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Pacific National's Aurizon deal to proceed, in painful court defeat for Australian regulator

By James Panichi
  • 06 May 2020 01:02
  • 06 May 2020 19:53

Pacific National’s acquisition of key rail infrastructure assets belonging to rival Aurizon is set to proceed, after an Australian court again reminded the country’s competition watchdog that on key decisions affecting mergers and acquisitions, judges don’t see eye-to-eye with regulators.
In a statement communicated in a telephone conference call, Federal

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James Panichi

Senior Editor, Asia Pacific

James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.

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