Matthew Bull 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.
Matt has a deep understanding of competition and regulatory issues across numerous industries. Prior to joining the Firm in 2020, Matt 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.
Matt 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.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised BHP Billiton on competition and regulatory issues involving access to significant gas, port, and rail infrastructure.
Advised Santos on a wide range of matters, including obtaining ACCC clearance for its acquisition of Eastern Star Gas, obtaining ACCC authorization for oil arrangements in the Surat Basin, and providing advice on various joint venture arrangements (including the Gladstone LNG project).
Advised Suncorp on various matters, including its sale of a 90% interest in Capital Smart and ACM Parts to AMA and the sale of its life insurance business to TAL Daichi Life.
Advised IFM on a variety of matters, including its $5 billion acquisition of Port Botany and Port Kembla in Sydney, its $16 billion acquisition of electricity business Ausgrid, its bid for the Port of Melbourne, bids for toll road businesses in Brisbane and Sydney, and ACCC proceedings against NSW Ports.
Represented Murray Goulburn during court proceedings brought by the ACCC in relation to milk pricing, including negotiating the settlement of the matter.
Advised clients during public reviews and inquiries conducted by the ACCC into digital platforms, wine grapes, gas supply, and the dairy industry.
- The College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course 1999); King's College London (LL.M. in Competition Law 1997); University of Essex (LL.B. Hons. 1996)
- High Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria, and solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Best Lawyers in Australia — competition (annually since 2014)
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific — Australia competition (annually since 2015)
Chambers Asia-Pacific — Australia competition (annually since 2018)