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Companies proving environmental benefit can get antitrust exemptions, Australian regulator says

By Laurel Henning and Andrew Boyce
  • 14 Oct 2021 01:33
  • 14 Oct 2021 01:33
Australian companies are increasingly being granted exemptions from competition law to work together — or even merge — in the interest of the environment, a senior official has said.
“It is becoming increasingly common for environmental benefits [to be] amongst the public benefits recognized for exemptions,” Delia Rickard, the deputy

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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.

Andrew Boyce


Andrew is a reporter covering merger reviews and competition policy for MLex in Brussels. He joined MLex in 2015 and holds a degree and a master’s degree in history from the University of Liverpool.

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