Colin Fife

Colin Fife

Colin Fife

Senior Associate, Auckland

Litigation & dispute resolution

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T:+64 9 357 9699

M:+64 27 5046 570

E:colin.fife@chapmantripp.com

Qualifications

BA, LLB (First Class Hons), University of Canterbury;  LLM, Harvard University        

Admitted

2007, New Zealand

​Colin is a litigator specialising in competition and regulatory law.

Colin advises a wide range of New Zealand and international companies on their obligations under the Commerce Act 1986 and the Fair Trading Act 1986. He has particular experience on merger clearances, investigations of anti-competitive conduct, and network industry regulatory issues.

Colin also assists clients in contentious commercial matters and litigation.

He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, USA, where he took courses on competition and regulation law policy. Colin is a former judges’ clerk in the Court of Appeal and a winner of the Cleary Memorial Prize.

Recent experience

Colin has advised:

  • local and international companies on antitrust matters and merger clearances, including:
    • ASX-listed Amcor on the New Zealand competition law aspects of its AU$238m acquisition of Aperio Group
    • Transpacific Industries on a range of competition law and regulatory matters and investigations, including the $950m sale of its New Zealand waste management business to Beijing Capital Group
    • Evolution Healthcare on its second successful application to the Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire shares in Austron from Medusa and the Royston Health Trust Board
    • Simcro on competition law matters relating to its acquisition of ISL
    • Atlas Copco on its acquisition of the assets of Lancaster Group Limited, including the Ash Air businesses
    • Vector on the acquisition of smart metering businesses
  • commercial clients in various High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings, including on contractual disputes and restraint of trade proceedings
  • clients involved in trade practices enforcement and Commerce Commission investigations, including approaches to the Commission under its cartel leniency policy
  • New Zealand companies on anti-dumping and trade remedies issues
  • on joint ventures, exclusivity agreements, and wholesale supply arrangements with competitors
  • overseas investors on securing approvals under the Overseas Investment Act
  • many New Zealand and international companies on obligations under the Fair Trading Act 1986, and
  • telecommunications and electricity industry businesses on Part 4 issues.
Competition & antitrust; Corporate & commercial; International trade & investment; Mergers & acquisitions

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