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Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald

Allen & Overy LLPLevel 2585 Castlereagh StreetSydneyAustraliaNSW 2000

Global Leader

Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Peter McDonald is “very highly regarded and great to work with” applaud sources who commend his “strong technical skills”.


Peter McDonald leads and coordinates the competition team for Allen & Overy in the APAC region.

Peter specialises in challenging competition law, consumer and regulatory issues. His expertise encompasses transactional advice, merger clearances, joint ventures and collaborations, access to infrastructure, and enforcement responses and defence.

Peter has extensive experience in a wide range of sectors, and has advised leading organisations such as BHP Billiton, DuluxGroup, Air Asia, Graincorp, BUPA, Alinta, BNP Paribas, Asahi, North West Shelf Venture, Chevron, GSK, George Weston Foods, Wesfarmers, Vale, Google, Orica and Reckitt Benckiser.

Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked as a senior officer at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, where he developed strong relationships with key economic regulators. He is a member of the competition and consumer committee of the Law Council of Australia. He is also a regular non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network of competition authorities.

Peter is recognised as a leading individual in all major directories, including Who's Who Legal, Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific and IFLR1000. Chambers states he is a "highly regarded" practitioner and "provides excellent, balanced advice".  IFLR100 praises Peter’s “practical advice on complex competition law”. Who's Who Legal reports that Peter McDonald is "one of the best" in the region and praises his "great regulatory insight".

Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 120 specialists operating across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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