Clifford Chance LLP

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Globally integrated practice with a deep regional footprint, acting as trusted advisers to major multinationals on Australian and cross-jurisdictional merger clearances, joint ventures, distribution agreements and infrastructure access arrangements. Proven track record assisting global clients on misuse of market power and cartel investigations and enforcement proceedings. Clients include blue-chip global players in the energy and resources, financial services, consumer goods, technology and media sectors.

Strengths Interviewees characterise this as "an excellent team" made up of lawyers who are "accomplished technically" and offer "deep knowledge of competition law" and "great experience of ACCC matters." 

Satisfaction is a prominent theme in client commentary. One source reports: "I have found their work to be of a consistently high standard." Another notes: "I anticipated that they would do a great job and I wasn't disappointed."

Work highlights Advised chemicals multinational Cristal on Australian antitrust aspects of the USD1.6 billion global sale of its titanium dioxide business to Tronox. Unconditional ACCC clearance was granted, the Commission being persuaded that although the transaction would represent a merger of the two leading producers in Australia, the presence of other suppliers of titanium dioxide in the region would prevent a significant lessening of competition.

Notable practitioners

Dave Poddar heads the practice and takes the leading role on key mandates, advising not only on the competition aspects of multimillion-dollar transactions, but also on disputes considered at High Court, Federal Court and Australian Competition Tribunal level. He draws praise as "a leading expert in the field" who is "very plugged in to where competition law is going" and "very switched-on about what the ACCC is thinking."