Andrij specialises in all aspects of UK & EU competition law and leads the Competition team. He regularly advises both buyers and sellers on merger control and has significant experience of applying for merger clearances in the UK, in other EU countries and under the EU Merger Regulation.
He has considerable experience of investigations by Competition Regulators including the UK CMA, the UK FCA and the EU Commission. As well as providing assistance during Dawn Raids, Andrij advises on leniency applications, early settlement procedures, market inquiries, and the merits of appealing decisions by Competition regulators. He also has experience of advising individuals facing a potential Competition Disqualification Order and has previously advised individuals in respect of the Criminal Cartel Offence and the use of covert intelligence sources by the UK CMA.
Andrij's experience extends to competition damages claims and complex commercial litigation involving competition law pleadings. He has successfully negotiated a substantial settlement on behalf of a claimant in a private action for damages arising out of an EU cartel decision, and was involved in a number of claims against both MasterCard and Visa involving allegations of excessive Interchange Fees. He also has experience of successful claims involving continued access to essential facilities, and challenges to the enforceability of restrictive covenants imposed on the sale of a business.
Andrij is regularly invited by the UK Press to comment on major Competition developments, and he is the co-author of a number of Competition Law risk management guides.
Examples of experience include advising:
- Viva Model Management London – defending a model agency accused of attempting to influence fee rates and securing a substantial reduction in the fine to be imposed on Viva
- Individuals referred for separate legal representation – in CMA & FCA competition investigations, including the FCA's investigation into price fixing by asset management firms
- Argos – successful claims against various cartelists arising out of the EU Commission's LCD decision
- Cineworld – securing Phase I clearance from the CMA for the completed acquisition of 5 cinemas from Empire
- Hammer Consolidated Holdings – persuading the EU Commission to take jurisdiction over its acquisition by DCC plc and grant a Phase I merger clearance, including working on Form RS, Form CO and briefing papers sent to several National Competition Authorities persuading them not to seek jurisdiction.