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Russell is internationally recognised as one of Australia's leading competition (antitrust) lawyers, providing high-level strategic advice to Governments and public and private sector boards, recently advising the likes of American Airlines, IATA and Rio Alcan.
Russell is a non-Government adviser to the International Competition Network, the worldwide organisation of regulators, and the author of leading texts 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.
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.