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Marc Shrimpling is an associate in the competition unit of Burges Salmon. He read law with European law at the University of Oxford, which included a year studying at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He qualified as a solicitor in 2009, having trained with a leading international law firm in its London and Brussels offices. He is presently on secondment to the OFT, as a member of its policy group, drafting new legislation and guidance in advance of the CMA assuming the OFT’s competition functions and the functions of the Competition Commission in 2014.
Mr Shrimpling combines his strong academic credentials in competition and state aid law with a broad range of experience across numerous industry sectors and all types of competition work. His recent merger work includes obtaining EU merger approval (subject to remedies) for the merger of Arla and Milk Link to create one of the largest global dairy cooperatives and successfully obtaining the revision by the Competition Commission of conditions imposed on bus and rail operator, FirstGroup, when it originally acquired the ScotRail franchise in 2004.
Mr Shrimpling’s recent contentious competition work includes acting for the Co-operative Group in the OFT’s investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices in the tobacco sector and subsequently successfully overturning the OFT’s infringement decision and a substantial fine, on appeal, to the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
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