Simon is the leader of our Competition & Regulation team in Australia. Simon is known for his strategic approach to competition and access issues and his application of industrial organisation economics to legal issues. He advises clients on competition/antitrust matters and the economic regulation of infrastructure monopolies.

Simon's competition/antitrust work is both advisory and contentious and includes merger clearances, cartel investigations, structuring business arrangements to avoid competition risks, seeking authorisation and notification protection for anticompetitive business practices and misuse/abuse of dominance issues. Simon advises clients on structuring business arrangements, including complex multichannel distribution arrangements and the use of strategies such as most favoured customer rights, to minimise competition law risk.

In the economic regulation of infrastructure monopolies such as electricity, gas and water distribution and transmission systems, telecommunications networks, rail lines, ports and airports Simon advises upon price and non-price terms of access to access seekers and infrastructure owners/operators. The advisory work includes rate of return and cost recovery advice for both greenfield and brownfield infrastructure.

Simon has also provided advice on many of the largest mergers in Australia including the first ever application to the Australian Competition Tribunal for merger clearance in the Murray/Goulburn/Warrnambool Butter & Cheese takeover (2014).