Luke Woodward

Luke Woodward
Office:
L35, Tower Two, International Towers Sydney
200 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo
NSW 2000
City:
Sydney
Country:
Australia
Tel:
+61 2 9263 4014

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Australia - Competition

Luke is the head of Gilbert + Tobin’s competition and regulation practice.

Luke has extensive experience across all aspects of competition law: merger clearances, joint venture and alliance restructuring, enforcement and cartel matters, as well as the regulation of monopoly infrastructure industries.

He is consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition and regulatory lawyers and is recognised by numerous directories and publications, including Who’s Who Legal: CompetitionChambers-Asia PacificThe Legal 500: Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers of Australia. In particular, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 states that Luke is “one of the key reasons for Gilbert + Tobin’s eminence in the competition sphere” and is valued by clients as a partner who “picks up on commercial issues very quickly, which makes his advice particularly on point”.

Luke’s long-standing clients include Virgin Australia, Fisher & Paykel, Network Ten, Jemena Energy Networks and Qube Logistics.

Luke has led a number of significant transactions including two of the most difficult and complex matters in Australia over the past 12 months: Qube Consortium’s A$9 billion Asciano takeover and the successful Sea Swift merger authorisation before the Australian Competition Tribunal. He is part of the Gilbert + Tobin team advising Tabcorp on its current application before the Tribunal to acquire Tatts.

Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Luke was at various times general counsel, head of enforcement and compliance, and head of mergers and asset sales at the ACCC.

Luke has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor of economics degree and a bachelor of laws degree (honours) from the University of Sydney. Luke is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s competition and consumer committee; the American Bar Association’s antitrust section; and the International Bar Association.

WWL says: Luke Woodward is a prominent figure in the Australian market known for his wide-ranging expertise and proficiency in infrastructure-related competition law issues.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Australia which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers

Luke is the head of Gilbert + Tobin’s competition and regulation practice.

Luke has extensive experience across all aspects of competition law and is regularly sought out for strategic advice in complex industry-changing matters. He is known for achieving outstanding commercial results, through innovative solutions and perseverance. Luke’s expertise spans general competition law/antitrust as well as economic regulation of utilities (aviation, ports, rail, electricity, gas and water), which in Australia is based on competition law and/or undertaken by the ACCC or state regulators within a common framework.

He is consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition and regulatory lawyers and is recognised by numerous directories and publications, including Who’s Who Legal: Competition, Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific and Best Lawyers of Australia. In particular, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 states that Luke is widely recognised as "an excellent practitioner" who is consistently recommended for his "very high quality" advice on complex competition and regulatory mandates, including contested merger authorisation applications to the Australian Competition Tribunal. He was named Competition and Trade Partner of the Year at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards and was a finalist for the same award in 2017.

Luke’s long-standing clients include Virgin Australia, Qube Logistics and Jemena Energy Networks.

Luke has led a number of significant transactions including two of the most difficult and complex matters in Australia over the past 12 months, Telstra on the competition clearance for the merger of Foxtel and Fox Sports and acting for Boardriders in relation to its global acquisition of Billabong International Limited, as well as securing clearance Qube Logistics acquisition of MCS, which had previously been opposed by the ACCC.

In addition to this Luke was the lead strategic co-ordinator (with Gina Cass-Gottlieb) on Tabcorp’s Tatts acquisition, (co-competition counsel with HSF), arguably the most contentious and complex current clearance application.

Luke has unrivalled expertise in enforcement matters, which have become both more critical and risky in Australia with the criminalisation of cartel behaviour. Luke leads the defence team (with Elizabeth Avery) in the landmark criminal cartel prosecution of K-Line (a major global shipping line), which is part of the first prosecutions since the introduction of criminal cartel laws in 2009.

Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Luke was at various times general counsel, head of enforcement and compliance, and head of mergers and asset sales at the ACCC.

Luke has a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, as well as a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree (honours) from the University of Sydney. Luke was the lead competition advisor to the Business Council of Australia on competition law and policy reform, including proposals to amend the misuse of market power provision (section 46); a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s competition and consumer committee; the American Bar Association’s antitrust section and the International Bar Association.

WWL says: “Excellent competition lawyer” Luke Woodward is “very smart, talented and well- connected” and has “a good head on his shoulders” according to peers and other sources worldwide.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Competition which can be purchased from our Shop.

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