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Thought Leaders - Competition 2021
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Competition 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say:

"Nigel is a very significant figure in the competition field"
"He is very strong on merger issues"
"He is an excellent competition practitioner"
"He is a heavyweight in the space who is erudite and impressive"

Biography

Nigel chairs the Ashurst competition and antitrust law practice. Admitted in Ireland and England & Wales, Nigel specialises in all aspects of UK and EU competition law, including mergers, strategic business advice and competition risk management, cartel and abuse of dominance cases, market/sector investigations, appeals and competition litigation. He has LLB, LLM and PhD degrees in Law and EU Law, and is the co-author of UK Merger Control: Law and Practice (3rd edn, Sweet & Maxwell). He is based in both London and Dublin. 

His recent matters include: IHSMarkit, in relation to its $44bn merger with S&P Global; Circle Healthcare in relation to its acquisition of BMI Healthcare; Lloyds Banking Group, in relation to the introduction of "Open Banking" in the UK following the CMA's market investigation; Royal Mail Group on the first Competition Act infringement decision taken by Ofcom, its appeal to the CAT and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal;  Application Developers' in relation to the appeal of the EU Commission's Android Decision to the EU General Court; and Arla Foods in relation to the  acquisition of the organic milk and butter business of Yeo Valley. He is advising a number of clients in relation to Brexit-related issues, as well as in connection with the response of competition law to the Covid-19 pandemic, and in particular the adoption of three statutory Orders (private healthcare, groceries and dairy) which excluded the application of competition law to those sectors.

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Earlsfort Terrace

Dublin

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