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Clyde & Co LLP attracts praise for its 'quick responses, industry understanding, commercial but thorough advice, and value for money', with practice head John Milligan attracting praise for his 'good knowledge of the law and commercial approach'. Milligan regularly acts for domestic and overseas companies and trade associations on a range of EU law and international trade matters, including merger and joint venture clearances, cartel investigations, and public procurement. Its highly active litigation practice has been heavily involved in private enforcement matters, while on the non-contentious front it regularly handles competition authority investigations and EU state aid matters for clients across the insurance, transport, energy, infrastructure and trade sectors. Clients include Greenfields Ireland, a dairy trading company based in Ireland, for which it is handling EU food regulation issues related to its dealings with customers and non-EU suppliers.

The team at Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its ability to 'cover all major areas of EU law', with Simon Barnes singled out for his 'excellent knowledge of UK authorities'. Barnes, who has wide-ranging experience in EU and competition law matters, is developing particular expertise in the automotive sector, where he is handling a number of strategic matters for several well-known automotive brands, including reviewing distribution agreements. Recent highlights include acting for Micronclean as one of two parties under investigation by the CMA in its investigation into the cleanroom laundry sector, which involved allegations that JV agreements between the client and the other party to the investigation constituted a restriction of competition by object. On the merger control front, Barnes assisted Datix with obtaining merger control clearances in Australia and New Zealand for its acquisition of Riskman.

Stevens & Bolton LLP's highly-rated practice is headed by Gustaf Duhs, who is many clients' 'first port of call for competition queries', thanks in part to his 'razor-sharp advice and upper-class service; he cuts to the heart of a problem and goes the extra mile to solve them in the most commercially elegant way'. The practice is regularly called on to advise FTSE corporates multinational clients on strategic competition matters, with particular strength in the life sciences, TMT and FMCG sectors. Duhs is acting alongside senior associate Maliha Carey for the British Generic Manufacturers Association in relation to developments that may have an impact on pricing of medicines; this involved an application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal to intervene in several appeal cases. They are also advising advising a former director of a pharmaceutical company on the CMA's ongoing investigations into suspected anti-competitive agreements and conduct in the pharmaceutical sector. Other highlights included providing merger control advice to media and technology group Metropolis in relation to its acquisition of former Emap business-to-business magazine brands and advising HF Holding on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Gantrail International.

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