Competition + Regulation

Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition + Regulation is the pre-eminent competition practice in Australia. To operate effectively, businesses need to understand the relevant competition law and regulatory regimes applicable to their industries, particularly businesses operating across multiple jurisdictions. With a comprehensive understanding of competition law issues and various regulated markets, our competition lawyers provide practical and strategic legal advice to deliver on corporate objectives, while mitigating risk.

    Our Approach

    Australia has experienced significant changes to it's principal competition law, the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) with the Harper reforms along with increased powers of regulators, impacting corporate transactions, and dramatically altering the dynamics of regulated industries such as financial industries, telecommunications and utilities. 

    With seven partners, five special counsel and a large team of lawyers, Gilbert + Tobin’s market-leading competition practice is one of the largest in Australia. We consistently win complex and cutting-edge work because of our track record or achieving results for clients on high-stakes transactions and complex litigation. With a sophisticated understanding of the interplay between law, economics and our clients’ commercial strategies, we provide practical and strategic advice so that our clients can achieve their commercial objectives whilst complying with competition laws. We are the go-to-firm for international companies with interest here.

    We provide commercially-focused legal solutions to help achieve business objectives. Our team advises a diverse client base that includes large listed companies, privately held companies and government. We advise board members and senior management on strategic business and policy issues as well as providing competition law, consumer law and regulatory advice to legal teams on transactions, dealings with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and other regulators, compliance and day-to-day issues.

    Our competition + regulation services include advising on:

    • Mergers and acquisitions, including ACCC clearances.
    • Competition law issues arising from joint ventures and strategic alliances.
    • ACCC investigations, enforcement proceedings and litigation, including representing cartel leniency applicants in Australia and Asia Pacific and representing parties in civil damages proceedings.
    • Criminal investigations under the CCA, now that criminal sanctions apply for cartel conduct.
    • Access regimes, economic regulation and pricing decisions including representing regulators and regulated businesses.
    • Regulatory design and implementation for government entities in the Asia Pacific region, including telecommunications, financial services, energy and water.
    • Legislative reform, including preparing submissions to government and regulatory reviews such as the Harper Review. 
    • Misleading and deceptive conduct, consumer protection and unconscionability issues.
    • Compliance systems and providing training.

    We have particular areas of expertise in the following sectors of commerce and industry;

    • Financial Services 
    • Energy + Resources 
    • Rail + Ports
    • Infrastructure
    • Health + Life Sciences
    • Telecommunications
    • Water projects + Regulation
    • Consumer + Retail
    • Hospitality + Leisure

    Get the lowdown on developments in competition law in Australia and around the world with The Competitive Edge podcast.

    Awarded Law Firm of the Year – Competition


    Band 1 for Competition + Regulation 

    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022

    Tier 1 for Competition + Regulation

    Legal 500 2021

    The team is recognised as 'Elite'

    GCR100 2021

    Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas - AbbVie's $63 billion acquisition of Allergan

    GCR AWARDS 2021

    Merger Control Matter of the Year - Europe - Google's US$2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit

    GCR AWARDS 2021

    The team named the leading firm in Asia-Pacific, Competition 

    Who’s Who Legal 2018

    Australian Law Firm of the Year - Competition Law