission Investigation into alleged cartel and price-fixing operations
  • a beverage company in major Commerce Act litigation in the High Court against a rival beverage company over its alleged misuse of power in various markets in New Zealand
  • a Japanese-Government backed consortium (including Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed packaging company Oji Holdings Corporation) on its successful application for New Zealand Commerce Commission clearance for its 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses for $1.037b
  • Hospira Inc on New Zealand competition law aspects of its global circa US$17b merger with pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc
  • Eastland Group in the Commerce Commission’s price control enquiry into Eastland Port, which centred on the correct approach to asset valuation and cost of capital analysis used in port access pricing
  • Boral on its successful application for Commerce Commission clearance of its global manufacturing joint venture with USG Corporation
  • Swedish multinational Atlas Copco, a leading international provider of industrial productivity solutions, on its successful application to the New Zealand Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire the ‘Ash Air’ compressor distribution and service businesses from the Lancaster Group in New Zealand
  • a leading New Zealand real estate company in a Commerce Commission investigation into alleged cartel and price-fixing operations
  • Evolution Healthcare on its second successful application to the Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire the shares in Austron from Medusa Limited and the Royston Health Trust Board
  • Universal Music on obtaining Commerce Commission clearance to purchase EMI’s recorded music business for £1.2b. This was a global transaction, and New Zealand was the first jurisdiction to successfully secure the competition regulator’s approval
  • BlueScope Steel (NZ) on its successful application to the New Zealand Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire the assets of Pacific Steel Group steel production business from Fletcher Steel for $120m
  • Godfrey Hirst, Australasia’s largest carpet manufacturer, on its continued opposition to rival New Zealand carpet-maker Cavalier’s continued attempts to control New Zealand’s wool scouring industry, and
  • Fletcher Building subsidiary, Winstone Wallboards, on the Commerce Commission’s investigation into allegations that it had acted anti-competitively to maintain its market position in the manufacture and supply of one of its products.
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