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Simon Uthmeyer

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Simon is the leader of our Competition & Regulation team. Simon is known for his strategic approach to competition and access issues and his application of industrial organisation economics to legal issues. Simon advises clients on all types of competition law, access and economic regulatory issues. Simon advises clients on all provisions of Part IV of the (former) Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (Trade Practices Act) including misuse of market power allegations. Simon has also advised clients on authorisation applications across a broad range of industries. He has extensive M&A experience in Australia and the United States, and he has extensive experience in advising merger parties and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on merger clearance issues. He is an external legal adviser to the ACCC's Mergers Branch. For the past six years, Simon has been listed as one of Australia's 'leading individuals' in the area of competition law by Asia Pacific Legal 500. Please refer to link for details of expertise and experience:


Admissions Supreme Court of Victoria, 1993.


Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School teaching the Law and Economics of Third Party Access.


Bachelor of Laws, Monash University, 1990; Bachelor of Economics, Monash University, 1990.


Competition and trade

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Simon Uthmeyer - DLA Piper

Within: Competition and trade

DLA Piper handles the full spectrum of competition and trade law matters, acting for both the regulator and corporate clients with particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. On the regulatory side, practice head Simon Uthmeyer advised the ACCC on the authorisation process for the high-profile A$11.3bn merger between Tabcorp and Tatts . It also assisted the regulator in relation to the proposed joint venture between Glencore and Yancoal. Fleur Gibbons, a well-regarded practitioner in the utility sector, is advising Icon Water following an investigation of the pricing of its water and sewerage services. Clients include Perth Airport, Hyundai and the Australian Health Services Alliance. Leanne Hanna has taken up a role in-house.

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Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

DLA Piper’s 16-partner team attracted a steady domestic and international deal flow, advising the SGX-listed Alliance Mineral Assets on its announced merger with the ASX-listed Tawana Resources, as well as Atlas Iron on its agreement with Mineral Resources to combine via a scheme of arrangement. Regulatory work included advising Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Management on access and regulatory issues. Alex Jones co-heads the global mining group out of Perth; the team includes regulatory expert Simon Uthmeyer, transactions specialist Michael Bowen and counsel Joanne Steer, who has a particular focus on advising mining sector clients. David Nancarrow left to take up a role in-house at Byrnecut Australia.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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