Minter Ellison’s New Zealand competition practice head has left to launch his own firm.
Andrew Matthews’ new Auckland-based firm Matthews Law will focus on competition law matters involving consumer protection issues, economic regulations, and policy planning.
Matthews has acted on many of the country’s high-profile competition matters, including the $150 million merger of rental equipment companies Hirepool Ltd. and Hirequip Ltd. merger, which was recently cleared by the Commerce Commission of New Zealand.
Matthews started his legal career in 1989 at the former Rudd Watts & Stone. He left the firm in 1993 to work at New Zealand firms Ellis Gould Lawyers and Bell Gully, as well as Allen & Overy in London. Matthews rejoined Rudd Watts in 1999, two years before that firms’ merger with Australia’s Minter Ellison, and became a partner in 2003.
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