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Australian antitrust law needs pre-merger notification requirements, former watchdog chief says

Companies pursuing acquisitions in Australia should face pre-merger notification requirements, a former chairman of the country’s antitrust watchdog has told a parliamentary hearing on economic dynamism and competition.
In comments to members of Australia’s parliament today, Allan Fels said “you’re not left with many [tools] to deal with concentration other

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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