11 November 2022
Higher penalties and strengthened unfair contract terms regime under amendments to Australian Competition and Consumer Law
The Federal Government has amended the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) to increase maximum penalties for contraventions of Australia’s competition and consumer laws and strengthen the unfair contract terms ( UCT ) regime in the Australian Consumer Law. This is what you need to know.
07 September 2022
CONSORTIA AND COMPETITION LAW
Kyriakos Fountoukakos (EMEA Regional Head of Competition, Regulation and Trade) and Kian O'Connell (Legal Stagiaire) in our Brussels office have recently co-authored an article on EU competition law considerations in relation to consortia, published by Competition Policy International .
30 June 2022
Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide 2022
We are pleased to announce the launch of the sixth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide. Since the previous edition of the guide and in the context of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, competition authorities across the Asia-Pacific region have...
31 May 2022
Competition Law and Sustainability
Our competition team has recently published an article in Practical Law on competition law and sustainability (see here for subscribers and here for a hardcopy of the article) covering the current state of play of sustainability in the context of competition law in several key jurisdictions.
28 April 2021
Key learnings from ACCC v Google (No 2) for disclosing data practices
The Federal Court has handed down its decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Google LLC (No 2)  FCA 367. The decision is important as it shows the continued acceptance by the Federal Court of expert evidence in the field of behavioural economics as a foundation for...
02 June 2020
General Court Landmark Ruling in Three/O2 Commission Prohibition
On 28 May 2020 the General Court handed down its ruling in CK Telecoms UK Investment Ltd v European Commission (Case T-399/16) in which it annulled the EU Commission’s decision which prohibited the proposed acquisition by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd (Hutchison) of Telefónica Europe plc (O2). The...
12 May 2020
Full Federal Court dismisses ACCC’s appeal against Pacific National’s intermodal terminal acquisition
The Full Federal Court has dismissed the ACCC’s appeal in respect of its case against Pacific National and Aurizon. 1 In dismissing the ACCC’s appeal, the Full Federal Court confirmed the test to be applied when assessing whether a firm’s conduct will be likely to have the effect of substantially...
09 April 2020
Exploring Opportunities: Managing competition issues whilst allowing businesses to collaborate (Australia)
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rush of applications to the ACCC seeking to authorise coordination as between competitors which might otherwise contravene provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act ( CCA ) .
01 April 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: The CNMC launches a whistleblowing/ enquiries tool for competition law matters related to the COVID-19 outbreak (Spain)
The CNMC bolsters its online whistleblowing hotline to pursue anticompetitive conduct in any sector, although with a special interest in the medical equipment, funeral and cremation services sectors. An enquiries platform is also launched so that operators can make competition law enquiries to the...
22 September 2023
Age Verification Roadmap – key updates on the regulation of online safety and age verification
The release of the eSafety Commissioner’s Roadmap for Age Verification and the Australian Government’s response puts a pause on mandatory age verification, but signals a focus on further regulatory reform.
21 September 2023
#FDIFriday – the Global Foreign Direct Investment podcast series
Our latest #FDIFriday podcast series brings together experts from our Global Foreign Investment Regulation Group to discuss the rapidly-evolving FDI regulatory landscape in accessible, digestible podcast episodes to help clients and our wider network keep abreast of the latest developments in this...
21 September 2023
Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival (#ArbFest2023)
Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival, hosted by the Scottish Arbitration Centre. The event will be held on 21 and 22 September 2023, a year on from the record-breaking International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)...
21 September 2023
Australian Federal Court finds in favour of former Quintis CEO in directors duties case brought by regulator
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission ( ASIC ) has failed in its action against the former CEO & Managing Director of Quintis Limited ( Quintis ) for alleged breaches of section 180 of the Corporations Act (the duty to act with care and diligence). Following a four-week trial,...
19 September 2023
Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars
In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...
14 September 2023
Talking Shop: A consumer sector podcast series
Expert insights for navigating the big trends and key issues redefining the global consumer sector. From rampant digitisation and supply chain reinvention to sustainability and geopolitical factors, the consumer sector is fast-evolving to meet the challenges – and opportunities – facing companies...
14 September 2023
King's College London International Construction Arbitration Conference 2023
King's College London International Construction Arbitration Conference 2023 Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution 14 September 2023, 09:00 to 17:00 Ashworth Centre, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, London