Florence Loric

Florence Loric | Competition Law | Arthur Cox

Expertise

Florence is a Partner in the firm’s Competition & Regulated Markets group. Florence has extensive experience of commercial litigation in regulated markets involving European law and public and administrative law. She regularly acts for regulators and regulated entities in the energy, telecoms, broadcasting and aviation sectors in judicial review and statutory appeals. Florence also regularly advises on the application of competition law, including State aid, merger control and issues surrounding dominance and abusive practices.

Experience

  • Advising and representing Aer Lingus in a range of High Court proceedings with the Minister for Finance concerning the Air Travel Tax where Aer Lingus seeks the restitution of taxes raised contrary to the European Treaty provisions on freedom of services and the Minister for Finance seeks the repayment of State aid
  • Advising and representing CRH in respect of a dawn raid of Irish Cement Limited by the Consumer Protection and Competition Commission in the context of an investigation of alleged abuses of a dominant position, and in related High Court proceedings
  • Lead external regulatory counsel to eir and Meteor on competition matters and telecoms regulatory issues including in respect of the application in Ireland by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) of the European framework for the regulation of electronic communications networks and services and disputes between operators
  • Advising and representing eir in obtaining merger control approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in respect of its acquisition of Setanta
  • Advising and representing Meteor as a notice party to judicial review proceedings brought by Vodafone against the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in respect of ComReg’s failure to review spectrum allocation in the wake of the acquisition of O2 by Three
  • Advising and representing eir in statutory appeals against decisions of ComReg concerned with the designation of eir as Universal Service Provider and with ComReg’s finding that no universal service fund for the financing of the universal service is required
  • Advising and representing eir in statutory appeal proceedings against ComReg’s decision imposing obligations on eir in respect of the provision of wholesale leased lines services and against ComReg’s decision concerning the pricing of “Line Share”, a wholesale service offered by eir as a result of obligations imposed by ComReg
  • Advising and representing RTÉ in respect of the regulation of its broadcasting transmission and distribution network by ComReg and in the context of litigation against TV3 in the Commercial division of the High Court regarding payment of regulated tariffs
  • Advising RTÉ in respect of a competition law complaint made against it by TV3 to ComReg
  • Advising an energy provider in respect of the European Commission’s investigation under the State aid rules of gas capacity remuneration mechanisms in Europe
  • Advising and representing Energia in Judicial Review proceedings against the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resource concerned with the transposition in Irish law of the Energy Efficiency Directive and the energy efficiency obligations imposed on Energia
  • Advising and representing the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) in the defence of judicial review proceedings brought by Shannon LNG in respect of the proposed treatment of the interconnectors between Ireland and the UK for pricing purposes having regard to the requirements of the European Gas Regulation, State aid and Article 102 TFEU requirements.
  • Advising and representing Viridian in judicial review proceedings against the CER concerned with a decision of the CER regarding the availability of forms of access to gas transmission capacity having regard to the requirements of the Gas Regulation and Directive
  • Advising and representing Viridian in judicial review proceedings against the CER successfully challenging with the legality of the CER’s decision to prohibit the inclusion of the carbon tax in wholesale electricity prices
  • Advising and representing Paddy Power in respect of the merger control aspects of its merger with Betfair
  • Advising and representing DAA as a notice party to judicial review proceedings brought by Ryanair against decisions of the Commission for Aviation Regulation regulating airport charges
Education
  • LL.M, College of Europe, Bruges, 1998
  • Maîtrise de Droit, Université de Rennes I, France, 1996
  • Diplôme de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes, France, 1995
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2008
Memberships
Law Society of Ireland