EU, competition and regulation
Our EU, competition and regulation team has in-depth experience in all aspects of the competition, state aid and public procurement rules, as well as expertise in general EU law as it applies to business and in various specific areas of EU regulation.
At the core of our work is our advice to companies on how to ensure compliance with EU and UK competition law and how to structure transactions so as to minimise competition risk arising from non-compliance. We help our clients to use competition law positively for competitive advantage, as well as for defensive purposes. We regularly represent clients in investigations by, and hearings before, the EU and UK competition authorities. We frequently also obtain clearance of transactions from the relevant merger control authorities in countries throughout the world. Team members have previously worked for the competition regulators and have hands-on experience of their processes and their approach to competition issues.
We are also prominent and highly experienced in our advice to both the public sector and private sector on the application of the public procurement regime and the state aid rules. We take a very practical approach to these issues, formulating advice to our clients that allows them to achieve their commercial objectives while observing their legal obligations. We have a wealth of expertise not only in advising on the legal aspects of public procurement matters, but also in project managing complex procurements on behalf of our public sector clients.