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.
Foreign Direct Investment
International Trade and WTO
Global Elite – Ranked amongst the Top 25 competition practices globally
In a landmark criminal cartel prosecution brought by the ACCC and the CDPP regarding an institutional placement by Australian and New Zealand Banking Group in 2015 – this is the first time the ACCC has alleged cartel conduct in relation to trading in securities
NORD STREAM 2 (OWNED BY GAZPROM)
On its landmark legal challenge of an EU Directive extending EU gas law to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline – this involves the first ever investor-state arbitration procedure against the EU under the Energy Charter Treaty and a challenge in the EU Courts
On the merger control aspects of the sale of the European Business of LSG Group to airline caterer gategroup (including securing conditional Phase I clearance before the European Commission)
In connection with its appeals against a decision by the French Competition Authority fining a group of French banks for collusion in relation to interbank fees on cheques
In connection with its appeal before the National Court against a decision by the CMNC fining Europac €5.3 million following an investigation into paper and cardboard producers in Spain
In competition law proceedings commenced by the ACCC involving the interaction of Visa’s rules and dynamic currency conversion
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Liza specialises in complex mergers clearances, regulatory cases, defending clients in investigations and legal actions by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Kyriakos is the Brussels Office Managing Partner and EMEA Regional Head of Practice for Competition, Regulation and Trade and deals with all aspects of European Union and United Kingdom competition law.