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Minter Ellison

Geoff Carter
Partner
I focus on competition law with a commercial focus. My areas of expertise include merger clearances, authorisations and notifications, access issues, economic regulation, restrictive trade practices and consumer protection advice.
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  • +61 402 891 372

My commercial work includes advising on commercial transactions and arrangements, mergers and acquisitions and general contractual advice. I have extensive experience in major government sales and privatisation projects, acting for both government and bidders.

I have advised and analysed competition issues across a range of diverse industry sectors including: financial services, telecommunications, aviation, ports, energy, gambling, agribusiness, health services, manufacturing and infrastructure.

Career highlights

  • Port of Melbourne privatisation - advising on economic regulatory aspects of the privatisation
  • Toll Holdings - divestment of its coastal shipping business to Seaswift successfully approved in unusual Australian Competition Tribunal proceedings
  • CrownBet - contesting the proposed $11 billion merger of Australia's two largest wagering market participants, Tabcorp and Tatts
  • Victorian Department of Primary Industries competition and regulatory issues in relation to the relocation of Melbourne Wholesale Market
  • Qantas (as intervener) in proceedings brought by Virgin Blue in the Australian Competition Tribunal seeking declaration of Sydney International Airport under Part IIIA of the Trade Practices Act
  • BG Group - the first ever 15 year no-coverage application under s.151 of the National Gas Law for the proposed Curtis LNG project gas pipeline
  • GPC Asia Pacific - acquisition of the business of Coventry Automotive Parts
  • Shell Company of Australia / Viva Energy Australia - acquisition of Liberty Oil Holdings

I also regularly advise clients in relation to: the application of the cartel provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act, including the application of the ACCC immunity policy for cartel conduct; and dealing with other ACCC investigations including responses to use of section 155 powers, negotiation of administrative solutions where appropriate including proffer of section 87B undertakings and defending proceedings when issued.