Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Sydney)

Liza Carver

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Sydney)
Commissioner

Liza Carver is an ACCC Commissioner for a five‑year term, starting on 1 March 2022. Ms Carver brings significant legal and consumer experience to the ACCC and the appointment sees her return to a regulatory role, having been an Associate Commissioner with the Trade Practices Commission and the ACCC between 1993 and 1999, as well as a Commissioner with the Australian Energy Markets Commission between 2005 and 2008. She was also a member of IPART from 1997 to 2000. She was most recently the Regional Head of Competition, Australia at Herbert Smith Freehills, and has wide-ranging experience in mergers, competition and consumer enforcement, cartels and infrastructure.In her role as Senior Solicitor for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre between 1989 and 1996, Ms Carver worked very successfully on a wide range of consumer law matters, including important consumer test cases.

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Articles

628 Bulletin

Liza Carver, Linda Evans, Sarah Benbow, Patrick Gay The Australian Competition Authority proposes radical changes to the way mergers are regulated in Australia recommending the introduction of a mandatory and suspensory merger review process

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed radical changes to the way mergers are regulated in Australia recommending the introduction of a mandatory and suspensory merger review process with limited merits review by the Australian Competition Tribunal. Key (...)

Liza Carver, Patrick Gay, Sarah Benbow, Paul Burton The Australian Full Court dismisses the Competition Authority’s appeal in its attempt to prohibit a merger and confirms the test to be applied when assessing whether a firm’s conduct will be likely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition (Pacific National / Aurizon)

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The Full Federal Court has dismissed the ACCC’s appeal in respect of its case against Pacific National and Aurizon. In dismissing the ACCC’s appeal, the Full Federal Court confirmed the test to be applied when assessing whether a firm’s conduct will be likely to have the effect of substantially (...)

Liza Carver, Patrick Gay, Rebecca Maslen-Stannage, Bruce Ramsay The Australian Federal Court declares that a proposed merger in the retail mobile market would not substantially lessen competition (TPG / Vodafone)

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On 13 February 2020, the Federal Court of Australia declared that the proposed merger between TPG Telecom Limited (TPG) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (Vodafone) would not have the likely effect of substantially lessening competition in the retail mobile market, and therefore would not (...)

Patrick Clark, Tomas Kemmery, Liza Carver The Australian Competition Authority launches its first enforcement proceedings under the new ’effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power (Tasmanian Ports)

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On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two (...)

Liza Carver, Matthew Bull, Patrick Gay, Sarah Benbow The Australian Competition Authority issues an appeal against the Federal Court’s decision which try to dismiss the Competition authority proceeding in a acquisition (Pacific National / Aurizon)

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On 27 June 2019, the ACCC announced that it has lodged an appeal to the Full Federal Court against the Federal Court’s decision. The ACCC stated that its appeal will focus on the ability of courts to accept undertakings given the ACCC’s concerns about the ability of access undertakings to resolve (...)

Matthew Bull, Liza Carver, Patrick Gay The Australian Federal Court imposes a fine of $1.05M for engaging in ‘gun jumping’ cartel conduct in an asset sale agreement in the clinical market (Cryosite / Cell Care)

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On 13 February 2019 the Federal Court ordered Cryosite Limited to pay $1.05 million in penalties for engaging in ‘gun jumping’ cartel conduct in its asset sale agreement with Cell Care Australia. The modest fine reflected the (relatively small) scale of the business concerned and their (...)

Liza Carver The Australian Competition Authority wins an appeal when finding that an undertaking attempted to induce price-fixing arrangements with airlines despite being their agent (Flight Centre)

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The High Court has upheld the ACCC’s appeal in the Flight Centre case, finding that Flight Centre attempted to induce price-fixing arrangements with airlines despite being their agent. This decision has significant ramifications for industries that utilise agency distribution models. The case (...)

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