Liza Carver

Herbert Smith Freehills (Sydney)
Lawyer (Partner)

Liza is a market leading competition law and regulatory specialist. She has extensive experience in merger clearances, access and infrastructure regulation, and ACCC investigations, enforcement and cartels. From her time working at the ACCC and the Australian Energy Markets Commission, Liza brings deep competition law and regulatory insight when working with clients across a range of sectors, including agricultural, retail, energy, transport, manufacturing, government and communications. Liza has extensive experience in the full range of contentious competition law and enforcement matters, advising on misuse of market power, misleading and deceptive conduct, criminal cartels, unfair contract terms, unconscionable conduct and complex merger clearance opposed by the ACCC. Liza graduated from the University of Sydney with degrees in Economics, Law and a Master of Laws. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015, Liza was a partner at another top tier firm. Between 1993 and 1999 Liza was an Associate Commissioner with the Trade Practices Commission and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). Between 2005 and 2008 Liza was a Commissioner with the Australian Energy Markets Commission.

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Articles

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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 fines of $1,05m for for engaging in ‘gun jumping’ cartel conduct in a 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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