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  Peter McDonald



Peter leads and coordinates the Allen & Overy competition team in the APAC region.

Peter specialises in challenging competition law, consumer and regulatory issues. His expertise encompasses transactional advice, merger clearances, joint ventures and collaborations, access to infrastructure, and enforcement responses and defence.

Peter has extensive experience in a wide range of sectors, and has advised leading organisations such as BHP Billiton, DuluxGroup, Air Asia, Caltex, Graincorp, BUPA, EnergyAustralia, BNP Paribas, SAB Miller, North West Shelf Venture, Chevron, GSK, George Weston Foods, Wesfarmers, Vale, Singapore Power, Orica and Reckitt Benckiser.

Peter is recognised as a leading individual in all major directories, including, Who's Who Legal, Chambers Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Chambers states he is an "experienced and pragmatic" practitioner who, "if he thinks you're in trouble, will tell you and help you get out of it". IFLR100 praise Peter’s “highly articulate, practical advice on complex competition law”, and clients say he is “a pleasure to work with”.

Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked as a senior officer at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), where he developed strong relationships with key economic regulators. He is a member of the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia. He is also a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network of competition authorities.

Global Competition Review - Competition - 2017

"Peter McDonald is 'one of the best' in the region", says sources, who praise his 'great regulatory insight' - WWL

IFLR1000 – Competition – 2016

“Peter McDonald and the team at Allen & Overy have provided excellent, practical advice on how to approach complex competition law in Australia,” one client says. “A&O have been extremely quick to respond to questions and produce high quality work.”

Chambers & Partners – Competition – 2016

“Peter McDonald is highly regarded by market sources, with commentators noting his adept exploitation of Allen & Overy's global resources and in-depth understanding of the workings of the ACCC. He acted as lead partner on most of the practice's recent key mandates, including advising EnergyAustralia on its role as a witness in the Australian Competition Tribunal proceedings concerning AGL's acquisition of Macquarie Generation.”

Legal500 – Competition – 2016

“Allen & Overy LLP’s team features the ‘pragmatic’ Peter McDonald, who recently advised DuluxGroup in ACCC proceedings regarding alleged misleading product representations. McDonald acted on a cross-border mandate when advising 21st Century Fox on its joint venture with Apollo Management.”

Who's Who Legal - Competition - 2016

"Very highly praised - clients love him - Peter McDonald was picked out for the quality of his work across a range of industries"


Professional qualifications

Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales

Registered foreign lawyer in the UK SRA

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Economics, Australian National University

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