Peter Willis

Bird & Bird (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Peter Willis is a Competition & EU Law practice group based in London, he brings over 25 years’ experience of providing solutions for the clients in highly regulated and technically complex markets. His no-nonsense advice on the application of EU and national competition and regulatory rules includes advising on investigations by competition authorities and regulators, cartel leniency applications, sector enquiries, complaints and merger filings. He brings an in-depth understanding of the interaction between competition rules and the complex technical, commercial and regulatory arrangements governing the operation of energy networks and markets. He has experience of implementing Network Codes and Guidelines in the energy sector, of developing electricity market rules and of advising on capacity markets. He also advises on REMIT and other sector rules. As well as working extensively in energy markets, he also advises clients in the technology, pharma and communications sectors. His work also involves advising on disputes between businesses in which competition and regulatory issues arise, including competition follow-on damages claims. As well as authoring books and articles on EU and UK competition law, he is a regular contributor on competition and regulatory issues in the media and at conferences around Europe.

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Peter Willis, Patricia Wing The UK Competition Authority secures binding competition disqualification undertakings by a director involved in two separate anticompetitive arrangements relating to the supply of pharmaceuticals (Amit Patel / Auden McKenzie / Amilco)

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On 4 June 2020, the Competition Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that it had secured binding competition disqualification undertakings by Mr Amit Patel, not to act as a director of any UK company for five years from 13 July 2020, in consequence of his involvement in two separate (...)

Peter Willis, Patricia Wing The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears an acquisition between an online food delivery business by a global online shopping company (Amazon / Deliveroo)

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The CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon and Deliveroo merger On 17 April 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") provisionally cleared the anticipated acquisition by Amazon of certain rights and a minority shareholding in Deliveroo. The CMA’s initial analysis of the merger (...)

Peter Willis, Patricia Wing The UK Competition Authority investigates four pharmacies and convenience stores for excessive and unfair pricing of hand sanitiser products to consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating four pharmacies and convenience stores for suspected breaches of competition law. The investigations, under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA 98), relate to suspected charging of excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser (...)

Patricia Wing, Peter Willis The UK Competition Authority conducts an inspection and fines £4.5 million a company for engaging in resale price maintenance in the music sector (Fender Europe)

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After conducting a full investigation in April 2018, the CMA on 22 January 2020, fined Fender Musical Instruments Europe Limited (Fender Europe), an international seller of guitar instruments, £4,521,185 (the largest fine imposed in the UK for resale price maintenance) for its infringement of (...)

Lauren Kourie, Peter Willis The UK Competition Appeals Tribunal quashes the Competition Authority’s decision for failing to provide sufficient evidence in order to prove that the acquisitions would result in vertical input foreclosure effects in the communication technology market (Tobii / Smartbox)

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In September 2019, the Competition Markets Authority ("CMA") found that Tobii’s acquisition of Smartbox resulted in or may result in a substantial lessening of competition in the UK assistive communication technology market and ordered Tobii to divest Smartbox. Tobii consequently appealed the (...)

Lauren Kourie, Peter Willis The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the OFCOM’s decision for abuse of dominance and discriminatory pricing strategy in the mail delivery service market (Royal Mail / Whislt)

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On 12 November 2019, the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("Tribunal") upheld Ofcom’s decision against Royal Mail Plc (Royal Mail), finding Royal Mail’s pricing strategy in relation to bulk mail delivery services to be discriminatory and an abuse of dominance. Royal Mail first announced the (...)

Piet-Hein Eijssen, Peter Willis The UK Competition Authority issues a statement of objections to three pharmaceutical companies over pay-for-delay agreements (Aspen / Amilco / Tiofarma)

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On 3 October 2019 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued a Statement of Objections (the “SO”) to three pharmaceutical companies over pay-for-delay agreements in the market for Addison’s disease treatment. In its SO the CMA sets out its provisional view that, in 2016, pharmaceutical (...)

Piet-Hein Eijssen, Peter Willis The UK Competition Authority invites interested parties to comment on its intention to accept commitments over an agreement that allegedly prevented the entry of a competing version in the drug fludrocortisone market (Aspen)

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On 14 August 2019 the Competition & Market Authority ("CMA") invited interested parties to comment on its intention to accept commitments from Aspen over an agreement that allegedly prevented the entry of a competing version of the drug fludrocortisone in the UK. The CMA suspected Aspen (...)

Ariane Le Strat, Peter Willis The UK Competition Authority publishes its digital markets strategy to ensure a level playing field where all businesses can compete on the merits of their offering

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In the context of increasing enforcement in the digital sector, the CMA published its Digital Markets Strategy ("DMS") in July 2019. It aims to ensure a level playing field where all businesses can compete on the merits of their offering. The DMS sets out strategic aims supported by the (...)

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