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Competition & Regulatory

Competition & Regulatory

Competition and consumer protection laws and their enforcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) impact many major business activities. Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, infrastructure investments, supply and distribution arrangements and marketing initiatives may all raise competition and industry regulation issues.

Multinational businesses also need to be aware of the important differences between Australian competition and ‘antitrust’ laws and those in other jurisdictions.

Getting the right advice can make the difference between a successful deal and a considerable liability, cost or delay. We work with our clients to achieve their business goals, ensuring we minimise delays, manage associated regulatory risks, and, of course, get the deal through. We also bring our strong relationships and real insight into ACCC practices and procedures to the table.

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Competition Review: January 2016

This issue includes the ACCC action against Woolworths for unconscionable conduct towards suppliers, recent penalties for false or misleading representations, and undertakings from BP, Caltex, Woolworths, 7-Eleven and Informed Sources.

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ACCC and competition between ports

The ACCC has clearly signalled its preference that State Governments protect opportunities for competition between spatially proximate port facilities in the context of privatisation. This article explores some of the difficulties experienced with t

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Competition Review: December 2015

This issue includes the Federal Court decision on Jetstar and Virgin Australia ‘drip pricing’, ACCC’s concerns with the Iron Mountain proposed acquisition of Recall Holdings, as well as updates on the ihail and Sea Swift authorisations.

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Federal government releases its response to the Harper Competition Policy Review

The government’s recent response to the Harper Review is generally supportive, and recognises the potential for significant gains arising from improvements to our national competition law and policy.

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Telstra takes on the ACCC’s access pricing determination

With $120 million in annual revenue at stake, Telstra is fighting a forced reduction to its wholesale prices.

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Competition Review: November 2015

This issue includes the ACCC’s concerns with the Foxtel / Ten proposed acquisitions, as well as Brookfield’s proposed acquisition of Asciano.

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Our Thinking

Competition Review: January 2016

This issue includes the ACCC action against Woolworths for unconscionable conduct towards suppliers, recent penalties for false or misleading representations, and undertakings from BP, Caltex, Woolworths, 7-Eleven and Informed Sources.

ACCC and competition between ports

The ACCC has clearly signalled its preference that State Governments protect opportunities for competition between spatially proximate port facilities in the context of privatisation. This article explores some of the difficulties experienced with t

Competition Review: December 2015

This issue includes the Federal Court decision on Jetstar and Virgin Australia ‘drip pricing’, ACCC’s concerns with the Iron Mountain proposed acquisition of Recall Holdings, as well as updates on the ihail and Sea Swift authorisations.

Federal government releases its response to the Harper Competition Policy Review

The government’s recent response to the Harper Review is generally supportive, and recognises the potential for significant gains arising from improvements to our national competition law and policy.

Telstra takes on the ACCC’s access pricing determination

With $120 million in annual revenue at stake, Telstra is fighting a forced reduction to its wholesale prices.

Competition Review: November 2015

This issue includes the ACCC’s concerns with the Foxtel / Ten proposed acquisitions, as well as Brookfield’s proposed acquisition of Asciano.