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Paul Schoff

A leading competition lawyer, Paul advises on the restrictive trade practices and consumer protection provisions of Australia's Competition & Consumer Act. His expertise includes misuse of market power, price fixing, and exclusive distribution arrangements. He advises on and obtains informal merger clearances from the ACCC for clients in a wide range of industries including financial services, FMCG, telecommunications and manufacturing.

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‚Äôs National Broadband Network.

Global Forest Partners LP acquisition of Port of Portland wood chip facilities

Advised Global Forest Partners LP on the acquisition of significant wood chip handling facilities at the Port of Portland near the so-called forestry "Golden Triangle" in South-Eastern Australia. The port facilities are essential for the export of Australian wood fibre to places such as Japan for paper manufacture.

Linfox Armaguard acquisition of Brinks cash logistics business

Advising Linfox Armaguard on its strategic acquisition of the cash logistics business of Brink's Australia.

IAG acquisition of Wesfarmers Insurance

Assisted Australia's largest general insurer on successful ACCC clearance of its $1.45 billion acquisition of Australia's fifth largest insurer.

New South Wales Interstate Rail Network Restructure

Advised NSW Government in relation to a major restructure of the State's non-metropolitan rail system which included an investment of A$800 million+ in rail infrastructure by the Commonwealth Government. The arrangements effectively incorporated 3000kms of NSW interstate and Hunter Valley mainline railway track under the same operation and management as the interstate standard gauge mainline railway track. We also subsequently advised on commercial arrangements in relation to the take up by ARTC of the Metropolitan Freight Network and the Southern Sydney Freight Line.