Ashurst (Sydney)

Peter Armitage

Ashurst (Sydney)

Peter Armitage is a partner in Ashurst’ competition practice, based in Sydney, Australia. Peter is an expert in competition and consumer protection law, specialising in complex merger clearances and defending clients in investigations and legal actions by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Peter is a trusted advisor to major corporations in sectors including financial services, manufacturing, transport, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, IT, consumer and retail, mining and resources and waste management.

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2967 Bulletin

Alyssa Phillips, Peter Armitage, John McKellar, Zoe Huang The Australian Competition Authority provides important new details on the proposed change of Australia’s merger control laws


The ACCC continues to push for Australia to join the ’mandatory and suspensory’ merger control club, in common with the majority of other jurisdictions around the world What you need to know On 12 April 2023, the ACCC Chair, Gina Cass-Gottlieb, provided important new details about the ACCC’s (...)

Neil Cuninghame, Denis Fosselard, Peter Armitage, Nigel Parr, Christopher Eberhardt Mergers & COVID-19: The impact on EU and national merger control


While some businesses may choose to delay transactions in light of Covid-19, many transactions will clearly continue and some of these will need to be completed with some urgency, in particular in cases of financial distress. Merger control regimes are still in operation, although there have been some changes, in particular to encourage parties to delay notifications. This note considers how merger control processes can best be navigated in times of crisis, for example, where the urgent completion of a transaction may be required, or the target is otherwise in significant financial difficulty.

John McKellar, Peter Armitage, Ross Zaurrini, Alyssa Phillips The Australian Federal Court dismisses the Competition Authority allegation against a healthcare company misusing its market power by engaging in anticompetitive conduct to prevent a group of surgeons from opening a rival day surgery (Ramsay)


What you need to know In a rare Federal Court proceeding involving alleged misuse of market power, the Federal Court held that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) failed to establish that Ramsay Health Care (Ramsay) had in fact engaged in the anti-competitive conduct (...)

Melissa Fraser, John McKellar, Peter Armitage, Ross Zaurrini The Australian Competition Authority finds concerted practices between two roofing companies who fixed prices rates for the repair of homes damaged by hail (ANZ Roofing / Ivy Contractors)


What you need to know The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has achieved its first enforcement outcome for alleged anticompetitive concerted practices since the prohibition was introduced in November 2017. Two Sydney roofing companies acknowledged in Court-enforceable (...)

Melissa Fraser, Peter Armitage, Ross Zaurrini, Alyssa Phillips The Australian Federal Court rejects the Competition Authority’s dieselgate settlement and imposes a record $125 million fine on an automobile manufacturer for breaches of national consumer law (Volkswagen)


What you need to know The Court imposed a penalty amount AUD 50 million higher than had been agreed between the parties, bucking the recent trend of the Court reducing penalties proposed by the ACCC. The AUD 125 million penalty was calculated under the old ACL penalty regime where the maximum (...)

Peter Armitage, Ross Zaurrini, Alyssa Phillips The Australian Federal Court issues its first criminal cartel prosecution and fines a global shipping company for fixing freight rates, bid rigging and customer allocation affecting the importation of ten major vehicle brands (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha)


What you need to know This is the first prosecution under Australia’s criminal cartel provisions since their introduction in 2009. In a landmark decision, the global Japanese shipping company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has been fined A$25 million for its involvement in "deliberate, (...)

Ross Zaurrini, Peter Armitage The Australian High Court finds that a travel agent engaged in collusive arrangements between sales channels for retail air fares (Flight Centre)


In December 2016, the High Court published its decision in the ACCC’s proceedings against Flight Centre. In short, Flight Centre was found to have been “in competition” with the airlines for whom it was agent, in selling their fares. In this context, an attempt by Flight Centre to reach an (...)



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