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Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

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.

Strengths

The practice is summed up by one client as "a big team that works well under time pressure and provides really good and responsive advice."

The strength of the team's contentious capability is underlined by a client who says: "It's a no-brainer going to them for litigation."

Work highlights

Advised Pfizer with regard to securing ACCC clearance for the merger of Upjohn, Pfizer's off-patent pharmaceutical business, with Mylan.

Notable practitioners

The "very knowledgeable" Carolyn Oddie is noted for her commerciality and "quick and pragmatic responses." Her practice is largely focused on regulatory investigatory, risk management and transactional issues.

One interviewee remarks that Fiona Crosbie 's "ability to move mountains of complex, multi-dimensional issues and to keep engaging affably with the client is absolutely extraordinary." She advises a blue-chip client base across a range of major merger clearance, litigation and ACCC inquiry mandates.

Jacqueline Downes provides merger clearance counsel to a prestigious roster of leading multinationals, in addition to showcasing well-developed regulatory expertise. She is lauded by a client as "incisive, diligent and very wise."

Rob Walker is widely acknowledged as an emerging talent by market sources, who characterise him as "very thoughtful" and "really smart." One source sums him up as a "really impressive, really good litigator with a deep knowledge of the law and attention to detail that is second to none." 

Rosannah Healy is praised as a partner who combines "complete appreciation and understanding, from a commercial perspective, of what a project is about" with "the very practical execution of very complex strategies." Sources further acknowledge her as "a very good operator" who is "very good for merger clearance issues" in particular.

A client appreciates Ted Hill 's "wisdom and gravitas" as well as his "cool, calm head during key decisions." 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.

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Overview

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.


Competition/Antitrust Department

Allens

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Department location

Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place

126 Phillip Street

(Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets)

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Australia

Competition/Antitrust


Carolyn Oddie
Band 3
Fiona Crosbie
Band 1
Jacqueline Downes
Band 2
Rob Walker
Up and Coming
Rosannah Healy
Up and Coming