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Stands out for experience in major domestic merger control filings that attract considerable objection from competitors and intense scrutiny from the CMA. Earns further praise for activity in high-profile follow-on damages claims and for the handling of UK-based private enforcement actions. Works together with colleagues in Brussels and other offices to advise on global mergers. Popular among financial services and life sciences clients for advice on CMA market studies or investigations into alleged abuse of dominance. Handles diverse state aid mandates, including investigations or CJEU appeals on behalf of European government bodies. Also benefits from a number of partners with demonstrable experience in price control reviews carried out by UK energy or water sector regulators.
Clients appreciate that Linklaters is "a very dedicated team" with lawyers who "understand our objectives and provide good, pragmatic advice."
Advised E.ON on the competition implications of its asset swap with RWE.
Christian Ahlborn is admired for being "a technical and dedicated expert" who "likes a challenge and is very hard-working." He has substantial experience representing clients in merger filings on both a UK and European basis, as well as assisting clients with regulatory market reviews.
Head of UK competition Nicole Kar is praised by clients for being "to the point, really on it and very good with clients." She represents clients from the financial services, retail and telecoms industries.
According to clients, Simon Pritchard is a lawyer with "vast amounts of energy and technical knowledge." He offers a wide range of expertise on complex Phase I and II merger procedures.
Thomas Cassels is lauded by commentators because "he brings a balance between excellent tactical commercial litigation and superb regulatory expertise." He has substantial experience advising clients on follow-on damages claims, as well as acting for defendants in liability disputes.