Good response times, industry knowledge and business acumen
Advising on and drafting access undertakings for approval by the Queensland Competition Authority in relation to declared below rail services in the central Queensland coal region, including drafting of submissions in response to the QCA. Also advised on application of existing access undertaking and on terms of agreements for the provision of access to below rail services.
Acting on the ACCC clearance of Staples Inc.’s US$6.3 billion global acquisition of Office Depot, Inc (trading in Australia as OfficeMax). Involved a detailed five-month review in which the ACCC defined a market in which the merged firm’s market share exceeded 80%. Unconditional, phase one clearance for this highly contentious transaction was obtained. The transaction did not proceed after Staples failed in a bid to overturn an adverse US Federal Trade Commission decision.