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. 

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Competition, Regulation and Trade

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Recent Experience

A major telecommunications company

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

China Light and Power and ExxonMobil

Advising in connection with the review of the regulatory arrangements (including price controls) applicable to their electricity-related activities in Hong Kong

London and Continental Railways

Advising 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

Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy

Advising in an appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal of pricing and revenue cap determinations by the Australian Energy Regulator 

Sky

Advising on a wide spectrum of business critical regulatory litigation, including in respect of Pay TV (including BT's most recent appeal in the Competition Appeal Tribunal) and telecommunications (wholesale broadband price controls, Ethernet and VULA)

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Advising on the aviation regulatory aspects concerning a landmark £220 million securitisation financing using its take-off and landing slot portfolio at London Heathrow, including seeking consents from the UK CAA and Airport Coordinator Limited, as well as other aviation regulatory matters including ownership & control restrictions.

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