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What the team is known for Has played a central role in many of the most important international media sector M&A transactions, including cases that test the UK government's ability to block mergers on public interest grounds. Proven media sector expertise extends into the defence of broadcasters in EC behavioural investigations. Leads domestic, EU and global merger filings for clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, automotive and retail sectors among various others. Represents defendants both in CJEU appeals against EC cartel fines and in follow-on damages actions. Also has considerable experience in market investigations in heavily regulated sectors.
Strengths Clients say: "They have excellent lawyers, are innovative and client-friendly, and have very good international coverage."
Work highlights Advised Qatar Petroleum on the EC's investigation into the LNG market.
According to clients,
Alasdair Balfour "combines competition law expertise with good business understanding and a strong client service mentality." He advises on multi-jurisdictional merger filings in an array of sectors, as well as assisting clients as interested parties in CMA investigations into transactions.
Antonio Bavasso is revered by clients as a "very commercial and sector-savvy competition expert." He offers expertise in the media industry, advising on significant restructurings and mergers. Additionally, he assists with market investigations on behalf of both European and domestic regulators.
Mark Friend represents clients in significant market investigations on a domestic and European basis. He is praised as a "highly experienced" lawyer who "brings a statesmanlike professionalism."
Philip Mansfield is appreciated by clients for his depthof competition law knowledge. He has impressive experience in market investigations and also represents clients in defence of follow-on damages claims.