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December 2014

Commerce Commission gives clearance for Connor to acquire shares in Acurity subject to Evolution selling down its shareholding after the takeover

19 December 2014

The Commission has given clearance to Connor Healthcare Limited to acquire all of the shares in Acurity Health Group Limited that Connor does not already own, subject to Evolution Healthcare (NZ) Pty Ltd divesting shares in Connor after the takeover.

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Commission grants clearance to generic pharmaceutical merger

12 December 2014

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to Mylan Inc. to acquire the Established Pharmaceuticals Division of Abbott Laboratories, Inc.

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Commerce Commission declines clearance application for Connor Healthcare to acquire 100% of Acurity

11 December 2014

The Commerce Commission has declined an application from Connor Healthcare Limited to acquire all of the shares that it does not currently own in Acurity Health Group Limited.

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Statement of preliminary issues for Mayborn’s application to acquire Tommee Tippee

4 December 2014

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Mayborn Group Limited (Mayborn) seeking clearance to acquire certain assets in the ownership of Jackel Pty Limited (Jackel), including intellectual property rights to the Tommee Tippee brands and trademarks relating to New Zealand.

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November 2014

Commerce Commission receives infant formula authorisation application

27 November 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from the Infant Nutrition Council (INC) seeking authorisation to restrict their marketing activities of infant formula for children under six months of age.

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Commission grants clearance to consumer pharmaceutical merger

27 November 2014

The Commission has granted clearance to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire the consumer healthcare business of Novartis AG (Novartis). As a result of the acquisition, the consumer healthcare businesses of both parties will be merged into a new, GSK controlled company called GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd.

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Vector granted clearance to acquire Arc from Meridian

25 November 2014

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to Vector Limited (Vector) to acquire all of the shares in Arc Innovations Limited (Arc) from Meridian Energy Limited.

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Commission completes Countdown investigation

20 November 2014

The Commerce Commission has completed its investigation into allegations of anti-competitive and intimidating behaviour by Progressive Enterprises Ltd, the operator of Countdown supermarket chain, towards their suppliers.

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Commerce Commission to consider baby products merger

20 November 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Mayborn Group Limited seeking clearance to acquire certain assets in the ownership of Jackel Pty Limited, including intellectual property rights to the Tommee Tippee brands and trademarks relating to New Zealand.

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October 2014

Statement of preliminary issues for GlaxoSmithKline’s application to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business

17 October 2014

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application for GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business.

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Commerce Commission to consider generic pharmaceuticals merger

10 October 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Mylan Inc. seeking clearance to acquire the Established Pharmaceuticals Division of Abbott Laboratories Inc.

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Tuakau Proteins Limited given clearance to acquire rendering assets of Graeme Lowe Protein Limited

8 October 2014

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to Tuakau Proteins Limited to acquire the Tuakau rendering and trucking businesses and the Hawera rendering plant and equipment owned by Graeme Lowe Protein Limited (Lowe).

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September 2014

Commerce Commission to consider consumer pharmaceuticals merger

30 September 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) seeking clearance to acquire Novartis AG’s consumer healthcare pharmaceutical business.

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Statement of preliminary issues for Connor's application to acquire Acuity

29 September 2014

The Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Connor Healthcare Limited seeking clearance to acquire all the shares in Acuity Health Group Limited that it does not presently own.

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Statement of preliminary issues for electricity metering merger

25 September 2014

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Vector Limited, seeking clearance to acquire Arc Innovations Limited from Meridian Energy Limited.

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Commerce Commission to consider electricity metering merger

5 September 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Vector Limited seeking clearance to acquire Arc Innovations Limited from Meridian Energy Limited.

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August 2014

Connor Healthcare seeks clearance to acquire 100% of Acurity

29 August 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Connor Healthcare Limited seeking clearance to acquire all of the shares that it does not currently own in Acurity Health Group Limited. Connor Healthcare already has a 12% shareholding in Acurity.

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Wholesale pharmaceutical businesses given clearance to merge

21 August 2014

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to CDC Pharmaceuticals Limited (CDC) and Pharmacy Wholesalers (Central) Limited (PWL Central) to merge their respective businesses.

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Commerce Commission launches website for health sector

19 August 2014

The Commerce Commission has today launched a new website aimed at helping the health sector understand more about competition and consumer laws and what they need to do to comply.

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Statement of preliminary issues for Expedia’s application to acquire Wotif

8 August 2014

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Expedia Inc. (Expedia) seeking clearance to acquire up to 100% of the shares of Wotif.com Holdings Limited (Wotif).

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Oji cleared to acquire Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper

1 August 2014

The Commission has given clearance for Oji Oceania Management (NZ) Limited (Oji) to acquire up to 100% of the shares in Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper Limited from Carter Holt Harvey Limited.

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July 2014

Atlas Copco granted clearance to acquire the Ash Air businesses

31 July 2014

The Commission has granted clearance to Atlas Copco South Pacific Holdings Pty Limited (Atlas Copco) to acquire the businesses operated by four Lancaster Group Limited subsidiary companies: Ash Air (N.Z) Limited, Ash Air Oil & Gas Limited, mbar 2011 Limited, and Fox Air NZ Limited (together, the Ash Air businesses).

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Bledisloe New Zealand cleared to acquire Cremation Society of Canterbury and Harewood Memorial Gardens & Crematorium

25 July 2014

The Commission has granted clearance to Bledisloe New Zealand Limited (Bledisloe) to acquire the business and assets of Cremation Society of Canterbury Limited and Harewood Memorial Gardens & Crematorium Limited.

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Expedia seeks clearance to acquire Wotif

21 July 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Expedia Inc. (Expedia) seeking clearance to acquire up to 100% of the shares of Wotif.com Holdings Limited (Wotif).

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Commerce Commission considers rendering merger

14 July 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application for a newly formed company, Tuakau Proteins Ltd, to acquire certain animal rendering business interests from Graeme Lowe Protein Ltd, and Kakariki Proteins Ltd.

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Statement of preliminary issues published for CDC Pharmaceutical and Pharmacy Wholesalers merger

11 July 2014

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to a joint application from CDC Pharmaceuticals Limited and Pharmacy Wholesalers (Central) Limited (PWL Central) seeking clearance to merge their respective wholesaling pharmaceutical businesses.

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June 2014

CDC Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy Wholesalers (Central) seek clearance to merge

19 June 2014

The Commerce Commission has received a joint application from CDC Pharmaceuticals Limited and Pharmacy Wholesalers (Central) Limited (PWL Central) seeking clearance to merge their respective businesses.

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Statement of preliminary issues for Reckitt Benckiser’s application to acquire K-Y

11 June 2014

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (Reckitt Benckiser) seeking clearance to acquire the K-Y brand and product assets of Johnson & Johnson.

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May 2014

Telecom granted clearance to acquire previously unsold radio spectrum block

30 May 2014

The Commerce Commission has today granted a clearance to Telecom New Zealand Limited (Telecom) that will enable it to acquire the management rights for the final block of 5MHz radio spectrum in the 700MHz range from the Crown.

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Oji seeks clearance to acquire CHH pulp & paper business

21 May 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Oji Oceania Management (NZ) Limited seeking clearance to acquire up to 100% of the shares in Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper Limited (CHHPP) from Carter Holt Harvey Limited.

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Reckitt Benckiser seeks clearance to acquire certain assets of Johnson & Johnson

19 May 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (Reckitt Benckiser) seeking clearance to acquire the K-Y brand and product assets of Johnson & Johnson.

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IAG cleared to buy Lumley

7 May 2014

The Commerce Commission has granted clearance to IAG (NZ) Holdings Limited to acquire Lumley General Insurance (N.Z.) Limited.

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Commerce Commission launches website for construction industry

7 May 2014

The Commerce Commission will today launch a new website for the construction industry. The website will help industry members increase their understanding of competition and consumer laws so they can improve their compliance.

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Commerce Commission considers Christchurch cremation merger

5 May 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Bledisloe New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire the business and assets of Cremation Society of Canterbury Limited and Harewood Memorial Gardens & Crematorium Limited (the Vendors).

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April 2014

Commission completes long running trans-Tasman cartel case

8 April 2014

The Commerce Commission has completed its long running case involving the cardboard packaging cartel between Visy Board Pty Ltd (Visy) and Amcor Ltd with the final defendant, Mr James Hodgson, being ordered to pay a penalty of $60,000 and costs of $38,352 for his involvement.

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Air freight cartel nets almost $12 million in penalties

8 April 2014

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million and sends a strong message to the business community that cartel behaviour is unacceptable.

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Commerce Commission confirms forex investigation

7 April 2014

The Commerce Commission has confirmed that it has an investigation into possible manipulation of currency rates and possible influencing of benchmarks in foreign exchange (forex) markets.

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Atlas Copco seeks clearance to acquire Ash Air

2 April 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Atlas Copco South Pacific Holdings Pty Limited (Atlas Copco) seeking clearance to acquire some of the assets of Lancaster Group Limited including Ash Air (N.Z) Limited, Ash Air Oil & Gas Limited, MBAR 2011 Limited, and Fox Air NZ Limited (together, Ash Air).

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March 2014

Carter Holt Harvey fined for “classic” price fixing breaches

26 March 2014

Commerce Commission General Manager Competition, Kate Morrison says the High Court’s decision to fine Carter Holt Harvey $1.85 million for price fixing in the Auckland commercial timber market highlights the potential impact of price fixing on consumers.

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February 2014

Bluescope Steel seeks clearance to acquire certain assets of Pacific Steel Group

24 February 2014

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Bluescope Steel (NZ) Ltd (Bluescope) seeking clearance to acquire some of the assets of Pacific Steel Group’s (PSG) steel production business.

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USG Corporation and Boral Limited granted clearance to form a joint venture

21 February 2014

The Commission has granted clearance to USG Corporation (USG) and Boral Limited (Boral) to enter into a joint venture.

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Commission confirms formal investigation into allegations

20 February 2014

The Commerce Commission has confirmed it is formally investigating the allegations of anti-competitive behaviour towards suppliers by Countdown.

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Commission advises confidentiality available

14 February 2014

The Commerce Commission confirmed yesterday that it is assessing alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Countdown towards their suppliers.

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Commission issues warning over ‘no discounting’ clause

13 February 2014

The Commerce Commission has warned all New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs) and pharmacies nationwide that “no discounting” clauses in the 2012 Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (CPSA) are likely to have breached s 27 of the Commerce Act 1986.

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Commerce Commission assessing allegations against Countdown

13 February 2014

The Commerce Commission has confirmed that it has received a written complaint outlining concerns of alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Countdown towards their suppliers.

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January 2014

Statement of preliminary issues for IAG’s application to acquire 100% of the shares in Lumley

30 January 2014

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application from IAG (NZ) Holdings Limited (IAG) to acquire 100% of the shares in Lumley General Insurance (N.Z.) Limited (Lumley).

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Bauer given clearance to acquire magazine titles

24 January 2014

The Commerce Commission has cleared Bauer Media Group (NZ) LP (Bauer) to acquire all of the assets used by APN Specialist Publications NZ Limited (APNSP) in the publication of the New Zealand editions of the following magazines: New Zealand Woman’s Weekly; Simply You; Simply You Living; New Zealand Listener; and Crème.

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