Simon Muys has a burgeoning reputation in the market thanks to his impressive profile, which includes advice on the most complex and high-profile merger clearance processes.
Simon heads the Gilbert + Tobin competition and regulatory practice in Melbourne. His practice covers complex merger clearance work, as well as litigation and regulatory investigations.
Simon has been directly involved in several of the largest and most complex merger processes of recent years. During FY18, he advised Qube in relation to its involvement in opposition to Pacific National’s proposed acquisition of Aurizon Intermodal, as well as advising a potential bidder in respect of its participation in the sale process for Lion Dairy and Drinks. He advised DP World International on ACCC aspects of its restructured ownership of the Australian DP World operations.
In addition to merger and investigation work, Simon is one of Australia’s leading advisers on third-party access, pricing and economic regulatory issues in infrastructure markets, including telecommunications, energy, ports, rail and water.
During 2018, he advised Telstra on its response to a number of substantial and complex regulatory investigations by the telecommunications industry regulator, the ACMA. He also provided strategic advice to Jemena in relation to the implementation of pipeline reform, including the implementation of secondary trading and the introduction of regulated and binding arbitration requirements for non-scheme pipelines. He is currently advising Jemena on its regulatory reset processes for both its gas and electricity distribution networks.
In relation to infrastructure access, Simon advised on a wide variety of issues during 2018, including assisting Peabody Energy in relation to the potential re-declaration of coal port and rail infrastructure in Queensland and engagement with the ACCC on behalf of the coal industry in relation to renewal of the ARTC Hunter Valley access undertaking. Simon advised DP World on its engagement with the ACCC and state governments in relation to the rebalancing of landside stevedore charges and he is advising Qube on its development of an open access regime to apply to the Moorebank intermodal terminal.
Simon regularly speaks and writes on competition and regulatory issues. He 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.