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Peter McDonald



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 Google, Twenty-First Century Fox, Illyria/Lachlan Murdoch, Equinix, PEXA, BHP, Dulux Group, Air Asia, Caltex, Graincorp, BUPA, Energy Australia, BNP Paribas, Asahi, 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. Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked as a senior officer at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • PEXA on a range of ongoing ACCC and market regulatory issues.
  • Illyria/Lachlan Murdoch in the proposed acquisition of the free to air TV network Ten.
  • Bradken on its takeover by Hitachi.
  • Allnex and Advent in its acquisition of resin manufacture Nuplex (including merger control analysis across the APAC region).
  • Tullett Prebon in its acquisition of the inter-dealer broking business of ICAP (including clearances in Australia and Singapore).
  • Chinese SoE StateGrid in its bids for large scale energy infrastructure assets in Australia.
  • Reckitt Benckiser in ACCC Federal Court and High Court Proceedings alleging misleading and deceptive conduct, and in the follow-on consumer class action.
  • A leading digital platform and technology company in the ACCC digital platform market inquiry.

Experience highlights



Allen & Overy
Level 25, 85 Castlereagh Street
NSW 2000

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Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales

Registered foreign lawyer in the UK SRA


Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Economics, Australian National University


Awards and accolades

Ranked 3rd out of the top 25 Global Law Firms

Global Elite Law Firm – Global Competition Review 2019

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News & insights

News: 13 DECEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy bolsters team with the appointment of arbitration Partner Anna Masser in Frankfurt

Allen & Overy continues to expand its German Dispute Resolution practice with the appointment of Anna Masser, who is due to join the firm's Frankfurt office as a partner on 1 February 2020. A respected international arbitration expert, she will head up Allen & Overy’s German Arbitration practice and will focus on international commercial arbitration in particular. She joins from Jones Day, where she was made partner at the beginning of the year.

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Antitrust in focus

Publications: 03 SEPTEMBER 2019

Antitrust in focus - August 2019

This newsletter is our take on the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business.

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Publications: 19 MARCH 2019

Myanmar Competition Act: Ready or not - here it comes

​It’s just a little over a year until the Myanmar Competition Act comes into force in February 2017. The Act fleshes out the main anti-trust principles, but is arguably muddled in framing their exact scope and the relevant legal tests. Secondary legislation may clarify things but a lot of the work is likely to be left to the new Competition Commission to create a robust anti-trust regime. This bulletin summarises the Act, identifies areas of ambiguity and considers what the Act (in its current form) means for businesses.

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Publications: 16 JANUARY 2019

2019: The Beginning of Merger Control in Thailand

On ​28 December, seven notifications were published in the Government Gazette, three of which were the long-awaited implenting rules on merger control (the Merger Control Rules), officially bringing Thailand into one of the 100-plus jurisdictions having a merger control regime in force.

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