Welcome

The Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand was founded in 1989. Its objects include:

 

  1. Initiating, organising and publicising workshops, lectures, seminars, conferences, courses and other meetings for the dissemination of knowledge in the fields of competition law and policy;
  2. Publishing or facilitating the publication of monographs, research papers, journals, articles, audio and video tapes, circulars and any other materials for the dissemination of knowledge in the fields of competition law and policy;
  3. Liaising and collaborating with other similar organisations, relevant enforcement and decision-making bodies, universities, research bodies and other places of learning;
  4. In pursuit of these objectives the Institute each year organises a Workshop for its members. The Institute also offers Post-Graduate Scholarships.

 

The Institute provides a neutral but effective forum for the analysis and debate of a wide range of applications of competition policy, and is a key forum for experts to contribute to future policy initiatives.

The membership of CLPINZ includes jurists, academic lawyers and economists, lawyers and consulting economists engaged in public practice, regulators and policy analysts working for competition regulators.

A copy of our rules can be found here.

Meet our Board

 


Laura Meriluoto, Chair
Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury

Laura Meriluoto is a Senior Lecturer of Economics at the Department of Economics and Finance, University of Canterbury, where she has worked since 2000. She is also the programme director of the Business Economics major. Her research in applied microeconomic theory has covered a range of topics including investigating the effects of the fixed price offer mechanism in Trade Me auctions, the market equilibria that arise when firms engage in existence advertising and the use of filtering and pricing to combat spam email. Her empirical research includes investigating misinvoicing in the China-New Zealand trade, the safety of New Zealand sex workers and the impact of agricultural technology production on income inequality in Yunnan, China. Laura teaches International Trade, Study tour to South America (Wine Economics course that takes students to Chile and Argentina), Economic Thinking for Business and Industrial Organisation (Economics for Competition Policy). Laura has been a member of the CLPINZ Board since 2014 and its chair since 2016.



Oliver Meech, Vice-Chair 
Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts 

Oliver is an experienced general litigator and specializes in handling complex commercial litigation, and competition, regulatory and consumer law matters. He is a litigation partner with MinterEllisonRuddWatts.
John Land, Immediate Past Chair 
Barrister, Bankside Chambers 

John is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and competition law. Before joining Bankside Chambers in 2012 John was with national law firm Kensington Swan for 26 years, including 20 years as a partner. He has been involved in a large number of major competition law cases including as senior counsel for a group of major retailers in proceedings against Visa and MasterCard and the major trading banks in relation to fixing of credit card interchange fees and alleged anti-competitive scheme rules, and as senior counsel for a major international airline in defending proceedings alleging fixing of air cargo fuel surcharges. 

He has published widely in the field of competition law, and is a frequent speaker and commentator at conferences on competition law subjects. He is also a teaching fellow at the University of Auckland (teaching company law).


Neil Anderson
Partner, Chapman Tripp      

Neil is a competition lawyer who heads up Chapman Tripp's competition and regulatory practice. He has extensive experience across the full spectrum of competition law and regulatory issues, including merger proposals, investigations of alleged anti-competitive conduct, and industry-specific regulatory issues.

Neil has worked right across the New Zealand economy, most notably in telecommunications, oil & gas (both upstream and downstream), post, and electricity. He also advises a number of primary sector clients, including in the meat and fishing industries. Neil is active in competition law policy development and has been a leading contributor to debate on the proposed reform of New Zealand's monopolisation prohibition.

James Craig
Partner, Simpson Grierson 

James is a partner in Simpson Grierson's commercial litigation group. He specialises in competition law and commercial litigation. 

James provides advice on all aspects of restrictive trade practices and acquisitions under the Commerce Act, together with Fair Trading Act issues. He has been involved in significant court litigation dealing with Commerce Act and Fair Trading Act claims, together with numerous clearance applications for acquisitions. He has also assisted clients with successful leniency applications to the Commission. He regularly provides compliance seminars to clients on the Commerce Act and the Fair Trading Act.  James also acts for a range of clients in litigation involving general commercial matters, assisting with all aspects of litigation ranging from alternative dispute resolution through to court proceedings.

- Asia Pacific Legal 500 Competition Law 2019 - Leading Lawyer
- Chambers Asia-Pacific Competition/Antitrust 2019 – Leading Lawyer

Donal Curtin
Managing Director, Economics NZ

Donal Curtin is an Auckland based economic consultant. His specialist areas of expertise are competition and regulation (served for 12 years on the Commerce Commission with experience across all major Commerce Act cases and across sectoral regulation of telcos, electricity, and Fonterra), and macroeconomics and the financial markets (former chief economist for a major bank in New Zealand, adviser on monetary policy to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee). He has lectured at Victoria University of Wellington and this year will be presenting an 'Economic regulation' course at the University of Auckland Law School..

Alan Lear
Barrister

Alan is a commercial barrister specialising in competition law and regulation based in Auckland. Alan's specialisation commenced at the Commerce Commission as a solicitor, from where he joined Buddle Findlay acting for many clients across a wide range of industries related to antitrust matters involving the Commission and court proceedings. After partnership, Alan commenced as a Barrister and has continued practising in this area, including assisting the Commission earlier on.

 

Alicia Murray
Partner, DLA Piper

Simon Peart
Partner, Chapman Tripp

Simon specialises in competition, regulatory and public law. He has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients in relation to the full range of competition and regulatory matters, including merger control, enforcement and investigations, price control and other regulatory and public law issues.

His experience includes securing numerous multi-jurisdictional merger clearances for a number of international transactions and acting on high profile enforcement matters, in New Zealand, the UK, and European Union. Simon has specific experience advising clients in the utilities sector on competition and regulatory matters, including particularly in the electricity, telecommunications, postal services and airports sectors.


Troy Pilkington
Partner, Russell McVeagh

Troy Pilkington is a partner in Russell McVeagh's Competition/Antitrust and Consumer Law team. Troy advises clients on the full range of competition and consumer law issues, including merger control issues, joint venture advice, cartel investigations, market power investigations, Fair Trading Act investigations, and Commerce Commission prosecutions and appeals.

Troy regularly speaks on competition and consumer law topics, including at New Zealand Law Society and Auckland District Law Society seminars.  He is also on the board of the Competition Law & Policy Institute of New Zealand, and is listed as a leading practitioner in New Zealand Competition Law by Chambers, and recognised as a "Future Leader" of the industry by Who's Who Legal.   

Troy has worked on a wide range of significant competition and consumer law matters, including the Commerce Commission's 2014 investigation into the supermarket industry, appearing before the High Court in the NZME/Fairfax merger appeal in 2017, and advising Spark in relation to its opposition to the proposed Sky/Vodafone merger.



Anna Ryan
Partner, Lane Neave

Anna specialises in corporate and commercial law and is the principal contact for Lane Neave's competition law practice. She routinely advises on the Commerce Act, Fair Trading Act and all aspects of competition and consumer law

Glenn Shewan
Special Counsel, Bell Gully

Glenn is an experienced competition lawyer across a number of jurisdictions. He has extensive experience advising on the competition law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, having acted for numerous leading corporate clients on major global transactions including Bell Gully's recent major Vodafone and Trade Me deals. Glenn is also a regular speaker on competition and regulatory issues at conferences in New Zealand and overseas.

Contact us

Charlotte Emery
CLPINZ Secretariat
Conference Innovators
clpinz@conference.nz
+64 3 379 0390