Niall is a partner and Head of our Competition & Antitrust Team. His primary area of practice is Irish and EU competition law and he has extensive experience advising clients on complex mergers and strategic alliances. He also advises on intellectual property/competition interface issues, cartel investigations and leniency applications.
Niall was recently identified by Global Competition Review as one of the world's top antitrust lawyers under the age of forty in their "40 under 40" feature. Niall regularly represents clients from a broad range of sectors including energy, pharmaceuticals, food, telecommunications, transport and infrastructure, technology, sport and gaming and betting.
Niall joined the Firm in 2011, having previously practised with the EU & Competition Practice at Ashurst LLP in London and with the Antitrust & Competition Practice at Latham & Watkins in London.
- Merger Control
- Advising McKesson Corporation on its acquisition of the pharmaceutical distribution business of Irish FTSE 250 company, UDG Healthcare.
- Advising Fane Valley on its joint venture with ABP Group in relation to Slaney Foods and on its agribusiness joint venture with Lakeland Dairies.
- Advising Koch Industries on the acquisition of Phillips Medisize by Molex.
- Advising Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive on the first and second ‘media mergers’ notified to the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and to the Minister for Communications under the new Irish media merger regime.
- Advising Cargill Inc. on its €1.35 billion acquisition of EWOS from Altor and Bain Capital.
- Advising Valero Energy in connection with Topaz’s acquisition of Esso Ireland.
- Advising Kerry Group on its joint venture with IOI Loders Croklaan to develop and market the nutrition lipid Betapol® business.
- Advising Dragon Oil in connection with the STG£3.6bn recommended offer made by Emirates National Oil Company.
- Advising Expedia Inc. on competition and commercial matters.
- Advising The Carlyle Group on its investment in Beats Electronics and on its acquisition of Expereo, Homair Vacances and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics.
- Advising Brookfield Renewable Energy on its acquisition of the renewable business assets and liabilities of Bord Gáis Eireann.
- Advising Intersnack International on its acquisition of the savoury snacks business of KP Snacks from United Biscuits (cleared unconditionally by the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission following a Phase II investigation).
- Advising Gas Networks Ireland on various energy matters, including the first successful criminal prosecutions in Ireland for gas meter tampering
- Advising Mazars (and Mr Simon Coyle as Receiver) on the sale of Elverys.
- Advising Owens & Minor on its acquisition of ArcRoyal.
- Advising British Telecommunications on its acquisition of ESPN Global Limited.
Chambers Europe, Europe's Leading Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, 2016
has "fantastic, in-depth knowledge of so many industries."
Legal 500, 2016
Niall Collins is recommended as a Leading Individual.
Chambers Europe, Europe's Leading Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, 2015
an "exceptionally strong" practitioner
Chambers Europe, Europe's Leading Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, 2014.
"very client-focused; he tries to see more than just the queries presented and looks for the bigger picture."
Legal 500, 2014.
‘sharp, hardworking and commercially astute’
Chambers Europe, Europe's Leading Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, 2013
“approachable and easy to get along with, and makes great efforts to understand his clients' business."
Legal 500, 2013.
"Niall Collins has ‘strong knowledge and a practical approach’"