2019 Workshop Programme


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Earn up to 9.5 CPD hours

CPD learning objectives – you will:

Learn from experts in their fields and skilled workshop participants of the latest thinking, ideas and developments in the following areas:
1. The conundrum of two-sided markets in competition analysis;
2. How new economic tools can help us make the right decision;
3. The roles that lay members of the High Court perform during the hearing and at judgment stages;
4. Lessons learned from Australia in time for when criminalisation of cartels hits NZ;
5. Are we really assessing merger effects correctly?
6. Electricity lines regulation and what is currently keeping energy-company executives awake at night;
7. What has been learned over the 5 years since unsubstantiated representations was made an offence.
Gain insights into often complex and legal issues, trends and changes to legislation, which will strengthen your understanding of the law, economics and policy, when advising clients and dealings with the Commission and officials.

Friday 20 September

12.30 pm  Registration open
1.00 pm Welcome and Introduction
Dr Laura Meriluoto
Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury
Chair, Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand

1.15 pm  Keynote Session: Two sided markets 

Dr Laura Meriluoto
David Evans ChairmanGlobal Economics Group
Jennifer Fish Principal, Charles River Associates
2.35 pm Afternoon tea 

3.05 pm Session Two: Cutting edge tools in economics

Glenn Shewan Special Counsel, Bell Gully
Chris Whelan Principal, RBB Economics 
Donal Curtin Managing Director, Economics New Zealand Ltd
4.25pm Break

4.40pm Session Three: Merger control: hipster antitrust, a new consumer welfare standard and the "real chance" test - at what point does self-assessment become more attractive?"

James Craig Partner, Simpson Grierson 
Sarah Keene Partner, Russell McVeagh
Sam Holmes Russell McVeagh
Fionnghuala Cuncannon Partner, Meredith Connell
6.00pm Day close

7.00pm Workshop dinner
Christchurch Club
After dinner speaker: Tom Weston QC

Saturday 21 September

9.00am  Session Four: Hot regulatory issues – the electricity sector 

Simon Peart, Partner, Chapman Tripp
Rob Bernau, Acting General Manager Market Design, Electricity Authority
Mark Toner, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Counsel, Vector 
10.20am Morning tea

11.00am  Session Five: The role of lay members in court 

Troy Pilkington Partner, Russell McVeagh 
Professor Martin Richardson Professor of Economics, ANU
Judge Denis Clifford Judge, Court of Appeal
12.00pm Lunch

1.00pm Session Six: Where's the evidence?: unsubstantiated representations - a shift in focus for traders

Alicia Murray Partner, DLA Piper
Alysha McClintock Partner, Meredith Connell
Joe Edwards Partner, Russell McVeagh 

2.20pm Afternoon tea

2.40pm Session Seven: Cartel Criminalisation

John Land Barrister, Bankside Chambers
Elizabeth Avery Partner, Gilbert and Tobin
Leo Famer Partner, Meredith Connell 

4.00pm Workshop close