Provided by Allens
Allens are competition law advisers of choice in Australia.
Our team has remained at the forefront of M&A clearances, managing the competition issues arising both from headline Australian transactions and the Australian aspects of global transactions, such as the DowDuPont merger.
Our competition practice regularly advises on immunity applications, ACCC investigations and enforcement action. We have acted for clients in global cartels in the healthcare and airline freight industries and in significant domestic cartels with international ramifications.
Ranging from agribusiness, banking and pharmaceuticals, to ecommerce, media and entertainment, our wide spectrum of clients benefit from our strong and respectful working relationship with the ACCC, built up over years of experience and interaction. This ensures that we are across all matters of concern and can give our clients commercially strategic and informed advice to guide them towards the best possible regulatory outcomes.
Allens fields a well-resourced group, offering coverage of the full life-cycle of competition issues, backed by a global network and enhanced by a valued collegiate culture and a constructive relationship with the ACCC. Attracts particular praise for its handling of merger clearance mandates and noted for expertise in the energy and resources, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors. Experience defending ACCC enforcement proceedings including cartel and misuse of market power prosecutions. Also provides regulated access, third-party access and price monitoring advice for both national and international clients. Advises extensively on clients' interactions with ACCC market inquiries, particularly in the financial services sector. Noted clients include AstraZeneca, Coles and News Corp Australia.
One client describes Allens' competition lawyers as "experts in their field," noted for providing "timely delivery, commercial and practical advice and excellent client service."
Another source similarly emphasises "the expertise, creativity, wisdom and responsiveness of the key partners and associates," adding: "Over many years I have observed many other practitioners in this field and frankly, I find the Allens lawyers to be without peer."
Allens acted for ANZ and six individual executives in criminal cartel proceedings brought by the ACCC against the client, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank in connection with the sale of ANZ shares in 2015.
Fiona Crosbie is based in Sydney and advises a blue-chip client base across a range of major merger clearance, litigation and ACCC inquiry mandates. Clients describe her as a "very strong competition lawyer."
Jacqueline Downes leads the practice from the Sydney office. She regularly provides merger clearance counsel to a prestigious roster of leading multinationals, in addition to showcasing well-developed regulatory expertise.
Carolyn Oddie concentrates significantly on regulatory matters, risk management and transactional issues, and is especially noted for her expertise in the pharmaceutical sphere. A client describes her as "very responsive and great to work with." She is based in Sydney.
Ted Hill, based in Melbourne, enjoys "a very strong reputation in the regulatory space." Well known for his expertise in the infrastructure access sphere, he is also prominently active in the financial services sector, advising on matters including criminal cartel proceedings and ACCC inquiries.
Rosannah Healy handles both transactional and regulatory mandates from the Melbourne office, being particularly noted for her advice on questions concerning merger clearances and ACCC investigations. A client describes her as "good at distilling the key issues and helping us deal with the Commission on matters as they arise."
Rob Walker, in Melbourne, maintains a varied practice, covering both competition and consumer law issues and operating across the transactional, regulatory and contentious spectrum. He offers particularly focused expertise concerning the fintech and broader financial services sector.