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 2016
  • Godfrey Hirst, Australasia's largest carpet manufacturer, on its opposition to the merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International
  • Bayleys, a leading New Zealand real estate company, in a Commerce Commission investigation of alleged price fixing and subsequent enforcement proceedings
  • Higgins Group Holdings, a New Zealand road construction, surfacing and maintenance company, on the competition law aspects of the sale of 100% of its shares to NZX and ASX-listed Fletcher Building Limited
  • Essilor International and Luxottica Group on their successful merger clearance application to the Commerce Commission
  • Expedia Inc on its successful application for Commerce Commission clearance for its AU$703m acquisition of Australian travel agency 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 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
  • Boehringer Ingelheim International on its successful application to the Commerce Commission to acquire Merial, the animal health business of Sanofi SA
  • 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
  • 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
  • Evolution Healthcare on a series of applications for Commerce Commission clearance of acquisitions made in the private hospital sector
  • 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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