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Covid-19 outbreak sparked dramatic merger-activity uptick in New Zealand, key official says

By Laurel Henning
  • 14 Dec 2021 20:11
  • 14 Dec 2021 20:11
New Zealand’s competition regulator has considered more merger deals in the last six months than it would in a typical year, according to a senior official with the country’s competition regulator.
In an interview with MLex today, the Commerce Commission’s John Small said that although in 2020 the agency had

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent


Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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