About Ted Hill
Ted advises clients on complex competition law and regulatory matters. He also regularly assists government and private sector clients with industry reform matters and strategic transactions, particularly in the infrastructure sector.
Mergers and acquisitions
Ted assists clients obtain ACCC clearance for acquisitions and joint ventures, with particular experience in the mining, oil and gas, energy, chemicals, financial, food, liquor, retail and transport industries. Some representative matters include:
- assisting Rio Tinto in relation to BHP Billiton's takeover bid and the subsequent negotiation of the proposed Pilbara iron ore joint venture with BHP Billiton; and
- acting for the Cheung Kong Group in obtaining ACCC clearance to acquire APA.
ACCC investigations and litigation
Ted assists clients in relation to ACCC investigations of possible breaches of competition law, and where necessary in relation to ACCC litigation. He recently acted for ANZ in successfully defending criminal cartel proceedings brought by the ACCC and the CDPP arising from an ANZ institutional share placement.
Ted advises clients in relation to third party infrastructure regulation, including bidders for, and owners and users of, regulated assets. He acted for Rio Tinto in successfully opposing FMG's application for access to rail infrastructure in the Pilbara, including legal proceedings in the Australian Competition Tribunal, Federal Court and High Court. Ted regularly acts for State economic regulators, including in Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
Industry reform and strategic transactions
Ted regularly acts for government clients in relation to industry reform, including the design and implementation of infrastructure regulatory regimes, including:
- advising various Council of Australian Government bodies on the drafting and implementation of laws regulating third party access to gas pipelines in Australia;
- acting for the Papua New Guinea Government on the introduction of general competition laws and new regulatory regimes in a number of infrastructure and utility industries;
- acting for the Victorian Government in relation to the Victorian public transport sector, including the franchising of train and tram businesses in 1999, the restructure of the franchise arrangements in 2003, including bringing V/Line Passenger back into State ownership and the refranchising in 2009 and 2017; and
- acting for the Commonwealth Government and agricultural industry bodies in relation to privatisation of agricultural industry bodies in the wool, dairy and pork industries.
Ted also regularly acts for clients in relation to long term strategic matters, including:
- advising Rio Tinto on a series of significant transactions in the Pilbara, including transactions allowing the combined operation of the Hamersley and Robe rail and port infrastructure, the acquisition of an interest in and development of the Hope Downs mine, and the BHP takeover offer and the proposed Pilbara iron ore joint venture with BHP; and
- acting for participants in a number of LNG projects in relation to the development of LNG projects in Australia and offshore.
Ted is recognised as a leading competition law practitioner in Chambers Asia Pacific and is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia.