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EU law
Competition and regulation

Our team of specialists in EU and competition law provide cutting-edge advice on EU policy, EU competition law and EU external trade rules, including WTO agreements, and UK competition law.

Our competition team is recognised as leading specialists in maritime and aviation competition law at both EU and UK levels.   

EU maritime competition law  

Our team is enhanced by the expertise of Philippe Corruble, an expert in EU & Competition law. Philippe is Professor of law at HEC Paris (the leading French Business School), where he has been teaching EU competition law for the last 25 years, in Master programs, MBA and Executive programmes. Involved in research and publication, Philippe has published articles in the field of EU and French competition law, with a particular focus on the maritime sector, seaports and related activities.

Solange Leandro has wide experience of EU maritime competition law, having been involved in representing clients in EU investigations of chemical tankers, liner services, car carriers and ferry services. Solange is recognised as an 'Associate to watch' by Chambers UK 2015.

Aviation competition law

Our EU and UK aviation competition team includes Solange Leandro, who combines extensive experience of advising airlines and airports on EU compliance, as well as EU regulatory investigations and cartel cases.

Past and ongoing cases include:

  • Advising airlines on membership of global alliances (Oneworld and STAR)
  • Advising airlines on cooperative agreements including “metal neutral” highly integrated pricing, scheduling and marketing; joint services and code-share agreements; shared ground handling services and airport facilities
  • Airline mergers and acquisitions
  • Representing airlines in cartel investigations (cargo and code sharing cooperation) as well as litigation in UK courts relating to infringements of competition law and claims for damages following EU Commission decisions
  • Advising on state aids cases, including in respect of infrastructure provision, and airline incentives at airports
  • Advising airports on access conditions for airlines and advising airlines on access to airport facilities
  • Advice on competition law compliance issues arising from the establishment of a new airline
  • Advice on GDS services
  • Advice on the enforcement of rights under EU bilateral trade agreements relating to air services
  • Advice on EU environmental policy including the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Advice to aviation trade associations on EU compliance
  • Advice on mergers and acquisitions, including notifications for clearance of such transactions to the European Commission
  • Advice on the EU Regulation against unfair pricing by non-EU airlines (Regulation 868/2004).   
Solange has acted as joint editor of the EU section of Shawcross & Beaumont on “Air Law”, the leading survey of aviation law. She has also published extensively on EU aviation competition issues. 

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