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Browne Jacobson LLP’s practice is led by Matthew Woodford, who advises on both behavioural competition law and UK and multi-jurisdictional merger control. On the behavioural side, Woodford was busy on a variety of contentious issues, including potential cartel offences, breaches of restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance cases; in one highlight, he is advising a client on the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) investigation into the bathroom fittings sector. His work also takes in advising national and multinational clients on pricing and distribution strategies and parallel importation issues. On the merger control side, the practice is starting to see an increasing amount of work in the healthcare space and, in 2016, Woodford advised Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust on the application of UK merger control rules relating to its proposed merger with Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust. The practice’s broad client base encompasses a large number of international automotive companies, leading retail brands, public bodies, and also members’ associations, such as the National Farmers’ Union.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Giles Warrington works closely with his London colleagues on high-profile mandates and is proficient across the full spectrum of competition matters. Besides handling competition investigations by the CMA, the sector regulators and the European Commission, he is also well versed in dealing with market investigations by the CMA, as well as advising on UK, EU and international merger control appeals of regulatory decisions. Recent highlights include representing E.ON in relation to the CMA’s market investigation into the retail energy market, and acting for Teva Pharmaceuticals in its £603m sale of Actavis Generics’ UK and Ireland operations to Accord Healthcare to meet the European Commission’s divestiture requirements pertaining to Teva’s $40bn global acquisition of Actavis Generics. Hanson, DCC and Saint Gobain are also clients of the practice.

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