Claire Forster

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Claire Forster is a competition, consumer and regulatory lawyer. She has recently received high profile recognition as a Next Generation Competition and Trade Lawyer in the 2017 Legal 500 and Special Counsel of the Year at the 2015 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. Claire has a masters degree in competition law and acts in matters covering all aspects of competition/antitrust law. She advises on cartels and the competition law treatment of joint ventures and other collaborations amongst competitors. She works on strategic merger and market dominance issues in concentrated sectors, with a particular focus in energy and infrastructure. Claire is accustomed to dealing with regulators (including the ACCC, AER and state-based fair trading offices and energy regulators). Her strong advocacy and solutions-based approach has led to great outcomes for clients in adversarial and cooperative contexts across cartels, mergers, exclusive dealing, joint ventures, consumer law and energy. She has worked on numerous regulatory investigations and cases, advised on and obtained merger clearances for domestic and cross-border transactions, and secured authorisations from the ACCC. Having a particular focus in the energy industry, Claire advises on fundamental regulatory and access issues at all levels of the energy supply chain (including generators, transmission and distribution network operators, generators and proponents). She again works closely on the regulatory fronteir with the AER, AEMO and State-based regulators and has worked on a number of recent, high profile renewable energy projects, including for Canadian Solar and RES.

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