Tuesday, 26 May 2020 11:23

NZ’s Commerce Commission scrutinising Objective Corp’s Master Business Solutions acquisition deal

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New Zealand competition enforcement agency The Commerce Commission has opened an investigation into the software supply company Objective Corporation’s acquisition of fellow software supplier Master Business Solutions Limited (MBS).

The Commission will consider whether the acquisition would be likely to substantially lessen competition in any relevant market in breach of section 47 of the Commerce Act.

The Commerce Commission says Objective did not apply for clearance for the acquisition which occurred on 29 November 2019.

Objective and MBS are both suppliers of software used to lodge building consent applications and manage the building consent process, with their brands including Objective Trapeze, AlphaOne, GoGet and GoMobile.

The Commerce Commission says the focus of the investigation will be on the extent of competition that is likely to have been lost between Objective and MBS as a result of the acquisition, and “the extent to which the merged entity will likely be constrained from raising prices or lowering the quality of either its products or associated services”.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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