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Rhiannon Davies

T: +44 20 7809 2033 M: +44 7702 142 473 Email Rhiannon | Vcard Office: London

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EU and competition

EU and competition

Rhiannon Davies Senior associate

Contact details

Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon Davies
Senior associate

T: +44 20 7809 2033 M: +44 7702 142 473 Email Rhiannon | Vcard Office: London

A competition lawyer with cross-sector experience in various aspects of competition law, both at a UK and an EU level. Areas of expertise include merger control, antitrust investigations, market investigations, general behavioural issues and compliance.
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Rhiannon has advised clients at various stages of antitrust investigations, including discovery of an infringement, conducting internal investigations, the leniency process, cooperation with competition authorities, and the potential application of criminal sanctions.

Rhiannon also has broad experience in UK and EU merger control, including at both Phase I and Phase II stages. She also has experience of litigating against the Competition and Markets Authority in respect of the extent of their powers to review mergers.

Specific sectors in which Rhiannon has represented clients include transport (rail, sea and air), energy, construction, financial services, technology and consumer and retail.

Rhiannon also has extensive experience of providing competition law compliance and dawn raid training to clients across a range of sectors.

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Antitrust investigations

Advised on a CMA criminal and civil cartel investigation, for which the client was the whistle-blower. Advised on a wide range of issues including conduct of internal investigations, applying for leniency, duty of cooperation with the CMA, application of criminal cartel offence and recidivism issues.

Advised a leading private equity firm and one of its significant portfolio companies (itself a leading operator in its own market) in relation to a CMA cartel investigation. Successfully secured Type A immunity for the company.

Advised an international bank on a European Commission cartel investigation, including applying for leniency before the Commission and responding to the Commission’s Statement of Objections.

Advised a national software solutions business (previously active in the payment systems sector) on the Payment Systems Regulator's first ever UK Competition Act 1998 investigation using its concurrent powers. This included providing “on-the-spot” dawn raid assistance.

Merger control

Advised a leading provider of health and social care services in the UK on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of a portfolio of care homes from Bupa and securing a Phase I clearance from the CMA.

Advised a property management client on the merger control aspects of its interests in a joint venture in relation to the Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich and securing a Phase I Commission clearance decision.

Advised Groupe Eurotunnel on its (ultimately blocked) acquisition of a number of ferries previously owned by SeaFrance operating between Dover and Calais. This included advising on jurisdictional issues, CMA Phase 1 and Phase 2 reviews, remedies implementation and the remittal process.

Contentious work

Advised Groupe Eurotunnel on its two appeals to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, arising from the Eurotunnel/SeaFrance merger investigation, as well as onward appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Advised a consortium of oil majors on the competition law aspects of a judicial review against the implementation by Heathrow Airport of rules which attempted to impose potentially anti-competitive information-sharing obligations on our client.

Commercial agreements

Advised a leading carbonated drinks provider on the application of competition law to its commercial arrangements with its customers, with particular emphasis on the need to avoid any behaviour that could amount to an abuse of a dominant market position.

Advised clients in the science and technology sectors on the inclusion of “most-favoured nation” clauses in contractual arrangements with third parties.

Provide general advice to clients on issues such as distribution agreements, arrangements with trade associations, abuse of dominance, joint venture arrangements and information-sharing.

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Leading social care services provider

Advised a leading provider of health and social care services in the UK on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of a portfolio of care homes from Bupa and secured a Phase I clearance from the CMA.

Intermational pharmaceutical company

Advised a pharmaceutical company on compliance with UK/EU competition law in relation to clauses included in its contracts with certain UK pharmacies which potentially gave rise to RPM issues.

A provider of specialist prosthetic, orthotic and mobility services

Advising on merger control issues relating to its acquisition of a licensor of software applications for use in the management of wheelchair services.

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Leading private equity house

Advised private equity investment house and one of its portfolio companies on a CMA cartel investigation and successfully secured Type A immunity for the company.

International bank

Advised on a European Commission cartel investigation, including applying for leniency before the Commission and responding to the Commission’s Statement of Objections.

UK challenger bank

Advised a UK challenger bank on the CMA's retail banking market investigation, including in relation to the CMA’s proposed remedies. 

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Consortium of oil majors

Advised a consortium of oil majors on the competition law aspects of a judicial review against the implementation by Heathrow Airport of rules which attempted to impose potentially anti-competitive information-sharing obligations on our client.

International oil and gas company

Advised on competition law issues relating to client’s acquisition of minority participating interest in a production sharing agreement for upstream oil and gas in Africa.

International energy company

Advised on merger control issues relating to client’s participation in a joint venture to build and operate a floating LNG facility in Africa.

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Groupe Eurotunnel

Advised on investigations by the UK competition authorities of its acquisition of ferries formerly belonging to SeaFrance.

Groupe Eurotunnel

Advising on its two appeals to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, arising from the Eurotunnel/SeaFrance merger investigation, as well as onward appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

International shipping company

Provided training and guidance on EU and UK rules on information-exchange to an international shipping company involved in a number of joint ventures with competitors.

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High profile construction company client

Advised a high-profile client in the construction company on a CMA criminal and civil cartel investigation, for which the client was the whistle-blower.

FTSE-250 construction company

Advised a FTSE-250 client in the construction sector on competition law allegations contained in a claim being brought against it by a former customer in the High Court.

National construction company

Advised on investigations into a complaint made by a former employee alleging several competition law breaches during his employment. Subsequently updated the client’s competition law compliance policy and rolled out training to the client’s management and salespeople.

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