Mark McCowan

Partner. Melbourne.

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Mark is a lateral thinker and a superb navigator who can guide you through the maze of regulatory obstacles.

He specialises in competition and consumer protection law and provides strategic advice on transactions, joint ventures, marketing activities and distribution and supply arrangements that helps clients manage risk and achieve their commercial objectives.

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Mark is a lateral thinker and a superb navigator who can guide you through the maze of regulatory obstacles.

He specialises in competition and consumer protection law and provides strategic advice on transactions, joint ventures, marketing activities and distribution and supply arrangements that helps clients manage risk and achieve their commercial objectives.

Mark has particular expertise in handling major regulatory investigations and has a track record of securing merger clearances for complex transactions for clients like Johnson & Johnson and BP. He has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional matters and has worked in a leading antitrust practice in Washington DC.

“Efficient and decisive” Asia Pacific Legal 500
Mark McCowan

Mark's Expertise

  • Johnson & Johnson’s global acquisition of Pfizer’s consumer healthcare business Acting for Johnson & Johnson in obtaining ACCC clearance for its global acquisition of Pfizer's consumer healthcare business - which established Johnson & Johnson as the world’s largest consumer healthcare business - and its proposed acquisition of Guidant Corporation.
  • BP Australia’s acquisition of Reliance Petroleum Acting for BP Australia in obtaining unconditional clearance from the ACCC for its acquisition of Reliance Petroleum. This deal was the first major retail petroleum transaction to be reviewed by the ACCC since it blocked Caltex’s acquisition of Mobil’s retail network.
  • Primo Smallgoods acquisition of Hans Smallgoods Acting for Primo Smallgoods in obtaining ACCC clearance for its acquisition of Hans Continental Smallgoods. The transaction was approved on the basis of a "failing firm" argument, which was the first time the argument had been accepted by the ACCC in many years.
  • The Boeing Company’s global acquisition of Insitu Inc Acting for Boeing in obtaining ACCC clearance for its global acquisition of Insitu Inc, a leading global developer of unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Confidential disputes and ACCC investigations Acting on confidential disputes and ACCC investigations for clients in industries including resources, aviation, paper products, container shipping, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer electronics.

Mark's Leadership

  • Law Council of Australia Competition and Consumer Committee Member
  • American Bar Association Member and Newsletter Editor, International Antitrust Committee
  • Australian American Leadership Dialogue Participant

What others say

  • “Clients identify Mark as a 'very smart' lawyer who 'knows the law yet is also practical'” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Leading Lawyer - Competition/Antitrust” Chambers Global Guide, 2012-2014
  • “Thinks very well and concisely about the issues” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Mark McCowan is quick in terms of understanding facts - he articulates issues in such a way that they are absorbed quickly” Chambers Global Guide, 2011
  • “Efficient and decisive” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2010/11
  • “Up and Coming Individual - Competition/Antitrust” Chambers Global Guide, 2011
  • “'2010 Legal A-team' - one of 109 best Australian lawyers nominated by leading general counsel in a 2010 survey” Commissioned by the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and published in The Australian newspaper
  • “Talented” Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012/13

Mark's Thinking