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Senior Consultant

In a career spanning over 45 years Robert Gardini has held senior leadership roles as a commercial lawyer, company director, mediator, and regulatory consultant delivering successful outcomes to companies, industry bodies and federal and State/Territory governments.

Robert has extensive expertise in competition law and policy, corporate governance, negotiation and mediation, franchising law and policy, and financial services across a range of industries.

He boasts a wealth of experience in the automotive franchising space, acting for motor vehicle dealers and dealer councils across Australia. As a result of the current Senate inquiry into dealer/distributor relationships, his recent work includes further consultation around regulatory reforms.

Robert’s experience in competition law and policy has included being the regulatory consultant for the Business Council of Australia; acting for peak industry bodies in relation to reviews of Competition Law and Policy; conducting competition reviews of legislation for Government; and acting for the ACCC in relation to compliance matters.

Robert has advised a number of superannuation funds, including one fund which, through direct investments (including property investments) grew its funds under management from $1 billion to over $6 billion.

  • Financial Services expertise, particularly in superannuation regulation and investments and the carrying out of major infrastructure investment projects including airports, toll roads, ports, electricity generation and public utilities.
  • Corporate governance of directors and trustees including the Corporations Act, Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act, APRA supervision and investigations.
  • Public policy expertise in business regulation, self-regulation, and co-regulation; Parliamentary and other inquiries; review of administrative decisions and complaints to the Ombudsman.
  • Franchising law and policy experience and expertise as Chair of the Franchising Code Council Ltd which administered the former voluntary Franchising Code in the $80bn franchising sector.

Robert is a leading regulatory consultant who has been appointed by the Federal Government to review the former voluntary Franchising Code; as well as to the ACCC in relation to the Franchising Code; and was a member of the ACCC’s small business and franchising consultative committees.

As chair of partners for over 10 years, Robert also played a major role in the growth of a small law firm to become one of Australia’s largest law firms.

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts – Australian National University
  • British Council Scholarship – London School of Economics

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