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Colin Fife

Colin Fife

Senior Associate

M:+64 27 5046 570

T:+64 9 357 9699


F:+64 9 357 9099



BA, LLB (First Class Hons), University of Canterbury; LLM, Harvard University, United States of America




​Colin specialises in competition and regulatory matters. 

Colin advises a wide range of New Zealand and international companies on their obligations under the Commerce Act 1986 and the Fair Trading Act 1986.  He has particular experience on merger clearances, investigations of anti-competitive conduct, and network industry regulatory issues.

Colin also assists clients in contentious commercial matters and litigation.

Colin holds an LLM from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, USA, where he took courses on competition and regulation law policy.  Colin is a former judges’ clerk in the Court of Appeal and a winner of the Cleary Memorial Prize.

Recent Experience

Colin has advised:

  • local and international companies on antitrust matters and merger clearances, recently including: 
    • Atlas Copco on its acquisition of the assets of Lancaster Group Limited, including the Ash Air businesses
    • Vector Limited on the acquisition of smart metering businesses
  • clients involved in trade practices enforcement and Commerce Commission investigations, including approaches to the Commission under its cartel leniency policy
  • New Zealand companies on anti-dumping and trade remedies issues
  • on joint ventures, exclusivity agreements, and wholesale supply arrangements with competitors
  • overseas investors on securing approvals under the Overseas Investment Act
  • many New Zealand and international companies on obligations under the Fair Trading Act 1993, and
  • telecommunications and electricity industry businesses on  Part 4 issues.