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Bell Gully

LEVEL 21, VERO CENTRE, 48 SHORTLAND STREET, PO BOX 4199, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
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Auckland, Wellington

Torrin Crowther

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Bell Gully

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Competition, Transport, Regulatory investigations and prosecutions

Career

​​​​​​​​​Torrin practises competition law exclusively and advises on the full spectrum of competition-related matters – with particular expertise on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and cartel leniency issues.

His work also includes acting for corporate clients to successfully resolve Commerce Commission investigations into alleged cartel and market power conduct and working with clients to develop and implement compliance programmes.

In addition to commenting for specialist competition law publications on competition law matters affecting New Zealand, Torrin has also contributed to the following:

  • L Evans and others "Competition Aspects of Joint Ventures: A Perspective from the South Pacific" (2014) 10 CLI 91. 
  • DD Sokol, D Crane and A Ezrachi (eds) Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014) at ch 29. 
  • ILANZ Essential Guide to In-House practice – Competition Law (2013). 
  • In-House Counsel Practical Guidance – Competition Law (LexisNexis, New Zealand, 2014). 
  • C Campbell (ed) Handbook of Competition Enforcement Agencies 2014 (Law Business Research, London, 2014) at 224.
  • New Zealand chapter of the 2016 edition of Global Competition Review –​ GCR Know-how: Immunity, Sanctions & Settlements.
Admitted - 2001 New Zealand.

Education

LLB, BCom (Economics), Auckland.


New Zealand

Competition law

Within: Leading individuals

Torrin Crowther - Bell Gully

Within: Competition law

Bell Gully advises on the competition law aspects of large mergers and acquisitions and also handles high-profile litigation. Practice head and leading light Torrin Crowther recently obtained Commerce Commission clearance for Tronox in its US$1.67bn acquisition of rival titanium dioxide producer Cristal. Special counsel Glenn Shewan, who is on the board of the Competition Law and Policy Institute, also played a key role in that transaction. Crowther and senior associate Michael Tilley, who recently joined from the Commerce Commission, advised software developer MYOB, on its proposed acquisition of accounting software firm Reckon Limited. Simon Ladd is the key name for contentious matters and alongside Crowther advised US-based investment firm Platinum Equity on its proposed acquisition of business products supplier OfficeMax NZ from Office Depot. Head of litigation Jenny Stevens in Wellington also plays a key role in the practice, particularly for clients in the energy sector.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Leading individuals

Torrin Crowther - Bell Gully

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Bell Gully is 'very prompt in responding to questions and has a good communication style, so it relates well with clients' and provides 'very good value for money and good industry knowledge, as it is up-to-date with the latest case law'. The firm acts for Air New Zealand, the country's leading airline, handles large roading projects, and also advises on rail and maritime matters. In Wellington, Andrew Beatson, PPP expert Hugh Kettle and construction partner Hugh Kettle acted for New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport as part of the Supporting Growth Alliance, which will focus on the development of urban growth areas in Auckland until 2022. The 'personable, pragmatic and conscientious' Bennett is 'a top operator and an authority on the public transport sector; coupled with his expertise in the construction area this makes him formidable'. In Auckland, department head Torrin Crowther is recommended for competition law matters in the aviation and shipping sectors. Senior associate Natasha Garvan is also recommended for environment and resource management matters relating to transport projects.

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