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Osborne Clarke LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The ‘excellent’ team at Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘very prompt, very enthusiastic, approachable and pragmatic’, with the technology, media & telecoms and retail sectors areas of strength and holding a niche in advising on procurement and merger control issues around rail franchising. The ‘vastly knowledgeable’ Simon Neill heads the department; he provides day-to-day competition advice to Danone UK and its subsidiaries and assisted with the merger control aspects of the sale of a majority stake to Apax Partners. Neill has recently been working with ‘excellent’ associate director Katherine Kirrage on the provision of strategic competition law advice to Admiral Group. State aid expert Marc Shrimpling and associate director Jeremy Godley are recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Osborne Clarke LLP's presence in this space stems from its transactional and intellectual property work. Transactions expert and team head Janita Good advised Takeda Ventures on its IPO investment in Arix Bioscience and assisted Millennium Pharmaceuticals with its purchase of GammaDelta Therapeutics. Other noteworthy names include Lorna Brazell, who heads the patent litigation team, and competition experts Simon Neill and Marc Shrimpling.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Osborne Clarke is ‘a go-to law firm’ for non-contentious merger control, state aid and regulatory compliance advice in the technology, telecoms and media, transport and retail sectors. The firm also has perhaps the region’s most prolific antitrust litigation practice. Indeed, Andrew Bartlett is advising the liquidators of Granville Technology Group on two separate follow-on damages claims arising from the EC’s highly publicised decisions concerning the operation of cartels in the DRAM memory and LCD screen industries. ‘A collaborative and calm commercial adviser’, Simon Neill is assisting Fexco Merchant Services with its complaint to the EC concerning its ongoing investigation into dynamic currency conversion. Neill was also instructed by White & Black Limited to advise on the merger control aspects of the sale of a majority stake to Apax Partners. Marc Shrimpling has a wide-ranging practice covering market investigations, merger control and state aid. Shrimpling, who made partner in 2017, is acting for EE in connection with the Home Office’s procurement for the emergency services mobile communications programme. Other recommended contacts include senior associate Zoe Hodgins and Catherine Wolfenden, the latter of whom specialises in public procurement.

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