Ruth Higgins

Ruth Higgins appears in proceedings across Australia in competition, public, commercial, energy, media and corporate criminal law matters. She acts for listed companies (Volkswagen, Nissan, Apple, Qantas, Tabcorp, CBA, BlueScope, Woolworths) energy companies (AGL, BP, Origin, Energy Australia, Hydro Tasmania), media companies (Today FM, Seven, Nine) and government instrumentalities (ACCC, NCC, ASIC, OAIC and APRA).

She has appeared at various enquiries including as counsel assisting the ACCC East Coast Gas Enquiry, and at private and public hearings of the ICAC and at the Special Commission of Enquiry into Electricity Transactions. She is currently acting for the CBA in the Banking Royal Commission.

Ruth is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal and a pool member of the Dispute Resolution Panel appointed under the National Electricity Rules. She is a member of the Council of the Bar Association of NSW and the Chair of a professional conduct committee.

Ruth won the Glasgow University medal in law, completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, lectured at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Visiting Fellow at New College Oxford.  Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004), three collections of essays co-edited with Justin Gleeson SC and a forthcoming monograph, Law’s Candour (all through Federation Press).

Ruth has been included in Best Lawyers Australia since 2008 and Chambers Global since 2011, and is currently listed as a new silk.  She is listed in Doyle’s Guide as a leading silk for competition law, and also in commercial litigation and insolvency law.

Firm Overview:

Banco Chambers was opened on 10 March 2005 in the Reserve Bank Building by the Hon. J.J. Spigelman AC Chief Justice of New South Wales. It then consisted of 15 members, made up of 3 silks and 12 juniors.

Banco Chambers expanded in January 2009 taking a floor in Chifley Tower and 15 new junior barristers. Our inaugural Head of Chambers was Justin Gleeson SC, the current Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth. Since Justin’s appointment Robert Newlinds SC has been our Head of Chambers.

Two of our foundation members, Justice Christine Adamson and Justice Fabian Gleeson are now Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Court of Appeal respectively.

Banco has always been and remains a youthful progressive floor committed to providing the highest level of service in the rapidly changing legal market. All of our barristers have superior and specialised advocacy skills enabling them to add value to any case in any court, tribunal or arbitration. Our barristers are also specialists in various fields where they provide sensible, commercial, objective and accurate advice.

We now have 30 members of varying levels of seniority, including seven of Australia’s leading Silks, Tom Blackburn SC, Peter Brereton SC, Andrew Coleman SC, Robert Dick SC, Richard McHugh SC, Cameron Moore SC and Robert Newlinds SC.

Our senior junior and junior barristers are Clarissa Amato, Farid Assaf, Darrell Barnett, Timothy Breakspear, Nicholas Bender, Anthony D’Arcy, Sandy Dawson, Kristen Deards, Ruth Higgins, Anne Horvath, Elliot Hyde, Ben Kremer, Peter Kulevski, Jonathon Redwood, Katherine Richardson, Declan Roche, Fiona Roughley, Peter Silver, David Sulan, James Watson, Christopher Withers, Tiffany Wong and Robert Yezerski.

Simone Bowie Jones

Simone Bowie Jones is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in Jamaica on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Simone directly using the contact details above.

Simone joined MF&G in 2005 and is a Partner in the firm’s Commercial Department. She graduated from the University of the West Indies having obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours and then completed her studies at the Norman Manley Law School.

Her practice areas include Banking, Contract Negotiations, Sports and Entertainment Law, Securities, Corporate Finance, Product Registration, Financial Regulatory Advice, Alternative Dispute Resolution and most significantly, Takeovers and Mergers. She was actively involved in three of the major mergers and/or acquisitions that have occurred in Jamaica in recent years, namely, the acquisition of Air Jamaica by Caribbean Airlines, the acquisition of Lascelles deMercado & Co. Limited by Angostura Limited and the merger of the Tortuga franchises throughout the Caribbean into one entity, in which Jamaica Producers Group acquired a majority interest.

Simone has obtained a Certificate in Mediation Practice and Procedure awarded by the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica. She also presently sits as a Director of a private equity and investment advisory company regulated by the Financial Services Commission. In her spare time she sits on the Executive Committee and volunteers with the Graduates Foundation, an organisation with a mission to expose, empower and educate youths from underprivileged and marginalised communities.

Mehrnoosh Aryanpour

Mehrnoosh Aryanpour joined Gide as a partner in 2017 to head the firm’s practice in Iran. She is an experienced international lawyer specialising in international trade and regulatory matters, including sanctions and export controls (ITAR, EAR, and OFAC), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Customs, WTO disputes, and multi-jurisdictional commercial matters in transport, energy, and infrastructure. She assists numerous domestic and foreign companies, including in the oil and gas production, oil field services and equipment sector, ocean carriers, airlines, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitality providers on due diligence and Iran sanctions.

Ms Aryanpour previously worked for several international law firms, as of Counsel for Gibson Dunn & Cruchter LLP in Washington, and as Senior Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor at Holland & Knight LLP New York and Washington, heading their Afghanistan practice.

Admitted to the New York Bar in 2009 (pending admission to the Washington Bar, District of Columbia), Mehrnoosh Aryanpour holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center (2006), a Certificate in International Law, from the London School of Economics & Political Sciences (2005), and an LL.B. from the Tehran University, Iran (2003) – She ranked Number One out of some 500,000 students in Iran’s national Concours Exam, receiving commendation and awards from both the Supreme Leader and the President for the highest academic achievement in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2003). She speaks Farsi, English, French and Arabic.


Founded in Paris in 1920, Gide is a premier international law firm with some 15 offices spread throughout the world.

Carlos Botelho Moniz

Carlos Botelho Moniz joined MLGTS Associados in 2001 as a partner. He coordinates the European law and competition team. His experience includes advising and representing clients in competition cases, both at the national and european level, in the areas of anti-trust, merger control and state aids. He has extensive experience in representing Portuguese authorities and private parties before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Carlos is a Visiting Professor at the Law School of the Portuguese Catholic University with a course on EU Litigation in the LL.M. Programme.

Regular presence in working sessions, seminars and conferences in the areas of competition and EU Law.

Dieter Thalhammer

Dieter Thalhammer is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in Austria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dieter directly using the contact details listed above.

Dieter is a Partner at our Vienna office and head of our “Competition Law” practice group. Dieter is one of the leading Austrian experts in the areas of European and national competition law and represents national and international clients in merger control proceedings, cartel and abuse of dominance cases as well as in cartel damages proceedings (private enforcement). His profile is completed by broad experience with the execution of internal investigations and the implementation of antitrust compliance programs.

Under his guidance, our “Competition Law” practice group evolved into one of the leading teams in Austria. Dieter represents clients from diverse industries such as transport, automotive, media, energy, postal services, telecommunications, the chemical industry, real estate, finance, health care as well as the food industry and the electronic engineering industry. His most recent cases comprise advising a client in cartel proceedings concerning transport before the European Commission.

Dieter represented clients before the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice in the proceedings against the Austrian freight forwarding cartel. Furthermore, he advises an energy supply company in antitrust proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court and regularly counsels prestigious Austrian and international companies in several Austrian and European merger proceedings.

Prior to joining our firm, he worked for a leading international law firm in Vienna for six years. He started his career as an intern at the Legal Service of the European Commission. Dieter is the author of several articles on competition law and lectures at the University at Graz.

Dieter Thalhammer holds law degrees from the University of Vienna (Dr iur, Mag iur) and the Saarland University (LLM Eur). He speaks German and English.

Firm Overview:

With more than 50 lawyers at its offices in Vienna and Graz, Eisenberger & Herzog (E&H) ranks amongst Austria’s largest law firms. The firm is driven by a team of partners with an international background and practice. Thus, E&H is guided by a spirit of innovation, dedication and creativity.

Throughout the lifetime of each project, partners assist their clients personally, ensuring quality, flexibility and efficiency. With a well-established network of partner law firms all over Europe and strong ties with first-tier business law firms in the US and Asia, E&H has become one of the leading Austrian referral firms and premier addresses for international clients.

Samir R Gandhi

Samir R Gandhi heads the competition practice at AZB & Partners and deals with a broad range of competition law and policy issues, as well as international trade and WTO matters.

Samir advises on all areas of competition law and policy and has previously served as counsel to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in major litigation, including in CCI v SAIL, the first substantive competition law case decided by the Indian Supreme Court. He advises clients, both as complainants and as defendants, in behavioural cases before the CCI and the appellate courts. He successfully defended Novartis and Bharti Airtel in vertical restraints cases, Google and Mediapro in abuse of dominance cases, and JSW Steel and the Organization for Pharmaceutical Producers in India (OPPI) in cartel cases.

Samir has worked on numerous merger filings and was part of the advisory team to the CCI that helped shape the 2011 merger regulations. The firm has one of the top merger control practices in India and recent work includes acting for the Bharti Group in the acquisition of shares from Walmart in Cedar Support Services; Solvay SA & INEOS AG as counsel on the combination of their chlorvinyls businesses; Kohlberg Kravis in the acquisition of shares in Alliance Tyres; Lafarge India in the acquisition of its shares by Baring Asia; and GE India Technology in the acquisition of its assets by the SABIC Group.

Samir routinely advises companies on their competition compliance programmes and is actively involved in competition policy issues. He has advised the Confederation of Indian Industry on the proposed amendments to the Competition Act before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance. Samir was also involved in formulating a framework competition policy for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

He is a member of the antitrust sections of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and frequently publishes and speaks about competition law. Samir is listed as a leading competition lawyer in India by Practical Law Company’s Competition & Leniency multi-jurisdictional guide, Chambers & Partners, Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers and Chambers Asia. He was also nominated by Global Competition Review in their list of “40 under 40” leading competition lawyers.

Samir is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and Mahindra Trust Fellow. He was a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School and is admitted to practise in India.

The competition practice at AZB & Partners comprises lawyers and economists and is spread across the National Capital Region, New Delhi (Noida and Gurgaon), Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune. It has been recognised as the Competition Law Firm of the Year, India, at the ACQ Law Awards, 2011, and the Competition Law Firm of the Year in India at the Corporate International Magazine Global Awards, 2010.