Dr Martyn Taylor


Martyn Taylor


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

Martyn was finalist for ‘Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Telecommunications, Media & Technology - Emerging Markets’ by The Asian Lawyer.

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, infrastructure, private equity). He is described as “smart, efficient, friendly” and having a “deep understanding of industry issues”.


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 with a detailed understanding of the numerous regimes throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. He has particular expertise in M&A/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, antitrust & 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, the pricing of regulated utilities, and the impact of regulation on 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 is a regular chairman, panelist and speaker at conferences around the world.  He has published extensively, including over 100 articles commentaries, books, chapters and papers.  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:

Telecommunications, media & technology:

  • USD 42 billion: Acting in aspects of Australian National Broadband Network – world’s largest telecoms project.
  • USD 15 billion: Acting for Ooredoo in greenfield network rollout in Myanmar – finalist ‘TMT deal of the Year’ 2014.
  •  USD 3 billion+: Acting in several major telecoms M&A deals involving a wide range of Asia-Pacific jurisdictions.
  • USD 2 billion+: Acting in several mobile network infrastructure sharing JVs and MVNO deals in the Asia-Pacific.
  • USD 2 billion: Acting for the Australian Government (ACMA) in Australia's high-profile 4G spectrum auction.
  • USD 1.5 billion: Acting for the developer in the ICT strategy for the ‘Bahrain Bay’ development in Bahrain.
  • USD 350 million+:  Acting for a foreign market entrant in a major Australian media M&A deal.
  • USD 300 million:  Acting for the developer in the Australia Singapore Cable fibre optic submarine cable project.
  • Acting in the high-profile injunction of a spectrum auction in Bahrain and major litigation in Papua New Guinea.
  • Advising extensively on market entry strategies for a wide range of Asia-Pacific and Middle East jurisdictions.

Competition, antitrust & regulatory:

  • USD multi-trillion: Acting in the global FOREX investigation – the world’s largest ever regulatory investigation.
  • USD multi-billion: Acting in the review of the regulatory WACC for Queensland’s regulated infrastructure.
  • USD 16 billion: Australian merger clearance in pharmaceuticals.
  • USD 10 billion: Australian merger clearance in vaccines.
  • USD 7 billion: Australian merger clearance in healthcare.
  • USD 5 billion: Acting for QCA in the review of the Aurizon rail network access undertaking.
  • USD 1 billion: Multi-jurisdictional merger clearance in telecommunications.
  • USD 400 million: Australian merger clearance in financial services.
  • Vodafone: Acting for Vodafone in relation to regulatory strategy and submissions.
  • Microsoft: Acting for Microsoft in a high-profile Parliamentary inquiry into software pricing.

Infrastructure, transport & energy:

  • Rail: Review of Aurizon’s rail access undertaking, involving regulation of the world’s largest coal rail network.
  • Ports: Advising on privatisations and regulatory issues for ports, including Australia’s largest ports.
  • Electricity: Advising on commercial deals, privatisations, network access and regulatory issues.
  • Gas: Advising on the regulation and coverage of various gas pipelines, including Australia’s largest gas pipeline.
  • Airports: Advising on regulatory and access issues pertaining to domestic and international airports.
  • Mining: Acting for the United Nations Development Programme in a review of mining laws in Fiji.
  • Water: Acting in regulatory investigations relating to water utilities and the setting of the regulatory WACC.
  • Roads: Advising on pricing and regulatory issues for road infrastructure, including ‘user pays’ models.
  • Inter-modal infrastructure: Advising on integrated grain infrastructure supply arrangements in Australia.
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPP): Acting on the Asian Development Bank panel for PPP projects.

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