Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Stephen Ridgeway

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Lawyer

Stephen Ridgeway was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in June 2019. Stephen brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles as a lawyer in the private and public sectors. He is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading competition and consumer lawyers and an expert in the field. In 2018 Stephen retired as a senior partner at King & Wood Mallesons. Early in his career, Stephen acted for the ACCC and its predecessor, the Trade Practices Commission, in enforcement litigation as a senior lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor. Since joining private practice in 1998, Stephen has had extensive involvement in merger clearance applications in a wide variety of industries, including energy and telecommunications. He also has extensive experience in regulatory enforcement actions, including a number of landmark ACCC enforcement matters in recent years. During 2011 and 2012 Stephen was National Chairman of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia, and led consultations with the ACCC and Treasury about policy and enforcement matters. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia from 2016 to 2018. Stephen chairs the ACCC’s Mergers Review and Competition Exemptions Committees, and is a member of the ACCC’s Enforcement Committee. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.

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