Neil is a corporate and commercial partner focusing on competition, regulatory and antitrust law.
He has extensive experience engaging with regulators on matters such as merger proposals, formal investigations of alleged anti-competitive conduct, and industry-specific regulatory issues.
Neil advises various clients across a broad range of network industries, most notably telecommunications, gas, postal, and electricity. He also advises a number of primary sector clients, including in the meat, rural services and fishing industries.
Neil is recognised as a leading competition lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016.
Neil has advised:
- various parties in securing Commerce Commission clearance for M&A transactions, including:
- global online travel company Expedia Inc on its acquisition of Australian travel agency Wotif
- Vector on its acquisition of Arc Innovations, Meridian Energy's smart metering business, and on its acquisition of the gas metering business of Contact Energy
- Boral on its global joint venture with USG Corporation
- BlueScope Steel (NZ) on its acquisition of the assets of Pacific Steel Group’s steel production business from Fletcher Steel
- Universal music on its global acquisition of EMI’s recorded music business
- various domestic and international parties on cartel enforcement matters, including Commerce Commission investigations and participation in the Commission’s leniency policy, and
- a variety of clients including Holcim New Zealand, New Zealand Post, TVNZ, Shell, Chorus New Zealand, Paymark, Wellington International Airport and Z Energy on their everyday competition law issues.