Norton Rose Fulbright

Competition/Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Recently strengthened Australian arm of a global practice, experienced in the handling of complex, multi-jurisdictional competition issues for blue-chip clients and acting both for and against the ACCC. Especially active representing clients from the highly regulated energy, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors and sought after for assistance on particularly sensitive issues by clients who include those facing investigation or prosecution for alleged criminal cartel activity or who are in receipt of ACCC requests for information.

Strengths The team receives a particularly enthusiastic recommendation from a client who identifies Norton Rose Fulbright as "our go-to firm on advisory, enforcement and transactional matters because they are pragmatic and strategic," going on to say: "Their ability to predict the key issues that would be raised by the regulator and forward thinking when advocating on our behalf ensured that they were successful in a smooth process which helped us to achieve a strategically important outcome for our business."

Other sources cite the practice for a variety of valuable qualities. One characterises it as "an impressive younger team, with depth, that's very good to work with." Another appreciates the presence of lawyers who are superior "on the 'proactively running a matter' front."

Work highlights Advised Vodafone Hutchison Australia on competition aspects of its proposed AUD15 billion merger with TPG Telecom, including ACCC opposition to the transaction.

Notable practitioners

Martyn Taylor is prized as a "relentless worker" on both the transactional and enforcement fronts, distinguished by his ability to "explain complicated regulatory concepts in the simplest terms possible" and a related flair for "churning through a large amount of information and distilling from it the thesis needed to put a case forward." His application of such skills on behalf of telecommunications industry clients is particularly commended.

Nick McHugh heads the team and covers the full range of competition issues. His experience of handling contentious or potentially contentious behavioural issues is especially noted, one source calling him "a very good and experienced regulatory lawyer," while another identifies him as well equipped "to prepare clients for really tough litigation." He is also reported to be "adept at explaining complicated competition law concepts" and particularly well qualified to advise energy and telecommunications sector clients.