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Paul Schoff

Paul Schoff heads the firm's Australasian Competition Group. He advises predominantly on the access and restrictive trade practices provisions of Australia's Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), including price fixing, misuse of market power, and market sharing.

He acted for Singapore Airlines Cargo on one of the largest cartel enforcement action before the Australian Federal Court.

Paul advises on and obtains informal merger clearances from the ACCC for clients in a wide range of industries including construction, financial services, FMCG, telecommunications and manufacturing.

He also advises on telecommunications and broadcasting regulation under Australia's Telecommunications Act, Broadcasting Services Act and Radiocommunications Act.

Some long-standing clients include Broadcast Australia, Singapore Airlines, and SingTel Optus.

Paul is internationally recognised as a leader in his field and credited for his ‘elite’ practice in numerous independent surveys and guides.

World Fuel Service's acquisition of Exxon's general aviation fuels business

Advised on ACCC clearance for Australian and New Zealand aspects of World Fuel Service's acquisition of Exxon's general aviation fuels business at 83 airports in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

CIMIC aquisition of UGL

MinterEllison acted for CIMIC Group limited on its A$524m acquisition of UGL Limited, an Australasian provider of engineering, construction and maintenance services. In March 2016, MinterEllison sought and received confirmation through a confidential 'pre-assessment' process that the ACCC did not intend to conduct a public merger clearance review. Confidential pre-assessment provided CIMIC with an extended window in which to launch an unconditional hostile takeover bid. It allowed CIMIC freedom to delay making a takeover offer by several months, in which time UGL's share price fell 36% resulting in more favourable takeover terms for our client.

Steinhoff's acquisition of Fantastic Furniture

MinterEllison advised Steinhoff Asia Pacific on its $361 million take-private proposal of ASX listed budget furniture retailer and manufacturer, Fantastic Holdings Limited. The competition team steered Steinhoff Asia Pacific to successful merger clearance of the transaction on a pre-assessment basis and in a timely fashion which avoided a lengthy public review process and allowed completion to occur in commercially optimal time.

Sale of Hussmann Corp to Panasonic Corporation

Advised Panasonic Corporation from an Australian and New Zealand perspective on its acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, a Missouri-based manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems for US$1.545 billion.

Optus transfer of Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network to NBN Co

Advised Singtel Optus on the transfer of its coaxial cable and ancillary assets to NBN Co, to enable the accelerated roll-out of Australia’s National Broadband Network.