With strong economic fundamentals, a positive outlook, proximity and strong trade links with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, Australia offers a wealth of opportunities for global investors and multinational...more
A Snapshot - New Developments Shaping Australia's Cartel
Identifying and prosecuting cartel conduct is an "enduring priority" for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and...more
Since our last edition, there has been a number of developments in the Life Sciences sector across the Asia Pacific region and we are pleased to be able to update you on these recent trends.
It is evident that the...more
On the 6 March 2014, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released terms of reference to progress work on the Optional Firm Access (OFA) framework initially outlined in the Transmission Frameworks Review published...more
The Federal Government released the Productivity Commission's (PC) final report(Report) on 11 February 2014. The Report proposes yet another test for the controversial 'criterion (b)'. However it is not clear that the new...more
The South Australian parliament yesterday passed amendments to the National Electricity Law (NEL) and National Gas Law (NGL) to give effect to the policy position of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) in...more
In our August article on recent developments in airport regulation, we considered the United Kingdom (UK) Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) path to economic licencing of airports. To recap, the path is...more
It is a well-established and universally accepted principle of competition law that a payment by one competitor to another competitor not to enter a market is anticompetitive, and in Australia since 2010 a criminal offence....more
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) on Friday released its Draft rate of return guideline, August 2013 (AER Draft Guideline). The AER Draft Guideline sets out the methodologies, models and other material that the AER...more
IN THIS ISSUE:
- A new wave of regulatory enforcement actions in China – Are we witnessing a prolonged enforcement cycle?
- Update on recent decisions
- Australia’s innovation patent – The...more
Since 2002 when price cap regulation at Australian capital city airports was abolished and replaced with lighthanded price monitoring by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC),...more
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) first case solely based on the unfair contract terms provisions of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) has resulted in the Federal Court declaring by consent that four...more
Mining projects require rail and port access to get the resource from the mine to the export market. Owners and users alike are constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency of the supply chain...more
Joint venture structures are frequently used to undertake large resources projects. A joint venture may be used to both develop a project and sell the output from a project.
Such joint ventures...more
Users of open access supply chains frequently seek to collectively negotiate various arrangements between themselves and with the supply chain operator. These negotiations and subsequent agreements often...more
A mining consumables company was sold to a private equity firm. Seven hours later, the company was onsold at a $22 million premium to a competing Australian mining consumables company well known to the...more