Competition and Market Regulation

Competition law plays a central role in regulating business with few areas of economic activity beyond its reach. It governs anti-competitive and unfair market practices, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, natural monopoly regulation and third-party access to facilities of national significance.

Recognised as one of five 'elite' competition practices in Australia (Global Competition Review's GCR 100, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), MinterEllison advises on a significant proportion of Australian and New Zealand merger clearances each year.

Our competition partners are consistently rated among the leaders in their field. As one of the largest competition practices in the Asia-Pacific region, we have the capacity to fully understand the relevance of overseas developments and issues. We advise clients operating in the Asia-Pacific, and Asian regulatory authorities, on cross-jurisdictional regulatory and competition law issues, working seamlessly with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in New Zealand on trans-Tasman matters.

MinterEllison’s International Trade group provides support across the full range of issues relating to the regulation of imports, exports and foreign investment together with advice on international issues relating to sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption. Our experience ranges from customs issues and anti-dumping through to support with matters arising under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). This highly-regarded team has been ranked by leading international legal directory Chambers Global as an Australian market leader and described as 'the foremost in the region for advice on international issues and trade policy'.

2 February 2017

MinterEllison's experts contributed to the chapter on class actions in Australia to the Practical Law Collective Actions Global Guide.

9 January 2017

MinterEllison has made a submission to the Senate inquiry into the Competition & Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016.

14 December 2016

The High Court has today found in favour of the ACCC in its appeal to re-instate a finding by the Federal Court that Flight Centre Travel Group attempted to engage in price fixing. In reaching this decision, the majority of the Court have found that a principal and an agent can compete with each other, but it will depend on the facts and surrounding circumstances in each case.

16 November 2016

New laws came into operation that allow small businesses to challenge the validity of unfair terms in standard form business-to-business contracts

7 October 2016

The Commonwealth Government has announced a complete overhaul of its student loan scheme for vocational education and training. It has scrapped the 'VET FEE-HELP Scheme' which has been plagued with controversy and intends to replace it with a new scheme named 'VET Student Loans'.