Auckland Seminar

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Buddle Findlay and the Law & Economics Association of New Zealand Inc. (LEANZ) have the pleasure of inviting you to a LUNCHTIME AUCKLAND seminar by Morag Bond of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), on key findings from the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry. We would like to acknowledge the Commerce Commission’s role in facilitating Morag’s visit.


Regulating Big Tech: Key Findings from the ACCC’s Groundbreaking Digital Platforms Inquiry


Speaker: Morag Bond, Joint General Manager – Digital Platforms Branch.

Please noteThis presentation is being run by LEANZ in Auckland and Wellington at different times on the same day, and is expected to be well-subscribed in both cities. If you wish to attend, please be sure to register – in the intended city – as places are limited. Exceptionally for LEANZ events, please also bring your ticket with you to the event, for presentation upon entry.

Location: Buddle Findlay Auckland, Level 18, PwC Tower, 188 Quay Street, Auckland 1010

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019.

Time: Light lunch from 12:00 pm for a 12:30 pm seminar start, with an opportunity for further refreshments until 2:00 pm following the conclusion of the discussion and question time at 1:30 pm.

RSVP: Please click here

About the Topic:

In July this year, the Australian Government published the ACCC’s final report into Digital Platforms. This followed a high-profile 18 month inquiry by the ACCC into the impact of the digital search engines, social media networks and digital content aggregators on the media and advertising markets. The ACCC’s inquiry was wide ranging and specifically considered the impact of the digital platforms on news and journalism and privacy as well as the competition and consumer concerns. The ACCC made 23 recommendations which are currently being considered by the Australian Government. Morag will speak about the central findings in the Digital Platforms Inquiry final report and the key recommendations. She will highlight the overlapping nature of the issues considered, the reasons why policy change is needed, and the importance of international engagement in this area.

About the Speaker:

Morag Bond is currently General Manager of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Branch (job-sharing this role with Kate Reader). This branch was created following the Digital Platforms Inquiry, which looked at the impact of social media platforms, search engines and other digital content aggregators on the media and advertising markets.

Morag was previously Deputy General Manager of the Mergers and Adjudication Branch and prior to that was a Director of Merger Investigations for six years. During this time, Morag led the review of a large number of merger investigations across a wide range of industries.

Prior to joining the ACCC, Morag was a Senior Associate in the competition law teams of leading law firms in Australia, London and Brussels. She also worked as a competition lawyer in New Zealand. Morag has Bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Masters in Law with first class honours from the University of Cambridge, England.

Queries about the event can be directed to:

Richard Meade,

CPD Hours:

Lawyers may note that if this seminar is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then attendance at this event can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Please contact a LEANZ representative at the event to confirm your attendance.