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DWF's ‘excellent EU and competition practice’ stands out for its EU State aid expertise; it is also adept at handling EU procurement and EU funding regulatory issues and regularly advises on cartels and mergers, benefiting from close ties with the firm’s Brussels office. Recent highlights include advising Mexichem UK and Mexichem Group on an ongoing European Commission investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour by  Honeywell and DuPont concerning automotive refrigerants; advising the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council, in relation to particular grants to a venue in the North East for the delivery of a culture and visitor centre, in the context of a European Commission investigation; and advising Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Finance in relation to the £300m AMSCI fund for supporting supply chain manufacturing and engineering companies across England.  The team is also advising Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) on the administration of the Single Investment fund (SIF), a major new grant fund run across Merseyside. Team head Jonathan Branton splits his time between Manchester and Leeds and is ‘an expert competition lawyer, with particular expertise in EU state aid law’. ‘Knowledgeable’ senior associate Jay Mehta is also noted for state aid matters.  

Weightmans LLP’s EU and competition practice is noted for its expertise across the food, drink and insurance sectors, and is also noted for its experience in state aid matters. Key mandates included advising the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in ensuring that compensation resulting from terrorism incidents through the use of vehicles is compliant with competition laws and state aid rules. The team also advised John West on resale pricing issues and advised Lotus Bakeries on competition compliance laws in relation to its proposal to grant exclusive rights to a particular retailer for the sale of one of its products in the UK and Spain. Wi-Manx and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council are also clients. In Liverpool, competition head Laurence Pritchard  advises on EU and UK competition law, including merger control and the control of anti-competitive agreements and practices. Also in Liverpool, Gary Jones specialises in state aid advice and regularly assists with grant and loan funding, regeneration projects and contract procurement. In Manchester, procurement specialist Vincent King is also recommended, as is Martin Vincent.

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘very pragmatic’ team ‘quickly gets to grips with client parameters and the issues at hand’ and its Manchester-based team is noted for its contentious expertise;  the team is acting as co-counsel on behalf of the Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings brought against truck manufacturers to recover damages resulting from a 14-year cartel. The team is also defending NKT Cables on claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power for alleged overcharges relating to the high voltage cables infringement decision of the European Commission. Mark Molyneux  heads the competition litigation team; his ‘experience of running big-ticket litigation is invaluable’ and his ‘ability to pick up issues and propose sensible solutions is a real asset’.  The Manchester team works closely with national team head Bruce Kilpatrick and Rona Bar-Isaac, who are mainly based in the firm’s London office, and managing associate Clare Walker in Leeds.  

Squire Patton Boggs works closely with its national and international network of offices, particularly benefiting from strong links with its Brussels office. It regularly advises on antitrust enforcement investigations by the UK competition authorities and the European Commission, handles private enforcement and judicial review proceedings, and advises on merger control issues. The team successfully defended ATG Media against a CMA Article 101/102 probe in the auction house service sector and advised Cott Corporation on the CMA’s merger control review of the proposed US$1.25bn sale of its non-alcoholic beverages manufacturing business to Refresco Group. Diarmuid Ryan, who operates across the firm’s London and Manchester offices, specialises in all aspects of EU and UK competition and state aid law; advising on competition authority investigations, merger control, the competition aspects of various types of commercial agreements and competition-based disputes, as well as dawn raids and compliance. Recently promoted director Nicola Elam is noted for antitrust matters.  

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