Kristel McMeekin

Senior Associate - Competition and Regulation

Kristel is a competition and regulatory specialist, with extensive experience in both New Zealand and Australia advising large corporations and regulated network businesses on complex competition and regulatory issues, and is ranked as an Associate to Watch in Competition Law by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017.

Clients describe her as “a bright associate with excellent expertise from her time in Australia”; “a pleasure to work with, always leaving us with a feeling of confidence that work output would be excellent and on time”; “an absolute pleasure to deal with, she has a great handle on the issues”.

Kristel advises on the full suite of competition related matters:

  • Clearances and authorisations of mergers and acquisitions
  • Cartels
  • Commerce Commission investigations
  • Commerce Act implications of commercial arrangements and behaviour
  • Consumer protection

Kristel returned to New Zealand in 2014 after five years in Australia where she was a Senior Associate in Minter Ellison’s competition and regulatory team.

Professional background

Recent work

NZME/Fairfax proposed merger

Advised TVNZ in relation to the application by NZME Limited and Fairfax NZ Limited seeking Commerce Commission authorisation to merge their media operations in New Zealand

SKY/Vodafone proposed merger

Advised 2degrees in its successful opposition of the applications for Commerce Commission clearance of the proposed merger of Vodafone and Sky Network Television Limited in New Zealand

New Zealand Racing Board and Tabcorp commingling arrangements

Advised the New Zealand Racing Board in relation to its successful application for Commerce Commission authorisation of commingling arrangements with Tabcorp Australia

Z Energy's acquisition of Chevron

Advised Z Energy in relation to some aspects of its successful application for Commerce Commission clearance of its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Chevron NZ Ltd

Coty Inc acquisition

Advised Coty Inc on its successful application for Commerce Commission clearance of its acquisition of certain Proctor & Gamble beauty products businesses

Livestock price-fixing investigation

Advised a livestock agency in relation to a Commerce Commission price-fixing investigation

2degrees national roaming arrangements

Advised 2degrees in relation to its national roaming arrangements with Vodafone

Chorus copper pricing

Advised Chorus in relation to Commerce Commission copper pricing decision

Admitted

  • New South Wales (2010)
  • New Zealand (2007)

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons First Class) University of Auckland
  • BA (History) University of Auckland

Specialisations

  • Antitrust
  • Consumer Protection
  • Merger Clearance
  • Regulated Industries
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Technology Media and Telecommunications

Awards

  • Recognised as a Next Generation Competition Lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Recognised as an Associate to watch, Competition & Antitrust, Chambers Asia Pacific