Competition and EU

Quinn gets go-ahead for Mastercard battle with Freshfields

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will go head-to-head next year, as the US firm moves one step closer to bringing the largest class action lawsuit in the UK courts. Lord Justices Patten, Hamblen and Roth have given Quinn the right to challenge the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s (CAT) refusal to grant the […]

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Hogan Lovells Brussels head swaps over to Baker Botts

Baker Botts has made further moves in Europe, with the hire of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels managing partner Matthew Levitt. Levitt joins Baker Botts after almost 17 years at Hogan Lovells where he focused on transactional, advisory and contentious EU and UK competition law. He has particular expertise in the shipping, ports, oil and gas, industrial manufacturing and […]

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Freshfields and Quinn in tense wait over future of £14bn Mastercard case

Judges in the Court of Appeal have adjourned a hearing in the £14bn consumer claim against Mastercard, meaning Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan may have to wait until next year to learn whether or not the case will proceed. The decision to adjourn was taken last week, with Lord Justice Patten understood to have […]

Royal Mail

Royal Mail instructs Ashurst in £50m Ofcom fine appeal

Royal Mail has called on long-term adviser Ashurst as it has filed to appeal the £50m fine Ofcom hit the postal service with earlier this year for breaching antitrust rules in its sector. The seven-point appeal sees the firm argue that its client’s fine was “manifestly disproportionate” and that the infringement’s short duration coupled with […]

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Dechert’s Miriam Gonzalez to leave firm for United States

Dechert’s trade co-chair Miriam Gonzalez is to leave the firm, after it was revealed she would be moving to California with her husband Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, who has been named as Facebook’s head of global policy and communications. Gonzalez is one of Dechert’s most recognisable faces in London, having joined the […]

Gowling WLG appoints customs and trade specialist in its international trade team

By Bernardine Adkins, David Lowe, Kieran Laird International law firm Gowling WLG has strengthened its international trade team with the appointment of Ursula Johnston as Director, Customs and Trade. Ursula joins from Ernst & Young, where she was the Brexit lead for their Customs and Trade (EMEIA) group. As an experienced customs and export controls […]

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Ashurst client Royal Mail hit with £50m fine for competition breaches

Royal Mail, advised by a team from Ashurst, has been unable to fend off a £50m fine from Ofcom, after an investigation into the business’s practices in 2014 found the delivery giant had “abused its dominant position in bulk mail delivery”. Three-partner firm Towerhouse advised Whistl, then known as TNT, which was trying to break into […]

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Addleshaws kicks off £5bn trucks litigation in CAT tribunal first

Backhouse Jones, alongside Addleshaw Goddard, has filed an application on behalf of 3,500 clients in proceedings against nine truck manufacturers which, if successful, could be worth as much as £5bn. The two firms have filed the joint application for a collective proceedings order (CPO) with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). Should the CAT give the […]

Google

Clifford Chance secures victory over Cleary in landmark Google dispute

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton-represented Google has been hit with a record £3.8bn (€4.3bn) fine by the European Union Commission (EC) for breaching EU antitrust rules. This is the second record EC antitrust fine that Google has been hit with in two years, following a £2.1bn (€2.4bn) fine in 2017, both of which were pursued […]

Portugal: European Competition Law Review Issue 5

European Competition Law Review provides an update of developments in EU law and the national laws of EU Member States, as well as the other major trading nations for the competition or antitrust lawyer. Issue 5 has contributions from Ana Keri and Piedade Castro e Sousa…

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