Caroline Coops is a partner in the competition law and regulatory group in the Melbourne office of King & Wood Mallesons. Her practice focuses on contested merger clearances, abuse of dominance, regulatory investigations, pricing and distribution strategies, consumer protection and restrictive trade practices matters. Caroline has particular experience advising clients on the competition law aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as advising on potential competitive effects of commercial arrangements (eg, joint venture proposals, distribution and supply contracts, market offerings and pricing structures).Caroline represents clients from a wide array of industries including banking, telecommunications, petroleum and retail. These clients rely on her extensive experience with the ACCC, including her understanding of their priorities and approach, and track record in devising innovative solutions in complex merger control cases.Caroline has been recognised as a leading competition practitioner by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012, 2013 and 2014) and The International Financial Law Review’s Expert Guide to Competition and Antitrust Lawyers and Economists (2011, 2012 and 2013), and as one of Australia’s top competition lawyers, as judged by peers, in The Australian Financial Review in 2011 and 2012. Caroline was also shortlisted for the Euromoney Legal Media Group – Asia Women in Business Law Awards in 2011 and 2012. Caroline has also been named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Melbourne competition ‘Lawyer of the Year’.