Competition Law and Overseas Investment Act Specialist

Alan Lear - Barrister

Alan Lear is an Auckland based commercial barrister specialising in New Zealand Competition Law (antitrust), Overseas Investment Act and Consumer laws for over 25 years.

Over those years, Alan has provided competition law advice across most industry sectors and has been involved in many Commerce Commission (NZCC) applications and court proceedings. Alan also has extensive experience in providing Overseas Investment Act advice and obtaining consents from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO).

Previously a partner in a major law firm and a solicitor at the NZCC, Alan provides prompt, straight forward and cost-effective specialist advice mainly to law firms throughout New Zealand, in-house legal counsel and overseas lawyers. If you are not a lawyer, Alan is authorised by the New Zealand Law Society to accept instructions directly from non-lawyer clients in most situations provided certain criteria are met.

References can be provided on request.


Competition Law

(Commerce Act 1986)

    • Business acquisitions/mergers & clearance applications if required
    • Cartel conduct
    • Franchises & JVs
    • Collaborative Activity exceptions & clearance applications to the NZCC if required
    • Vertical supply contract exceptions
    • Leniency Applications
    • Misuse of market power
    • Exclusive dealing/refusals to deal
    • Resale Price Maintenance
    • Authorisation applications to the NZCC
    • NZCC investigations
    • Industry regulation
    • Court proceedings
    • Compliance Training

Consumer Law

(Fair Trading Act 1986)

    • Misleading and deceptive conduct
    • Unfair Contracts
    • Marketing and promotions
    • NZCC investigations
    • Court proceedings
    • Compliance Training

Overseas Investment

(Overseas Investment Act 2005 and Regulations)

    • Whether Ministerial or Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent is required for overseas companies and persons acquiring:
      • large businesses over $100m
      • sensitive land (which includes residential & lifestyle properties, rural and farm land over 5 hectares)
      • fishing quota
    • OIO applications for consent and exemptions (including for retrospective consents)
    • OIO consent reporting and compliance
    • OIO investigations


New Zealand Law Society
New Zealand Bar Association
Competition Law & Policy Institute of NZ (Director)


Office: Level 9, 59-67 High Street, Auckland 1141
Postal: PO Box 3705, Auckland 1140

Office: Level 9, 59-67 High Street, Auckland 1141
Postal: PO Box 3705, Auckland 1140