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«Piper Alderman`s partners and senior associate team (particularly in Brisbane) have been a stable and cohesive group for several years. This type of inheritance provides security, familiarity, and consistent business relationships. A key advantage of this long-standing team is that all members are responsible and accountable, which translates not only into high-quality legal work, but also excellent customer service and communication. The team (and the company) is also willing and proactive when it comes to discussing commercial invoicing structures/agreements. «The advice provided by Clayton Utz`s competition and negotiation practice is clear, persuasive and important to its clients, providing practical and pragmatic recommendations based on a thorough understanding of the client`s business environment and business. What sets this team apart from others in the legal industry is that they feel more like a valuable partner to the organization than a service provider. «The team has a strong practice in a variety of competition issues with a very strong client base.» «The team demonstrates a high degree of professionalism in its work, particularly in the area of international trade remedies. One of the team`s main strengths is its in-depth knowledge of the industry combined with its legal expertise, which is useful for managing commercial investigations. Fifth Floor St James` Hall Barristers hosts senior competition lawyers with extensive experience in the ACCC`s major merger investigations, antitrust prosecutions and other enforcement proceedings related to anti-competitive conduct. The Sydney-based ensemble includes «astute and capable» Noel Hutley SC and Bret Walker SC, who are praised by state and federal courts as «unmatched for its appellate work». «Michael Corrigan – Michael`s immense experience is exceptional. There is little he has not seen and regularly offers significant value and insight into his advice, both legal and strategic, to help our organization achieve its most challenging goals. He is responsive and customer-oriented.

He cleverly goes under the hood and his pragmatism and marketing make him a pleasure to work with. «Prudence Smith is the presenting partner of the Jones Day competition. She has a deep understanding of the regulatory environment in Australia, having spent many years at ACCC before moving into private practice. She is very knowledgeable, has good technical skills and good contacts. «The team is led by Kathryn Edghill, who has built extremely strong client relationships for over 30 years as a competition lawyer. Guests love Kathryn. She is experienced, intelligent, very practical and kind, and a tenacious litigator who fights hard for the interests of her clients. Herbert Smith Freehills` experienced team advises large media companies involved in high-quality cross-border litigation and transactions. Led by Tom Joyner (based in Perth) and Rebecca Maslen-Stannage (in Sydney), the group represents major international media and music companies, including Seven West Media, Sky News Australia, Bloomberg and BMG Rights Management, in various cases. These include broadcast rights, sponsorship agreements, content issues, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. The team is supported by Kristin Stammer, content licensing expert, and Linda Evans, Regional Head of Competition, Regulation and Trade, Sydney.

Clayton Utz handles a range of high-level competition matters, including cross-border merger control proceedings, ACCC sector inquiries, enforcement proceedings and antitrust cases, and works in key sectors such as telecommunications, technology, infrastructure and retail. The team plays a key role in key technology and digital competition issues, as well as the high-profile field of consumer class actions. The team is led by Kirsten Webb, who advises the ACCC on complex antitrust litigation, merger approvals and investigations, with Michael Corrigan being a senior executive in the field, working with a number of large international firms on competition and consumer matters, including high-profile investigations. Elizabeth Richmond has a strong focus on merger and consumer law matters and advises on a number of key class actions. Mihkel Wilding continues to strengthen its market profile and manages competition litigation and merger control work for renowned retail and technology clients. All of these lawyers are based in Sydney. «A first-class team that can be trusted to know the details of a case. Really smart lawyers; that address the complexity of the case (legal and strategic) and offer thoughtful, measured and focused advice. In-depth strength within the team, with star individuals at partner and board/partner level. Norton Rose Fulbright advises a variety of blue-chip clients, including large corporations, financial services institutions and government agencies, on complex M&A approvals, many of which are cross-border, ACCC investigations and enforcement actions related to antitrust prosecutions, and representing clients in competition disputes. The Sydney-based team is led by Nick McHugh, who has a diverse practice in large-scale merger clearances, antitrust investigations and enforcement matters, and Martyn Taylor, who combines active competition practice with exceptional specialization in international trade matters, including high-profile anti-dumping warrants.

Hall & Wilcox`s Sports and Entertainment team represents national and global sports organizations, athletes, sponsors and companies involved in high-value transactions and litigation. Led by Sports Media Authority Martin Ross, the multidisciplinary team advises on sponsorship deals, media legal matters, sports mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, intellectual property infringement and media disputes. The group is supported by James Deady, an expert in technology sourcing, and Mark Lebbon, a special advisor. The team also volunteers and serves as lead legal counsel for the Mother`s Day Classic in Australia, an annual run and walk that raises money for breast cancer research. All of these lawyers are based in the Melbourne office. « Geoff Carter – Absolute Counsel in Competition Law. He knows this area and our organization inside out. He works closely with the General Counsel, but we can also have him work directly with the CEO, Chairman, Board of Directors, officers, middle management and employees on specific issues as needed. He is happy to meet all our needs and deadlines and we know that Minter Ellison is committed to a long-term relationship. Minter Ellison`s diverse team handles high-profile merger approvals for domestic and international transactions, antitrust and antitrust investigations, and related enforcement actions. Clients include financial services, healthcare, telecommunications and education companies, as well as government agencies, particularly for New South Wales in the ACCC Ports dispute.

The team is led by Sydney-based Paul Schoff, who regularly advises on complex competition matters, including merger clearances and market access cases. Melbourne-based Miranda Noble has extensive experience in ACCC merger control and investigations, while Geoff Carter takes the lead in antitrust prosecutions. Katrina Groshinski, also in Sydney, was recognised for her expertise when she was appointed to the National Competitiveness Council. She is leading the NSW Ports investigation. Haydn Flack was promoted to partner at the end of 2020 and focuses on merger control and conduct affairs. «Ayman Guirguis (Partner) has incredible attention to detail and will work on every final fact or legal argument in the consultation. Nevertheless, his advice is never rude, and Ayman has a knack for conveying difficult legal concepts in language easily understood by non-lawyers without sacrificing legal nuances. «Kathryn Edghill – a leader in competition and business practices, reasonable and business-oriented advice.» Herbert Smith Freehills advises on major ACCC merger approvals, investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as antitrust matters in the energy, telecommunications, financial services and infrastructure sectors. The team is led by Linda Evans, Senior Practitioner, who joined Clayton Utz in early 2021 and has extensive expertise in mergers, litigious matters and regulated industry matters. Patrick Gay has a strong focus on consumer products and deals with regulatory and competition issues, while Sarah Benbow handles litigation and cross-border issues, particularly in the UK and Europe.