Competition M&A

Overview

We advise on all regulatory aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures, and deal regularly with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK, the European Commission, and competition authorities throughout the world.

Much of our work involves representing clients who are parties to potential transactions, and rebutting allegations of anti-competitive impacts of mergers. We also act for those seeking to oppose deals (e.g. customers, competitors, suppliers) who believe the transaction in question will be detrimental to their business or longer-term interests. In either case, a key aspect of our role is formulating and implementing regulatory strategies.

As much of our work is international, we often co-ordinate merger filings across the globe and act as a focal point to ensure that consistent messages are transmitted to all relevant competition authorities. This includes representing clients before the competition authorities of overseas jurisdictions. In a recent case, working closely with local counsel, we were instrumental in securing one of the first conditional clearances of a merger subject to the new Chinese merger rules.

The nature of our work means that we continuously work closely with foreign law firms and, consequently, have excellent contacts with many firms in different jurisdictions. Those relationships have led to our advising clients from all over the world, from Australia to the US and from all corners of Europe, in relation to UK merger control practice and procedure.

Recognition

  • "This firm handles the full range of competition law issues and provides a quality, partner-led service."

    Chambers UK 2011