Peter Armitage is a senior partner in Ashurst Australia’s competition and consumer protection team and has been a partner since 1992. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading competition law practitioners. He specialises in complex merger clearances in both domestic and international transactions. He also has a long track record of effectively defending clients in investigations and legal actions by the ACCC.Mr Armitage has advised on competition law issues and obtained merger clearances from the ACCC in numerous acquisitions in the pharmaceutical, hospitals, medical equipment, payments, telecommunications, food ingredients, gas, paper, chemicals, entertainment, sugar, airline catering, metal manufacturing, automotive components, building materials, plastics, explosives, clothing and mining equipment sectors.Mr Armitage advised Pick n Pay on the merger clearance process for the sale of its Franklins business to Metcash. He is very experienced in working with overseas counsel in the coordination of global merger clearances. For example, he acted for Office Depot in its proposed acquisition by Staples, for Wyeth in its acquisition by Pfizer, for Google in its acquisitions of DoubleClick and Motorola Mobility, for Adidas in its global acquisition of Reebok, for Boston Scientific in its acquisition of Guidant and for Bucyrus in its acquisition of Terex’s earthmoving equipment business.