Australia: Competition 2017

In this chapter, we identify 43 of the country’s leading players in behavioural and non-behavioural competition law matters, regularly representing clients before the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), as well as the courts.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Elizabeth Avery Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
2. Luke Woodward Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
3. Gina Cass-Gottlieb Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
4. Dave Poddar Clifford Chance, Sydney

GILBERT + TOBIN’s competition practice emerges as one of the premier offerings in the market in this chapter. The firm achieves five listings in the following pages, including three of the most highly regarded competition practitioners in Australia.
Competition and regulation practice head Luke Woodward is a prominent figure in the Australian market known for his wide-ranging expertise and proficiency in infrastructure-related competition law issues.
Elizabeth Avery is an internationally renowned practitioner who one source considers “a go-to practitioner” thanks to her broad practice covering enforcement and investigations, as well as merger review and advisory work.
Gina Cass-Gottlieb is described as “a clear leader in the field” by one market commentator. A merger clearance specialist, Cass-Gottlieb regularly assists clients in the Asia-Pacific region in significant, contentious matters before the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other national authorities.
Paula Gilardoni draws high praise from one client: “Her regulatory expertise is superb and she is responsive to client needs, commercial and highly professional.”
Peter Waters is a seasoned practitioner known for his proficiency handling telecoms-related competition issues and litigation.

MINTERELLISON is a leading Australia-headquartered international firm with a significant presence in the Asia-Pacific. The firm also sees five practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Paul Schoff, head of the Australasian competition practice, is an internationally renowned practitioner known for his considerable experience advising clients on anti-competitive issues relating to the Australian Competition and Consumer Act.
Former firm chair Russell Miller AM is a distinguished player in the Australian market known for his longstanding expertise handling significant merger clearance and cartel investigations for domestic and international clients.
The “fantastic” Geoff Carter out of the firm’s Melbourne office draws praise for his impressive practice covering the full gamut of competition matters.

Leading full-service firm CLAYTON UTZ is home to four leading individuals.
In Sydney, Michael Corrigan is a seasoned competition expert with over 20 years’ experience advising on competition issues ranging from regulatory investigations and cartels, to M&A and distribution agreements.
The “superb” Linda Evans is a contentious specialist known for her proficiency handling merger clearances and third party access issues.
Bruce Lloyd is a well-established name in the Australian market with a broad-based competition law practice complimented by significant corporate expertise.
Kirsten Webb is also recognised as a leading player in the competition law space.

International heavyweight KING & WOOD MALLESONS also boasts four nominees in this chapter.
Sharon Henrick heads the Australian competition law practice and is a dominant figure in the market thanks to her excellent track record advising on high-profile transactions and investigations.
Melbourne’s Caroline Coops is known for her significant experience advising clients on merger review, investigations and abuse of dominance, as well as assisting with distribution and pricing strategies.

Competition and consumer law specialist Peter Armitage is one of three individuals singled out for praise at international firm ASHURST. Described as a “considered and measured professional” by interviewees, his practice covers both merger review and investigations before the ACCC across a variety of sectors.
Ross Zaurrini is a skilled competition litigator with an excellent track record in disputes before the ACCC.
Bill Reid is a renowned competition specialist with considerable experience assisting clients with domestic and cross-border behavioural and non-behavioural matters.

ALLENS also sees three individuals selected for inclusion, including chairman Fiona Crosbie. A key player in the Australian market, Crosbie has been involved in some of the most significant merger clearance and contentious matters in recent years.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLSLiza Carver is a well-known practitioner in the Australian competition space. A former associate commissioner at the ACCC, Carver regularly assists clients with both merger review and regulatory issues.

At CLIFFORD CHANCE, Asia-Pacific competition practice head Dave Poddar is a highly rated practitioner with an excellent reputation in merger control and regulatory matters.

At NINIAN STEPHEN CHAMBERS, Neil Young QC is a distinguished litigator known for his considerable experience appearing before the Australian courts in high-profile trade practices cases.

OWEN DIXON CHAMBERSAlan Archibald QC is an eminent commercial silk with a fantastic reputation for handling high-stakes matters before all levels of the Australian courts.

At JOHNSON WINTER & SLATTERY, managing partner Aldo Nicotra specialises in competition law and disputes. He is particularly well versed when handling trade practices and consumer protection law issues before the ACCC.

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