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Gilbert + Tobin

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Gilbert + Tobin offers a universally acclaimed competition practice integrating commercial and regulatory advice, praised for its solutions-focused, commercial pragmatism and maintaining a high cross-border capability through links to similarly independent international firms. Draws on expertise from across the firm to service competition mandates in a variety of sectors, including the highly regulated energy, financial services, infrastructure and telecommunications spheres, and particularly noted for its grasp of digital disruption issues. Market-leading experience in responding to ACCC investigations and defending civil and criminal cartel prosecutions. Offers specialists in niche areas such as digital economy and payments, and is also proficient on third-party access, pricing and economic regulatory issues. Notable clients include Aon, Microsoft and Mylan.

Strengths

A highly satisfied client says that "Gilbert + Tobin are my go-to firm for competition law matters," and describes the "good-sized team" as "innovative, outside the box, commercial and solutions-driven in their advice, with extensive experience of complex and topical matters."

Mastery of complexity is also stressed by a client who reports: "They have an ability to work through very complex issues and express a clear opinion which takes into account rapidly changing industry dynamics and relevant developments in the area of competition law."

Work highlights

Gilbert + Tobin advised FitBit with regard to the intensive ACCC review of Google's proposed acquisition of the consumer electronics and fitness company.

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Avery heads the Gilbert + Tobin competition team from the Sydney office, offering merger clearance experience covering a wide range of sectors, including the pharmaceutical, transport infrastructure, e-commerce and brewing industries. A client who values her "very considered approach to difficult and contentious merger applications" further stresses her "great command of competition law both within the Australian regulatory setting and also globally."

Simon Muys heads the Melbourne competition group while personally operating a highly varied and versatile practice covering transactional, regulatory and contentious issues which often originate in the infrastructure space. A client speaks of his "well-deserved reputation as an excellent competition lawyer," particularly stressing his "extremely good relations with the regulators" and the fact that "he writes very persuasively - which means that when people read what he's written, they take notice."

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Overview

Gilbert + Tobin’s competition and regulation practice features an enviable collection of star talent across the team of partners and lawyers. The team consistently wins complex and cutting-edge work due to its track record in achieving excellent results for clients on high-stakes transactions and competition litigation. With a sophisticated understanding of the interplay between the law, economics, industry and commercial issues underpinning their clients’ concerns, the team is recognised for providing advice that is holistic, strategic and nimble. The team regularly advises a diverse client base that includes large listed companies, privately-held companies, government entities. They also advise board members and senior management on strategic business and policy issues, and trade practices and competition law advice to legal teams.

Specialist services include advising on:

  • M&A transactions, including ACCC clearances
  • Competition law issues regarding JVs and strategic alliances
  • ACCC investigations, enforcement proceedings and litigation
  • Criminal investigations relating to cartel conduct
  • Access regimes, economic regulation and pricing decisions for regulators and regulated businesses
  • regulatory design and implementation for government entities
  • competition policy and legislative reforms, including preparing submissions to governmental regulatory and policy reviews
  • misleading and deceptive conduct, consumer protection and unconscionability issues
  • compliance systems and providing training

Members

Avery, Elizabeth (Head of Department)

Coorey, Charles

Dodd, Moya

Dollisson, Rebecca

Jones, Susan

Jose, Jeremy

Klamka, Louise

Low, Andrew

Macdonald, Tanya

Muys, Simon

Petersen, Geoff

Waters, Peter

Witt, Liana

Industries

Banks

Chemicals

Construction and Materials

Education

Energy & Resources

Financial Services

FMCG

Government

Health Care

Media

Pharamaceuticals & Life Sciences

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Transportation

Travel & Leisure

Utilities

Competition/Antitrust

Gilbert + Tobin

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Location

Level 35

Tower Two, International Towers

200 Barangaroo Avenue

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Australia

Competition/Antitrust


Elizabeth Avery
Band 2
Simon Muys
Band 4