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Mark Williamson

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Corporate


Mark is a leading commercial lawyer with a focus on contracting, regulatory issues, including trade practices and insurance/financial services regulation, and intellectual property. He has worked extensively in a range of industry sectors, including fast moving consumer goods, insurance, construction, healthcare and local government. For further information, please view:


Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1999


New Zealand Law Society; Competition Law & Policy Institute of New Zealand


LLB (Hons), University of Auckland, 1999; BCom (Marketing), University of Auckland, 1999

New Zealand

Competition law

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Williamson - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Competition law

DLA Piper New Zealand¬†is 'very good - it understands clients' business and meets or exceeds their expectations'. The firm handles¬†market regulation issues, investigations, cartel allegations and merger clearances for local and multinational companies such as Foodstuffs North Island, Expedia, Mondelńďz and General Mills. The practice is led from Auckland by 'highly regarded competition lawyer'¬†Mark Williamson¬†and litigator¬†Iain Thain,¬†who are 'equal to or better than any in this area'. Williamson advises on regulation, trade practices, antitrust matters and compliance strategies. Thain's contentious work includes cases in the courts and before the Commerce Commission. He works closely with special counsel Alicia Murray, who is on the¬†board of the New Zealand Competition Law and Policy Institute. The practice frequently handles the local law aspects of international mergers and acquisitions, and it recently advised facilities management company OCS on a cross-border corporate disposal.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Williamson - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Real estate and construction

The service from¬†DLA Piper New Zealand¬†is 'very good, the firm understands our business and meets or exceeds our expectations', remarks a major corporate client. The firm handles property and construction matters for a blue-chip client base that includes the¬†Ministry for Primary Industries,¬†Hilton International Manage LLC,¬†Mondelńďz and¬†Auckland Council. In Auckland, Justin March¬†leads the real estate team and with¬†Heath Brunton, who recently joined from¬†Chapman Tripp, he helped grocery distributor Foodstuffs North Island to managed its large property portfolio, which included¬†advice on the acquisition of new sites and the development of strategic real estate for supermarkets, as well as franchise and lease agreements.¬†Mark Williamson¬†is 'a¬†highly regarded construction contract lawyer' and with March he advised¬†property fund Deka Immobilien Investment on the acquisition of The Lumley Centre, which is a premium-grade office tower in Auckland.¬†Special counsel Williamena Sim¬†is recommended for her 'good level of expertise, good focus on details and good customer service'. Davida Dunphy¬†joined from a role in-house at¬†Precinct Properties New Zealand.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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