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'.

World Fuel Service's acquisition of Exxon's general aviation fuels business

Advised on ACCC clearance for Australian and New Zealand aspects of World Fuel Service's acquisition of Exxon's general aviation fuels business at 83 airports in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

AT&T proposed US$85.4bn acquisition of Time Warner

We are advising on competition and regulatory aspects in Australia in respect of the proposed AT&T / Time Warner acquisition. The matter involves a vertical merger between AT&T (a global communications company) and Time Warner (a global entertainment company), which is under close antitrust scrutiny in the US.

Hitachi Construction Machinery proposed takeover of Bradken Ltd

Advising Japan's Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited (HCM) on competition aspects related to its recommended A$976.1 million takeover bid for Bradken Ltd, a company mining equipment & services listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with substantial operations outside Australia.

Viva Energy acquistion of Shell Aviation Australia from Shell

We are advising Viva Energy on competition aspects, including ACCC clearance, in respect of its acquisition of Shell Aviation Australia Pty Ltd form The Shell Petroleum Company Limited. The proposed acquisition follows Viva Energy's acquisition of Shell International's other refining and downstream fuel businesses in Australia to Viva Energy in 2014 for $2.9 billion.

Australian Paper Acquisition of EDOP

We advised Australian Paper on competition clearance in respect of the acquisition of the Edwards Dunlop Office Products division (EDOP) of BJ Ball. Both supply copy paper to customers throughout Australia.The matter involved a lengthy ACCC review, commencing confidential review and progressing into a full public review of the proposed acquisition. The proposed transaction was ultimately cleared.