Bradley Aburn

Senior Associate

Competition and Antitrust

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Bradley is a Senior Associate in the Public, Regulatory and Competition team specialising in competition and consumer law. Bradley has extensive experience in advising clients on competition investigations, joint ventures, competitor collaborations, merger control approvals, exclusive supply/distribution arrangements, and market power issues in New Zealand, the UK and the EU. Clients particularly commend Brad for providing "timely, relevant and pragmatic advice" that is "commercial and demonstrates a good understanding of not only the law but also our business".

Bradley returned to Russell McVeagh in 2019 after over five years working at Slaughter and May in both its London and Brussels offices.

Experience

Bradley's recent experience includes:

  • Advising purchasers, targets and complainants on the competition law aspects of large multinational mergers including acting for:
    • Ball Corporation on its US$6.1 billion acquisition of Rexam plc; 
    • Thermo Fisher on its US$13.6 billion acquisition of Life Sciences; 
    • CSR plc in relation to Qualcomm Inc's US$2.4 billion takeover of CSR; and  
    • Stanley Black and Decker on its US$1.96 billion acquisition of Newell Brand Inc's tool business.
  • Conducting competition law audits into the policies, protocols, practices and procedures of businesses;
  • Advising a UK electricity generator on the application of the UK Electricity Capacity Market Rules and Regulations;
  • Advising a major health equipment manufacturer on structuring a financing JV with competitors;
  • Advising a leading accessories manufacturer and a leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer on their respective distribution and online sales strategy;
  • Advising a major mining company on comments made about pricing expectations by its CEO at an industry event;
  • Successfully preparing a defence strategy based on a competition assessment to prevent a hostile takeover; 
  • Advising a major semiconductor manufacturer in relation to an abuse of dominance claim;

Credentials

MA (EU Competition Law), King's College London 
LLB (Hons) / BCom, University of Auckland

Professional

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (2012)
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (2017)
Committee member of Law and Economics Association New Zealand

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