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Ashurst

Competition Law

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What the team is known for

Highly reputed for its handling of diverse matters before UK competition law and sector regulators. Advises on CMA, FCA or Ofgem investigations into pharmaceutical, financial services and energy sector clients. Handles high-profile CAT or CJEU appeals against findings of abuse of dominance in the postal and computer hardware markets. Acts on EU or UK merger filings on behalf of merging parties or on behalf of third-party interveners. Proven capacity to coordinate with Ashurst teams spread across Europe and with external lawyers in other key jurisdictions to advise either on global merger notifications or on investigations carried out by various national competition authorities.

Strengths

Clients praise the team for being "brilliant, on time, extremely helpful and clever."

Another singles out the team's "ability and willingness to provide strategic-level advice," adding that "they are always prepared to go one step beyond what you are expecting."

Work highlights

Assisted Intel with remittal proceedings relating to the successful appeal to the ECJ against the EU General Court's decision of abuse of dominance in the supply of microchips.

Notable practitioners

Duncan Liddell is "fantastic," according to clients, who particularly highlight that his "advice is clear and firm" and that "his written work is fantastic." He has a prominent practice assisting clients with market investigations and merger filings, as well as acting for clients on appeals before regulators.

Euan Burrows offers clients "a vast array of knowledge" and is "quick to identify key issues and articulate them appropriately for various given audiences." He has a broad-ranging practice, advising on contentious matters including competition damages claims, as well as representing clients in market investigations and reviews by domestic and European regulators.

Nigel Parr is described by one client as "the best competition lawyer in Europe," and by another as someone who "knows competition law like the back of his hand, is very personable and has built up a great team." He acts on a broad scope of competition matters, representing clients in market investigations conducted by the CMA and other domestic regulators, as well as advising on appeals against regulatory decisions.

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Overview

Our competition team has achieved great results in complex and ground-breaking competition investigations, merger reviews, litigation and appeals. We deal successfully with competition authorities, courts and regulatory bodies across Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere. We assist our clients with risk-based, practical strategies to help meet their commercial objectives, defend their commercial interests and, in some cases, challenge the anti-competitive behaviour of others. We are one of the few international law firms with an in-house team of economists and many of our lawyers have backgrounds in economics, business strategy or with competition regulators.

Our team covers the full range of competition and antitrust issues including merger control, cartels and other anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance/market power, market/sector investigations, competition litigation, judicial reviews and appeals, state aid, public procurement, trade law and utilities and infrastructure regulation. We advise clients the spectrum, from industry incumbents to new market challengers.

Competition and antitrust is not just a legal discipline. Most of our team have qualifications in economics or business, or experience of working with regulators. Combined with our unique in-house economic expertise, we consistently deliver high quality, pragmatic and clear advocacy and advice.


Members

Burrows, Euan (Head of Department)

Parr, Nigel (Head of Department)

Cuninghame, Neil

Liddell, Duncan

Competition Law Department

Ashurst

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Department location

London Fruit & Wool Exchange

1 Duval Square

London

Greater London

UK

E1 6PW

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London (Firms)

Competition Law


Duncan Liddell
Band 3
Euan Burrows
Band 3

Competition Law: Litigation


Euan Burrows
Band 2