Competition, fair trading and consumer protection are at the heart of business. We provide clients with strategic advice, advocacy and dispute resolution to navigate the regulatory environment.
Clients praise Competition practice head Zaven Mardirossian as “a straight talker who knows his stuff very, very well” and excels when it comes to providing pragmatic advice on dealings with aggressive competitors.
Barro Group Pty Ltd
Industry Super Australia
Just Group Limited
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
Electricity industry investigation
Agricultural cartel investigation
Breville Group Limited
We assist clients in securing ACCC approval for mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. Our team is skilled at assessing whether a deal is likely to raise competition issues or trigger an ACCC investigation. Our advice is sought internationally, including from major US hedge funds.
ACCC investigations and prosecutions
We have successfully represented numerous clients in ACCC investigations and prosecutions for cartel conduct, misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, and other types of anticompetitive conduct in a wide range of industries.
Competition and consumer law disputes
We are experienced in commercial litigation and resolving disputes between competitors, supplier disputes, franchising disputes, disputes with consumers and class actions. We act strategically to achieve the client’s commercial objectives in the most effective manner, often resolving matters quickly without the need for court proceedings or a trial.
Competition and consumer law advice
We advise clients on how to achieve their commercial objectives within the requirements of competition and consumer law. This includes advice on structuring transactions, and seeking ACCC approvals where appropriate. We also provide advice on advertising and marketing campaigns, from developing the fundamental concept of the campaign to execution and sign-off.
We advise companies on whether to conduct a product recall, the parameters of the recall, dealing with the ACCC and other regulators, and dealing with consumers, suppliers and other participants in the supply chain. We have acted in a number of major national product recalls, including of consumer electrical products and clothing.
Compliance programmes and risk management
As part of their corporate governance and risk management, we help clients to implement their own internal competition and consumer law compliance program and develop a “compliance culture”. This is a factor taken into account by the ACCC in making decisions about enforcement action, and by the Courts in setting penalties. We provide compliance training tailored to the client’s industry, drawing on our extensive experience in ACCC investigations and prosecutions.
The team, which handles competition and IP matters provides a “fast turnaround” and “targeted advice”.