Competition & antitrust

The commercially astute competition law team for critical projects and inquiries

If you need first-class competition law advice, our vastly experienced experts can assist.

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

Our clients span all major industries and comprise 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 can advise you on merger approvals, abuse of market power, cartel activity such as price fixing, anti-competitive arrangements, resale price maintenance, compliance audits and training programmes. 

Year-on-year the firm builds on our 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. 

Experience highlights

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

Ranked Tier One for competition work by independent legal directories Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020. Ranked as an elite firm by the Global Competition Review 100 (19th Edition)."


Corporate & commercial; International trade & investment; Litigation & dispute resolution; Mergers & acquisitions; Public law; Regulatory law

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