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Combining the knowledge of local laws and cultures with a global reach is just one of the ways Baker & McKenzie separates itself from other firms. Our genuinely global perspective allows us to operate without boundaries around the world, in every jurisdiction that is important to your business.

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Competition and Consumer Law in Australia

Baker & McKenzie's Competition and Consumer Law Group acts for a wide range of clients in all areas of competition, regulatory, trade practices and consumer law including:

  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) merger clearance;
  • ACCC investigations into alleged cartel conduct and other forms of anticompetitive conduct, including applications for immunity for cartel conduct;
  • competition litigation and disputes (including class actions and alternative dispute resolution);
  • competition and trade practices advisory work (including advising on joint ventures and other strategic alliances, distribution arrangements and other commercial dealings); and
  • competition law compliance training and related advice
  • regulatory - including tariff settling, price reviews, utilities regulation and access to infrastructure
  • consumer protection law - including misleading conduct, advertising and promotion law, franchising law, product liability and consumer warranties

We offer expert practical assistance and draw on experience and perspectives gained from advising government and private clients over many years on a vast range of transactions. We have particular expertise in regulated industries including energy, telecommunications, media and transport.

Our Australian competition law practice is part of our global practice recently recognised in a recent Global Competition Review Survey as the largest competition practice in the world with over 300 knowledgeable lawyers. This provides our Australian lawyers with access to the knowledge and experience of our global practice and gives us unparalleled capabilities for cross border and multi jurisdictional assignments.

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Every day our more than 4,000 lawyers, economists, tax advisors and other professionals share insights and best practices across borders and practices. We speak more than 75 languages and represent more than 55 nationalities, and the close relationships among our people fosters the trust needed to develop and deliver world-class solutions to multinational clients.

We share an uncompromising commitment to excellence, which explains why more of our lawyers are included as leading lawyers in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers than any other Global 20 law firm.

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We are passionately global — it's in our DNA.

We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
We offer world-class career opportunities around the globe, while our entrepreneurial culture makes Baker & McKenzie a unique place to develop professionally.

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