His expertise encompasses merger clearances, joint ventures and collaborations, access to infrastructure, and enforcement.
Matthew has particular experience advising clients in the energy and resources industry, including in relation to access to rail and port infrastructure, joint venture issues and obtaining authorisation from the ACCC.
Matthew has extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of competition law, including clients in the energy and resources industry such as BHP Billiton, Santos and Peabody, and clients in the power industry such as the Singapore Power group, Pacific Hydro and Energy Australia.
Matthew has a law degree and a masters (LLM) specialising in competition law. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Committee, the leading competition policy body in Australia.
Matthew has advised:
- BHP Billiton on competition and regulatory issues relating to access to significant port and rail infrastructure
- Santos on competition and regulatory issues relating to acquisitions (including ACCC merger clearance for its acquisition of Eastern Star Gas), joint venture arrangements (including in relation to its Gladstone LNG project and obtaining ACCC authorisation for oil arrangements in the Surat Basin) and electricity supply arrangements (including for the Gladstone LNG project)
- various mining consortia involving Peabody and others on competition issues, including obtaining 7 separate authorisations from the ACCC to allow collective negotiations with owners of significant infrastructure such as dams, railways and ports
- NSW Ports consortium on competition and regulatory issues relating to its acquisition of a 99 year lease of Port Botany and Port Kembla, including liaising with the ACCC and providing advice on port access issues
- Singapore Power group: acquisition of Alinta and float of SP AusNet, as well as advising on the application of State and national electricity and gas frameworks in various situations, including in relation to price reviews and challenges to AER decisions, a Royal Commission inquiry into Victorian bushfires, smart metering, electricity outages, electricity supply to the Victorian desalination plant, access to the NSW gas distribution network and Queensland Gas Pipeline and outsourcing arrangements.
Matthew holds a Masters of Law (specialising in competition law) and a Bachelor of Law. Matthew has studied US and international antitrust masters courses at the University of Columbia in New York.
Matthew is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Committee, the leading competition policy body in Australia.