Competition/Antitrust | Industry Regulation | Overseas Investment

Alan Lear

Alan Lear is an Auckland based commercial barrister specialising in New Zealand Competition Law (antitrust), Industry Regulation, Overseas Investment Regulation and Fair Trading laws for over 25 years.

Over the years, he has provided competition law advice across most industry sectors and has been involved in many court proceedings. Previously a partner in a major law firm and a solicitor at the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC), Alan provides prompt, straight forward and cost effective specialist advice mainly to law firms throughout New Zealand, in-house legal counsel and overseas lawyers. If you are not a lawyer, Alan is authorised by the New Zealand Law Society to accept instructions directly from non-lawyer clients in most situations provided certain criteria are met.

Alan’s services

Competition Law

(Commerce Act 1986)
    • Business acquisitions/mergers & clearance applications if required
    • Cartel conduct
    • Franchises & JVs
    • Collaborative Activity exceptions & clearance applications if required
    • Vertical supply exceptions
    • Leniency Applications
    • Misuse of market power
    • Exclusive dealing/refusals to deal
    • Resale Price Maintenance
    • Authorisation applications to the NZCC
    • NZCC investigations
    • Court proceedings
    • Compliance Training

Industry Regulation

(Commerce Act 1986)
    • Electricity distribution
    • Telecommunications

Consumer Law

(Fair Trading Act 1986)
    • Misleading and deceptive conduct
    • Unfair Contracts
    • Marketing and promotions
    • NZCC investigations
    • Court proceedings
    • Compliance Training

Overseas Investment

(Overseas Investment Act 2005)
    • Whether Ministerial or Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent is required for overseas companies and persons acquiring:
      - large businesses over $100m
      - sensitive land (which includes residential &, life style properties, and rural land over 5 hectares)
      - fishing quota
    • OIO applications for consent and exemptions
    • OIO consent compliance
    • OIO investigations & applications for retrospective consent

Contact Details

ddl +64 (0) 9 366 4623
mob +64 (0) 21 371 485
skype alan.lear27

Level 5, 18 Shortland St, Auckland 1140, New Zealand
PO Box 3705, Auckland 1140, New Zealand