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Competition Law - cartel reform

Competition Law - cartel reform
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The Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Act received Royal Assent on 14 August 2017. It substantially increases the scope of what amounts to unlawful cartel (competitor) conduct under the Commerce Act while also providing some important new exceptions. The seminar will focus on the very significant practical implications for practitioners of the amended Act particularly when advising on joint venture, distribution and franchise agreements.

This seminar will include:
  • Discussion of the substantially expanded scope of cartel conduct under the Commerce Act
  • The particular implications of the amendment on joint venture, distribution and franchise agreements
  • Discussion of new and important exceptions to otherwise unlawful cartel conduct
  • The new procedure for clearance of collaborative activity from the Commerce Commission
  • A presentation of worked (real world) examples of how the new cartel provisions and exceptions will apply in practice
  • Brief discussion of other important changes to the Commerce Act (including international mergers).

Learning objectives

After attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Better understand how to identify cartel issues when advising on common commercial agreements.
  • Gain practical knowledge on how to advise your clients on the applicability of important new exceptions under the Commerce Amendment Act.

Who should attend

Company/Commercial lawyers, Civil Litigators, In-house lawyers.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members

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Auckland 8 February
Live Web Stream 8 February


John Land pic WEB EDIT John Land
Bankside Chambers, Auckland

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.

Alan Lear WEB EDIT Alan Lear
Barrister, Auckland

Alan Lear is an Auckland based commercial barrister specialising in competition law with a career that started at the Commerce Commission, followed by 17 years at Buddle Findlay reaching partnership, and going to the bar in 2005. He provides Commerce Act advice on mergers, commercial agreements and Commission enforcement proceedings. Alan has also provided advice related to regulated industries and Overseas Investment Act applications and enforcement.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.
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