Adam acts for an array of clients across a broad range of commercial matters, specialising in the fields of competition and consumer law, franchising, energy, and complex regulatory and compliance matters.
Adam synthesises complex regulatory environments with difficult fact situations, providing practical solutions. His diversity of experience in business, law, governance and regulation offers a holistic approach to achieving outcomes for clients.
Adam’s experience includes advising clients, including ASX-listed corporations, on questions of competition law, including: cartel conduct; substantially lessening competition (in respect of both vertical arrangements and acquisitions); restraint of trade matters; third line forcing; and misuse of market power; and representing clients in ACCC investigations, merger clearance matters and notification filings.
He also acts for national franchisors in all aspects of their business, including documentation, Code compliance, supply arrangements, third line forcing, corporate structuring, IP protection, leasing, and dispute resolution.
Adam is also regularly engaged by various institutional clients to advise on matters related to energy regulation matters, including licensing and exemption obligations in connection with ’embedded networks’ and renewable energy generation; advising in connection with renewable energy certificate creation and trading; negotiating with local electricity distributors for the connection of solar distributed generation; advising clients regarding the procurement of advisory, agency and management services for the administration of embedded networks and installation of solar generation.
Over the course of his career, he has also been involved in procuring financial services class order relief from ASIC; successful challenges to ASIC’s decision not to grant regulatory relief for a non-cash payment product; acting against the Minister for Defence in respect of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act 1995, the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958, and United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1737 (2006) and 1747 (2007).
A registered trade marks attorney, Adam’s experience also draws on a previous role in financial services regulatory policy with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as well as other senior executive and non-executive positions.
Adam has been repeatedly nominated and selected over many years as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law by Best Lawyers Australia. He has also been recognised in other publications in the field of intellectual property.