Bell Gully has retained a prestigious ranking in a list of the world's leading competition law practices, a top international guide has confirmed.
It is the tenth year in a row that the Global Competition Review's GCR 100 has recognised Bell Gully as having an ‘elite’ competition practice, the guide’s highest ranking in New Zealand.
The GCR 100 highlighted the experience of Bell Gully’s team and its “particular expertise in the merger arena”, stating the team is “consistently ranked as one of New Zealand’s elite competition practices”.
The firm’s work advising Bauer Media on the acquisition of magazine titles from APN and advising Fletcher Building on the sale of Pacific Steel to BlueScope Steel were of particular note. The GCR 100 said the Bauer transaction combined two magazines with their closest competitor, but the Commerce Commission cleared the deal without conditions after opening its analysis to potential competition online. The Fletcher Building transaction was cleared despite combining the country’s only two steel producers.
Bell Gully’s competition team is led by partner Torrin Crowther, who is also named as a leading competition practitioner in other international legal directories including Chambers Asia Pacific and Who’s Who Legal: Competition.