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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 FMCG, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Linfox Armaguard acquisition of Brinks cash logistics business

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

Flight Centre Litigation

Advised Singapore Airlines and IATA in relation to proceedings alleging that Flight Centre attempted to induce competitors (Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Emirates) to stop directly offering and booking their own international airfares (including over the internet) at prices less than Flight Centre offered.

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.

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.

Optus appeal against Telstra's exemption from access obligations

Acting for Optus in the successful appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal in relation to Telstra's 2008 ULLS access undertaking under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.