Patrick is a partner in the Competition and Regulated Markets Group.  His practice covers EU and Irish competition law, foreign investment screening and sectoral regulation.

Patrick advises clients on a wide range of competition and regulatory matters, including merger control, foreign investment screening, investigations, State aid, competition law aspects of agreements, compliance programmes, and competition litigation.  He has significant experience advising clients in regulated industries, in particular in the telecoms, transport and energy sectors.  Prior to joining Arthur Cox in 2016, Patrick worked in the London and Brussels offices of Slaughter and May.

Patrick is recognised for his experience in competition law in Ireland by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 and has been named as a Thought Leader in Competition by Who’s Who Legal.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising Dawn Meats on its acquisition of Kildare Chilling, approved unconditionally following a Phase 2 review by the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”)
  • Advising PHOENIX Pharma SE and PHX Ireland on the Irish merger control aspects of its acquisition of McCabes Pharmacy Group
  • Advising undertakings in the motor insurance sector in connection with the investigations by the CCPC and the European Commission
  • Advising InfraVia Capital Partners on the regulatory aspects of its investment in Fibre Networks Ireland, a dedicated fibre-to-the-home broadband deployment venture with eir
  • Advising John Laing in securing merger control approval for its €1 billion acquisition of a portfolio of assets comprising Towercom, the Dublin Convention Centre and Valley Healthcare
  • Advising AIB and First Data Corporation on the EU merger control aspects of their joint acquisition of Payzone Ireland
  • Advising Greenergy International in securing EU merger control approval for its acquisition of Inver Energy and unconditional approval from the CCPC for its acquisition of Amber Oil
  • Advising eir on the EU and Irish merger control and regulatory aspects of its acquisition by Xavier Niel
  • Advising Mediahuis NV in securing approval from the CCPC and the Minister for Communication for its €145.6 million acquisition of Independent News & Media plc
  • Advising Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks on its defence of follow-on damages actions in the Irish High Court arising from the European Commission’s decision in the Trucks cartel
  • Advising CRH plc in relation to the CCPC’s investigation in the bagged cement sector in Ireland, as well as advising CRH on its landmark Supreme Court litigation regarding the scope of the CCPC’s dawn raid powers