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Competition, Regulation and Trade

Navigating a dynamic environment of evolving regulation and global enforcement


Competition and antitrust laws are constantly evolving – increasing in complexity (both at national and supranational levels) with private enforcement rising significantly in recent years. Similarly, regulation is ever-increasing and ever-more complex, whether adopted at the national, supranational or international level.

Our team is at the forefront of these developments, and ideally placed to navigate the legal challenges that arise in this constantly evolving area.

We advise clients in a wide range of industries across the full spectrum of competition, regulation and trade-related issues:

  • Our competition law team has a distinguished track record of delivering results for clients in the most challenging cases, navigating EU and national competition laws across Europe and globally. We represent some of the largest companies on their most complex and high-profile transactions, cartels and non-cartel investigations, and disputes. Additionally, our team in Europe is ideally placed to help clients navigate the legal complexities of the evolving State aid and subsidy control landscape;
  • Our regulatory law team has extensive 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. Furthermore, our teams across Europe and Asia have increasingly been advising clients on how the changing landscape in foreign investment regulation globally may impact their businesses directly and indirectly; and,
  • Our international trade and WTO law team have extensive experience advising both companies and sovereign governments on matters across the full spectrum of international trade law, including WTO law, trade policy, trade agreements, sanctions, etc. They specialise in highly technical and legally challenging EU trade, WTO and trade agreement work (see here for more info on our trade practice).

Furthermore, our in-depth knowledge of regulators, courts, policymakers and their workings from former secondees, officials and judges means we are well-equipped to deliver clear, pragmatic and bespoke advice to our clients, helping them to achieve their strategic objectives.

The global nature of many our clients’ businesses is complemented by our international footprint and cross-border capability. Across our global network, we can provide a comprehensive and integrated cross-border service to our local and international clients.


Recent Experience


In connection with its appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Google Search (Shopping) investigation


Advising a leading financial institution in connection with the high-profile investigation by the European Commission into suspected manipulation of foreign exchange (forex) rates


On the EU merger control aspects of its US$63 billion acquisition of Allergan


In successfully defending a landmark criminal cartel prosecution brought by the CDPP and ACCC which was ultimately abandoned in one of only a handful of criminal cartel prosecutions brought in Australia


On competition aspects of its £3.5 billion all share merger with Shaftesbury Plc including securing unconditional Phase I merger clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority


Advising a Japanese electric and electronics equipment company in the administrative proceedings and subsequent appeals before the EU courts in the Power Cables cartel case


Our solutions



Competition enforcers across the globe are working to identify, investigate and sanction cartels and other anti-competitive behaviour...
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Competition disputes

Competition Litigation

Competition disputes are now firmly part of the antitrust landscape, with private enforcement of competition law – both multimillion follow...
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Economic regulation

Economic Regulation

Major infrastructure owners and service providers in industries such as energy, telecommunications, rail, water, aviation and ports are...
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EU law and litigation

EU Regulation

The EU is at the origin of an ever-increasing amount of complex regulation, which can be general or sector-specific. EU laws are constantly...
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Foreign investment regulation

Foreign Direct Investment

Public interest scrutiny in the M&A process is on the increase globally, against the backdrop of amplified protectionist rhetoric and...
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International trade and WTO

International Trade and WTO

Our international trade group is dedicated to assisting clients in maximising the opportunities and minimising the risks deriving from the...
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Merger Control

Merger Control

Merger control regimes have multiplied across the globe, with effective merger control strategy and its execution key to the timing and...
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State Aid and Subsidy

State Aid and Subsidy Control

State aid and subsidy control have become increasingly prominent as Governments continue to take a more interventionist approach to...
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Global Competition Review 2023 (eleventh consecutive year)
One client says: "I feel that I am in safe hands with them," while a second highlights that "they have a broad scope of understanding across industries which enables them to connect things in a meaningful way."
Chambers Global 2022
"Having lawyers with a deep understanding of local law systems is the most advantageous point of their firm and enables them to provide multi-jurisdictional law advice in an effective way."
Chambers Global 2021

Insights and updates

3rd August 2023
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21st July 2023
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( ACCC ) has released draft guidance on environmental...
29th June 2023
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