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Minter Ellison

Katrina Groshinski
Partner
I am a leading competition and regulatory lawyer, acting for both private and government clients advising on merger clearances, competition related litigation and investigations, authorisations, third party infrastructure access, price regulation, and consumer protection. I regularly deal with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and advises on transactions requiring foreign investment approval.
  • +61 2 9921 4396
  • +61 403 606 464

My expertise is in heavily regulated industries such as financial services, transport, energy and water - acting for industry participants, infrastructure owners, government and independent statutory regulators. I advise clients on all aspects of the operation of regulatory frameworks including the design of new frameworks, the optimal application and amendment of existing regimes the contexts of both privatisations and ongoing legislative reform.

My experience is in both corporate advisory and dispute resolution, which means I am able to advise and represent my clients' interests throughout the entire transaction or regulatory process and offer strategic advice in relation to any disputes which have a high degree of technical and economic complexity.

Career highlights

  • Advising Iron Mountain Inc. on obtaining merger clearance from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to undertake its successful acquisition of Recall Holdings Ltd by way of a recommended scheme of arrangement through a scrip offer that values Recall at around $2.6 billion (US$2.1 billion).
  • Defending UIC against proceedings brought by the ACCC in the Federal Court alleging breaches of the Australian Consumer Law relating to the provision of vocational training to students eligible for the Commonwealth Government student loans. The proceedings followed an industry wide investigation jointly conducted by the Department of Education and Training, the ACCC and the NSW Department of Fair Training.
  • Advising TPG Telecom on obtaining merger clearance on its takeover of iiNet by way of contested, recommended scheme of arrangement. The acquisition of iiNet, Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider, has increased TPG’s broadband subscriber base to over 1.7 million customers and made it the third force in Australia's telecommunications landscape.
  • Key adviser to electricity distribution network businesses Essential Energy, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy on the application of the National Electricity Rules, the National Electricity Law and their jurisdictional specific obligations on a wide range of issues including economic regulation, ring fencing obligations, network connections, prudential and credit support, network charges, preparation of cost pass through applications and compliance with the National Energy Consumer Framework.
  • Advising NSW Treasury on the long term lease of Port Botany and Port Kembla ($5.07 billion) and the Port of Newcastle ($1.75 billion) in New South Wales.