GCR 100 - 15th Edition

Gilbert and Tobin

26 March 2015

Australia 

Gilbert + Tobin is well-recognised as a leading competition practice in Australia. The firm comprises nine partners and 26 additional lawyers, including Who’s Who Legal nominees Gina Cass-Gottlieb, practice head Luke Woodward and Elizabeth Avery. Catherine Dermody, previously a partner, left Gilbert + Tobin in June to join the Victorian Bar.

The firm has established a reputation as a “game changer”, continuing to expand its cutting-edge instructions for a range of significant corporate clients including Caltex, Rio Tinto, Nine Entertainment, Samsung, Telstra and Wesfarmers. Peter Waters, Simon Muys and Moya Dodd serve as Telstra’s lead external competition and regulatory advisers on the National Broadband Network, the most significant competition restructuring in Australia.

The firm has advised on several complex and high-profile transactions in the past year, including advising Westpac in its A$1.45 billion acquisition of assets from rival bank Lloyds, and acteing for Rio Tinto and two other companies on the design, joint development and eventual ACCC authorisation of a major new coal supply chain. The firm has significant experience in the airline industry, having advised Virgin Australia in its acquisition of Tiger Australia and in the re-authorisation of its alliance with Air New Zealand, and represented Thai Airways and Malaysian Airlines in successfully settling Federal Court proceedings commenced by the ACCC in relation to alleged cartel conduct relating to air cargo surcharges and in follow-on class action damages, which were eventually settled for A$38 million.

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