Cartels & Competition Investigations

Cartels & Competition Investigations - Australia

Respond strongly to competition and cartel investigations

In an aggressive enforcement environment, you benefit from our strong track record of assisting our clients on domestic and international cartel investigations and prosecutions, as well as follow-on individual and class actions for damages.

You also benefit from our international network and close working relationships with other leading advisers located around the world. This strength means that we are well equipped to respond to competition and cartel investigations launched by local Australian regulators and their offshore counterparts, and to co-ordinate our clients’ responses across all jurisdictions, including across Asia, in the UK and Europe and in the Americas.

In addition to responding to enforcement actions, we work closely with our clients to proactively avoid the risks associated with these actions by developing comprehensive compliance programmes. We tailor these to your industry and the jurisdictions in which you operate.

From class actions for international cartels to allegations of price fixing, we have been involved in some of the most significant cartel matters in recent times. 

Experienced cartel lawyers 

We advise clients in the airline, health, manufacturing, electricity, financial services and gambling sectors on all aspects of cartel law. Our cartel lawyers recently acted in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) largest domestic cartel legal proceedings, which included allegations against both suppliers and their customer for cartel conduct in the health industry.

For an overview of Australia's law and enforcement regime relating to cartels, see Global Legal Insights to: Cartels 2017 (Australia) co-authored by Sharon Henrick, Wayne Leach and Peta Stevenson (published by Global Legal Group Ltd London).

We have a full team specialising in this area.

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