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Michael Coutts

Michael Coutts

Solicitor

Michael is a Solicitor in the Competition, Regulation and Trade group.

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Experience

Michael advises clients on matters relating to competition law, including merger clearances, cartels, investigations and enforcement, access and infrastructure regulation and consumer law. He also has extensive experience advising clients in various sectors involved in ACCC investigations, including responding to compulsory notices to produce information and documents.

Michael is well regarded for his legal knowledge, technical expertise, and focus on client service. He prides himself on his ability to provide clear advice and excellent support to clients consistent with their broader corporate objectives. Michael has a particular interest in the technology, retail and fast moving consumer goods sectors.

Michael is passionate about diversity and wellness in the workplace and was a finalist for 'Wellness Advocate of the Year' at the Lawyers Weekly Awards in 2019. 

Michael’s experience includes advising:

  • Bingo Industries Limited’s acquisition of Dial-a-Dump Industries for $577.5m.
  • AGL on ongoing strategic competition advice, including concerning the ACCC’s Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry, East Coast Gas Inquiries and the AER’s South Australian black system event investigation.
  • NBN Co on a number of regulatory and consumer law issues.
  • Caltex Australia on ongoing strategic competition advice, including in respect of contemplated transactions.
  • Aspen Pharmacare on a variety of competition law issues, including competition law issues associated with the distribution of pharmaceuticals.
  • Port of Brisbane on preparing an appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal concerning the conditions imposed by the ACCC in its authorisation of long term contractual arrangements with Carnival plc.

 

Background

Michael holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney and an LLM from the University of Melbourne. He is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia (UK). Michael is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia.

Michael has worked for Herbert Smith Freehills in its Sydney and London offices, and has also spent time on secondment as an in-house counsel for a large consumer goods company.