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Macfarlanes LLP

Competition/European Law

4 ranked lawyersBand 3UKGlobal 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Impressive team acting for major pharmaceutical sector clients on CMA investigations and on subsequent appeals to courts in the UK or in Luxembourg. Defends banks and financial services companies in EC investigations. Handles follow-on litigation in the UK and supports the defence of parallel proceedings in other European jurisdictions. Also demonstrates experience in merger control notifications for transactions in various sectors.

Strengths

Sources say: "They have great in-depth experience of competition law damages claims both in the UK and at European level. A very commercial team."

Another adds: "They are easy to work with, and have the right mix of experience levels on the cases. The advice is always well balanced between the purely legal and the commercial."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of Farelogix in relation to the CMA's Phase II merger investigation into its acquisition by Sabre.

Notable practitioners

Cameron Firth has a significant practice advising on complex merger clearance files, as well as representing clients in appeals before competition regulators relating to cartel findings and defending clients in follow-on damages claims.
"His advice is always commercial and practical." "He is a pleasure to work with. A genuine expert and good strategist with good client-handling skills."

Malcolm Walton represents an array of clients in competition matters across a range of sectors.

Stephen Kon continues to advise clients on a range of competition matters, with particular experience in market investigations.

Tom Usher acts on a range of competition matters, with significant expertise advising on investigations in the financial services industry."He is very experienced, knowledgeable, and explains what you need to know in clear and simple terms." "Tom is a leader in his field, and is a master strategist and wordsmith; he is an excellent technician and is finely attuned to the the commercial perspective, as well as being a very personable individual."

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UK

Competition Law


Cameron Firth
Band 2
Malcolm Walton
Band 3
Stephen Kon
Senior Statespeople
Tom Usher
Band 2