Global Competition Review names three Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers as 2021 Women in Antitrust

Global Press release - People October 6, 2021

Three Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers have been recognized as part of the 2021 Women in Antitrust by Global Competition Review (GCR).

Robin Adelstein (New York and Washington, DC), Belinda Harvey (Australia) and Amanda Wait (Washington, DC) were among 130 female lawyers selected for the honor.

GCR uses the list to recognize women who have made groundbreaking contributions to the field. For this edition, GCR asked each nominee to share a glimpse of themselves outside of the legal world.

Adelstein, Global and US Head of Antitrust and Competition, has been in antitrust for 34 years.

"My favorite thing about working in antitrust is that you get to roll up your sleeves and really learn an industry," she said. "It's the same thing that led me to take on in-house corporate antitrust roles."

Adelstein said her career has spanned a momentous shift in women's equality.

"When I started out in private practice, there couldn't have been a thicker glass ceiling. It is great to see law firms and corporations now making efforts to give women opportunities that were denied to us for so long," she said.

She litigates complex, commercial disputes, class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases before US federal and state courts and advises companies on antitrust issues arising in M&A transactions, joint ventures, trade association activities, distribution practices, pricing programs and other aspects of competitor and customer communications and collaborations.

Wait, a former Federal Trade Commission lawyer, focuses her practice on guiding clients through the antitrust review of global mergers and acquisitions.

Networking with other women in antitrust has been an inspiration for Wait. She co-founded The Grapevine, the first networking platform for Washington, DC-area professional women working in competition and consumer protection.

"I have been inspired to see an incredible growth in community among women in antitrust," she said. "From formal networking events and organizations to informal book clubs and happy hours, women around the antitrust bar increasingly get together to share war stories, support each other for professional opportunities and commiserate on both professional and personal issues."

Harvey, a competition/antitrust and regulatory lawyer based in Sydney, has more than a decade of experience in the field.

Making partner, she said, was a career highlight.

"My son had just turned three, I took 12 months leave from work after he was born and I was a solo parent," she said. "It was the promotion that cemented the fact that if I put my mind and heart into it, I can achieve anything."

Harvey advises Australian and international corporate clients on all aspects of competition law, with particular experience in advising on, structuring and obtaining merger clearance for Australia and cross-border transactions, with a focus on multi-jurisdictional matters. Her merger clearance experience is well recognized in the Australian legal market.