Chapman Tripp has been named a “stalwart” of competition law
in New Zealand, with the most number of lawyers in any New Zealand firm ranked
‘elite’ by leading international directory Global Competition Review (GCR).
The firm’s overall competition practice, led by partners
Neil Anderson and Matt Sumpter together with consultant Grant David, is ranked
“elite” in the 17th edition of the GCR100 survey, released this
“Chapman Tripp remains a stalwart of the country’s
competition bar and one of the strongest groups in the country,” GCR commentary
“The firm has a significant merger practice, and Anderson
and his team have guided multiple deals through in-depth reviews in recent
Recent deals the team advised on include acting for 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.
“It was the longest case ever to go through a Commerce
Commission in-depth investigation and be approved,” GCR commentary says.
“In behavioural matters, Chapman Tripp has been involved in
all of the Commerce Commission’s major investigations,” GCR also notes.
The firm has also advised 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
Commerce Commission to acquire 100% of the shares of Arc Innovations, Meridian
Energy’s smart metering business and complainant Godfrey Hirst in the contested
Cavalier/New Zealand wool deal.
“It has been an eventful year in New Zealand’s competition
law landscape, and Chapman Tripp has been involved in the major matters – so it
is pleasing to be recognised for this, and a testament to the strength and depth
of our competition and antitrust practice,” Anderson says.
Anderson has also topped Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 league
tables, ranked band-1 for competition and antitrust.
These rankings follow the firm's recent successes, including
being the only New Zealand law firm to place in Mergermarket's top 15 rankings
for M&A deal value and count in Australasia in 2016, winning Large Law Firm
of the Year at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards, NZ Deal Team of the Year at the
2016 Australasian Law Awards and National Law Firm of the Year for New Zealand
in the 2016 IFLR Asia Awards.