Dr Martyn Taylor

Partner

Martyn Taylor

Sydney

T:+61 2 9330 8056

F:+61 2 9330 8111

Dr Martyn Taylor is a Partner in the Sydney office. He heads the telecommunications business group in the Asia-Pacific region. He is both a corporate and commercial lawyer and a well-known competition and regulatory specialist.

IFLR 1000 states “Taylor is recommended for his expertise in telecommunications, media, infrastructure, competition and regulatory matters”.

The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 recommends Martyn for "Telecommunications, Media and Technology" and "Competition and Regulatory".

As well as holding a PhD in competition and commercial law, Martyn is a qualified economist and he holds a masters’ degree in corporate finance (M&A, project finance, venture capital, private equity). He is described as “smart, efficient, friendly” and having a “deep understanding of industry issues”. 

Experience

Martyn’s practice covers transactional, contentious and advisory matters. He has over 20 years’ experience advising on contracts, joint ventures, M&A, commercial negotiations and disputes, infrastructure projects, and complex issues of competition law and regulatory strategy.

  • Telecoms, media & technology (TMT): Martyn is one of the few lawyers in the world with a detailed understanding of the numerous regimes throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. He has particular expertise in JVs, interconnection, access, infrastructure & networks, satellites, licensing, contracts, and regulatory. He also advises on pay TV, Internet, media and digital technologies. He has acted in many of the region’s largest matters, including major network rollouts, litigation, infrastructure sharing JVs, M&A deals, submarine cable projects, and spectrum auctions. 
  • Competition & regulatory: Martyn is a well-known competition and regulatory specialist. He has acted in many high profile merger clearances, access disputes, cartel and regulatory investigations. He authored the award-nominated book “International Competition Law” and co-authors a leading commentary on the Australian regime. He has also drafted regulatory regimes and advises on WTO law and free trade agreements. His key areas of expertise are TMT, infrastructure, transport, energy & resources, commodities, healthcare, and financial institutions.
  • Infrastructure & transport: Martyn has acted for airports, ports, rail, water, agriculture and mining operations and in many multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects. He has been seconded to corporate roles and is experienced in commercial negotiations, privatisations, M&A, JVs, contracting, disputes and regulatory. His experience includes acting in Australia’s largest private equity deal, largest public offering, and largest infrastructure rollout. Martyn also has a deep understanding of infrastructure cash flows and the impact of regulation on pricing and asset valuation.
  • Energy & resources: Martyn has substantial expertise in electricity, oil and gas, commodities and resources. He started his career in-house working on power project developments. He subsequently acted in electricity market reforms and in many M&A deals, JVs and commercial disputes. Over the years, he has acted for generators, oil & gas producers, joint ventures, refiners/processors, pipeline operators, transmission operators, distributors, and retailers. He has also worked on public private partnerships, producer board reform, and major LNG projects.

Martyn is affiliated with various professional and academic organisations, including holding board and executive positions. He has published extensively. Before joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Martyn was a Partner in another top tier law firm.

Recent matters

Some of Martyn’s most recent matters have included:

  • Acting for Ooredoo Group (Qatar Telecom) in the creation of a USD 15 billion telecoms network start-up in Burma, including a unique infrastructure sharing and tower procurement joint venture with Telenor Group.
  • Acting for the Australian Government in aspects of the rollout of the USD 43 billion National Broadband Network and Australia’s USD 2 billion ‘digital dividend’ radiofrequency spectrum auction.
  • Acting for Microsoft in relation to its response to a Government inquiry into software pricing in Australia, as well as acting for a number of clients on a range of other matters involving the Internet and digital technologies.
  • Acting in various litigation and regulatory strategies, including the injunction of a major spectrum auction in Bahrain, substantial telecoms litigation in a developing country, and market access issues in many jurisdictions in the region.
  • Advising numerous clients on M&A deals, JVs, product launches, licensing and investment strategies throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle East, including advising on requirements in dozens of jurisdictions.
  • Acting in the high profile merger clearance of Australia’s leading independent mortgage broker (Aussie Home Loans) in its acquisition by Australia’s largest bank (Commonwealth Bank).
  • Advising on the privatisation of port assets in Australia, as well as investment opportunities in airports, transport, and agriculture and the application of regulation to a wide range of infrastructure.

Further information can be found on Martyn’s LinkedIn profile.