Andrew Willekes

Special Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Sydney
Australia
T:+61 2 9330 8408
Sydney
Australia
T:+61 2 9330 8408
Andrew Willekes

Andrew Willekes

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Biography

Andrew Willekes is a competition and regulatory lawyer based in Sydney.

Andrew is a professional with 14 years’ experience advising on a range of litigation and competition and consumer law advisory matters.  He is efficient, dedicated, easy to work with and has a strong commercial focus.

He is uniquely qualified in competition and regulatory matters having acted in large, complex and significant litigation, cartel and merger matters.  Andrew has acted for and against the NZ Commerce Commission and in proceedings defending allegations by the ACCC.


Professional experience

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  • Regulatory investigations:  Andrew has advised on ACCC regulatory investigations, cartel investigations, represented clients in statutory interviews and been involved in immunity and leniency applications in both Australia and New Zealand.
  • Contentious matters:  Andrew has acted in a number of significant contentious competition proceedings, including acting in one the most significant misuse of market power cases in Australia.  His experience includes defending high-profile corporations against allegations of anti-competitive conduct, acting in private interlocutory proceedings alleging anti-competitive conduct, and acting in an anticompetitive conduct class action.
  • Merger control and JVs:  Andrew has advised on obtaining regulatory clearances for ‘difficult’ transactions, and has successfully obtained clearance in both Australia and New Zealand for global clients.
  • Regulatory matters:  Andrew has expertise working with various state based regulatory agencies in both sectoral regulation and contentious matters and under various regimes.

Andrew has appeared and instructed counsel in a range of courts and tribunals including the Federal Court, various Supreme Courts and the Australian Competition Tribunal.

Before joining Norton Rose, Andrew was Senior In-house Counsel at Woolworths, a competition lawyer at top-tier firms in Australia and New Zealand, and was Enforcement Counsel at the New Zealand Commerce Commission.

Admitted, High Court of Australia and the High Court, Auckland, New Zealand.
Masters in Law (Hons) and Masters in Law Commerce (Hons), Auckland University.