Simon Muys

Simon Muys
Office:
Level 22
101 Collins Street
VIC 3000
City:
Melbourne
Country:
Australia
Tel:
+61 3 8656 3312

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Competition: Future Leaders - Partners

Simon is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s competition and regulation group and leads the Melbourne practice.

Simon specialises in competition law and regulated industries, with a particular expertise across the energy, telecommunications, resources and transport sectors. He regularly acts for clients in merger clearances, ACCC investigations and enforcement matters as well as the design and, where necessary, authorisation of a range of collaborative arrangements and engagement with sectoral regulators.

Over recent years, Simon has acted in several of Australia’s largest and most complex merger clearance processes. During FY17, Simon led the ACCC clearance of Qube’s acquisition of Australian Automotive Terminals, with undertakings, having also advised on the Qube/Brookfield Consortium acquisition of Asciano in FY16. Together with Gina Cass-Gottlieb, Simon acted as joint competition counsel for Tabcorp in the successful $11.3 billion Tabcorp/Tatts clearance and subsequent Australian Competition Tribunal processes. The Tabcorp clearance was the largest and most complex clearance in Australia to date.

Simon is also one of Australia’s leading advisers on third-party access, pricing and regulatory issues in infrastructure markets, including telecommunications, energy (gas and electricity), ports, rail, and water. He acts for leading telecoms networks, electricity network and gas pipeline operators, stevedores, peak rail and port user bodies, resource clients and state economic regulators. Simon is a longstanding adviser to Telstra on regulatory and competition issues, including acting on its negotiation of the regulatory framework governing the National Broadband Network. He is a leading energy regulatory adviser, including acting for a number of electricity and gas networks on regulatory resets, merits and judicial review processes and access disputes. He also advises extensively on rail and port issues for clients across the resources and transport sector. 

Simon’s clients include Telstra, Jemena, DP World, Rio Tinto, Peabody Energy, Qube, Pacific National, Asahi-Schweppes, Tabcorp as well as state economic regulators (QCA and ESC).

Simon is recommended by Best Lawyers (2017 and 2018) for his work in competition law, regulatory practice, and telecommunications law. The Legal 500 (2016) notes that Simon Muys is “the reason why some clients start instructing the firm”. He is listed in the 2017 editions of Who’s Who Legal: Competition and Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology.

Simon is a member of the competition and consumer committee of the Law Council and the Energy and Resources Law Association (AMPLA), and a member and former officer of the communications committee of the International Bar Association. The Gilbert + Tobin annual infrastructure policy workshop, established and run by Simon for a number of years, has gained a reputation as a leading policy conference for Australian infrastructure regulation and associated competition policy.

WWL says: Simon Muys is "an excellent competition lawyer" who boasts "unparalleled experience in matters involving access to essential pieces of infrastructure".

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

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