Competition, regulatory & antitrust

Competition, regulatory & antitrustCompetition, regulatory & antitrust

The commercially astute competition law team for critical projects and inquiries

Chapman Tripp’s competition practice is unrivalled in both the depth and experience of the team, and the breadth and scope of its practice, covering all major industry groups.  The team’s client base comprises a mix of the nation’s largest corporates, key government and financial institutions, major primary sector operatives, core infrastructure providers and multinationals operating in New Zealand.

Our competition team has developed deep expertise across the spectrum of competition law, advising on merger approvals, abuse of market power, cartel activity such as price fixing, anti-competitive arrangements, resale price maintenance, compliance audits and training programmes. 

We confront the most challenging competition law issues on a daily basis and routinely advise on the New Zealand aspects of international mergers and multijurisdictional cartel investigations.

Year on year the firm builds on this experience to clients’ advantage by securing clearance for deals from the New Zealand Commerce Commission and competition authorities in other jurisdictions, and winning landmark competition cases. 

In 2014, Chapman Tripp contributed the New Zealand chapter to the second edition of Merger Control, from the European Lawyer Reference Series. The book aims to answer questions that companies and their lawyers face in the global merger control notification and review process.

Ranked Tier One for competition work by independent legal directory Chambers Asia Pacific 2016.  Ranked as an elite firm by the Global Competition Review 100  (16th Edition)

We have advised

  • 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
  • Boral Limited on its successful application to the New Zealand Commerce Commission for clearance to enter into a global joint venture with USG Corporation
  • Atlas Copco in seeking to obtain New Zealand Commerce Commission clearance to acquire some of the assets of Lancaster Group Limited including Ash Air (N.Z) Limited, Ash Air Oil & Gas Limited, MBAR 2011 Limited, and Fox Air NZ Limited (together, Ash Air)
  • Transpacific Industries Group, a leading Australasian recycling, waste management and industrial services company, on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious competition law and regulatory matters and investigations throughout 2013 and 2014
  • on competition law aspects of a Japanese consortium’s (Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed packaging company Oji Holdings Corp, and INCJ – a Japanese corporate investor, sponsored by the Japanese government and private enterprise) 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses for NZ $1.037b. The New Zealand Commerce Commission decision on whether to grant clearance is expected in July 2014
  • Vector in successfully obtaining clearance from the New Zealand Commerce Commission to acquire the assets of Contact Energy’s natural gas metering business
  • Universal Music on obtaining New Zealand 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
  • a number of leading domestic and international corporates on New Zealand Commerce Commission investigations into alleged cartel operations
  • MasterCard on a challenge by the New Zealand Commerce Commission and a group of major retailers to its price and standard setting provisions for the MasterCard Worldwide Scheme. The Commerce Commission agreed to settle with MasterCard
  • Amcor on the New Zealand competition law aspects of its acquisition of Aperio Group, one of Asia Pacific’s leading producers of flexible packaging products
  • Spark (formerly Telecom) in its decade-long dispute against the New Zealand Commerce Commission over Spark's 0867 dial-up internet package

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