Jacqueline Downes

Jacqueline Downes

Partner since 2007
BA (Hons) LLB (Hons)
Sydney | +61 2 9230 4850
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Jacqueline advises on all types of competition law matters including cartel investigations, mergers, misuse of market power, exclusive dealing, joint ventures, distribution arrangements, resale price maintenance, third line forcing, access, consumer protection, advertising and unconscionability.

Jacqueline has acted in a number of high profile matters including for:

  • FOXTEL – acquisition of AUSTAR.
  • Wesfarmers – acquisition of Coles Group, at the time the largest merger in Australian corporate history.
  • St.George Bank – merger with Westpac Bank, the largest bank merger ever in Australia.
  • Cemex – acquisition of Rinker and subsequent sale to Holcim.
  • The Queensland Government – privatisation of Queensland Rail's coal transport business, the second largest initial public offering ever conducted in Australia.
  • News Limited – acquisition of Vogue, Notebook and The Wentworth Courier.
  • Oracle Corporation – acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Jacqueline also has particular expertise in access matters under Part IIIA and Part XIC including:

  • FOXTEL – acting on various arbitrations and exemption applications and appearing before the Australian Competition Tribunal.
  • FOXTEL – acting in regard to obtaining ACCC acceptance of the first ever special access undertaking which was successfully defended in the Federal Court.
  • Queensland Government – advising on access and competition matters for its privatisation of Queensland Rail's coal transport business.
  • Advising on access in rail, telecommunications, waste and water.

Jacqueline also advises and acts for companies the subject of national and international investigations into cartel and other matters by the ACCC. She regularly advises clients on compliance with the Australian Consumer Law. Jacqueline has been involved in key trade practices litigation, including litigation by Seven Network in relation to the acquisition of the AFL and NRL rights.

Recent commentary in Chambers Asia Pacific notes that Jacqueline is a 'strategic thinker' whose 'responsiveness, sharp intelligence and ability to deliver set her apart'.

Jacqueline is an active member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia.