Kristel is a competition and regulatory specialist, with extensive experience across both the Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions advising large corporations and regulated network businesses on complex competition and regulatory issues. 

Kristel advises clients across a range of industries on the full suite of competition related matters (restrictive trade practices, clearances and authorisations of mergers, economic regulation and consumer protection) and has particular expertise structuring complex commercial arrangements (for example, joint ventures and exclusive distribution arrangements) to avoid Commerce Act issues. Her recent experience includes a number of high-profile successful applications for ACCC merger clearance. 

Kristel returned to New Zealand in 2014 after five years in Australia, practising in Minter Ellison’s competition team and at another top tier firm.