Counsel on numerous transactions subject to the EU Merger Regulation, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include pool equipment, construction machinery, agricultural machinery, process machinery, transport, healthcare, electronic equipment and chemicals.
Counsel on various transactions reviewed under the UK merger control and public interest rules, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include process machinery, transport, chemicals, defence and retail.
Counsel to a multinational manufacturing company in relation to a distribution joint venture with a competitor, requiring merger control clearances in six jurisdictions worldwide, including China, South Korea and Germany.
Counsel to a multinational manufacturing OEM in relation to the issues raised by a potential merger between key suppliers.
Counsel to a market-leading multinational manufacturer concerning the viability of potential mergers with three of its leading worldwide competitors.
Counsel to a large multinational shipping company on a proposed worldwide joint venture with two competitors.
Counsel to a large multinational chemical company on a proposed acquisition raising significant vertical issues.
Advice in relation to the purchase of a large steel manufacturing business by a competitor.
Advice on the competition law and merger control issues raised by a joint venture between a multinational conglomerate and a competitor.
Advice on replies to third party questionnaires in EU merger control investigations.
Counsel on numerous other “multijurisdictional” merger control transactions, including obtaining clearances subject to remedies.
Competition/Antitrust Regulatory Investigations
Counsel in relation to a European Commission multinational cartel matter, including attendance at dawn raids, internal investigations, representations before the Commission and conduct and finalization of the EU settlement procedure.
Counsel in relation to complaints before the European Commission concerning alleged abuse of dominance issues.
Counsel in relation to various other European Commission and UK Office of Fair Trading/Competition and Markets Authority cartel and other competition law investigations, at various stages. Sectors include insurance, general manufacturing, removals and transport.
Competition/Antitrust Private Litigation and EU Court Litigation
Advice on the defence of numerous cartel “follow-on” claims brought in the UK courts, including representation before the court and successful settlement negotiations.
Advice to a claimant on a potential “follow-on” competition damages action in the Belgian courts.
Counsel on appeals to the EU General Court in relation to decisions under the EU Merger Regulation.
Counsel for recipients and third parties on various appeals to the EU General Court in relation to European Commission decisions concerning EU State aid.
Counselling on Antitrust/Competition Law
Advice to a US manufacturing multinational and leader in its field on a range of abuse of dominance and other competition law issues, including supply arrangements, distribution and joint ventures.
Advice to a UK company on potential court action and/or a complaint concerning abuse of a dominant position by a supplier.
Advice to a luxury goods manufacturer on the structuring of its online distribution activities and its contractual relationships with third parties.
Advice on competition issues raised by standards devised in relation to biomass trading in the EU.
Advice to a distribution business on parallel trade issues and its relationship with its supplier, including in relation to potential court action.
Analysis and advice on distribution restrictions worldwide for a large manufacturing business.
General advice on distribution, dominance, the interface with intellectual property and other general competition law issues for a range of other companies. Sectors include packaging, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, general manufacturing, natural gas distribution, retail, medical devices, software, gaming, FMCG and electronic equipment.
Antitrust/Competition Compliance Programmes, Training and Audits
Preparation and implementation of competition compliance programmes and provision of compliance training, including in relation to dawn raids. Sectors include transport, general manufacturing, chemicals, FMCG, technology and pharmaceuticals.
Provision of internal competition law compliance audits and post-acquisition audits for several companies.
Provision of internal training sessions for various multinational companies
EU State Aid
Advice on the EU State aid issues raised by the resolution and restructuring of an EU Member State bank, including interaction with the BRRD.
Advice on the EU State aid issues raised by the privatisation and restructuring of a steel manufacturing business in an EU accession country, including notification to the European Commission and liaison with the national State aid authority.
Advice on the compliance with State aid law of the mining legislation of an EU accession state.
Advice on a number of complaints and potential complaints to the European Commission.
General State aid advice and notifications on a range of infrastructure projects, privatizations, schemes and other matters.
General State aid advice and notifications relating to the “banking crisis”.
EU Internal Market including Public Procurement/Government Contracts and EU Regulatory
Advice on the public procurement aspects of a range of projects and privatizations. Sectors include infrastructure, defense, town center development, accommodation and energy-from-waste.
Advice on public procurement actions and appeals before national courts.
Advice on various public procurement complaints to the European Commission.
Advice on free movement and market liberalization issues. Sectors include gaming and medical devices.
Advice on the specific EU regulatory regimes covering, amongst other areas, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, veterinary products, chemicals/REACH, transportation, packaging, food & beverage and energy (including natural gas, electricity, nuclear).