Ashurst (Sydney)

Melissa Fraser

Ashurst (Sydney)

Melissa Fraser is a partner in the APAC competition team. Melissa’s practice focuses on competition/antitrust matters and includes enforcement litigation and investigations, strategic advisory work on operational issues, merger clearance and compliance matters. She has particular expertise in complex cartel investigations, including acting for immunity applicants. She has also advised extensively on the unfair contract terms regime, unconscionable conduct, misleading conduct and product safety issues and recalls. Melissa’s clients span a broad range of industries, but she has a particular focus on the financial services, energy, and FMCG sectors. Melissa spent several years practising in London advising on UK and EU antitrust law and has real insights into global enforcement trends. Melissa has also undertaken several client secondments, including in Acting General Counsel roles. Melissa is a guest lecturer on cartel conduct at University of New South Wales in the Competition Law Masters class.

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Melissa Fraser, Narelle Smythe, Amanda Tesvic The Australian Competition Authority brings an action against a payment services giant alleging that it conducted exclusive dealing agreements (Mastercard)


What you need to know The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings against Mastercard, alleging it misused its market power and engaged in exclusive dealing, in contravention of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA). Mastercard allegedly engaged in (...)

Tihana Zuk, Melissa Fraser The Australian Competition Authority authorizes a merger between multiple payment service providers subject to court-enforceable conditions (BPAY / eftpos / NPPA)


On 9 September 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") authorised the proposed amalgamation of three payment service providers, BPAY Group Holding Pty Ltd ("BPAY"), eftpos Payments Australia Limited ("EPAL") and NPP Australia Limited ("NPPA"), subject to a court (...)

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 (...)

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