Alexi Dimitriou

Ashurst (London)
Lawyer (of Counsel)

Alexi Dimitriou is a Counsel in in Ashurst’s competition practice. Alexi practices all aspects of UK and EU competition law with experience in dealing with the European Commission, UK regulators and antitrust authorities in other jurisdictions as well as appeals before courts. He also has extensive experience of advising on EU, UK and multi-jurisdictional merger control matters. He has particular experience in the application of competition law to the digital sector, financial services, energy, natural resources, transport, the hospitality industry and retail. His clients have included Lloyds Banking Group, Morrisons supermarket, Sumitomo Electric, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Berendsen/Elis, RSA, UC Rusal and RWE npower.

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2075 Bulletin

Euan Burrows, Neil Cuninghame, Alexi Dimitriou, Duncan Liddell, Nigel Parr, Steven Vaz The UK Government lowers the notification thresholds of merger control and issues guidance on these changes

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Lower notification thresholds under UK merger control for certain additional sectors impacting national security entered into force on 21 July. The lower thresholds now cover transactions related to the development, production, supply or research of: artificial intelligence (new) cryptographic (...)

Denis Fosselard, Alexi Dimitriou, Neil Cuninghame The EU Commission fines ethylene purchasers for having colluded and exchanged information on purchase prices (Orbia / Clariant / Celanese / Westlake)

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Fines for ethylene purchasing cartel On 14 July 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") fined ethylene purchasers Orbia, Clariant and Celanese EUR 260 million for having colluded and exchanged information on purchase prices on the ethylene merchant market with a fourth participant, (...)

Jessica Bracker, Denis Fosselard, Donald Slater, Alexi Dimitriou The EU Court of Justice partially quashes the General Court’s decision and reduces the fines on eleven producers of high voltage power cables for their participation in a global market-sharing cartel (NKT)

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On 14 May 2020, the European Court of Justice (the "ECJ") partially quashed the General Court’s (the "GC") judgment upholding the European Commission’s ("Commission") power cables cartel decision with respect to NKT and its wholly owned subsidiary NKT Verwaltungs (together "NKT" or the (...)

Nigel Parr, Alexi Dimitriou The EU Commission adopts an exceptional derogation from the EU Competition rules for the milk, flowers and potatoes sectors to establish a common organisation of the agricultural products as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak

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On 22 April 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") announced plans to adopt an exceptional derogation from the EU competition rules for the milk, flowers and potatoes sectors based on Article 222 of Regulation 1308/2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural (...)

Alexi Dimitriou, Neil Cuninghame, Christopher Eberhardt The UK Competition Authority uses the failing firm defence in a merger between a service provider and a food delivery supplier during the COVID-19 pandemic (Amazon / Deliveroo)

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While some businesses may choose to delay transactions in light of Covid-19, many transactions will continue, in particular if the target is in financial distress. In such scenarios, the "failing firm defence" may be an available option for obtaining merger control clearance for transactions (...)

Alexi Dimitriou, Nigel Parr, Donald Slater, Michaël Cousin The EU Commission publishes a temporary framework communication to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to COVID-19 pandemic

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On 8 April 2020, the European Commission ("Commission") published a Temporary Framework Communication ("Communication") to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Commission also announced that it issued a (...)

Duncan Liddell, Alexi Dimitriou, Donald Slater, Denis Fosselard The EU Court of Justice confirms the limitations that apply before courts are able to classify anticompetitive agreements as a restriction of competition by object under Art 101 TFEU in a multilateral interchange fee credit card transaction (Budapest Bank)

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On 2 April 2020, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") delivered its judgment in Budapest Bank on a reference for a preliminary ruling from Hungary’s highest court. The judgment confirms the important limitations that apply before competition authorities and courts are able classify (...)

Euan Burrows, Nigel Parr, Alexi Dimitriou, Neil Cuninghame The UK Competition Authority clarifies that the UK merger control regime is still operating despite the COVID-19 pandemic

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Whilst Covid-19 is not expected to lead to changes to the core legal and policy principles underpinning merger control regimes around the world, it is worth noting that: merger control regimes are still in operation, albeit filing processes and regulatory reviews may take a bit longer and some (...)

Nigel Parr, Alexi Dimitriou The UK Court of Appeal upholds the ruling of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in its schemes governing suppliers’ access to its infrastructure (Network Rail / RISQS)

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The Court of Appeal on 5 March 2020 handed down a judgment upholding the ruling of the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") of July 2019 which found Network Rail had infringed the Chapter I and II prohibitions of the Competition Act 1998 by requiring, in its schemes governing suppliers’ access to (...)

Alexi Dimitriou, Denis Fosselard The EU Court of Justice dismisses the appeal made by a Norwegian seafood company against the Commission’s decision in fining the company for putting into effect its acquisition of a salmon producer before getting the approval (Marine Harvest)

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On 4 March 2020, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") dismissed the appeal made by Norwegian seafood company Marine Harvest against a 2017 ruling of the General Court ("GC") confirming the European Commission ("Commission") 2014 decision fining Norwegian seafood company Marine Harvest for (...)

Alexi Dimitriou The UK Competition Authority fines a musical instrument manufacturer £4.5 million for engaging in illegal resale price maintenance on its online sales (Fender Europe)

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On 22 January 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (the "CMA") fined Fender Musical Instruments Europe Limited ("Fender Europe") GBP 4.5 million for engaging in illegal resale price maintenance ("RPM") in relation to the online sale of its guitars. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY TAKEWAYS (...)

Alexi Dimitriou The UK Court of Appeal upholds the UK Competition’s Authority decision finding that a golf equipment supplier acted illegally by banning online sales of its products (Ping)

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On 21 January 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales handed down a judgment dismissing the appeal by Ping Europe Limited ("Ping") against a judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT"), upholding the CMA’s 2017 decision that Ping’s online sales ban constituted a restriction of (...)

Alexi Dimitriou, Christopher Eberhardt The UK Competition Authority fines £20,000 a digital advertising company for failure to respond to a market study information request into online platforms (AppNexus)

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AppNexus Europe Limited ("AppNexus") has been fined GBP 20,000 for failing to comply with an information request issued by the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA"). The fine relates to an information request imposed by the CMA as part of its ongoing market study into online platforms (...)

Alexi Dimitriou The UK Competition Authority imposes a £36 million fine on three suppliers of pre-cast concrete drainage products for participating in a cartel (FP McCann / Stanton Bonna Concrete / CPM Group)

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FP McCann Ltd, Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd ("SBC") and CPM Group Ltd ("CPM") have collectively been fined more than £36 million by the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") for participating in an illegal cartel in relation to the supply of concrete drainage products. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - (...)

Donald Slater, Alexi Dimitriou The EU Court of Justice clarifies that a public body granting promotional loans to the purchaser of products covered by a cartel is entitled to claim damages for loss caused by the cartel (Otis / Land Oberösterreich)

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On 12 December 2019, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") provided important clarification, holding that Article 101 TFEU must be interpreted as meaning that a public body which granted promotional loans to purchasers of products covered by a cartel are entitled to claim damages for loss (...)

Donald Slater, Alexi Dimitriou The EU Court of Justice dismisses an appeal in a cartel of power cable, confirming no infringement of the claimant’s rights of defence (Brugg / LS Cable)

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On 28 November 2019, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") handed down judgments in three appeals against General Court judgments that had dismissed actions challenging the European Commission’s ("Commission") power cables cartel decision. Leniency applicant ABB’s appeal was partially upheld, (...)

Alexi Dimitriou, Donald Slater The EU Court of Justice dismisses an appeal seeking to set aside an earlier judgement by the General Court sanctioning a cartel of manufacturers of power cables (Verwaltungs)

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On 14 November 2019, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") dismissed the appeal in case C-599/18 P brought by Silec Cable ("Silec"), which sought to set aside an earlier judgment by the General Court upholding the European Commission’s ("Commission") power cables decision. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (...)

Michaël Cousin, Alexi Dimitriou The EU Commission fines €31.65 million two manufacturers of processed vegetables for participating in a canned vegetables cartel and grants full immunity to a third participant for blowing the whistle (Coroos / Groupe CECAB)

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On 27 September 2019, the European Commission ("Commission") fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB €31.65 million for participating in a canned vegetables cartel for over 13 years, with a third participant, Bonduelle, receiving full immunity for blowing the whistle. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY (...)

Ross Mackenzie, Alexi Dimitriou, Barley Danica The UK Government announces the strengthening of the powers of competition watchdogs to fine businesses who broke consumer law

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On 18 June 2019, the UK government published a press release announcing ’tough new powers for the competition watchdog to fine businesses directly who have broken consumer law’. This follows a request from Lord Tyrie, Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority (’CMA’), for enhanced powers to (...)

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