Russell McVeagh

Competition/Antitrust Department

New Zealand
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Governments and regulators in New Zealand have always taken a strong stance on anti-competitive business practices. The New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) can often pose a barrier to firms seeking to pursue large mergers or acquisitions in the New Zealand market and these cases can be regulatory, commercial and procedural minefields.
Our competition team offers clients a strong commercial approach with a wealth of litigation expertise in competition and antitrust matters. We have represented major companies such as Fonterra, Pfizer, Qantas, and Westpac, and our team is independently ranked as the best in the country.
Working alongside our clients, our team responds to investigations and prosecutions by the NZCC, obtains clearances and authorisations of mergers, joint ventures and other behavioural arrangements and appeals of NZCC decisions.
Our team has significant experience in preparing merger filings and responding to behavioural (including cartel) investigations on behalf of international clients. We also work with counsel based in Australia, the US and Europe and with the most respected economic advisers in New Zealand and globally, to provide an effective cross-border legal service.
We act for clients across a variety of industry sectors, with specialist industry experience in financial services, transport, telecommunications, retail, food and agribusiness and health.


Dell Inc

Fairfax Media Limited

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Lion Pty Limited

Meridian Energy Limited

NZME Limited

Pfizer Inc

Spark New Zealand Limited

Staples Inc

The Dow Chemical Company


Automobiles & Parts



Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing


Food & Drink Producers

Forestry & Paper

Health Care



Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate