William Fry

Competition/European Law Department

Ireland
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Overview

Our EU & Competition team consistently advises on the most complex EU and Irish competition and merger control law issues arising in Ireland each year. 

Our leading merger control practice continues to be one of the busiest in Ireland.  Notable merger control cases this year include advising

  • King Laundry Limited on its acquisition by Berendsen Ireland Limited, the longest-running Irish merger control case under the current regime. It was cleared with remedies;
  • Carlyle on the sale of Payzone, cleared unconditionally by the European Commission;

  • Apollo Global Management on its acquisition of PK Air Finance;

  • Tesco Ireland on the disposal of its petrol filling station estate to DCC; and

  •  FNZ's acquisition of Irish Progressive Services International Limited from Irish Life.

Our specialist knowledge extends beyond 'traditional' competition law into areas such as State aid, public procurement and trade law.  We advised on long-running State aid litigation before the EU Courts (Aughinish Alumina) and are advising the Irish Government on matters arising from the Apple State aid decision.

We have a market-leading regulatory law practice. Notable matters include advising the Irish Communications Regulator, ComReg, on the regulation of broadband markets and on the most high-profile telecoms litigation before the Irish Courts in the past 12 months.

Clients

ASICS UK Limited

Aughninish Alumina Limited

ComReg (Irish telecommunications regulator)

DCC plc

Department of Finance

Exponent Private Equity

Invesco PowerShares

SIRO Limited

SOLAS (Irish State Employment Agency)

Truck Manufacturer

Industries

Automobiles & Parts

Banks

Charities / Not for Profit

Commercial & Professional Services

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Education

Energy

Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Forestry & Paper

Government

Healthcare

Insurance

Media

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate

Real Estate Finance

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Sports

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Transportation

Travel & Leisure

Utilities