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What the team is known for Independent practice offering comprehensive advice on merger, regulatory investigation and access issues for high-end clients, making it a popular choice for cross-border referrals. Wide-ranging sector expertise includes informed coverage of energy and resources, transportation and telecommunications issues and burgeoning strength in the digital property sector, and the team is also praised for complementing its core competition offering with an exceptional consumer law capability. Litigation experience and regular engagement by the ACCC is leveraged to advise on areas of competition enforcement coming under increased scrutiny from the regulator, and augmented by an increased capability to handle investigation-related mandates.
Strengths A client maintains that "the firm's reputation as a player in this space confers an advantage because it generates a level of respect in the industry, the courts and the government."
Another client praises the "quick, high-quality advice" provided by this "very understanding and patient" team, adding: "We would always go back to them."
Work highlights Advised aerospace systems supplier L3 Technologies on obtaining ACCC merger clearance for its USD34 billion merger with Harris Corporation.
Mark McCowan covers the full spectrum of competition matters, supplying transactional, contentious and regulatory counsel to a diverse client base. Clients applaud him as a "very approachable and very proactive" adviser who "is able to set things out in a way that is comprehensible and shows both the options and the risks" and is additionally prized for his "ability to summarise the changing regulatory landscape."
Noted for his focus on ACCC investigation and other regulatory issues,
Richard Flitcroft is praised by one client as a "very calm, very quick and very useful" provider of readily comprehensible advice, while another particularly values the "strategic advantage" that derives from his "key connections in the space" and "very good relations with the ACCC."