European Commission (Brussels)

Miriam Driessen-Reilly

European Commission (Brussels)
Senior Lawyer (Casehandler)

Miriam is a Solicitor registered with the Law Society of Ireland. Her practice focuses on both EU Competition and Regulatory law and Commercial Arbitration. In particular, given her extensive experience with the European Commission, Miriam advises clients on cartel investigations, including applications for leniency, settlements and inability to pay issues. She provides training and advice on competition law compliance, including issues related to dawn raids and attends meetings to ensure due diligence. She also provides a commercial contract review service, both in terms of EU Competition law and Arbitration/Dispute Resolution issues (e.g. R&D, joint ventures, distribution, supply, franchise and licensing agreements). In addition, Miriam also advises on the use of State Aids and deals with notifications under the EC Merger Regulation. Miriam joined Holmes Kirby as a Partner in April 2015 after having worked for DG Competition for more than eight years (Cartels and M&A) and previously in-house at the Legal Department of DG Information Society (Contracts, IPR, Public Procurement, Grants). She has previously practiced both in Brussels and Dublin. Miriam regularly writes and speaks on both Competition Law and Commercial Arbitration. Miriam is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2014) and part of the Irish Law Society (1999). She hols a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (CIArb - Oxford and London, 2013), an LL.M. in European Law from College of Europe, Bruges (2001), an LL.B Hons from University College Galway (1994) and a B.A. Hons from University College Galway (1992). Miriam speaks English, French and Dutch.

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1404 Bulletin

Gregor Langus, Kristóf Kovács, Krisztian Kecsmar, Miriam Driessen-Reilly, Philippe Chauve The EU Commission conditionally approves a merger between German and Dutch electricity undertakings (RWE / Essent)


"RWE/Essent: On the Borderline"* I. Introduction On 29 April 2009, the Commission was notified by RWE Aktiengesellschaft (“RWE”) of its intent to acquire sole control of ESSENT N.V. (“Essent”) by way of a private offer. The Commission’s investigation revealed that the proposed transaction would (...)

Miriam Driessen-Reilly, Polyvios Panayides, Raphaël De Coninck The EU Commission accepts, subject to conditions, a takeover of a company in the electricity sector (EDF / British Energy)


I. Introduction On 24 September 2008, following ongoing talks with British Energy, EdF announced that it had agreed a takeover of the company for the sum of £12.5 billion. On 3 November 2008, given that the transaction had a Community dimension within the meaning of the Merger Regulation, EdF (...)

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