Major infrastructure owners and service providers in industries such as energy, telecommunications, rail, water, aviation and ports are governed by complex regulatory frameworks affecting access to and the ownership and operation of those assets.
Our competition and regulation team have the breadth of experience in a diverse range of economic regulatory frameworks as well as expertise in the interface of regulatory practice and competition law, meaning we are well-placed to help clients who are subject to industry-specific regulation. We provide advice to access seekers and owners of infrastructure assets, as well as buyers, sellers and financiers of those assets.
We also help clients manage and shape their regulatory environment to ensure that they are well-placed to take commercial advantage of growth opportunities while complying with industry-specific regulation.
Our global team advises on price controls and market access, as well as on regulatory issues that arise in merger control proceedings and in relation to regulatory investigations. We also have extensive experience in regulatory complaints, appeals and disputes.
A major telecommunications company
Advising in relation to various regulatory matters, including the 08X numbers case in the UK Supreme Court and a series of consequent proceedings
China Light and Power and ExxonMobil
Advising in connection with the review of the regulatory arrangements (including price controls) applicable to their electricity-related activities in Hong Kong
London and Continental Railways
Advising on the establishment of the bespoke regulatory regime for the High Speed 1 railway used by Eurostar and domestic high speed services, and the subsequent £2.1 billion sale of the railway
Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy
Advising in an appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal of pricing and revenue cap determinations by the Australian Energy Regulator
Advising on a wide spectrum of business critical regulatory litigation, including in respect of Pay TV (including BT's most recent appeal in the Competition Appeal Tribunal) and telecommunications (wholesale broadband price controls, Ethernet and VULA)
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Advising on the aviation regulatory aspects concerning a landmark £220 million securitisation financing using its take-off and landing slot portfolio at London Heathrow, including seeking consents from the UK CAA and Airport Coordinator Limited, as well as other aviation regulatory matters including ownership & control restrictions.
Liza is a partner who leads the firm’s Competition, Regulation and Trade practice in Australia. Liza specialises in complex mergers clearances, regulatory cases, defending clients in investigations and legal actions by the ACCC in the energy, transport, manufacturing, retail and communications industries.