Miranda Noble
Partner, Melbourne
I am an expert in advising on competition and consumer law risks, and ranked as one of the top young antitrust practitioners globally in Global Competition Review’s 40 under 40. I enjoy providing strategic insights and commercial solutions to global and domestic clients across a diverse range of industries on complex, high profile international and domestic merger clearances, competition-related litigation and investigations, and consumer protection issues.

As part of one of Australia's recognised 'elite' competition practices, I am known for providing clients with clear, pragmatic and responsive advice to assist them in navigating Australia’s competition and consumer laws to ensure they achieve their objectives and manage risk. I am recognised in Competition / Antitrust in Chambers (2021, 2022), Best Lawyers (2020. 2021, 2022), and Legal 500, and have been described in Chambers and Legal 500 as having 'very good strategic skills' and being '"an obvious choice" to work with', "personable, with a sharp mind and quick in understanding legal issues and applying law to the commercial reality", 'extremely easy to work with, 'a quality 'which helps get transactions through', and "a real class act when it comes to competition law'".

I have deep expertise in complex competition issues in domestic and global M&A transactions, both through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) informal clearance process and in merger authorisation applications and associated litigation before the Australian Competition Tribunal and Federal Court. My expertise in multijurisdictional transactions sees me regularly collaborate with MinterEllison’s foreign investment team to secure regulatory approvals for global and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Clients turn to me for advice on managing and responding to regulatory investigations and enforcement action for potential competition and consumer law breaches, including immunity applications, litigation, and private proceedings, as well as significant and sensitive cartel allegations and other competition law issues. In addition, I guide clients on a wide range of consumer protection and regulatory issues, including misleading and deceptive conduct and advertising, unfair contract terms, unconscionable conduct, consumer guarantees, product safety, and recalls.

Career highlights

Working closely with overseas law firms to manage Australian competition aspects of high profile, complex global and multijurisdictional M&A transactions, such as:

  • Kustomer's US$1 billion acquisition by Facebook (Meta)
  • Siemen's proposed EUR 15.4 billion global mobility merger with Alstom.
  • AT&T's US$85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner.
  • Vista on its acquisition of Citrix, among other acquisitions.
  • Baring on its US$2bn acquisition (together with CPPIB and GIC) of Virtusa.

Advising on competition aspects of complex, high profile domestic and trans-Tasman M&A transactions including advising:

  • CrownBet in contesting Tabcorp’s $11 billion bid for Tatts, one of the most complex, contested, and high profile merger clearance matters in Australia.
  • Toll Holdings on the sale of its coastal shipping business to Sea Swift, including merger authorisation proceedings in the Tribunal.
  • Kraft Heinz on its acquisition of Cerebos Pacific Limited's food and instant coffee business including iconic brands such as Gravox, SAXA, Fountain and Foster Clark's.
  • Albemarle on its JV transactions with Mineral Resources Ltd.
  • Warrnambool Cheese & Butter in relation to Murray Goulburn’s bid for WCB and associated merger authorisation proceedings in the Tribunal.
  • Carter Holt Harvey / Rank Group's on its strategic divestment of two particleboard board operations to Borg Panels, sawmill and export woodchip operations to OneFortyOne Plantations, and four sawmills to AKD Softwoods, among other disposals.
  • Arrow Pharmaceuticals on its merger with Apotex to create Arrotex.
  • Vail Resorts on its acquisition of Mt Hotham and Falls Creek ski resorts.
  • Elders Ltd on its acquisition of AIRR Holdings Ltd by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Viva Energy (Shell Australia) on its acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent interest in Liberty Oil Holdings, acquisition of Westside Petroleum and Shell Aviation Fuel business
  • Affinity Equity Partners / Scottish Pacific on its proposed acquisition of CML Group.
  • Only About Children (Bain Capital) on its acquisition of various childcare centres
  • Think Childcare on its acquisition by Busy Bees Early Learning Australia
  • Select Harvest on its acquisition of Piangil Almonds

Managing large, novel cartel and regulatory investigations and litigation for domestic and international clients including:

  • Cryosite in the ACCC's first 'gun-jumping' proceedings (noting MinterEllison did not advise on conduct that was the subject of proceedings).
  • Unlocked in proceedings against Google for misuse of market power, including successfully obtaining an interim injunction - first case involving new Australian misuse of market power prohibitions.

Other recognition

  • Part of one of five ‘elite’ competition practices in Australia as ranked by the Global Competition Review (GCR) 100 (2011-present)
  • Shortlisted by GCR in the GCR Global Awards for 'Regional Firm of the Year – Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa)' in 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Shortlisted by GCR in the GCR Global Awards ‘Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa’ in 2018 (Tabcorp / Tatts) and in 2017 (Toll / Sea Swift), winner of ‘Innovation in Expanding Clients’ Business’ award at the 2017 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia.
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