Neil Ray

Sheppard Mullin (Del Mar), Sheppard Mullin (Washington)
Lawyer (Associate)

Mr. Ray is an international trade attorney in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group and divides his time between the firm’s Del Mar and Washington D.C., offices. He is dual-qualified as an English solicitor (non-practicing) and California attorney. Mr. Ray counsels clients on the full range of U.S. and EU international trade and investment matters, and has substantial experience with export controls (EAR/ITAR), economic sanctions (OFAC), and customs laws and regulations (e.g. U.S. and EU FTAs). Mr. Ray also advises clients on a range of international trade compliance issues including laws and regulations concerning anti-bribery/anti-corruption, privacy, cross-border data transfer, and the use of conflict minerals. Mr. Ray has developed risk-based international compliance programs, conducted internal investigations, and has substantial experience in defending companies against U.S. and foreign government investigations. He regularly assists clients in connection with due diligence for corporate transactions, and advocacy before governmental agencies. Mr. Ray also advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law including defending international cartel cases, counseling clients on day-to-day antitrust law compliance issues such as licensing and distribution systems, and advising on mergers and acquisitions. He has written extensively on antitrust issues, and is adjunct professor of European Union Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego.

Articles

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Neil Ray The EU Commission investigates in depth competition concerns on the internet market as regards unfavourable treatment of competing services in unpaid and sponsored search results coupled with an alleged preferential placement of own services (Google)

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EC Investigates Google for Potential Abuse of Dominance in Online Search Market* In July 2010, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) responsible for competition policy, Mr. Joaquin Almunia, referred to the essential role that competition policy has in ensuring “market access and (...)

Neil Ray The EU Commission recognises that due to their dynamics internet markets such as online search engines are characterized by innovative business models that are constantly evolving and therefore market dominance on the internet might be difficult to establish (Google)

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EC Investigates Google for Potential Abuse of Dominance in Online Search Market* In July 2010, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) responsible for competition policy, Mr. Joaquin Almunia, referred to the essential role that competition policy has in ensuring “market access and (...)

Neil Ray The EU Court of Justice issues ruling against the prohibition decision imposing a duty on the Commission to exercise much greater care in the examination of complex mergers with potential conglomerate effects (Tetra Laval / Sidel)

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European Court Raises Bar On The European Commission’s Use Of Novel Theories In Merger Cases* On February 15, 2005, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rejected an appeal by the European Commission against the judgment of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”), annulling the Commission’s decision (...)

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