Ross Patterson

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Ross heads the firm’s competition and economic regulation practice. He has more than 25 years of specialist experience, as a lawyer and regulator, and is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017; 2018) as a senior statesman in both competition and telecommunications. 

He was a partner at Rudd Watts and Stone (now MinterEllisonRuddWatts) between 1989 and 1998, and at Minter Ellison (Sydney) from 1998 to 2007, where he headed Minter Ellison’s competition and regulation practice. Between 2007 and 2012 he was New Zealand’s Telecommunications Commissioner, and a member of the Commerce Commission. 

Ross has represented clients in relation to merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations, and advised on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour. He 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. 

Ross has a PhD in competition law. He has published many articles on competition and telecommunications issues, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

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