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Dave Poddar

Dave Poddar


Dave Poddar

Dave Poddar has over 20 years' experience in competition/antitrust law and heads the firm's Asia-Pacific antitrust practice. He has worked on significant clearances for Australian M&A and international joint ventures and alliances.  Dave has also worked on infrastructure access and regulatory matters as well as advising on competition agency investigations and cartel matters.

Dave has been a Non-Government Advisor to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on merger processes for a number of years. Dave also leads the firm's telecommunications, media and technology sector in Asia Pacific.

Dave is a member of our global Antitrust Risk team.

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  • Australian home improvement retailers Bunnings on various acquisitions in the hardware, home improvement and outdoor leisure sector
  • Emirates on its partnership with Qantas and the associated authorisations and regulatory approvals processes
  • alternative equity trading operator Chi-X on competition and access issues associated with the establishment of its securities exchange in Australia
  • SABMiller on the A$12 billion Foster’s Group takeover and acquisition of the remaining 50% of Pacific Beverages, including foreign investment approval

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Adelaide (BEc) 1988, (LLB) 1989
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia 1989
  • Partner Mallesons Stephen Jaques 1998
  • Partner Allen & Overy 2011
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2013

Professional bodies

  • Co-Chair, Antitrust Committee, International Bar Association,
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the University of South Australia, Centre for Regulation and Market Analysis
  • Senior Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
  • Member of FINSIA’s Policy Advisory Council

Awards and citations

  • Hall of Fame
    Legal 500 – Competition and Trade 
  • He draws praise as "a leading expert in the field" who is "very plugged in to where competition law is going" and "very switched-on about what the ACCC is thinking.
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2020
  • Dave Poddar (is) ‘among the leading competition lawyers in Australia’ and his ‘knowledge of the law is second to none’. The practice ‘continually provides an outstanding service and is always very responsive’.
    Legal 500 2019, Dispute Resolution – Australia 
  • Band 2 Individual
    He draws praise as "a leading expert in the field" who is "very plugged in to where competition law is going" and "very switched-on about what the ACCC is thinking."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2020, Competition/Antitrust – Australia