Linda Evans is rated highly by clients for her practical approach and strong working relationship with the ACCC. She is particularly known for her work in mergers and cartels.
Linda is a senior partner in Clayton Utz's competition practice. She has extensive experience in merger clearances, Australian Competition and Consumer (ACCC) investigations, enforcement and cartel matters, as well as in access and infrastructure regulation. Linda is particularly known for her ability to distil highly complex issues, and deliver commercial, pragmatic and nimble advice and solutions. Accordingly, she is sought out for strategic engagement with the ACCC on sensitive immunity, enforcement and regulatory matters.
Linda has advised on some of the largest and most contentious and complex merger clearance matters across the transport, telecommunications, media, energy, mining and manufacturing sectors. Her recent experience includes significant acquisitions in the transport sector (Pacific National/Aurizon) and in the telecommunications sector (Vodafone/TPG).
From 2013 to 2017 Linda was a councillor with the National Competition Council appointed by the commonwealth, state and territory governments to provide recommendations on the regulation of third-party access to monopoly infrastructure.
Linda is regularly rated as one of Australia's leading competition lawyers by publications including WWL Competition; WWL Australia; Best Lawyers Australia; The Legal 500 Asia Pacific; IFLR1000 and Chambers & Partners. She has also been honoured at the Euromoney LMG Australasian Women in Business Law Awards, and in the Global Competition Review Global Women in Antitrust list.
Linda has served on the faculty of the Australian Bar Association (ABA)/International Bar Association (IBA) international cartel workshop; the ABA’s antitrust section international task force; the Law Council of Australia; and the Federal Court liaison committee. She is joint editor of Competition Law International, the journal of the IBA antitrust committee; and co-chair of the IBA power law committee.