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Russell is internationally recognised as one of Australia's leading competition (antitrust) lawyers, providing high-level strategic advice to Australian and international clients. He recently acted on public merger clearances for Suntory Ltd, Sony Pictures International and iSentia Ltd and has been the adviser on competition matters for the International Air Transport Association for many years.
Russell is a non-Government adviser to the International Competition Network, the worldwide organisation of regulators, and the author of the leading Australian text on Australian competition and consumer law.
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.
Acted for iSentia Pty Ltd in relation to the merger clearance of acquisition of the AAP media monitoring business assets.
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.
Assisted National Rail Corporation Limited (now Pacific National) in relation to the sale of the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian Governments' interests in National Rail.
Acted for Suntory Holdings on the Australian merger clearance aspects in relation to the US$16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc.