King & Wood Mallesons

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Well-staffed, comprehensive competition/antitrust offering with global reach and a particularly impressive, fully integrated regional network, noted for its engagement with large, complex mandates. Merger clearance experience extends to the representation of major multinational clients on the acquisition of Australian targets, and the litigation practice frequently acts on high-profile prosecutions, including cartel cases. Notably active on behalf of blue-chip clients from the financial services, pharmaceutical, resources and telecommunications sectors and adept in the handling of access issues and other matters in the energy and infrastructure spaces. A conspicuously loyal clientele benefits from the firm's in-depth knowledge of the ACCC, state and Commonwealth regulatory bodies and industry associations.

Strengths The team is singled out by one client for its cohort of "very astute and really intelligent lawyers, who are really ahead of the game and able to see what's going on globally."

Client communication skills are stressed by an interviewee who reports: "I really like their way of providing advice - very clear in the way it's set out, in a kind of memo style that reflects their pragmatism."

Work highlights Advised British Airways and Qatar Airways on the securing of ACCC approval for their alliance in Australia.

Notable practitioners

Focusing on regulatory and contentious work,
Caroline Coops
is praised for being "really experienced and very considered." She is widely acknowledged as "one of the leading competition lawyers in the country,"

In addition to her ACCC investigatory and consumer protection practice,
Lisa Huett
also possesses well-honed global merger control capabilities. A client describes her as "extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic," and emphasises her "deep knowledge of the healthcare and pharmaceutical space."

Peta Stevenson
assists clients with complex, high-profile regulatory disputes and enforcement proceedings. Her contentious expertise consistently draws praise, and she is lauded as a "very capable antitrust adviser and litigator."

Sharon Henrick
commands respect for her "deep experience of difficult mergers" and "great grasp of the inner workings of the ACCC." She is particularly well known for her work on large-scale merger authorisations and other transactional mandates with complex regulatory considerations.

Wayne Leach
advises a diverse, frequently blue-chip client base on major regulatory inquiries and merger clearance mandates. Interviewees speak of him as an "excellent practitioner" who is "really good to work with."