Competition Law Case Study

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Sarah heads the firm’s highly successful competition law practice, which has earned the highest New Zealand ranking from the Global Competition Review, a guide to the world’s leading competition law specialists.

Sarah specialises in competition, consumer and regulatory law and litigation. She advises clients in relation to Commerce Commission investigations, prosecutions and appeals; the legality of behavioural arrangements and conduct; clearances and authorisations of mergers and acquisitions; and generally in relation to competition law advice, appeals and judicial reviews.

In 2016, Sarah was again rated New Zealand competition lawyer of the year by the International Law Office Client Choice Awards and by Best Lawyers …show more content…

•Acting for Visy Board in proceedings bought for pecuniary penalties for cartel conduct, including jurisdictional protests in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and acting for parties to investigations, seeking leniency and/or defending proceedings for pecuniary penalties, in relation to gas-insulated switch gear, real estate, shipping, Libor and foreign exchange, amongst others.
•Successfully overturning in the Supreme Court the decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal relating to the extra-territorial application of the Commerce Act.
•Advising companies on joint ventures and other collaborative activities, including assisting the three free to air broadcasters in relation to their joint bid for the free to air rights for the Rugby World Cup 2011.

•Negotiating terms of a sportswear product recall on Fair Trading Act grounds with the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC).
•Engagement with NZCC in relation to misstatements in insurance policies including negotiating a settlement in respect of charges laid by NZCC.
•Urgent interlocutory relief to halt misleading competitive statements made to dairy farmers.
•Advising a major financial services company in relation to Commerce Commission investigations, including execution of a search warrant.
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