Ian Reynolds

Consultant. Sydney.

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Ian Reynolds

Ian Reynolds is a Consultant in the Competition & Regulatory Practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

An international competition lawyer with a strong M&A focus, Ian has superior skills in project managing complex international mergers, cartel and other matters for a range of clients in many sectors and jurisdictions.

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Ian Reynolds is a Consultant in the Competition & Regulatory Practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

An international competition lawyer with a strong M&A focus, Ian has superior skills in project managing complex international mergers, cartel and other matters for a range of clients in many sectors and jurisdictions.

Ian provides competition support to Corporate and M&A teams on deal timing, structures and contractual documents.  He has significant experience in working on complex commercial arrangements, in particular in the M&A, joint venture and distribution contexts and substantial negotiation and advocacy experience with competition regulators and private parties.

Ian has an extremely detailed knowledge of worldwide regulatory regimes and procedures and substantial Australian experience working with some of Australia’s largest companies, and the ACCC.

Ian is qualified and admitted in England & Wales, and is not yet admitted in Australia.  

Ian Reynolds

Ian's Expertise

  • Key areas of focus M&A, market power, regulatory compliance, supply and distribution, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements.

    Ian has provided competition support for a large number of high profile transactions and commercial practices in particular in the following areas: media and telecoms, consumer goods and retail, airlines, oil and gas, gambling, petrochemicals and major oil & gas infrastructure projects, transport and logistics, and industrial and building materials.
  • Complex merger matters Ian was integrally involved in the competition aspects of Tabcorp Holdings Limited's contested tie-up with Tatts Group Limited. Ian had a central role supporting partners and counsel both in ACCC process and before the Australian Competition Tribunal and Federal Court. Ian has assisted scores of companies in the sectors mentioned above in designing notification strategies and submissions to the ACCC, ultimately obtaining both confidential pre-assessments and more complex clearances. Ian has also worked for parties or third parties on a large proportion of the transactions which have entered second phase review in the last five completed years.
  • Transactions in disrupted sectors Ian has long experience assisting a large Australian media company, including in relation to the launch of a groundbreaking subscription video-on-demand joint venture. Ian also assisted a major listed Australian online booking engine on its A$700 million sale to a US competitor. This major deal played out against a backdrop of disruption and new entrant business models.
  • Pharmaceutical and medical Ian provides strategic support for several large, listed pharmaceutical companies (and their local subsidiaries) including working on a US$20+ billion complex asset swap, which was GCR deal of the year in 2014.
  • Liaison and negotiation with ACCC Ian has significant experience in resolving regulatory issues in transactions by negotiating appropriate remedies (including behavioural remedies). Ian works with companies and regulators to ensure international remedies resolve local Australian concerns, reducing risk for transaction parties.
  • Joint ventures Ian has substantial experience in structuring joint ventures and collaboration agreements (including arrangements between competitors) to comply with Australia’s competition laws, particularly the cartel provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. This includes work for some of the largest energy and construction companies active in Australia.
  • Compliance Ian strongly supports competition and consumer law compliance efforts and has prepared and presented compliance materials (including detailed seminars and scenario-based training) in a variety of contexts such as financial services and transaction support, consumer goods retailing and the mining sector.
  • Supply and distribution Ian provides support for premium brands on distribution strategies and joint venture arrangements both in Australia and the EU/EEA.