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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;
  • 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 is dedicated to assisting clients in minimising the risks and maximising the opportunities deriving from the ever increasing regulation of international trade in goods and services.

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.

Our solutions

Antitrust

Antitrust

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 Law

The EU is at the origin of an ever-increasing amount of complex regulation. EU laws are constantly evolving and must be implemented and...
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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

State Aid

There has been a significant increase in State aid enforcement and litigation over the last few years. Most recently, State aid enforcement...
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Accolades

Global Elite – Ranked amongst the Top 25 competition practices globally

Global Competition Review 2020 (eighth consecutive year)
We use Herbert Smith Freehills when matters are particularly complex and important, and for the toughest matters, especially those involving the ACCC
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Australia
A standout team due to its high responsiveness, professionalism, and deep knowledge of the area
The Legal 500 UK 2020
No-nonsense practical lawyers who know their stuff and are looking to help advance the client's cause
Chambers Europe 2019, Belgium
They were responsive and clear, and the work itself was absolutely stellar
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, China (International Firms)
They are very practical and they make complex matters easy
Chambers Europe 2019, Spain
The firm has an enviable team of competition lawyers that bring deep subject matter expertise and practical application to every instruction
The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, South Africa
The team meets the highest standards in terms of knowledge, efficiency and quality of the legal work
The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, France

Recent Experience

SKY

On the merger control and regulatory aspects of (i) its £22 billion acquisition by Comcast, (ii) its proposed acquisition by Fox and (iii) Disney's proposed acquisition of Fox

IVECO AND FIAT CHRYSLER

As European coordinating competition litigation counsel in relation to follow-on damages claims stemming from the European Commission's settlement decision in Trucks cartel case

UBER

On the merger control aspects of (i) its ridesharing joint venture with Yandex.Taxi and (ii) its US$ 3.1 billion acquisition of Careem

FOREX CARTEL

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

TPG TELECOM

On its $15 billion merger with Vodafone Hutchison Australia in the Federal Court of Australia – considered to be most significant merger litigation case to come before the ACCC in the past 10 years

GOOGLE

In connection with its appeal against the European Commission's decision to fine Google €2.42 billion in the Google Search (Shopping) investigation

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