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Martyn Taylor

Partner

Martyn Taylor

Sydney

T:+61 2 9330 8056

Martyn Taylor is a corporate & commercial lawyer based in Sydney.  He heads the telecommunications & media group, and international trade group, and co-heads the rail group in the Asia-Pacific.  He is described as “smart, efficient, friendly”.

Martyn’s practice covers transactional, contentious and advisory.  He is a well known telecommunications, Internet, media & technology (TMT), infrastructure, energy, competition & regulatory lawyer.

Martyn is recommended by the key legal directories, including Best Lawyers and Asia-Pacific Legal 500.  Recent individual and team/deal awards include:

  • Australian Law Firm Partner of the Year - Commercial, 2016 & 2017
  • Australian Law Firm Partner of the Year - Telecoms, Media & Technology, 2016 & 2017
  • Australian Deal of the Year – Australasian Law Awards, 2016
  • M&A Deal of the Year – Australasian Law Awards, 2016
  • Energy & Resources Deal of the Year – Australasian Law Awards, 2016
  • Telecommunications Infrastructure Deal of the Year – Asia-Pacific, 2016
  • Global Matter of the Year – Global Competition Review, 2015
  • Telecoms, Media & Technology Deal of the Year – Asian Lawyer, 2014

Martyn was also a finalist for 'Australian Deal Maker of the Year' in both 2015 and 2016, and was a finalist for 'Australian Law Firm Partner of the Year - Competition, Trade & Regulatory' in both 2016 & 2017.

As well as holding a PhD in competition  and international trade law, Martyn is a qualified economist and he holds a masters' degree in corporate finance (M&A, infrastructure, project finance, private equity, venture capital).   He has published well over 100 publications, including the award-nominated book 'International Competition Law: A New Dimension for the World Trade Organisation?'. 

Martyn has various board and management roles, including as President of the Communications & Media Law Association, and Treasurer of the International Section of the Law Council of Australia.


Telecommunications, media & technology (TMT)

Martyn has a detailed understanding of TMT throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.  He has 24 years of experience in all aspects of telecoms and media.  He has acted in many of the region's largest matters, including M&A/JVs, infrastructure rollouts, litigation/arbitrations, satellite & tower deals, market entry, and spectrum auctions.

Some of Martyn's recent matters have included, for example:

  • Asian TMT Deal of the Year – US$ 15 billion telecoms infrastructure rollout in Myanmar
  • World's largest telecoms project  – Role in the US$ 42 billion Australian National Broadband Network
  • Telecoms M&A Deal of Year – US$ 1.8 billion acquisition by Macquarie of Crown Castle Australia
  • High profile spectrum auction – Acting for the Government in Australia's US$ 2 billion auction
  • Major media deals – US$ 400 million Foxtel/Discovery bid for Network Ten
  • Major cable projects – US$ 300 million Australia-Singapore Cable Project
  • IT outsourcing and JVs – US$ 200 million Indonesian strategic alliance between IBM, Indosat and Lintasarta

Competition/antitrust, trade & regulatory

Martyn is a well known competition and regulatory lawyer.  He has acted in many high profile merger clearances, access disputes, and regulatory investigations.  He has particular experience in infrastructure and utilities.  He has drafted competition laws and regulatory regimes, as well as advising on matters of cross-border market access and international trade regulation.  He has a deep understanding of regulatory pricing models.

Some of Martyn's recent matters have included, for example:

  • Global Deal of the Year – US$ 33 billion GSK/ Novartis global asset swap
  • World's largest regulatory investigation – US$ multi-trillion global FOREX cartel investigation
  • Global M&A/JV clearances – US$ 20 billion GE / Alstom complex global asset swap
  • High profile merger clearances – US$ 400 million CBA acquisition of Aussie Home Loans
  • Regulatory strategy – Advising Vodafone and preparing many regulatory submissions
  • Parliamentary inquiries – Acting for Microsoft in a major inquiry into software pricing
  • Competition disputes and litigation –  Vodafone Hutchison Australia v ACCC [2017] FCA 1549.

Infrastructure & transport

Martyn has acted in many multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects. He has been seconded to corporate roles and has experience in commercial negotiations, privatisations, contracting, disputes and regulatory. His experience includes acting in Australia's largest private equity deal, largest public offering, and largest infrastructure rollout.

Some of Martyn's recent matters have included, for example:

  • World's largest coal rail network – QCA review of Aurizon's US$ 5 billion rail access undertaking
  • Australia's largest rail expansion – Acting for QCA in reviewing the Wiggins Island Rail Project
  • Regulated pricing – Acting for QCA in a review of the WACC for many $ billions of infrastructure
  • Port infrastructure – Advising on privatisations and regulation, including Australia's largest ports
  • Major airports – Advising on regulation and access for both domestic and international airports
  • Road projects – Advising on pricing and regulatory models for road infrastructure
  • Inter-modal infrastructure – Advising on integrated grain infrastructure supply arrangements

Energy, utilities & resources

Martyn has substantial experience in electricity, oil & gas, and regulated utilities. He started his career in-house working on power project developments and electricity market reform.  He subsequently acted in oil & gas JVs and LNG projects.  He has acted for all types of market participants, including generators, oil & gas JVs, pipeline operators, distributors and retailers.

Some of Martyn's recent matters have included, for example:

  • Privatisations – AU$ 10.2 billion acquisition of TransGrid by Spark Infrastructure and others
  • Australia's largest gas pipeline – Advising on the regulation of a multi-billion dollar gas pipeline
  • Electricity regulation – Advising Ausgrid on restructuring following AU$16 billion partial privatisation
  • Gas sector regulation – Acting in the application of regulation to a major gas supply arrangement
  • Mining laws – Acting for the United Nations Development Programme in a review of mining laws in Fiji
  • Water regulation – Acting in regulatory investigations relating to water utilities and resolving pricing
  • Public Private Partnerships – Acting on the Asian Development Bank panel for PPP projects

Further information

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

 

 

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  • Education

     


    PhD (Law)

    • Doctor of Philosophy in Law
    • Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia
    • Thesis published as a book by Cambridge University Press
    • Australian Prize in Law and Economics
    • 1999-2004

    LLM (Law)

    • Master of Laws
    • Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia
    • Winter School at East China University of Politics & Law, Shanghai, China
    • University medal in postgraduate law
    • 1999-2001

    MAppFin (Corporate Finance)

    • Master of Applied Finance, majoring in Corporate Finance
    • Centre for Applied Finance, Macquarie University, Australia
    • Various post-graduate prizes and awards
    • Runner-up to top postgraduate student in programme
    • 2005-2007

    LLB (Law) (Hons I)

    • Bachelor of Laws with first class honours
    • Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Australian High Commissioner's Prize in Law
    • Postgraduate Scholarship
    • Various undergraduate subject prizes and awards
    • 1991-1994 

    BA (Economics / Economic History) (Hons I)

    • Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Economics and Economic History with first class honours
    • Faculty of Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Summer School at Sophia University of Tokyo, Japan 
    • Japan Airines Scholarship to represent New Zealand in Japan
    • Various undergraduate subject prizes and awards
    • 1990-1997

    BSc (Architecture / Construction)

    • Bachelor of Science majoring in Architecture and Construction
    • School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Undergraduate Scholarship
    • University undergraduate prize in architecture
    • 1990-1992

  • Representative experience

    Detailed experience available on request.

  • Admissions
    • Admitted to High Court of Australia 1998
    • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand 1994
    • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2001
  • Rankings and recognitions

    Recent Awards (Winner):

    • Law Firm Partner of the Year (Commercial), Australian Partner of the Year Awards, 2017.
    • Law Firm Partner of the Year (Technology, Media & Communications), Australian Partner of the Year Awards, 2017.
    • Law Firm Partner of the Year (Commercial), Australian Partner of the Year Awards, 2016.
    • Law Firm Partner of the Year (Technology, Media & Communications), Australian Partner of the Year Awards, 2016.
    • Australasian Deal of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, 2016.
    • Australasian Energy & Resources Deal of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, 2016.
    • Australian M&A Deal of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, Sydney, 2016.
    • Global Competition Matter of the Year, Global Competition Review Awards, 2015.
    • Telecommunications Deal of the Year, Asia-Pacific IJGlobal Awards, Singapore, 2016.
    • Telecoms, Media & Technology Deal of the Year, The Asian Lawyer Awards, Singapore, 2014.

    Recent Awards (Finalist):

    • Law Firm Partner of the Year (Competition, Trade & Regulatory), Australian Partner of the Year Awards, 2017.
    • Australian Deal Maker of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, 2016.
    • Deal Maker of the Year, Australian Law Awards 2016.
    • Law Firm Partner of the Year (Competition, Trade & Regulatory), Australian Partner of the Year Awards, 2016.
    • Australian Deal Team of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, 2016.
    • Australian Deal Maker of the Year, Australasian Law Awards, 2016.
    • Global Telecommmunications Deal of the Year, TMT Finance Awards, 2015.
    • Transaction Team of the Year, Australian Law Awards, 2015
    • Telecoms, Media & Technology Lawyer of the Year, The Asian Lawyer Awards, Singapore, 2014.

     

  • Publications

    Books:


    Periodicals:


    Papers:


    News articles (recent only):

  • Speaking engagements

     


    Conference chair roles:

    • Conference Chair, Telecoms Law and Regulation in the Middle East, Dubai, 2013.
    • Conference Chair, Infrastructure Investment & Regulation, Sydney, 2013.
    • Conference Chair, Telecoms Law and Regulation in the Middle East, Dubai, 2011.
    • Conference Chair, Communications & Broadcast World Conference, Singapore, 2010.

    Plenary speaker roles:

    • Plenary Speaker, Asia-Pacific Fuel Industry (APFI) Forum, Singapore, 2016.
    • Plenary Speaker, Pacific Finance & Investment Conference, Suva, 2013.

    Speaker roles:

    • Speaker, Tech Media & Telecoms: Challenges & Opportunities Conference, Sydney, 2017.
    • Speaker, NSW Law Society Competition & Consumer Law Update, Sydney, 2016.
    • Speaker, 2016 Contract Law Masterclass, Sydney, 2016.
    • Speaker, 2015 Competition Law Conference, Sydney, 2015.
    • Speaker, Infrastructure Privatisation Conference, Sydney, 2015.
    • Speaker, Centre for Regulation & Market Analysis Conference, Adelaide, 2013.
    • Speaker, Tonkin Competition Conference, Sydney, 2013.
    • Speaker, In-house Counsel Conference, Sydney, 2013.
    • Speaker & Panelist, Infrastructure Investment & Regulation Conference, Sydney, 2012.
    • Speaker, Tonkin Competition Conference, Sydney, 2012.
    • Speaker, CommsDay Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2012.
    • Speaker, CommunicAsia Conference, Singapore, 2012.
    • Speaker, Pacific Telecommunications Conference, Honolulu, 2011.
    • Speaker, CommsDay Annual Conference, Singapore, 2010.
    • Speaker, Telecoms Law and Regulation in the Middle East, Dubai, 2010.
    • Speaker, 5th Annual Mobile Evolution Conference, Singapore, 2010.
    • Speaker, International Telecommunications Society 17th Biennial Conference, Montreal, 2008.
    • Speaker, International Trade Law Conference, Canberra, 2007.
    • Speaker, Trade Practices Law Conference, Sydney, 2006.
    • Speaker, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Auckland, 2005.
    • Speaker, IBA Competition & Communications Law Conference, Rome, 2004.
    • Speaker, IBA Competition & Communications Law Conference, Budapest, 2003.

    Panelist roles:

    • Panelist, Law Council of Australia Competition Law Workshop, Sydney, 2016.
    • Panelist, 'Indonesia Download' Seminar; Australian Services Roundtable, Sydney, 2016.
    • Panelist, CommsDay Summit 2014, Sydney, 2014.
    • Panelist, Centre for Regulation & Market Analysis Conference, Adelaide, 2013.
    • Panelist, Infrastructure Investment & Regulation Conference, Sydney, 2012.
    • Panelist, Pacific Telecommunications Conference, Honolulu, 2011.
    • Panelist, CommsDay Annual Conference, Singapore, 2010.
    • Panelist, Telecoms Law and Regulation in the Middle East, Dubai, 2010.
    • Panelist, International Trade Law Conference, Canberra, 2007.
    • Panelist, Trade Practices Law Conference, Sydney, 2006.
    • Panelist, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Auckland, 2005.

  • Memberships and activities

    Current office bearer positions:

    • President, Communications & Media Law Association
    • Treasurer, International Section of the Law Council of Australia

    Current memberships:

    • American Bar Association, International Antitrust Committee
    • Centre for Competition Law & Policy, University of London
    • Communications & Media Law Association
    • Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand (CLPINZ)
    • Global Forum for Competition and Trade Policy
    • International Bar Association, Antitrust law Committee
    • International Bar Association, Communications Law Committee
    • International Bar Association, War Crimes Committee
    • Law Council of Australia, Competition & Consumer Law Committee
    • Law Council of Australia, Media & Communications Law Committee
    • Law Council of Australia, Trade Law Committee
    • Sydney Centre for International Law, University of Sydney

    Historic memberships:

    • Australia and New Zealand Society for International Law (ANZSIL)
    • Australian Law and Economics Association (AustLEA)
    • Business Council of Australia (BCA), Experts Panel on Climate Change Policy, 2005 
    • Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA)
    • Law and Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ)