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EU and competition in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s competition team handles antitrust investigations brought by the CMA and other market regulators for a premier client list comprised of UK and international corporates. Director Elizabeth Turner, who is the key Leeds contact, leads on merger control applications and also provides assistance to the wider national practice in high-profile litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and higher courts. Recent cases included defending cartel claims and acting for claimants in damages cases.

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Turner

Testimonials

A very commercial team. Competent, quick, and swift of reply.

Key clients

Inspired Entertainment Inc

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Group Limited

Office Depot Europe

NKT group of companies

British American Tobacco

KCom Group Ltd

Terra Firma

Department for Transport

Brenntag UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Inspired Entertainment on its £120m acquisition of Novomatic UK.
  • Advising The Co-operative Group in relation to the CMA’s Funerals Market Investigation.
  • Instructed by Office Depot to act in two claims in the High Court for follow and stand-alone damages against addressees of a decision of the European Commission in relation to the Envelopes Cartel.

DWF

DWF’s EU and competition practice is a regional leader in state aid matters, with practice head Jonathan Branton and director Alexander Rose (who is based in Newcastle) supporting local authorities and national and international governments on large-scale funding applications and the subsequent investigations in the UK and throughout the EU. The Leeds office works closely with partners across the firm's UK and European offices to handle cartel and merger control issues; recent work includes obtaining significant CMA clearances for corporate clients relating to high-value acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Rose

Testimonials

‘DWF’s EU and competition practice has real expertise across this area, but in particular in EU State aid law. The partner in charge Jonathan Branton has developed this as an area of expertise over many years and is now on the leading State aid lawyers anywhere in the UK.’

‘The standout partner is Jonathan Branton who has specialised in EU State aid law for many years and has a depth of understanding that is not matched by anyone else in this region.

‘The standout associate is Alexander Rose who has experience working in EU State law on secondment from the government to the European Commission.’

 

Key clients

Homes England

Irish Government

OSRAM Licht Group

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

Serco

Maven Capital Partners LLP

University of Leeds

PepsiCo

National Lottery Heritage Fund / National Lottery Community Fund

Liverpool City Council & Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Hull City Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

CEG Group

Highgrove Plc/ GMI Construction

Marshall Construction

Wykeland Limited

Wakefield Council

Work highlights

  • Secured CMA clearance for PepsiCo’s acquisition of Pipers Crisps.
  • Advised Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the administration of a Single Investment Fund to run across the Merseyside Region designed for the support of businesses’ investment projects.
  • Advised Maven Capital Partners on the administration of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's competition, EU and trade practice excels in complex merger control applications including Phase 2 inquiries. Recent stand-out matters include handling high-value public takeovers for corporate clients in the food and drink, retail and recycling fields. The team is also instructed by numerous utilities companies to provide strategic competition advice; practice head Kate Newman regularly handles critical abuse of dominance investigations by Ofwat.

Practice head(s):

Kate Newman

Key clients

European Metal Recycling Ltd

Greencore Group Plc

Dairy Crest (now known as Saputo Dairy UK)

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Ecobat Technologies Limited

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Dairy Crest on the competition aspects of its £975m public takeover by Canadian dairy processor Saputo.
  • Advised European Metal Recycling on a Phase 1 and Phase 2 merger investigation conducted by the CMA into its acquisition of Metal & Waste Recycling.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP’s competition practice has notable strength in merger control and regulatory compliance issues under the leadership of Trudy Feaster-Gee. The team is also instructed by a high volume of private equity clients to support on UK investments; corporate clients also stem from the energy and IT sectors. The group also advises public bodies on state aid issues. Contentious matters are handled by commercial litigators Nick Lees and Gwendoline Davies; recent work includes handling follow-on damages cases arising from cartel disputes.

Practice head(s):

Trudy Feaster-Gee

Other key lawyers:

Nick Lees; Gwendoline Davies; Sue Harris

Testimonials

A large and experienced team in Leeds.

We’ve been very happy with Trudy Feaster-Gee and Sue Harris for a long time.

Key clients

Audax Private Equity

Arla Foods amba

Drax

Endless LLP

Pipers Crisps Ltd.

Homes England

Bridlington Harbour

Hambleton District Council

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • Representing Arla Foods (headquartered in Denmark) in a follow-on damages case arising from European Commission findings that several truck manufacturers in Europe had been party to a 14-year cartel impacting truck prices.
  • Assisted Pipers Crisps with obtaining merger clearance for its sale to PepsiCo.
  • Engaged by Homes England to assist with matters relating to the award of funding to local authorities for housing development schemes under the Housing Infrastructure Fund and the Local Authority Accelerated Construction grant funding models.

McCormicks

Harrogate-based firm McCormicks handles competition litigation for its sports clients, including instructions from The Premier League. Practice head Philip Edmondson and Peter McCormick are also retained by retail, leisure and entertainment clients for matters involving the relevant market regulators.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Peter McCormick

Key clients

Premier League

GMI Construction Holdings PLC

GMI Construction Group PLC

Andrew Hindle, Serving Sport Ltd and Venue Hospitality Ltd

Leeds United Football Club

Work highlights

  • Represented The Premier League in arbitration proceedings brought by Leyton Orient concerning West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium. Allegations included breaches of competition law relating to the move.
  • Advising the Premier League on a complaint lodged with the European Commission by FIFPro (the worldwide association representing 65,000 footballers) alleging that aspects of the operation of the transfer market are anti-competitive and in breach of European Law.