Wolfgang Hellmann Special Counsel

Meet Wolfgang

Wolfgang has over 20 years' experience in competition law with an emphasis on domestic and global merger control and cartel cases and antitrust compliance. He has also extensive experience in foreign investment regulation.

He has obtained ACCC approval for high profile merger and acquisition proposals in industries such as mining & resources, gas & electricity, infrastructure, automotive & industrial equipment, FMCG and Internet advertising. He has represented domestic and international clients in major price fixing investigations and secured immunity from the ACCC for clients in several complex domestic and global cartel cases. He regularly assists multinational clients with their antitrust compliance requirements in Australia.

Prior to joining JWS in 2010, Wolfgang practised competition law for 10 years at a major Australian law firm, and prior to relocating to Australia in 2000, he practised European and German competition law for over 5 years in Düsseldorf and Brussels in two leading international competition law practices.

Wolfgang is admitted to practise in Australia and Germany. He has been nominated as one of Australia's leading competition lawyers in The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists for four consecutive years 2014-2017, and as a leading competition lawyer in Best Lawyers Australia since 2015.

Experience

Mergers & acquisitions

Bayer AG

Seeking ACCC clearance for the US$66 billion global acquisition of Monsanto Company.

BHP Billiton

Obtained ACCC clearance in relation to its takeover bid for Rio Tinto.

China Minmetals

Obtained ACCC clearance for the $2.6 billion acquisition of OZ Minerals.

Continental AG

Obtained ACCC clearance for the US$1.9 billion global acquisition Veyance Technologies Inc.

Google

Obtained ACCC clearance for the US$3.1 billion global acquisition of DoubleClick.

Invocare

Obtained ACCC clearance in relation to its acquisition of Bledisloe Group, including negotiating court enforceable undertakings..

Unilever

Obtained ACCC clearance for the acquisition of Alberto Culver’s VO5 hair care assets in Australia.

Cartels

Domestic cartel

Assisted with immunity application to ACCC relating to price fixing and market allocation conduct in the agricultural and industrial equipment sectors.

Global cartel

Assisted with immunity application to ACCC relating to market allocation and bid rigging conduct in the power equipment sector.

Major international freight company

Assisted with immunity application to ACCC relating to price fixing in various freight markets.

Mobil

Representation in an ACCC investigation into alleged price fixing conduct in the domestic petrol industry.

Visy

Representation in the ACCC’s investigation into the corrugated cardboard cartel with Amcor.

Compliance & competition law aaudits

Major international corporations in automotive and foods industries

CConducted extensive competition law audits and risk assessments.

Domestic and international corporations and organisations

Designed bespoke competition law compliance programs and conducted competition law compliance training.

Misuse of market power

Leading agribusiness company

Successfully defended in several ACCC investigations into alleged anti-competitive conduct, including misuse of market power.

Global food company

Successfully defended in ACCC investigation into anti-competitive conduct, including misuse of market power and exclusive dealing conduct.

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in Competition Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019
Listed as a recommended competition lawyer
GCR 100 (Global Competition Review), 2018
Nominated as one of Australia's leading competition lawyers
The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, 2014-2017
Nominated as one of Australia's leading competition lawyers
The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, 2015

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Master of Laws, University of Pennsylvania, United States
  • Doctorate, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Legal Studies for admission to practice in Australia, Melbourne University

Memberships

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V. (German Antitrust Law Association)
  • German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

International experience

  • 5 years as a German lawyer in Düsseldorf and Brussels practicing in European and German competition law in two leading international competition law practices
  • Admitted to practice in Germany since April 1997

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ACCC review of contentious mergers: greater scrutiny, longer review periods

On 4 August 2017, the Chairman of the ACCC, Mr Rod Sims, confirmed a major shift in ACCC policy towards “more intensive information-gathering” when it is reviewing contentious merger proposals. As...

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