Art and cultural property
Analysing restrictive clauses in a draft loan agreement for a painting as between a UK museum and a foreign museum, including advising on UK export controls.
Buyer premium for an auction house
Analysing the proposed buyer premium to be used by an auction house in relation to the buyer premium used by other competing auction houses.
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Compliance policy and dawn raid guidelines
Preparing, rolling out and delivering for a large international shipping company on its antitrust policy and dawn raid guidelines across the Asia region and advising on competition law aspects of pooling/alliance arrangements more generally.
Trade associations and competition law
Advising an offshore, marine and underwater solutions trade association on general competition law issues, including membership criteria and participation, collection of statistics, information exchange as well as standardisation processes.
Pooling arrangements and information barriers
Preparing an information barrier policy for a large international shipping company which is part of a large LNG pooling arrangement.
Advising several incumbent and prospective UK rail franchise operators on the merger control and competition aspects arising in relation to bids and awards of UK rail franchises, direct awards and concessions, including dealings with both the European Commission (including referral requests) and the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.
Delivering competition compliance training to a large global company that designs, manufactures, maintains and supplies equipment and components for railway systems worldwide.
Advising a local government body on abuse of dominance issues as part of a consultation response relating to a key section of privately owned UK transport infrastructure.
Alleged vertical and horizontal antitrust breaches
Advising a manufacturer of electronic products in relation to a complaint concerning alleged vertical resale price maintenance and cartel concerns in the UK and across Europe; and advising on ways to terminate the infringing conduct and mitigate the alleged antitrust risk.
Joint ventures and merger control
Advising on all merger control aspects of a joint venture between a leading UK fresh product supplier and a leading UK foodservice supplier, as well as, successfully securing a Phase 1 clearance from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.
Advising companies across various consumer segments (e.g. food & drink, electronics, tobacco, golf, pens, etc.) on a variety of competition law issues arising in commercial agreements (e.g. exclusivity, active/passive sales, online sales restrictions, MFN clauses, non-competes, selective distribution and spare parts restrictions, true agency criteria, etc.)
General competition compliance
Advising a specialist oncologist pharmaceutical company on general competition compliance matters (especially, parallel trade and territorial restrictions) as well as preparing its first ever antitrust policy and dawn raid guidelines.
Advising one of the leading consumer healthcare providers in the world on its proposed acquisition of another direct global competitor (one deal was ultimately abandoned).
Licensing, trade mark and collaboration arrangements
Advising numerous pharmaceutical companies on licensing and collaboration arrangements under various EU block exemptions and EU guidelines on issues, such as R&D, trademark, specialisation and agency agreements; exclusivity; territorial restrictions; parallel trade; non-competes; grant-backs and no-challenge and termination clauses.
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Energy and natural resources
Securing a Phase I European Commission clearance for one of the largest global energy and utilities companies on its acquisition of a UK facilities management business.
Competition compliance training
Preparing, rolling out and delivering competition compliance training to one of the largest mining companies in the world across Africa, South America and Europe.
Advising one of the largest thermal coal manufacturers worldwide on general competition law compliance issues, in particular, distribution and territorial restrictions.
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Banks and banking
Advising a large US investment bank on the international merger regulatory aspects of a highly valued minority equity investment by a Japanese bank successfully securing clearances in Germany, Japan, Canada and South Korea.
Stock exchanges and clearing houses
Advising and securing for a UK clearing house Phase 1 clearances in the UK, Spain and Portugal (following a referral request back from the European Commission) in relation to the acquisition of a stake in the clearing house by a leading stock exchange.
Advising two global banks on the compatibility of various strategic alliances and collaboration agreements in the financial sector with EU/UK competition law.
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Funds and financial services
Fund management investments
Advising a leading independent fund management company offering investors access to high quality infrastructure assets on the competition and merger control aspects of two major toll road concession projects.
Asset management and wealth management
Securing for a large UK bank a Phase I European Commission clearance (as well as clearances in Brazil, USA, Canada, Mexico and Japan) on the sale of part of its wealth management and exchange traded funds business to one of the leading asset management companies worldwide.
Advising a large Asian private equity house on the merger control aspects of an acquisition of a stake in one of the world's largest razor manufacturers.
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Co-(re)insurance arrangements and compliance
Advising a UK insurance provider on the legality of co-(re)insurance arrangements on the ad hoc subscription market from an EU/UK competition law perspective.
Information exchange and trade associations
Advising a leading EU insurance industry trade association on information exchange and joint compilation of studies projects under the EU Insurance Block Exemption.
Securing for a large Swiss insurance company a Phase I European Commission clearance on the acquisition of a leading life assurance company.
Real estate investors and developers
Market investigations and codes of conduct
Advising various large home warranty providers on the legality of the set up and development of an industry code following the UK's Office of Fair Trading's investigation into the home building sector from a UK abuse of dominance perspective.
Advising a large real estate investment management company on lease restrictions in commercial agreements following the repeal of the UK's Lands Agreement Exemption.
Bare assets v enterprise
Advising a leading real estate investment firm on when acquisitions of bare assets as opposed to clear cut enterprise entities may potentially give rise to merger control issues (i.e. buildings, shopping centres, etc.).
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Abuse of dominance
Defending one of the largest global financial information services providers in relation to an exclusionary abuse of dominance investigation by the European Commission, including the negotiation of a settlement.
Advising one of the world's largest financial information services providers in relation to the sale of its business to a major competitor, successfully securing conditionally and simultaneously clearances from the European Commission at Phase II and the US Department of Justice, as well as numerous other jurisdictions worldwide (including Brazil, Canada, Singapore, Turkey and others).
Advising a UK auditing firm on all merger control aspects relating to an acquisition of a competitor.
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