Our Competition & Regulation Department combines technical expertise with a practical problem-solving approach to legal issues.
We are consistently ranked in the top tier of Irish advisers for Competition & Regulation work by leading directories including Chambers Europe, Global Competition Review and the Legal 500 EMEA.
We represent clients regarding competition investigations before the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (formerly the Competition Authority) and the European Commission. We have wide experience of practising competition law in the UK, Brussels and Luxembourg, having represented clients before the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (Formerly the Office of Fair Trading), the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the EU and the General Court. We also focus on cartel investigations.
Our expertise in merger control notifications under both Irish and EU merger control rules is widely acknowledged. We frequently co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional merger control filings.
We advise Irish and international clients across a range of regulated sectors, including telecoms, broadcasting, energy and transport. We also advise on certain white-collar crime issues including anti-money laundering.
Our experience in both EU and Irish public procurement law has proven invaluable to contracting authorities (including utility companies) in running projects in compliance with applicable EU and Irish rules.
We are experienced in all areas of EU law, including free movement issues, rights of establishment and customs and trade law. We also advise on both the EU and Irish export licensing regimes for dual-use and military goods.
On contentious issues, we work with our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department to achieve a positive outcome for clients.
King Digital Entertainment plc on its USD$5.9bn sale to Activision Blizzard Inc. under the EU Merger Regulation. This transaction was also cleared by the US and South Korean merger control authorities.
DCC plc on the sale of Fannin Compounding to Baxter Healthcare. This ‘merger to monopoly’ was cleared by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”) under the ‘failing firm/division’ defence.
ComReg (the Irish telecoms regulator) on a number of regulatory matters including High Court enforcement proceedings.
Asics, the well-known sportswear brand, in defence of an abuse of dominance case in the Competition List of the High Court.
Public bodies such as SOLAS/FÁS, the IDA and Fingal County Council on their EU/Irish public procurement obligations. We have also represented numerous bidders in challenges to the decisions of public bodies under public procurement remedies rules.
Uniphar (a major pharmaceutical wholesaler) on the acquisition of its rival, Cahill May Roberts. This ‘3 to 2’ transaction was cleared by the CCPC after a Phase II investigation.
Aughinish Alumina on challenges before the EU Courts to European Commission Decisions finding a hydrocarbon tax exemption to be unlawful State aid.
DCC plc on the sale of part of its Food & Beverage division to Valeo Foods UK Limited. This transaction was cleared, subject to remedies, by the CCPC.
Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited on the regulatory aspects of its negotiations with the Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for the award of the new National Lottery licence in 2014.
Selfridges Group on the acquisition of Arnotts, the major Dublin department store. This involved a voluntary referral of the merger from the European Commission to the CCPC and obtaining unconditional clearance.