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Graeme Young

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French, Italian
Competition

Graeme Young is a partner specialising in all aspects of EU and UK competition law. This includes advising on compliance issues, provision of dawn raids, supply and distribution agreements, joint ventures and strategic commercial agreements, merger control.

He has also advised on a number of competition law investigations under the Competition Act and competition litigation before the courts (in Scotland and in England & Wales). Graeme has specific experience in the regulated utilities sectors, including airports and aviation and other transport sectors.

He has an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe in Bruges and regularly advises on EU trade and regulation, including EU single market issues, procurement and state aid.

Graeme is dual-qualified (Scotland and England & Wales). He is the Chair of the Competition Section of the Law Society of England & Wales and a member of the Steering Committee of the Scottish Competition Forum.

With a reputation for giving practical commercial advice on complex competition and regulatory issues he is "impressively focused on getting the right result for the client" Chambers UK.

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“impressively focused on getting the right result for the client"

Chambers

"a detailed lawyer, excellent, very responsive"

Chambers

Relevant experience

  • A FTSE250 company on a competition law compliance review and audit, including conducting a survey of around 60 senior managers and interrogating the company's policies and processes for compliance and dawn raid responses.
  • Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. on a range of airport and aviation related regulatory matters, including broader competition law, procurement and state aid issues.
  • A complainant on a Competition Act investigation into suppliers of access control and alarm systems to retirement homes (Ref: CA98/03/2013 (CE/9248-10)).
  • A major financial institution on compliance and dawn raids.
  • A major energy utility on a Competition Act investigation by Ofgem (abuse of dominance).
  • Merger control assessment of a UK acquisition of a company engaged in the supply and distribution of ingredients and accessories for the ice cream industry.
  • South Lanarkshire Council Advised on competition law issues associated with the operation of subsidised bus services following a challenge by a private sector bus operator.
  • British Telecommunications Plc v The Common Services Agency [2014] CSOH 44 (advising NHS Scotland on obtaining the lifting of automatic suspension (interim interdict ) on the award of the strategic contract for a public services communications network available for the use of public service organisations within Scotland (Court of Session).
  • SGN on competition and procurement aspects of the Gas to the West project (extending the gas network to the west of NI through the award of new transmission and distribution network licences).
  • A bidder on competition and merger control aspects of a joint venture for the UK. Government’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Commercialisation Programme.
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Memberships

  • Former Chair, The Law Society's Competition Section
  • Procurement Lawyers’ Association
  • UK State Aid Law Association
  • Scottish Competition Forum
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Public Procurement

Graeme Young is a partner advising on EU and UK competition law, public procurement and state aid. This includes advising on cartel and other competition investigations, compliance and dawn raids, supply and distribution agreements, joint ventures and strategic commercial agreements, merger control and private enforcement.

Graeme also advises on public procurement and state aid issues. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Public Procurement Law and is an active member of the UK Procurement Lawyers Association. He regularly advises on procurement and state aid aspects of IT and capital infrastructure projects and on procurement challenges.

He has specific expertise in the financial services and the energy and utilities sectors. Graeme worked as in-house counsel at National Grid and Centrica and has advised on a variety of competition and regulatory issues in the energy, water, telecoms and transport sectors, including UK merger control and Competition Act investigations. 

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“impressively focused on getting the right result for the client"

Chambers

"a detailed lawyer, excellent, very responsive"

Chambers

Relevant experience

  • A Competition Act investigation into suppliers of access control and alarm systems to retirement homes.
  • A major financial institution on compliance and dawn raids.
  • A major energy utility on competition (metering), regulatory and procurement matters (gas holder decommissioning).
  • A major energy utility on a Competition Act investigation by Ofgem (abuse of dominance).
  • Merger control assessment of a UK acquisition of a company engaged in supplying ingredients and accessories for the ice cream industry.
  • Scottish Water on the introduction of retail competition in Scotland.
  • Patersons of Greenoakhill Ltd v South Lanarkshire Council [2014] (successful defence of an award decision and securing lifting of automatic suspension).
  • British Telecommunications plc v NHS Scotland [2014] (successful defence of an award decision and securing lifting of automatic suspension).
  • Buchanan Partnership on funding and contract arrangements for the Buchanan Quarter Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) scheme (procurement and state aid).
  • City of Edinburgh Council on procurement and state aid aspects of its Connected Capital Wi-Fi project.
  • Transport Scotland on the procurement of a number of major road and rail projects (under competitive dialogue), including the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), M8 improvements and the new Borders Railway.
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Education

1996 - LLM in European Law, College of Europe, Bruges

1995 - Law, Dip LP, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

1994 - Law, LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Memberships

  • Former Chair, The Law Society's Competition Section
  • Procurement Lawyers’ Association
  • UK State Aid Law Association
  • Scottish Competition Forum
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01/11/2016
In­to the un­known: European M&A Out­look 2016
A study of European M&A activ­ity
28 Sep 17
Spot­light Series: On­line pri­cing and dis­tri­bu­tion (We­bin­ar)
23/05/2017
Trad­ing rules, al­co­hol and ele­phants in the room
The House of Lords re­view in­to the Li­cens­ing Act 2003 was widely ex­pec­ted to cri­ti­cise 24 hour li­cens­ing and pro­pose a re­turn to the last bell at 11 o’clock. In­stead, the fo­cus was on the off trade con­sump­tion and a re­com­mend­a­tion that the Scot­tish policy of.
05/05/2015
Guide to the EU pub­lic pro­cure­ment rules in the UK
Con­tract award pro­ced­ures for pub­lic sec­tor bod­ies...
12/05/2017
Scot­tish pub­lic pro­cure­ment rules – one year on
In April last year, a com­pre­hens­ive new set of reg­u­la­tions entered in­to force in Scot­land.   The rules re­quire the ad­vert­ising of all pub­lic con­tracts on the Pub­lic Scot­land Con­tracts (PCS) portal, and in­tro­duced new rules gov­ern­ing tender pro­cesses for con­tracts.
29/10/2014
CMS Guide to Util­it­ies Pro­cure­ment
12/04/2017
Risks of Brexit ex­ten­sions for pub­lic con­tracts?
The FT re­cently re­por­ted that “hun­dreds of gov­ern­ment con­tracts with the private sec­tor that are due to ex­pire are to be auto­mat­ic­ally ex­ten­ded be­cause civil ser­vants are too busy with Brexit to fo­cus on new and bet­ter-value tenders” (FT, 10 April).
29/10/2014
CMS Guides to Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment
22/03/2017
EU rules on re­cov­ery of il­leg­al aid from ferry op­er­at­ors
On 1 March 2017, the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on con­firmed that France must re­cov­er over EUR 220 mil­lion in il­leg­al State aid gran­ted to a ferry op­er­at­or group con­sist­ing of two or­gan­isa­tions: So­ciété Na­tionale Corse-Médi­ter­ranée (SNCM) and Com­pag­nie.
23/06/2014
CMS Guide to Mer­ger Con­trol in Europe 2014
22/03/2017
Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is­sues guid­ance on use of BIM in pub­lic sec­tor...
The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has pub­lished a Scot­tish Pro­cure­ment Policy Note 1/17 (SPPN) on the Im­ple­ment­a­tion of Build­ing In­form­a­tion Mod­el­ling with­in Con­struc­tion Pro­jects, set­ting out how BIM should be ad­op­ted with­in pub­lic sec­tor pro­cure­ment from 6 April 2017.
15/03/2017
Spot­light on ver­tic­al re­stric­tions?
Sum­mary The CMA re­cently up­dated its re­gister of warn­ing and ad­vis­ory let­ters, which are sent to busi­nesses where the CMA sus­pects that prac­tices may be breach­ing com­pet­i­tion law but a full form­al in­vest­ig­a­tion is not jus­ti­fied un­der its pri­or­it­isa­tion prin­ciples.
15/03/2017
Spot­light on ver­tic­al re­stric­tions?
Sum­mary The CMA re­cently up­dated its re­gister of warn­ing and ad­vis­ory let­ters, which are sent to busi­nesses where the CMA sus­pects that prac­tices may be breach­ing com­pet­i­tion law but a full form­al in­vest­ig­a­tion is not jus­ti­fied un­der its pri­or­it­isa­tion prin­ciples.
13/03/2017
Spot­light on ver­tic­al re­stric­tions?
Sum­mary The CMA re­cently up­dated its re­gister of warn­ing and ad­vis­ory let­ters, which are sent to busi­nesses where the CMA sus­pects that prac­tices may be breach­ing com­pet­i­tion law but a full form­al in­vest­ig­a­tion is not jus­ti­fied un­der its pri­or­it­isa­tion prin­ciples.
10/03/2017
Caught in the crosshairs: CMA has the con­struc­tion sec­tor in its sights...
On 28 Feb­ru­ary, the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (CMA) an­nounced an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to sus­pec­ted anti-com­pet­it­ive be­ha­viour in the pro­vi­sion of sup­plies to the con­struc­tion in­dustry.   This is now one of two Com­pet­i­tion Act cases the CMA is in­vest­ig­at­ing.
17/01/2017
CMA fines com­pany for at­tend­ing car­tel meet­ing, des­pite re­fus­ing to...
The CMA has fined a com­pany for ex­chan­ging in­form­a­tion at a single meet­ing in Ju­ly 2012, at which it was in­vited to join a car­tel ar­range­ment.   At a meet­ing that was secretly re­cor­ded by the CMA, Bal­mor­al Tanks Ltd.
18/11/2016
FCA pub­lishes In­ter­im Re­port on As­set Man­age­ment Mar­ket Study
The FCA has found price com­pet­i­tion to be weak in a num­ber of areas of the as­set man­age­ment in­dustry, identi­fy­ing con­cerns as to wheth­er the mar­ket is provid­ing value to cus­tom­ers (both for re­tail and in­sti­tu­tion­al in­vestors).
26/10/2016
CMA warns against great­er Gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion in mer­gers
The CMA has is­sued a pa­per warn­ing the Gov­ern­ment about any moves to broaden its powers to in­ter­vene in mer­gers on pub­lic in­terest grounds. This fol­lows sug­ges­tions that post-Brexit the Gov­ern­ment wishes to have great­er powers to in­ter­vene in mer­gers in or­der.