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Gilbert + Tobin

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Melbourne, NSW 2000, Perth

Luke Woodward

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Gilbert + Tobin

Work Department

Competition + Regulation.


Luke is head of the firm's Competition and Regulation Group, advising clients on ACCC acquisition and merger clearances, competition and consumer law investigations and prosecutions as well as infrastructure regulation in the telecommunications, gas, electricity, water, aviation, ports and rail industries in Australia.


Joined Gilbert + Tobin, May 2000. Appointed Partner, July 2000.


Admitted as a Legal Practitioner in NSW on 21 December 1988. Member, Law Council of Australia. Member, Trade Practices Committee. Member of American Bar Association, Anti Trust Law Sector, Member of International Bar Association, Antitrust Committee. Also admitted in New Zealand.


Bachelor of Economics/Law (Honours) from University of Sydney. Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.


Competition and trade

Within: Leading individuals

Luke Woodward - Gilbert + Tobin

Within: Competition and trade

Gilbert + Tobin ‘is a clear standout’ in the competition sphere, possessing ‘technical expertise and great depth’. Luke Woodward ‘has a good understanding of ACCC processes’; he jointly leads the practice with Elizabeth Avery, who ‘quickly grasps key commercial and competition issues’. Woodward and the ‘extremely strategic’, ‘clear and conciseGina Cass-Gottlieb advised Tabcorp on its merger Tatts. Clearance was initially blocked by the ACCC and required over 70 lay witnesses and seven economic experts at two tribunal hearings. In addition to contentious merger clearances and acquisitions, the team excels at ACCC inquiries and represented K-Line in one of Australia’s first criminal cartel prosecutions. Sydney-based Charles Coorey ‘understands the business and legal requirements and provides practical legal advice’.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Gilbert + Tobin regularly handles high-value energy transactions and has strong expertise in energy and utility regulation, where it acts for governments, energy retailers, as well as transmission and generation businesses. Highlights included advising US private equity firm Harbour Energy on its proposed multibillion-dollar acquisition of Santos, assisting Beach Energy with its acquisition of Lattice Energy, Origin’s conventional upstream oil and gas business, from Origin Energy, as well as advising Neptune Energy on the Australian aspects of its €4.7bn acquisition of Engie E&P International. Christopher Flynn heads the eight-partner team, which includes Justin Little, Luke Woodward and Simon Muys.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations

Within: Regulatory compliance and investigations

Anti-bribery, corruption and Royal Commissions work are core strengths of the ‘highly regarded’ practice at Gilbert + Tobin. It handled high-profile matters such as representing shipping company K-Line in the first contested prosecution under the latest 2009 criminal cartel laws. The practice is also active in cross-border financial services regulatory work and advised one of Australia’s major banks on a long-running ASIC investigation into foreign exchange practices in the banking industry. The team is jointly led by Richard Harris, who joined from Allens, Luke Woodward and Elizabeth Avery. Other names to note include Andrew Floro, Crispian Lynch and Kate Harrison. Financial services expert Steven Glass retired from the partnership.

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