Competition & Antitrust

Our team has significant experience in advising the owners of major international brands on Australian issues.

We have acted on merger matters for Australian aspects of international transactions as well as representing clients in relation to allegations of anti-competitive conduct with effect in Australia.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is, in Addisons’ view, Australia’s most effective regulator. It has broad powers to run investigations and take enforcement action for breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) and has a tool kit of sanctions it can seek and impose on businesses that is second to none. In this context, it is essential for lawyers working in this field to keep a keen eye on helping clients mitigate their risk, while at the same time delivering practical and strategic outcomes relevant to their client’s business. This is the philosophy of the Addisons’ competition and antitrust team.

Services

  • Anti-competitive conduct allegations
  • Compliance programs
  • Investigations and immunity applications
  • Marketing and advertising reviews
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Misuse of market power
  • Product recalls
  • Section 155 notices
  • Unconscionable conduct
  • Unfair contract terms

People

Laura Hartley

Partner

Sarah Best

Special Counsel

Renee Shipp

Special Counsel

Julie Allen

Senior Associate

Clients

The a2 Milk Company, Bega Cheese, The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Australia , Colgate-Palmolive , Hill’s Pet Nutrition , Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company