Katrina Groshinski

Katrina is a leading competition and regulatory lawyer, acting for both private and government clients advising on merger clearances, competition related litigation and investigations, authorisations, third party infrastructure access, price regulation, and consumer protection. She regularly deals with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and advises on transactions requiring foreign investment approval.

She has particular expertise in heavily regulated industries such as financial services, transport, energy and water - acting for industry participants, infrastructure owners, government and independent statutory regulators. She advises clients on all aspects of the operation of regulatory frameworks including the design of new frameworks, the optimal application and amendment of existing regimes the contexts of both privatisations and ongoing legislative reform.

Katrina's experience in both corporate advisory and dispute resolution, means she is able to advise and represent her clients' interests throughout the entire transaction or regulatory process and offer strategic advice in relation to any disputes which have a high degree of technical and economic complexity.

Katrina is practice group head of the Sydney Commercial and Regulatory group. She is also a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Katrina recently co-edited Competition Law in Asia Pacific: A practical guide.

A$2.6 billion Iron Mountain acquisition of Recall Holdings

Advising Iron Mountain Inc. on obtaining merger clearance from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to undertake its successful acquisition of Recall Holdings Ltd by way of a recommended scheme of arrangement through a scrip offer that values Recall at around A$2.6 billion (US$2.1 billion). Katrina also advised on obtaining ACCC approval for the sale of divested assets in Australia to Iron Mountain's nominated purchaser.

UIC alleged unconscionable conduct

Defending UIC against proceedings brought by the ACCC in the Federal Court alleging breaches of the Australian Consumer Law relating to the provision of vocational training to students eligible for the Commonwealth Government student loans. The proceedings followed an industry wide investigation jointly conducted by the Department of Education and Training, the ACCC and the NSW Department of Fair Training.

A$1.4 billion TPG Telecom takeover of iiNet

Advised TPG Telecom on obtaining merger clearance on its takeover of iiNet by way of contested, recommended scheme of arrangement. The acquisition of iiNet, Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider, has increased TPG’s broadband subscriber base to over 1.7 million customers and made it the third force in Australia's telecommunications landscape.

Essential Energy, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy

Key adviser to electricity distribution network businesses on the application of the National Electricity Rules, the National Electricity Law and their jurisdictional specific obligations on a wide range of issues including economic regulation, ring fencing obligations, network connections, prudential and credit support, network charges, preparation of cost pass through applications and compliance with the National Energy Consumer Framework.

Australian Port Privatisations

Led the competition and regulatory streams advising on the long term lease of a number of major Australian ports designing statutory regulatory access and pricing regimes and engaging with the ACCC regarding the contested transaction process and merger clearance approval. Katrina advised NSW Treasury on the long term lease of Port Botany and Port Kembla ($5.07 billion) and the Port of Newcastle ($1.75 billion) in New South Wales. The latter transaction involved extensive consultation with the ACCC as the Newcastle Port Corporation was party to a set of arrangements with the two operators of coal handling terminals at the port which were subject to authorisation by the ACCC under the Competition and Consumer Act. Katrina also advised the Northern Territory Government on the sale of the Port of Darwin ($506 million).