The Government of New Zealand announced on December 8, 2015 that cartel conduct will not be criminalised under the proposed Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (known as the Cartels Bill).
James Craig is a partner in Simpson Grierson´s commercial litigation group (Auckland), where he specialises in competition law. He has been involved in significant commercial litigation, on both Commerce Act and general commercial matters, for a range of clients. He also undertakes alternative dispute resolution. James provides advice on all aspects of restrictive trade practices and acquisitions under the Commerce Act, and routinely advises on Fair Trading Act issues and disputes. He has experience in applying for Commerce Commission clearance for acquisitions. He has represented clients in Commerce Commission investigations, and been involved in significant court litigation dealing with Commerce Act and Fair Trading Act claims. He has also assisted clients with successful leniency applications to the Commission. James regularly provides compliance seminars to clients on the Commerce Act and the Fair Trading Act.