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Mason Hayes & Curran Appoints Niall Collins As Senior Associate

18 April 2011

Pictured left are Philip Nolan, Partner and Head of Commercial, Emer Gilvarry, Managing Partner and new Senior Associate Niall Collins.

Niall joins from international law firm Latham & Watkins, where he was a member of the Global Antitrust and Competition practice, having previously worked in the highly regarded EU & Competition practice at Ashurst LLP in London.

Niall has extensive competition and antitrust law experience in the transport and infrastructure, aviation, technology, insurance, mining and sports sectors. He has advised National Express Group in connection with its acquisition of a number of passenger rail franchises and RHM in relation to its acquisition by Premier Foods.  He also advised in connection with the UK Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into alleged bid rigging and cover pricing in the construction industry.

More generally, Niall has advised multinational corporations in international cartel investigations, intellectual property and antitrust interface matters, EU sectoral inquiries and UK market investigations and in relation to merger control and regulatory issues before the EU and domestic competition authorities.

Niall will also be heading up the new Sports Group at Mason Hayes & Curran.

Commenting on his appointment, Niall Collins said, “I am delighted with this unique opportunity to build on the stellar reputation of a dynamic practice which has been at the forefront of Irish competition law, policy, and practice in recent years. With strategic deals and industry consolidation now characterising M&A activity, and with the increase in behavioural competition work, I look forward to being part of a practice that has the expertise and internal synergies to deliver on behalf of its clients.”

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