Baker McKenzie

Competition/Antitrust Department

Australia
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What the team is known for Experienced in the representation of both the ACCC and leading private sector companies. Thanks to the resources of a global competition network, well placed to advise on significant cross-jurisdictional transactions, while maintaining a prominent presence in the domestic market. Active across the full range of merger clearance, regulatory investigation and infrastructure access briefs, as well as being engaged to advise on local and global enforcement proceedings by both the ACCC and corporate clients. Recognised for advising high-growth start-ups and technological disruptors as well as long-standing market leaders, offering particularly focused expertise in the life sciences and digital payments sectors.

Strengths Testimony from clients identifies this practice as one which, as one source puts it, "fully satisfies" all their requirements. One interviewee cites "subject matter expertise, knowledge of our business and industry, high levels of professionalism and delivery against tight deadlines." Another adds that the team is "well versed in dealing the ways of the ACCC." A third appreciates that the lawyers combine being "easy to work with" with "acting in the best interests of, and doing a very good job for, the client."

Work highlights Advised hotel and resort operator Mantra Group in connection with the securing of ACCC clearance for its AUD1.2 billion acquisition by Accor. Clearance was granted despite the fact that the transaction represented a merger of Australia's two leading hotel chains.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Georgina Foster covers the competition waterfront, acting for both the regulator and the regulated on transactional, investigation and enforcement, and advisory mandates and being particularly well known for her handling of merger clearance assignments which are likely to attract close ACCC scrutiny. Peers respect her as a "quality practitioner" in this space, while a client reports: "Georgina Foster is a standout – calm under pressure and able to turn around large amounts of high-level work in a short time."