Ashurst (London)

Nigel Parr

Ashurst (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Nigel Parr is a partner and head of Ashurst’s global competition and antitrust team. He specialises in all aspects of UK and EU competition law, including mergers, strategic business advice and competition risk management, cartel and abuse of dominance cases, market/sector investigations, appeals and competition litigation. Nigel has long-standing experience of UK and EU cartel and abuse of dominance investigations and appeals to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the EU General Court and the European Court of Justice. His experience extends to CMA market investigations, and UK/EU and international merger filings, particularly Phase 2 cases. He is also experienced in judicial review cases before the English Administrative Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal, particularly in relation to procedural failings in competition investigations.

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Articles

4999 Bulletin

Nigel Parr, Steven Vaz The UK Competition Authority launches the Digital Markets Unit to introduce, maintain and enforce a code of conduct regulating the provision of digital and online services

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On 7 April 2021, the Digital Markets Unit ("DMU") was launched within the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA"). The DMU will, in the future, be tasked with oversight of the UK’s new digital regulatory regime, with powers and duties enshrined in legislation. Key takeaways The DMU has (...)

Nigel Parr, Donald Slater The EU Court of Justice provides guidance on the circumstances in which an infringement of competition law can be imputed to a parent company (Slovak Telekom) (Deutsche Telekom)

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In its ruling in Deutsche Telekom v Commission (C-152/19 P), the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") provided guidance on the application of the Bronner case law to refusal to supply cases, as well as on the relevant facts, and on the circumstances in which an infringement of competition law can (...)

Nigel Parr, Tom Punton The UK Competition Authority prohibits a transaction following an in-depth phase 2 investigation ruling that only full divestiture would address competition concerns in the commercial vehicle and trailer parts sector (TVS Europe Distribution / 3G)

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On 12 January 2021, the CMA ordered TVS Europe Distribution Limited ("TVS") to divest its ownership of 3G Truck and Trailer Parts Limited ("3G"). After conducting a Phase 2 merger inquiry, the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") ruled that only full divestiture would address its (...)

Nigel Parr, Christopher Eberhardt The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s decision to prevent the acquisition of an online graphics database by a social media company (Facebook / Giphy)

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In a unanimous judgment, the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") dismissed Facebook’s application challenging the CMA’s refusal to grant certain derogations from an initial enforcement order ("IEO") imposed in connection with Facebook’s completed acquisition of GIPHY, Inc. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW - (...)

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 (...)

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.

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, 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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Nigel Parr, Steven Vaz The UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act enters into force, setting a new Competition and Markets Authority with procedures facilitating faster and more effective information gathering and decision-making

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This article outlines the key changes made to the UK competition regime following the enactment of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which provided for the merger of the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission to form the new Competition and Markets Authority. The authors (...)

7250 Review

Nigel Parr, Steven Vaz United Kingdom: Overview of the new competition regime

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This article outlines the key changes made to the UK competition regime following the enactment of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, which provided for the merger of the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission to form the new Competition and Markets Authority. The authors (...)

Catherine Hammon, Christophe Lemaire, Jean-Paul Tran Thiet, Michaël Cousin, Nigel Parr, Pierre-Alain Jeanneney Market Regulators: Towards a better institutional and procedural framework?

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The multiplication of "market authorities" - competition authorities and sectoral regulators - and the development of their means of action on the market raise the question of the coherence and the convergence of the institutional and procedural framework in which they operate. After a general (...)

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