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 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.
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 competition law issues relating to misuse of market power, predatory pricing, exclusive dealing, resale price maintenance and access. I also advise on economic and market regulation and design, and ACCC sector inquiries.
In addition, I guide clients with consumer protection and regulatory issues, including misleading and deceptive conduct and advertising, unfair terms, unconscionable conduct, consumer guarantees, product safety, and recalls.
Advising on competition aspects of complex, high profile M&A transactions including:
- CrownBet in contesting Tabcorp’s $11 billion bid for Tatts, which was the most complex, contested, controversial and high profile merger clearance matter in Australia for the last decade.
- Toll Holdings in relation to the sale of its coastal shipping business in FNQ and the NT to Sea Swift, associated merger authorisation proceedings in the Tribunal which resulted in a comprehensive judgment by the Tribunal in favour of the merger parties.
- 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 in relation to 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
- Vail Resorts on its acquisition of Mt Hotham and Falls Creek ski resorts.
Working with overseas law firms to handle Australian competition aspects of global mergers:
- Siemen's proposed EUR 15.4 billion global mobility merger with Alstom.
- AT&T's US$85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner.
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).
- Unlockd 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.
- Ranked as a 'Next Generation Partner' in 2020 Legal 500: 'a real class act when it comes to competition law'
- One of five ‘elite’ competition practices in Australia listed in 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 2019, ‘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, Doyle's Guide – Rising Star, Competition Law – 2015, 2016 and 2017