Ranked in 1 Practice Areas

Band 3



12 Years Ranked


Provided by Dave Poddar


Practice Areas

• Antitrust and competition

• Tech, media and telecommunications, particularly antitrust and competition issues related to those sectors

• Disputes and investigations

• Foreign investment



Professional Memberships

• Law Council of Australia, Competition & Consumer Committee (Dave is a past Chair of that Committee)

• Advisory Board of the International Bar Association Antitrust Committee (Dave is a past Co-Chair of that Committee)


• Buckeridge Group of Companies (BGC Group).

• Glencore Australia

• Lactalis Australia

• CBH Group

• Oracle Corporation

• GUD Holdings

• Bunnings Group

• Australian Vintage

• Universal Studios

• Free TV Australia

• Commercial Radio & Audio

• Warner Bros Discovery

• Eutelsat OneWeb

Work Highlights

Mergers and acquisitions:

• Bunnings on various acquisitions in the hardware, home improvement and outdoor leisure sector including the acquisitions of Adelaide Tools and Beaumont Tiles in 2021

• BGC in its acquisition of Midland Brick in 2020/2021

• Acting for AMA Group in its purchase from SunCorp of Capital SMART Smash repair business and ACM Parts for A$440m in 2019

• Oracle Corporation A$1.6 billion acquisition of Aconex Limited in 2018

• Allied Mills on its A$455 million sale to Pacific Equity Partners by Graincorp and Cargill in 2017

• Cristal in obtaining an unconditional ACCC clearance in its US$1.673 billion titanium dioxide merger with Tronox

• GE on its US$3.415 billion sale of Water to Suez in 2017

• GE on its US$32 billion creation of an oil and gas business with Baker Hughes in 2017

• GE on the Australian aspects of its US$17 billion acquisition of Alstom’s energy assets

• GE on the Australian antitrust aspects of its US$1 billion acquisition of Thermo Fisher’s cell culture business in Australia

• Shell on its A$343 million sale of its Australian aviation fuels unit to Viva Energy in December 2016

• Shell on the antitrust aspects of the A$2.9 billion sale of its downstream business in Australia

• ICAP plc in relation to Tullett Prebon’s A$1.5 billion acquisition of its global voice hybrid broking business in 2016

• Sumitomo on its acquisition of a A$1 billion / 51% interest with Glencore in the Clermont Coal Mine

• Mondelez on its A$460 million sale of its Vegemite and cheese business to Bega Cheese in 2017.

Regulatory investigations:

• antitrust and consumer protection litigation in the Federal Court and High Court of Australia

• regulatory investigations including relating to civil and criminal cartel investigations and misuse of market power

• acting for stakeholders in Senate and ACCC inquiries.

Joint ventures, alliances and access matters:

• Glencore on its application for the declaration of the channel at the Port of Newcastle

• Emirates on its partnership with Qantas and the associated authorisations and regulatory approvals processes on a global basis

• Port Waratah Coal Terminal on the authorisation of its long term infrastructure arrangements at the Port of Newcastle

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