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Adrian's expertise spans competition and consumer law, telecommunications regulatory issues, and franchising and general commercial and contractual advisory matters.

Adrian is a trusted legal and strategic adviser to large corporate and government business enterprises in the technology, telecommunications, retail, automotive and finance sectors in particular.

He advises on competition/antitrust law, Australian Consumer Law, Telco regulatory matters and Franchising Code issues, as well as on the commercial aspects of wholesale telecommunications and infrastructure procurement, supply and customer contracts, automotive dealer agreements and other distribution, reseller and commercial contracting arrangements.

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Competition

Global consumer electronics company: Adrian's work for this market-leading global Silicon Valley consumer electronics company has included acting in various ACCC investigations, negotiated non-court resolutions and proceedings relating to the distribution and sale of smartphone, tablets and other computing devices and associated services; advising on a range of consumer protection, restrictive trade practices, competition and consumer law compliance, ACCC notification and general corporate advisory and telecommunications regulatory matters; and being the key adviser in successfully responding to ACCC collective bargaining/boycott authorisation application made by group of banking institutions.

NBN Co: Adrian has advised on competition, consumer law and regulatory aspects of implementation and operation of the national broadband network, including in relation to negotiation and ACCC authorisation of Optus HFC Agreement, application of Wholesale Broadband Agreements, development and implementation of network and product deployment strategies and end user communications and engagement issues.

Woolworths: Adrian has advised Woolworths on various consumer protection, restrictive trade practices / competition law, ACCC notification and general corporate advisory matters arising from its supermarket, liquor, discount department store, consumer electronic, hardware and home improvement and petrol retail businesses. Adrian has also advised Woolworths in a number of high-profile ACCC proceedings in the Federal Court, including the Informed Sources petrol price information sharing proceedings.

Volkswagen Group: Adrian is acting for Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda entities in class action and ACCC regulatory proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, and in regulatory dealings with the ACCC and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in relation to Australian aspects of Volkswagen Group's global diesel emissions issues.

Financial services sector: Adrian advises major banking and insurance sector participants on their advertising and promotion of financial products, and related regulatory investigations in the financial services sector under the Competition and Consumer Act, Corporations Act and ASIC Act.

Franchising Code compliance and dealer network structuring advice: Adrian regularly advises clients across various industries ‒ financial planning and services (eg. AMP Limited); motor vehicle dealer networks (eg. Jaguar Land Rover Australia); international franchise chains ‒ on the potential application of the Franchising Code of Conduct to existing and new business models and ongoing Code compliance matters.

Jaguar Land Rover: Adrian is a key client adviser in relation to commercial and legal issues facing the company, including competition and Australian Consumer Law matters, corporate advisory, contract and commercial issues, Franchising Code compliance, regulatory compliance and dealer network issues.

Ferrari Australasia; Porsche Cars Australia; Volkswagen Group Australia; Audi Australia: Adrian advises on corporate advisory; contract and commercial; dealership, franchise and compliance work; telco regulatory advice in relation to connected vehicles.

Callaway Golf: Adrian advises on a range of competition, commercial dealer network and consumer law matters.

Access and competition law aspects of major infrastructure projects including telecommunications and airport infrastructure projects.

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Australian Consumer Law

Volkswagen Group: Adrian is acting for Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda entities in class action and ACCC regulatory proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, and in regulatory dealings with the ACCC and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in relation to Australian aspects of Volkswagen Group's global diesel emissions issues.

Global consumer electronics company: Adrian acts for this market-leading global Silicon Valley consumer electronics company in ACCC consumer law investigations, negotiated non-court resolutions and proceedings relating to misleading conduct allegations and consumer guarantee/warranty issues in respect of the distribution and sale of smartphone, tablets and other computing devices and associated services; day-to-day advice on consumer law compliance audits, training and advertising/marketing reviews.

Youi: Adrian is a key external adviser to Youi on marketing and advertising clearance, risk assessments and regulatory investigations, and consumer law compliance training.

Jaguar Land Rover: Adrian is a key client adviser on commercial and legal issues facing the company, including competition and Australian Consumer Law matters, corporate advisory, contract and commercial issues, Franchising Code compliance, regulatory compliance and dealer network issues.

Callaway Golf: Adrian is advising on a range of competition, commercial dealer network and consumer law matters.

Specialized Bicycles: Adrian is advising on a range of competition, commercial dealer network and consumer law matters. 

Financial services sector: Adrian advises major banking and insurance sector participants in relation to advertising and promotion of financial products and related regulatory investigations in the financial services sector under the Competition and Consumer Act, Corporations Act and ASIC Act. 

See Australian Consumer Law

Telecommunications, Media and Technology

NBN Co: Adrian advises on competition, consumer law and regulatory aspects of implementation and operation of the national broadband network, including on the negotiation and ACCC authorisation of Optus' HFC Agreement, application of Wholesale Broadband Agreements, development and implementation of network and product deployment strategies and end user communications and engagement issues.

International/multinational SaaS, VPN, VoIP providers: Adrian advises on the Australian telco regulatory regime's application to new and developing communications technologies, including SaaS applications, VPNs, VoIP services.

Telecommunications service provider: Adrian advises on prepaid telecommunications services (such as phonecards) and post-paid services (such as fixed line, mobile and internet services), including all advertising clearance and enforcement activity in relation to advertising claims by the ACCC.

Global consumer electronics company: Adrian advises a market-leading global Silicon Valley consumer electronics company on telecommunications and product regulatory issues, as well as retail supply arrangements and commercial mobile phone carrier agreements.

Brisbane Airport Corporation: Adrian advises on telecommunications network regulatory issues.

Electricity and other infrastructure: Adrian advises on the regulatory and commercial issues arising from the use of existing and new fibre networks for backhaul telecommunications services.

Jaguar Land Rover; Mercedes/Daimler; Audi Australia; Volkswagen Group Australia: Adrian advises on telco regulatory issues in relation to connected vehicles.

Access and competition law aspects of major infrastructure projects including telecommunications and airport infrastructure projects.  

See Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Advertising and Marketing

Volkswagen Group: Adrian is acting for Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda entities in class action and ACCC regulatory proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, and in regulatory dealings with the ACCC and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in relation to Australian aspects of Volkswagen Group's global diesel emissions issues.

Global consumer electronics company: Adrian acts for a market-leading global Silicon Valley consumer electronics company in ACCC consumer law investigations, negotiated non-court resolutions and proceedings relating to misleading conduct allegations and consumer guarantee/warranty issues in respect of the distribution and sale of smartphone, tablets and other computing devices and associated services; day-to-day advice on consumer law compliance audits, training and advertising/marketing reviews.

Youi: Adrian is a key external adviser to Youi in relation to marketing and advertising clearance, risk assessments and regulatory investigations, and consumer law compliance training.

Jaguar Land Rover: Adrian is a key client adviser on commercial and legal issues facing the company, including competition and Australian Consumer Law matters, corporate advisory, contract and commercial issues, Franchising Code compliance, regulatory compliance and dealer network issues.

Callaway Golf: Adrian advises on a range of competition, commercial dealer network and consumer law matters.

Specialized Bicycles: Adrian advises on a range of competition, commercial dealer network and consumer law matters.

Financial services sector: Adrian advises major banking and insurance sector participants on advertising and promotion of financial products and related regulatory investigations in the financial services sector under the Competition and Consumer Act, Corporations Act and ASIC Act.   

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Enforcement and Cartels

Financial services sector: Adrian advises major banking and insurance sector participants on advertising and promotion of financial products and related regulatory investigations in the financial services sector under the Competition and Consumer Act, Corporations Act and ASIC Act.

Volkswagen Group: Adrian acts for Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda entities in class action and ACCC regulatory proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, and in regulatory dealings with the ACCC and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in relation to Australian aspects of Volkswagen Group's global diesel emissions issues.

Global consumer electronics company: Adrian acts for a market-leading global Silicon Valley consumer electronics company in ACCC competition law and consumer protection investigations, and has negotiated non-court resolutions and proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia.

Woolworths: Adrian advises Woolworths in a number of high-profile ACCC proceedings in the Federal Court, including the Informed Sources petrol price information-sharing proceedings and petrol discount undertaking proceedings.    

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Merger and Acquisition Clearance

Woolworths: Adrian advises Woolworths on ACCC clearance process in a range of small and large-scale retail business acquisitions

International transactions: Adrian advises on Australian competition/antitrust laws and the ACCC's regulatory clearance process in a range of international transactions across various sectors.    

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Infrastructure Access and Regulation

NBN Co: Adrian advises on competition, consumer law and regulatory aspects of implementation and operation of the national broadband network, including the negotiation and ACCC authorisation of Optus' HFC Agreement, application of Wholesale Broadband Agreements, development and implementation of network and product deployment strategies and end user communications and engagement issues.

Brisbane Airport Corporation: Adrian advises on telecommunications network regulatory issues.

Electricity and other infrastructure: Adrian advises on the regulatory and commercial issues arising from the use of existing and new fibre networks for backhaul telecommunications services.

Access and competition law aspects of major infrastructure projects including telecommunications and airport infrastructure projects.

See Infrastructure Access and Regulation

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