Buddle Findlay

Competition/Antitrust Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Established practice offering a comprehensive suite of competition and regulatory expertise. Keynote strengths include advising on regulatory issues in the infrastructure and service sectors, and on joint venture clearance and anti-competitive practice. Notable experience acting on energy and utilities, banking and finance, and electronic payment systems-related mandates, reinforced by significant in-house familiarity with public sector processes, including involvement in the development of competition legislation. Clients include a range of multinational corporations, as well as New Zealand businesses and government entities, with providers of consumer goods, financial services and healthcare featuring prominently on the roster.

Strengths A client who clearly regards this team as utterly dependable reports: "The advice we needed required expertise, experience and an ability to advise commercially and identify bespoke solutions rather than follow a prescribed approach - we knew we would get that advice. The advice and assistance we got was essential to getting the transaction closed, and we couldn't have asked for more."

One client, who says this practice is "the best I've dealt with to date," also notes that it is dedicated to "building long-lasting relationships rather than being opportunistic and short term-focused." Another source similarly notes: "We have built up a strong relationship with the Buddle Findlay team over time. We can call them at short notice for urgent work and they are immediately up to speed. They become part of our team, helping us to find solutions."

Work highlights Advised Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management on aspects of their NZD3.4 billion acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand, a mandate which included securing Commerce Commission clearance for Infratil's share of the deal.

Notable practitioners

Susie Kilty
stands out in client feedback for her combination of approachability and directness. One interviewee characterises her as "customer-focused, pragmatic, agile in response time and not afraid to give advice on the spot." Another reports: "She is warm and friendly, yet knows her subject extensively and is not afraid to be blunt when that is called for in order to get the message across." Advising on both merger control and regulatory inquiry mandates, she often advises inbound investors on proposed acquisitions.

Tony Dellow
advises clients from an impressive range of business sectors on both transactional and contentious issues, including the highest-profile mergers and the most sensitive cartel cases. Clients value him, not only for his "expertise, commerciality and the strength of his relationships in this space," notably including those in the public sector, but also as an adviser who is "able to find novel solutions to complex problems."