Robert Gardini is a Consultant of HWL Ebsworth with over 30 years’ experience in Government and private practice. Robert has extensive experience in corporate governance, competition law and policy and in major commercial transactions, including franchise arrangements and disputes, particularly in the automotive industry and private equity investments in infrastructure in Australia and overseas. He has advised governments in relation to corporatisation of government bodies and in relation to regulation of business across many areas. Robert is an accredited mediator with high level negotiation skills.

Robert has over 20 years’ experience advising peak industry bodies, motor car distributors, motor car dealers and dealer councils in relation to all aspects of the automotive retail industry including negotiation of dealer agreements, disclosure documents, compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct, buy/sell agreements and major dealership disputes with distributors.

Robert has been appointed by the Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments and agencies to provide reports relating to business regulation including red tape reduction, competition policy, franchising, corporatisation of public sector entities and environmental regulation.

Robert’s recent experience includes:

  • Peak industry bodies, motor car dealers and dealer councils: In relation to all aspects of the automotive retail industry including negotiation of dealer agreements, disclosure documents, compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct, buy/sell agreements and major dealership disputes with distributors. Robert’s review of the voluntary Franchising Code was a major catalyst to the introduction of the mandatory Franchising Code in 1998;
  • Superannuation funds and managed funds: In relation to licensing, regulatory compliance, investment management agreements, dealings with APRA and ASIC, corporate governance design and compliance and director and trustee duties. This includes negotiation and carrying out due diligence in relation to major equity and public/private partnerships relating to investments in infrastructure in Australia and overseas;
  • Australian Government departments and agencies: Across a range of policy and regulatory areas including competition law and policy, corporatisation of government bodies, compliance with international environments protocols, food standards, franchising, regulatory compliance and redirection; and
  • ACCC, corporations and industry associations: In relation to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and Australian Consumer Law including restrictive trade practices and consumer protection; conducting trade practice audits and compliance programs; negotiating with the ACCC in relation to alleged contraventions and 87B undertakings; by appearances before numerous Parliamentary and other inquiries in relation to reviews of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth); conducting trade practices litigation; and mediating on the panel of the Office of the Mediation Adviser.

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