William Simpson

Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) (Luxembourg)
Counsel

William Lindsay Simpson is Avocat at the Luxembourg Bar since May 2010 and Junior Associate within the EU & Competition Law Practice Group of Arendt & Medernach (Luxembourg). Before joining Arendt in 2008, he worked as a trainee at the European Commission (DG Competition), the French Merger Control Authority and at Gide Loyrette Nouel (Paris). As an undergraduate, he studied at Sciences Po Aix (Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence) and at the Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia). William then received an LL.M. in International Economic law from the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne and an LL.M. in Competition law from King’s College London. William attended The Hague Academy of International Law.

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Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, William Simpson The Luxembourg Competition Council holds that cable operator did not properly implemented all the corrective measures imposed in its decision concerning an abuse of dominant position in the market for the distribution of TV programs by cable, DSL and satellite (CODITEL)

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FACTS OF THE DECISION The Luxembourg Competition Council (“the Competition Council”) issued a first decision on 10 December 2010 (“the Decision”) sanctioning Coditel under Article 5 of the Luxembourg competition Act (the “Competition Act”) on the grounds it abused its dominant position on the market (...)

Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, William Simpson The Luxembourg Competition Council releases a decision imposing remedies on an undertaking active on the cabled distribution market (Coditel)

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On 10 December 2010, the Luxembourg Competition Council (“the Council”) has adopted the decision N°2010-FO-02 providing an assessment of the competition law situation on the TV cabled distribution market. Beside a previous decision where the President of the Council has imposed “interim measures” (...)

Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, William Simpson The Luxembourg Competition Council rules that an undertaking active in the tobacco industry did not enjoy a dominant position on the relevant market and was not subject to any specific duties as this would have been the case if it enjoyed such a position (Landewyck Group and Manufacture de Tabacs Heintz Van Landewyck)

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On 10 December 2010, the Luxembourg Competition Council (“the Council”) has adopted the decision N°2010-FO-03 providing an assessment of the competition law situation on the tobacco products wholesale sales market. This decision, which does not sanction any undertakings active in this market, (...)

Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, William Simpson The Luxembourg Competition Council applies for the first time the 2009 communication on Art. 82 EC in a case concerning domestic fuel capacities (Tanklux)

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1. Background of the case In 2007, the Luxembourg Competition Council (“the Council”) received a complaint from a small distributor of domestic fuel (“Rock Fernand distributions”) who wanted to have fuel storage capacity in the river port of Mertert in order to avoid the cost of passing through (...)

Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, William Simpson The Luxembourg Competition Authority releases a termination decision removing suspicions of competition law infringements consisting in cross-subsidizing and abuse of collective dominance by a press group concerning a free daily newspaper (Nicolas / L’Essentiel)

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The Luxembourg Competition Council has released a termination decision on 2 July 2009 (Décision n° 2009-FO-01) removing suspicions of competition law infringements by the Groupe de Presse Nicolas. Generally speaking, the case is interesting in the sense it shows how market players active in the (...)

William Simpson The Jersey Competition authority releases its first decision establishing an abuse of dominant position in the sewerage services industry (Jersey State’s Transport and Technical Services Department)

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On 20 May 2009, the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority released a decision which rules for the first time that a Public undertaking active in the sewerage services industry has abused its dominant position. In addition, the Jersey Competition Authority has imposed fines to sanction its (...)

Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, William Simpson The Belgian NCA dismisses an action for interim measures against the granting of a public tender for the provision of self-service bike hire system (Decaux)

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Facts surrounding the case 1. On 15 March 2008, the Ministers’ Council of the government of Brussels-Capital Region invited tenders for the award of a concession for the setting-up of an automated and publicly accessible bicycle rental system in the Brussels-Capital Region for a nominal fee. (...)

William Simpson The Jersey Competition Regulation Authority conditionally clears a merger between the main farm machine supply company and the largest potato export firm (Jersey Royal Potato Marketing / E.C. Le Feuvre Agricultural Machinery)

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The operation On 16 September 2008, the Jersey Competition Regulation Authority (“JCRA”) has cleared the acquisition of E.C. Le Feuvre Agricultural Machinery Limited (“E.C. Le Feuvre”) by Jersey Royal potato marketing Limited (“Jersey Royal”). Jersey Royal is the largest grower of potatoes in (...)

William Simpson The UK Competition Commission clears in phase II a merger between the two leaders in the egg industry conditional to divestiture remedies (Stonegate Farmers - Deans Food)

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Summary The UK’s Competition Commission has concluded that a completed merger in the egg industry is anti-competitive and therefore the merged entity is required to divest all or part of the business. The decision raises the general question as to what extent a business can legitimately (...)

William Simpson The UK Competition Commission clears in phase II a merger between two marine services companies conditional to structural remedies (SvitzerWijsmuller - Adsteam Marine Limited)

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On 3 July 2006, Svitzer Wijsmuller A/S made an Offer to acquire all the shares of Adsteam Marine Limited . This proposed merger between two tugboat operators was conditional on the clearance of the UK merger control authorities. Facts and timing of the merger transaction The acquiring (...)

William Simpson The Latvian Competition Council rules that Riga’s International Airport has infringed Art. 82 EC by imposing different tax discounts on air navigation services (Riga Airport)

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On 22 November 2006, the Latvian Competition Council (hereinafter “the Council”) ruled that Riga International Airport (hereinafter “the Airport”) infringed article 82 of the EC Treaty (hereinafter “ECT”) by applying the regulation n° 3 (hereinafter “the regulation”) adopted on 23 July 2004 by the (...)

William Simpson The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the NCA’s decision imposing fines on check pad suppliers guilty of colluding (Achilles Paper Group/OFT)

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On 31 October 2006, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT” or “Tribunal”) unanimously upheld the Office of Fair Trading’s decision (“OFT”) imposing financial penalties on check pad suppliers guilty of horizontal price fixing. This decision was challenged by Achilles Paper Group Limited (...)

William Simpson The Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority allows a freight firm to acquire its rival conditional to structural remedies (Ferryspeed/ Channel Express)

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The operation The Jersey Competition Regulation Authority (“JCRA”) has granted permission for freight firm Ferryspeed (C.I) Limited (“Ferryspeed”) to take over rival Channel Express (C.I) Limited (“Channel Express”) on condition that it gives up a harbourside warehouse. In a decision issued on 3 (...)

William Simpson The French Minister of Economic Affairs cleared in phase II a merger in the market of airport services conditional to structural and behavioural remedies and the nomination of a trustee (Vinci/France Handling)

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The operation By letter dated 25 July 2005, the French Minister of Economic Affairs (“the Minister”) authorised a merger where France Handling, an undertaking jointly held by Aéroports de Paris (AdP), Danzas and Aérofret, was acquired by Groupe Vinci via its subsidiary Vinci Services (...)

William Simpson The French Minister of Economic Affairs clears a merger in a Phase I conditional to divestiture remedies in the market for security screening devices (General Electrics/Invision)

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The operation By letter dated 2 August 2004, the French Minister of Economic Affairs cleared a merger where General Electrics (“GE”) acquired the exclusive control of InVision Technologies Inc (“InVision”). After a Phase I investigation the French Minister cleared the merger conditional to (...)

William Simpson The French Minister of Economic Affairs clears a merger in the of Do-It-Yourself products market conditional to structural and behavioural remedies (Leroy Merlin)

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The operation On 30 October 2002, the European Commission received notification of Leroy Merlin’s plan to acquire control of Brico France, Brico Spain and Brico Portugal. Leroy Merlin, a French-based company controlled by the Mulliez family, which likewise controls Auchan, is also present in (...)

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