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Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Competition/European Law

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What the team is known for

Offers wide-ranging competition law experience, with a particularly strong presence in merger control filings for M&A deals. Has handled standout transactions in the textiles, insurance and events sectors. Advises public bodies on the notification of state aid measures to the EC. Also handles CCPC behavioural investigations and acts on the defendant side of competition damages claims.

Strengths

One interviewee reports that the lawyers "are efficient and responsive," while another notes: "They are diligent in their client relations and keep me closely informed."

"They are extremely knowledgeable and their practical experience is crucial for the timely progress of our matters," says a third source.

Work highlights

Assisted private equity firm CapVest with merger filings in support of its buyout of M&M Walshe. The firm coordinated merger notifications in Ireland and Germany.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees say that Niall Collins "has a great knowledge of the law and delivers that knowledge to clients in an easily digestible form.""He is very knowledgeable about how the authority works," states another source. Collins leads merger control mandates and supports clients in behavioural investigations carried out by the CCPC.

Tara Kelly advises on transactions and subsequent merger clearances for corporates and private equity firms. Clients say: "She is thoughtful, reliable and responsive."

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Overview

Our Competition & Antitrust team offers tailored advice and support to our clients sophisticated needs in this complex area. 

Our internationally recognised market-leading team has been centrally involved in establishing new precedent in Irish competition law, having acted in a number of the most recent in-depth (Phase II) investigations by the Irish Competition Commission. We also advised the purchaser on each of the first three ‘media mergers’ notified under the new Irish media merger regime. Our team regularly advises Government, first movers and new entrants on creating new markets in energy, broadcasting and telecoms.

We recognise that increasing regulation, EU mandates and standard harmonization creates an additional burden for business and we understand how competition regulatory processes can raise the cost of doing business. Our goal is to minimise the impact on our clients’ business.

This is an experienced team with diverse backgrounds. Our partners have previously worked with leading Competition/Antitrust practices in both the UK and in Brussels.

We frequently advise on:

  • merger notifications under the Irish Competition Acts 2002-2014
  • EU merger notifications
  • cartel investigations and immunity and leniency applications
  • competition compliance programmes and dawn raids
  • joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • State aid

Competition/European Law

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

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Location

South Bank House

Barrow Street

Dublin

County Dublin

Ireland

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Ireland

Competition/European Law


Niall Collins
Band 1
Tara Kelly
Up and Coming