Melanie Tollemache

Special Counsel - Competition and Regulation

Melanie is a member of the firm’s competition and economic regulation practice. She has twenty-five years of experience, specialising in competition law and regulatory matters.

Melanie worked at Rudd Watts and Stone (now MinterEllisonRuddWatts) between 1987 and 2007, and at Chapman Tripp from 2007 to 2009.  In 2014 Melanie returned to the firm.

She has represented clients in relation to merger clearances and authorisations and advised on the Commerce Act aspects of commercial arrangements and behaviour. Her experience includes involvement in significant litigation of Commerce Act issues.

Melanie has also advised a number of telecommunications companies in relation to Telecommunications Act issues, including the ongoing telecommunications sector reform processes.

Melanie has an LLB and a BCom majoring in economics.  She has published articles on a range of competition issues.

Related Articles


11 June 2020

Prohibition on misuse of market power to be transformed


27 March 2020

Competition law not suspended by COVID-19 emergency


30 July 2019

Businesses wise to pay attention to ComCom 2019/20 priorities

Professional background

Recent work

NZME/Fairfax proposed merger

Advised TVNZ in relation to the application by NZME Limited and Fairfax NZ Limited seeking Commerce Commission authorisation to merge their media operations in New Zealand

SKY/Vodafone proposed merger

Advised 2degrees in its successful opposition of the applications for Commerce Commission clearance of the proposed merger of Vodafone and Sky Network Television Limited in New Zealand

2degrees national roaming arrangements

Advised 2degrees in relation to its national roaming arrangements with Vodafone

Chorus copper pricing

Advised Chorus in relation to Commerce Commission copper pricing decision


  • 1989, New Zealand


  • LLB, BCom (Economics), University of Auckland


  • Antitrust
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Technology Media and Telecommunications