Jones Day (Melbourne)

Matthew Bull

Jones Day (Melbourne)

Matthew Bull is a partner at Jones Day. He joined the firm in 2020 and advises clients on all aspects of Australian competition, regulatory, and consumer law, particularly in the energy and resources sectors. Matt has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, access to rail and port infrastructure, economic regulation, guidelines published by regulators such as the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), and enforcement matters. Matthew Bull has a deep understanding of competition and regulatory issues across numerous industries. Prior to joining the Firm in 2020, he assisted Santos in obtaining ACCC merger clearance for its acquisition of Quadrant Energy (Deal of the Year, 2019 Asia Pacific Energy Awards) ; advised Wesfarmers on competition issues related to its $20 billion demerger of Coles (M&A Deal of the Year, 2019 Australasian Law Awards) ; advised Yancoal on its acquisition of the Rio Tinto coal business and subsequent joint venture with Glencore ; advised a large energy company in the ACCC’s gas market inquiry ; and worked on a multitude of other merger clearances, joint ventures and collaborations, and enforcement matters involving financial services, beverages, transportation, construction, natural resources, digital platforms, wine grapes, and the dairy industry. Matthew Bull is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Committee, the leading competition policy body in Australia, and co-edited the market definition chapter in the leading CCH textbook Australian Competition Law.

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1331 Bulletin

Steven W. Fleming, Prudence Smith, Matthew Bull, Simon Bellas, John Cooper, James R.T. Ebert, Pip Goldman, Ken Hickman, Annie Leeks The Australian Competition Authority warns the government against bid rigging in public tenders


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") also cautions government agencies to be alert to potential bid rigging in the procurement process for public tenders. The ACCC cautioned agencies of the Australian government (the "Government") to be on guard against "bid-rigging" (...)

Matthew Bull, Prudence Smith, Jeremy P. Morrison, Debra R. Belott The Australian Competition Authority proposes substantial changes to national antitrust merger review including introducing mandatory review and increased scrutiny of companies with substantial market power


In Short The Situation : The leadership of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has put forward a series of sweeping proposals that, if implemented, would be the most substantial changes to Australian antitrust merger laws in nearly 30 years. The Context : Today, merger (...)

Matthew Bull The Australian Competition Authority settles allegations that port operator misused its market power by charging an access fee for marine services, which is likely to substantially lessen competition (Tasmanian Ports Corporation)


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") secured a declaration in its first action under Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act ("CCA"), amended in 2017, that prohibits "misuse of market power". The 2017 amendment prohibits a company with market power from pursuing (...)

Prudence Smith, Matthew Bull, Adam Conway, Darren Murphy, Andrew Smith The Australian Federal Court orders the energy regulator to enforce a pecuniary penalty for breach of reporting obligations (Australian Energy Regulator / AGL Sales)


Energy retailers have a fresh impetus to abide by reporting obligations imposed by the Australian Energy Regulator ("AER") after the judgment in Australian Energy Regulator v AGL Sales Pty Limited [2020] FCA 1623. The court ordered by consent a $1.3 million penalty against AGL (one of (...)

Matthew Bull, Michelle Fischer The Australian Competition Authority commences proceedings against a wholesale distributor of cycling and sporting products for resale price maintenance (FE Sports)


A new ACCC resale price maintenance case provides a timely reminder that manufacturers and suppliers must tread carefully with distribution arrangements related to price in Australia. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") has commenced proceedings against FE Sports, (...)

Liza Carver, Matthew Bull, Patrick Gay, Sarah Benbow The Australian Competition Authority appeals the Federal Court’s dismissal of its fine against 2 national freight companies’ agreements on their intermodal businesses (Pacific National / Aurizon)


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)


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 (...)

Richard Robinson, Matthew Bull The Australian Competition Tribunal overturns the Competition Authority and gives coal exporter the right to access shipping port (Glencore Coal / Port of Newcastle)


Glencore Coal Pty Ltd (Glencore) has been successful in its bid to have the shipping channel at the Port of Newcastle (Port) declared under the national access regime in Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (NAR). The Australian Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) followed the (...)

Matthew Bull The Australian Federal Court dismisses cartel case against association of egg producers due to insufficient evidence of intent to enter into collusive agreement (Australian Egg Corporation)


In a rare case brought under the cartel laws, the ACCC has failed to establish that the Australian Egg Corporation Limited and two egg producers attempted to induce 19 egg producers to make an arrangement to reduce the production of eggs in Australia. While the Court considered that the ACCC (...)

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