Aldo Nicotra Chairman

Meet Aldo

Aldo is a competition and dispute resolution lawyer with over 30 years’ experience advising on competition and consumer protection law including dealings with the ACCC.

He has been the principal trade practices adviser to Qantas for a number of years, advising on key competition issues as they arise. He also played a major role as the competition law adviser to the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, including gaining Trade Practices Act (now Competition and Consumer Act) legislative exemptions, and advising on competition and compliance aspects of major sponsorship agreements.

Aldo is ranked as a Band 1 Competition lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 with "extensive knowledge" in this practice area, and is described by sources as a "friendly, courteous and trusted adviser.” He is also recognised as a leading Competition lawyer by Best Lawyers Australia 2019.

Experience

Competition

Australian and Victorian Racing Jockey Clubs

Defended competition and restraint of trade challenge to rules.

Ferrero Australia

Ongoing general competition and commercial advisor.

Qantas

Ongoing principal trade practices advisor (and relationship partner) on global competition issues including predatory pricing allegations; successful defence of misuse of market power proceedings; the Air New Zealand alliance proposal; renewal of joint services agreement with British Airways; updating internal compliance manual and providing training; drafting submissions to Productivity Commission inquiry on trans-Tasman harmonisation of competition and consumer protection laws; investigation into price fixing in freight sector; and defending class action proceedings arising from price fixing investigations; Qantas and Emirates alliance.

Resmed

Ongoing advisor on competition matters and related areas.

Recognition

Ranked as a Band 1 Competition lawyer.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2019
Ranked as a Band 1 Competition lawyer.
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018
Recognised as one of the world's leading Competition Lawyers.
Who's Who Legal: Competition 2018
Recognised as an expert in Aviation (Regulatory).
Who's Who Legal: Aviation 2018
Recognised as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution and Competition & Trade.
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Listed as a leading lawyer in Competition Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Competition Law.
Doyles Guide, 2017
Aldo Nicotra is noted as "a trusted adviser for many years and a great strategic thinker with a deep interest in our business."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016
Partner Aldo Nicotra "has extensive knowledge" in this practice area, and is described by sources as a "friendly, courteous and trusted adviser."
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2014
Aldo Nicotra has "significant competition law experience for major corporates."
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
Named “Sydney Lawyer of the Year” (as judged by his peers) in the category of Competition.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2013

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Laws

Memberships

  • Law Council of Australia

Insights Read more insight

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Australian 'restraint of trade' case has global implications

Global thoroughbred breeding and racing circles will be impacted by an Australian High Court decision that has significant global implications.

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News

Presentations

  • Lecturer for UNSW Masters program, 2011 and 2012
  • Presentation at the Key Issues in International Aviation Law Conference in Beijing, May 2009 - Investigating and defending (?) the “Biggest Cartel Ever”
  • Presentation at the 10th Annual Seminar on Intellectual Property Law in Macau, June 2009 – “Hitting the Bricks – Protecting the LEGO brick around the world”
  • Presentation of paper at Developments in Competition Law Conference, March 2008
  • Presentation at the 14th IEEM Intellectual Property Seminar in Hong Kong and Macau, May 2014 – “Restraint of Trade Doctrine in Australia”

Submissions

  • ICLG Competition Litigation 2015