Kirstie Nicholson

BHP (Singapore)
Global Competition Counsel

Kirstie is Global Competition Counsel at BHP. Based in Singapore, Kirstie is responsible for the group’s competition law compliance framework and leads the BHP competition law team advising advises clients located across the BHP group on the full range of competition law matters, including merger control, investigations and day to day counselling. Before joining BHP, Kirstie spent over a decade in private practice as a competition law specialist with international law firms in London, Brussels, Shanghai and Singapore, and was among the first European competition lawyers to relocate to China to assist clients with aspects of the developing competition laws in Asia. Her practice has covered all aspects of competition law, including cartels, dominance, mergers and appeals to the European Courts. Kirstie was also a founding partner of Landmark Asia in Singapore, a boutique public affairs consultancy assisting clients with regulation and policy throughout the APAC region.


2112 Bulletin

Kirstie Nicholson The Competition Commission of Singapore clears an acquisition and concludes that a non-solicitation restriction included as part of the merger notification did not amount to ancillary restrictions to the notified acquisition (Cebu Air, SEAir)


On 20 August 2014, the Competition Commission of Singapore (the “CCS”) issued its grounds of decision clearing the completed acquisition by Cebu Air, Inc. (“Cebu”), of Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir), Inc. (“SEAir”) (the “Decision”). The CCS, however, concluded that the Strategic Alliance (...)

Kirstie Nicholson The Competition Commission of Singapore issues first proposed infringement decision in relation to an international cartel (Ball and roller bearings manufacturers)


On 16 December 2013, the CCS issued a media release stating that a Proposed Infringement Decision (the “PID”) had been issued against four Japanese bearings manufacturers and their Singapore subsidiaries (the “Parties”) pursuant to the Singapore Competition Act, Chapter 50B (the “Act”). The (...)

Kirstie Nicholson The Competition Commission of Singapore ceases investigations into a non-compete clause following a voluntary agreement not to enforce the clause (F&N / Heineken)


On 4 November 2013, the Competition Commission of Singapore (the “CCS”) issued a media release confirming that it had ceased its investigations into a non-compete clause contained in the Share Purchase Agreement relating to the completed acquisition by Heineken International B.V. (“Heineken”) (...)

Kirstie Nicholson The Singaporean Competition Authority issues its decision finding that the worldwide MIF system implemented by a multinational financial service company is not anti-competitive under Singapore competition law (Visa International)


On 18 September 2013, the Competition Commission of Singapore (the “CCS”) published its decision of 3 September 2013 relating to its assessment under Section 34 of the Competition Act, Chapter 50B of Singapore (the “Act”) of the Multilateral Interchange Fee (“MIF”) system (the “Decision”), as (...)

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