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New Zealand building-supplier rebates to merchants could breach new effects test, study finds (*update)

By Laurel Henning
  • 03 Aug 2022 23:22
  • 04 Aug 2022 00:36
New Zealand building suppliers that pay rebates to merchants, rewarding purchases of greater volumes through a single supplier, are hampering competition and could be in breach of a new effects-based test taking effect in 2023, a new study says.
Updates to the country’s competition law will enter into force in

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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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