Competition Law

            Long recognised as a market leader for specialist State aid advice, a particular niche within EU Competition law, our leading team are well known in the Public Sector and are regularly listed as number one advisers.

            We deliver clear guidance and reliable judgement, grounded in years of experience, and our clients trust us to offer market-leading, value-for-money expertise in relation to EU and national competition law regimes. 

            Our specialists have long experience in dealing with the European Commission and national competition authorities such as the UK Competition and Markets Authority and the Bundeskartellamt, in addition to actions in national and European courts.

            What sets us apart is our commitment to applying regulatory rules practically and efficiently to support your commercial strategy. Our approach gives you clear guidance, and is delivered in a characteristically approachable way. 

            Our team provides everything from guidance, strategic advice and practical solutions, to securing clearances and defending challenges and/or investigations. We aim to secure opportunities for clients, minimise risk and avoid undue delays.

            We advise grant authorities and aid beneficiaries alike in structuring projects to deliver State aid compliance, whether by use of block exemption or other solutions.

            Our team includes former government and European Commission in-house State aid advisers and case handlers. We help clients across the full range of EU and UK Competition Law services. These include contentious and non-contentious advice on anti-competitive agreements and abuse of a dominant position. 

            We advise on EU and UK merger control and regularly deal with the Competition & Markets Authority and the European Commission on a range of matters.

            Our expertise includes:

            • Trade defence investigations (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguards)

            • Customs law

            • Market access

            • Trade sanctions and export controls

            • WTO dispute settlement

            • EU competition law including State aid and EU internal market issues

            • Restrictive agreements

            • Abuse of dominant position

            • Merger control

            • State aid

            • Public procurement

            • EU/international trade

            • Brexit

            Additionally, our team deals with various regulators on a regular basis, such as DG COMP, DG REGIO, the CMA and UK government departments such as DCLG and DBIS; representing clients within several jurisdictions, including trade defence investigations of the Eurasian Economic Union, Brazil, China and Turkey.

            We advise European and Asian Governments as well as companies located in the EU, in Asia and in the U.S. The team, led by Vassilis Akriditis, has worked for clients active in the steel, chemicals, high tech, transport, defence and aerospace, and agriculture/food sectors. 

            We also boast expertise across behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK's Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. 

            We are currently advising a number of significant companies in the wake of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

            Vassilis Akritidis

            • Partner // Head of WTO & International Trade

            Jonathan Branton

            • Partner // Head of Public Sector // Head of EU Competition


            "Jonathan Branton has a great reputation for EU state aid law. Sources report that he is 'very personable and great at explaining issues in easy terms'."
            – Chambers Global
            "Vassilis Akriditis is 'a great lawyer' who 'always helps to find the best solution and is available even at late hours'."
            – Chambers Global
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