Economic Regulation

Helping clients manage, shape and succeed within their regulatory environment

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Major infrastructure owners and service providers in industries such as energy, telecommunications, rail, water, aviation and ports are governed by complex regulatory frameworks affecting access to and the ownership and operation of those assets.

Our competition and regulation team have the breadth of experience in a diverse range of economic regulatory frameworks as well as expertise in the interface of regulatory practice and competition law, meaning we are well-placed to help clients who are subject to industry-specific regulation. We provide advice to access seekers and owners of infrastructure assets, as well as buyers, sellers and financiers of those assets.

We also help clients manage and shape their regulatory environment to ensure that they are well-placed to take commercial advantage of growth opportunities while complying with industry-specific regulation.

Our global team advises on price controls and market access, as well as on regulatory issues that arise in merger control proceedings and in relation to regulatory investigations. We also have extensive experience in regulatory complaints, appeals and disputes.

Recent Experience

A LEADING AUSTRALIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER

In connection with the ACCC’s inquiries and investigations into wholesale service standards, anticompetitive conduct and access regime applying to certain telecommunications providers

AN ASIAN MOBILE NETWORK OPERATOR

On proposed network sharing arrangements with a competitor primarily relating to 5G roll-out and bidding for 5G spectrum

SKY

On a wide spectrum of business critical regulatory litigation, including in respect of Pay TV and telecommunications (wholesale broadband price controls, Ethernet and VULA)

A LEADING ADVERTISING AGENCY

In connection with the investigation by a French regulator into commercial partnerships between influencers and brands

A MAJOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

In relation to various regulatory matters, including the 08X numbers case in the UK Supreme Court and a series of consequent proceedings

LONDON AND CONTINENTAL RAILWAYS

On the establishment of the bespoke regulatory regime for the High Speed 1 railway used by Eurostar and domestic high speed services, and the subsequent £2.1 billion sale of the railway

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