Competition, Consumer & Regulatory
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is one of Australia's most vigorous regulators, with wide-reaching powers enabling it to scrutinise mergers and other transactions, take action against cartel conduct, enforce other consumer and competition laws and shape industry regulation resulting from market inquiries.
Lawmakers consult closely with the ACCC for input on legal and industry reforms. The ACCC and other regulators are increasingly active in the enforcement of competition and consumer laws.
How we can help
We offer truly unrivalled experience in working with clients to navigate competition and consumer law issues, including:
- mergers and acquisitions;
- joint ventures;
- anti-competitive conduct allegations;
- investigations and immunity applications;
- access undertakings and arrangements;
- enforcement and third-party litigation;
- marketing and advertising reviews;
- unfair contract terms and unconscionable conduct;
- market inquiries and studies; and
- compliance programs.
We have acted in many of Australia's major cartel investigations, prosecutions and class actions, high-profile mergers, access disputes and consumer protection proceedings. We conduct litigation and represent clients before the ACCC, the Australian Competition Tribunal, the National Competition Council, the Federal Court and the High Court.
Resolving novel and complex regulatory issues
Our strong relationships with the ACCC and other key regulators, and our deep knowledge of how they operate, are the product of years of dealings and interactions. We have a reputation for resolving novel and complex regulatory issues and work with clients to manage the impact of deregulation and legislative changes.