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Johnson Winter & Slattery

Competition/Antitrust

2 ranked lawyersBand 3AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Compact, specialist practice, noted for providing a particularly high level of hands-on partner engagement and in-depth cartel expertise that extends to advising on international and criminal cartel investigations initiated by the ACCC. Also prominent representing clients from the aviation, consumer goods, energy and resources, financial services and healthcare sectors, and advises extensively on consumer law investigations and prosecutions. Advises regularly on merger clearance issues for multinationals headquartered overseas and frequently sought out specifically for competition-related advice by companies that use other firms for broader corporate work.

Strengths

The team is praised by one client for supplying "very practical, commercially astute advice," provided by "skilled technical lawyers with strong expertise, who are able to distil this into practical actions and relatable language for our business."

The practice also draws praise for its "very proactive and creative" handling of "very difficult merger clearance" work.

Work highlights

Advised agricultural services provider Ruralco on ACCC clearance aspects of its proposed AUD450 million acquisition by Nutrien.

Notable practitioners

Aldo Nicotra is active in all areas of competition work, enjoying a particularly high reputation for his handling of contentious mandates, including cartel cases. Reporting on his handling of one mandate, a client says: "He was measured and well informed about our strategy and the challenges we might face. His advice was commercial and well backed by a deep knowledge of competition law, recent decisions and transactional outcomes."

Sar Katdare maintains a diverse and busy practice, covering such issues as merger authorisation and ACCC investigations and prosecutions. He is well liked by clients as, as one puts it, "a practical expert who has an excellent understanding of our business and risk appetite."

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Australia

Competition/Antitrust


Aldo Nicotra
Band 1
Sar Katdare
Band 3