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Matheson

70 SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY, DUBLIN 2, IRELAND
Tel:
Work +353 1 232 2000
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Fax +353 1 232 3333
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2 DUBLIN
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www.matheson.com
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Helen Kelly

Tel:
Work +353 1 232 2466
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Matheson

Work Department

Partner and Head of EU, Competition and Regulatory Law Group

Position

Helen Kelly is a partner and head of the EU, Competition and Regulatory Law Group at Matheson. Helen has particular expertise in EU and Irish merger control work and has experience in dealing with large scale mergers and complex joint venture arrangements under the EU Merger Regulation as well as advising on Irish merger control issues. Helen also advises on behavioural competition issues including cartels and abuses of a dominant position. Helen has experience in dealing with complex investigations including dawn raids by the European Commission, the Consumer and Competition Protection Commission (CCPC) and other sectoral regulators as well as witness summons procedures by the CCPC. Helen has in-depth experience of state aid issues advising the State, recipients of aid and complainants. Helen also regularly advises on public procurement issues.

Education

Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising); College of Law, York (Law Society Finals); London School of Economics (LLM); Trinity College Dublin (LLB).


Ireland

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Helen Kelly - Matheson

Within: EU and competition

Matheson's team stands out for its 'significant expertise and experience' in merger control, investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid and public procurement. Helen Kelly, who is 'a very effective communicator of complex issues', leads the practice; she and the 'clear, concise' Kate McKenna advised longstanding client An Post on the state aid aspects of its receipt of a government loan and assisted an insurance company with the merger control issues relating to its acquisition of an Irish insurer.

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Public sector

Within: Public sector

Matheson's practice counts a number of public bodies among its clients, and advises on state aid, public inquiries and statutory investigations, freedom of information law, energy and infrastructure projects, and environmental and planning issues, among other matters. Michael Byrne is acting for the Adoption Authority of Ireland in a rare "leap-frog" appeal to the Supreme Court in a case concerning the recognition of foreign adoptions; Helen Kelly is advising a state-owned organisation on the state aid aspects of its receipt of a €30m government loan; and Garret Farrelly is advising EirGrid and Soni on the new wholesale electricity market arrangement for Ireland and Northern Ireland. Nicola Dunleavy is also noted.

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Telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

Helen Kelly - Matheson

Within: Telecoms

Helen Kelly leads the practice at Matheson, which has experience in transactional work, as well as advising on regulatory issues, consumer and competition law, and data protection. Kelly and the newly promoted Kate McKenna are advising the enet Consortium on its bid for the National Broadband Plan, and assisting Three with the largest telecoms upgrade and network integration project in Irish history following its acquisition of O2’s business. The team is also advising An Post on the tendering and executing of telecoms contracts.

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