I enjoy providing clients with pragmatic and responsive advice to assist them in navigating Australia’s competition and consumer laws to ensure they achieve their commercial objectives. 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.
I advise on 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 clients on economic and market regulation and design, and ACCC sector inquiries.
In addition, I assist clients with consumer protection and day-to-day commercial issues, including misleading and deceptive conduct, unfair terms, unconscionable conduct, consumer guarantees, product safety, and recalls.
- 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 competition aspects of the sale of its coastal shipping business in FNQ and the NT to Sea Swift, which resulted in a comprehensive judgment by the Tribunal in favour of the merger parties.
- Warrnambool Cheese & Butter in relation to competition aspects of Murray Goulburn’s bid for WCB and associated merger authorisation proceedings in the Tribunal.
- Carter Holt Harvey / Rank Group's in relation to competition aspects of its strategic divestment of two particleboard board operations to Borg Panels, its Jubilee Highway sawmill and export woodchip operations to OneFortyOne Plantations, and two sawmills to AKD Softwoods.
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.
- One of five ‘elite’ competition practices in Australia (listed in the GCR 100 (2011-present)
- Shortlisted by GCR in the GCR Awards for ‘Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa’ in 2018 (Tabcorp / Tatts) and in 2017 (Toll / Sea Swift), ‘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