Kristel is a competition and regulatory specialist, with extensive experience in both New Zealand and Australia advising large corporations and regulated network businesses on complex competition and regulatory issues, and is ranked as an associate to watch in competition law by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017). 

Kristel advises on the full suite of competition related matters: clearances and authorisations of mergers and acquisitions; cartels; Commerce Commission investigations; Commerce Act implications of commercial arrangements and behaviour; and consumer protection.

Kristel returned to New Zealand in 2014 after five years in Australia, where she was a senior associate in Minter Ellison’s competition and regulatory team. She recently advised Heinz NZ on its successful application (subject to a divestment undertaking) for clearance of its acquisition of the food and instant coffee business of Cerebos Gregg’s, Two Degrees Mobile Limited and Television New Zealand in the successful opposition of the applications for Commerce Commission clearance of the proposed merger of Vodafone and Sky Network Television Limited in New Zealand, and Television New Zealand in relation to the unsuccessful application by NZME Limited and Fairfax NZ Limited seeking Commerce Commission authorisation to merge their media operations in New Zealand.