Elizabeth Avery

Profession

Partner

Biography

Elizabeth is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin's Competition + Regulation group.

Elizabeth primarily focuses on competition/antitrust law matters under the Competition and Consumer Act. Her practice includes advising on enforcement litigation and investigations, merger clearances and ongoing strategic/operational advisory work, as well as compliance training. Her practice spans a broad range of industries, including financial services, resources, infrastructure, technology, retailing and travel and hospitality. She has a particular focus on multijurisdictional matters.

Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Elizabeth was an antitrust lawyer in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP for 7 years, advising on litigation, government investigations, mergers and other advisory work, with clients across a broad range of industries, including in securities markets, private equity, credit cards, hotels and airlines.

Elizabeth commenced legal practice in Australia, with a major Australian national law firm, after having been Associate to Justice Ronald Sackville in the Federal Court of Australia.

Elizabeth is recognised as a leading competition lawyer in Australia by external peer and client surveys including Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Euromoney Expert Guides. Elizabeth is a Vice Chair of the International Antitrust Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, actively involved in many of the Committee’s activities, including speaking and writing on antitrust issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Publications

  • Gilbert + Tobin Update: Competition Policy Review - Replacing the Price Signalling Laws with Concerted Practices – fit for purpose or a foreign concept? (October 2014)
  • Article: Private Equity Under Public Scrutiny - Competition law risks for private equity investment in Australia (the Australian Corporate Lawyer, September 2014)
  • The International Investigations Review - Fourth Edition – Australia Chapter (Law Business Research, 2014)
  • Competition and consumer law: Dual distribution targeted by ACCC [online]. Law Society Journal: the official journal of the Law Society of New South Wales, Vol. 52, No. 2, Mar 2014: 67-69 (Woodward, Luke; Avery, Elizabeth; Snow, Simon; Coorey, Charles and Rahman, Genevieve)
  • Oxford University Press Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook – Australia Chapter (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Article: Recent Trends in ACCC Merger Review (the Australian Corporate Lawyer; December 2012)
  • Coordinating editor and author of The Essentials of Merger Review (American Bar Association, 2013)

Areas of Practice

Competition

Education

Master of Laws – New York University (Antitrust Prize)
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts – University of Sydney