Dietrich Marquardt

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

T:+61 2 9330 8273
T:+61 2 9330 8273
Dietrich Marquardt

Dietrich Marquardt



Dietrich Marquardt is a competition/antitrust & regulatory lawyer based in Sydney.

He advises Australian and international corporate clients on all aspects of competition law, including in relation to multi-jurisdictional matters, and is experienced in securing merger clearances for complex transactions. He is highly commercial in his approach and he has a great rapport with clients.

Dietrich has extensive experience advising on complex and large-scale merger clearances, third party access regimes, anticompetitive conduct, as well as advising on other collaborative arrangements within the bounds of competition law, such as the structuring of joint venture arrangements. Dietrich has particular expertise advising on the regulatory and competition aspects of highly complex (and often unique) commercial transactions. He also has experience representing clients in investigations conducted by the ACCC, and other regulators, in a variety of industries.

Additionally, Dietrich has a detailed understanding of TMT law in various jurisdictions, having acted for clients on a number of advisory and transactional matters, including M&A/JVs, infrastructure rollouts, satellite and tower deals, market entry, and matters relating to accessing spectrum, whilst developing and advising upon strategies to mitigate the risks associated with such matters.   


Professional experience

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  • Master of Laws (Global Competition and Consumer Law), University of Melbourne (2021 - expected completion)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, The College of Law
  • Combined Bachelor's Degree: Law and Business, University of Tasmania
  • High Court of Australia 2015
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales 2013
  • Digicel Caribbean Limited - advising and acting for Digicel in relation to the creation and implementation of a highly complex US$100 million full radio access network (RAN) sharing arrangement for mobile telecommunications in the French West Indies. The deal involved the statutory demerger of Digicel's existing business (and separation of Digicel's network and retail businesses) to create a special purpose network company, followed by the sale of shares in that company to create a 50:50 joint venture.
  • Megaport Limited - advising on the legal and regulatory issues associated with with the introduction of Megaport's Virtual Edge product in several jurisdictions, as well as provide guidance on local regulatory regimes in various jurisdictions.
  • Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (IJGlobal Awards 2019 Asia Pacific Telecoms Deal of the Year) - providing regulatory advice on credit facilities totalling US$160 million to finance the construction, launch, ground system and initial operation for "Kacific1", a Boeing-built next-generation high-throughput Ka-band satellite.
  • Thales Australia Limited - providing competition advice in relation to various matters, including complex supply and collaboration agreements.
  • China Mengniu Dairy Company - acting for China Mengniu on its AU$1.5 billion acquisition of Bellamy's Australia by way of a recommended scheme of arrangement. China Mengniu Dairy is one of the leading manufacturers of dairy products in China and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Bellamy's is a globally recognised Australian organic brand business, selling organic food and infant formula products for babies and toddlers.
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc - acting for GSK in successfully obtaining merger clearance from the ACCC in a global transaction in which GlaxoSmithKline plc has reached agreement with Pfizer Inc to combine their consumer health businesses into a new world-leading Joint Venture, with combined sales of approximately US$12.7 billion.
  • Representing a major financial institution during the course of a regulatory investigation into alleged anticompetitive practices and collusive conduct in the market for foreign exchange products.
  • NBN Co - representing NBN in negotiations for an access license with the Commonwealth Department of Defence allowing NBN to roll-out its network to and access 400 Defence infrastructure sites, as part of a $16.2 million contract.
  • Acted for a variety of clients in respect of merger clearance applications, as well as providing merger clearance prospects advice, across a range of industries (including healthcare, infrastructure and pharmaceuticals).
  • Advising clients in the pharmaceutical and power and utilities sectors in relation to aspects of compliance with Australia's competition laws, as well as industry- and state/territory-specific regulation.
  • Winner - Competition, Trade & Regulation, 2020 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards
  • Finalist - Media & Telecommunications, 2020 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards
  • The Law Society of NSW
  • Communications & Media Law Association
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