Christopher Eberhardt

Ashurst (London)
Lawyer (Senior Associate)

Christopher is a senior associate in the competition and EU law department of Ashurst in London and practices all aspects of UK and EU competition law. He has experience in dealing with the European Commission, UK regulators and the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal in relation to competition law investigations and merger control. Key matters on which Christopher has advised recently include an abuse of dominance investigation by a UK regulator, acting for Markit in relation to a European Commission investigation under Article 101, and acting for Xchanging in connection with a Phase II merger reference.

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Articles

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Neil Cuninghame, Denis Fosselard, Peter Armitage, Nigel Parr, Christopher Eberhardt Mergers & COVID-19: The impact on EU and national merger control

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While some businesses may choose to delay transactions in light of Covid-19, many transactions will clearly continue and some of these will need to be completed with some urgency, in particular in cases of financial distress. Merger control regimes are still in operation, although there have been some changes, in particular to encourage parties to delay notifications. This note considers how merger control processes can best be navigated in times of crisis, for example, where the urgent completion of a transaction may be required, or the target is otherwise in significant financial difficulty.

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, 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 (...)

Nigel Parr, Christopher Eberhardt The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds a fine totalling £50 million to the national post office for abusing its dominant position by announcing price changes (Royal Mail)

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On 12 November 2019, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") upheld Ofcom’s decision to fine Royal Mail £50 million for abusing a dominant position by announcing price changes. Royal Mail has announced that it is seeking permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - KEY (...)

Donald Slater, Christopher Eberhardt The EU Court of Justice confirms a decision of the General Court which dismissed a company’s request for the suspension of an investigation of documents marked as legally privileged (Alcodis / Alcogroup)

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On 17 October 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("ECJ") dismissed an appeal by ethanol company Alcogroup and its subsidiary Alcodis (collectivey "Alcogroup") against a ruling of the General Court ("GC") which had dismissed the company’s request for the suspension of the European (...)

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