Competition and antitrust

Bell Gully’s Competition team is involved in high profile competition matters in New Zealand.

Our team is recognised by clients and independent commentators for providing leading advice on the most complex and high profile competition and anti-trust issues in the market.

Global Competition Review's GCR 100 – a guide to the world's top competition law practices – has recognised Bell Gully as an elite practice (its highest ranking in New Zealand) for the past 16 years. Chambers Asia Pacific’s 2021 edition highlights the competition expertise of four members of Bell Gully’s competition law team, with rankings that include a Band 1 partner and three Band 3 partners.

Work highlights

Mylan N.V merger with Upjohn
Advised Mylan N.V. on its successful merger with Upjohn to form Viatris. Mylan was a US-based global pharmaceutical company that developed, licensed, manufactured, and distributed branded generic and specialty pharmaceuticals. Upjohn was the division of Pfizer that operated Pfizer’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines business. The matter involved working closely with instructing counsel overseas and included successfully negotiating and executing a divestment package to remedy the Commerce Commission’s concerns and obtain formal clearance.

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated acquisition
Advised Elanco Animal Health Incorporated on its agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction worth US$6.9 billion. The matter involved working closely with instructing counsel overseas and included successfully negotiating and executing a divestment package to remedy the Commerce Commission’s concerns and obtain formal clearance.

"​The Bell Gully competition team is very commercially focused and understand that our business is interested in practical solutions rather than theoretical ‘legal’ issues. Whereas other firms can get caught up in the black-letter law, Bell Gully provides a much more risk-based analysis​ and approach to giving advice."

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 ​- Tier 1