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Gilbert + Tobin

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Universally acclaimed 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.

Strengths

A client, who notes that the team's "incredible depth of expertise is demonstrated by its depth of resources," goes on to note: "They have differentiated themselves by knowing the market incredibly well; they are the true specialists in this area."

Another client notes that Gilbert + Tobin "clearly has a strong team" in the competition space, describing it as "diligent and responsive, with good insight into how the ACCC operates."

Work highlights

Provided ACCC clearance advice to Elanco regarding its USD7.6 billion acquisition of Bayer's Animal Health business.

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Avery offers merger clearance experience covering a wide range of sectors, including the pharmaceutical, transport infrastructure, e-commerce and brewing industries. She also advises extensively on high-profile contentious issues, including criminal cartel proceedings.

Gina Cass-Gottlieb is identified as "the go-to in Australia for helping people navigate difficult situations" in the competition sphere and is further said to be "unsurpassed in terms of experience and skills." She offers market-leading merger clearance capabilities, as well as providing strategic advice on complex enforcement and contentious mandates.

Practice head Luke Woodward is active across the contentious, regulatory and transactional spaces, advising global clients on major criminal cartel prosecutions, ACCC investigations and merger control. He draws praise as "the kind of lawyer you need when you really need to rev up the troops and challenge things."

Simon Muys operates a highly varied and versatile practice covering transactional, regulatory and contentious issues. He is particularly well known for his expertise in the infrastructure space, where he is an experienced adviser on both major mergers and acquisitions and access-related mandates.

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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

Woodward, Luke (Head of Department)

Avery, Elizabeth

Barron, Jennifer

Cass-Gottlieb, Gina

Coorey, Charles

Dodd, Moya

Gilardoni, Paula

Klamka, Louise

Muys, Simon

Muys, Simon

Petersen, Geoff

Rahman, Genevieve

Waters, Peter

Widjaja, Adelina

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 Department

Gilbert + Tobin

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Department location

Level 35

Tower Two, International Towers

200 Barangaroo Avenue

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Australia

Competition/Antitrust


Elizabeth Avery
Band 2
Gina Cass-Gottlieb
Star Individuals
Luke Woodward
Band 1