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Graeme Young

Partner

Contact
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EN
United Kingdom
Languages English, French, Italian
Competition

Graeme Young is a partner specialising in all aspects of UK and EU competition law and regulation.  He has over 20 years’ experience advising a wide range of clients on competition compliance, commercial agreements and sales practices, competition and regulatory investigations and merger control.  He is also well-known for his advice on public procurement and State aid matters.  

Graeme is dual-qualified (Scotland and England & Wales) and EU list registered and regulated by the Dutch Brussels Bar.  He has an LL.M from the College of Europe, in Bruges, and is a former 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

  • Braid Logistics on the merger control aspects of the sale of its bulk liquid logistics business 
  • EDPR on the merger control aspects of Scotland’s largest windfarm project, a joint venture led by EDPR and involving Engie, S.A., Diamond Generating Europe Limited and China Three Gorges Corporation  
  • Glasgow University on a CMA consumer enforcement action following the higher education market investigation
  • Clyde Blowers Capital on the merger control aspects of its £1 billion acquisition of the Union Pumps business and three other divisions of Textron Inc. 
  • Language Line LLC on UK merger clearance for its acquisition of a competitor in the UK
  • A major financial institution on a Competition Act investigation and on more general competition compliance and dawn raids
  • A major energy utility on a Competition Act investigation by Ofgem (abuse of dominance)
  • On State aid issues in the energy sector, including the implications of the Tempus judgment and the UK capacity market regime 
  • 118118 on the CMA’s payday loan market investigation
  • Scottish Water on regulatory and competition aspects of the retail supply market in Scotland
  • Northern Ireland Water on price control and on a regulatory investigation
  • UEFA on the introduction of the “home-grown” player rule, the introduction of new licensing system for football clubs and other issues relating to the application of EU internal market, competition and state aid rules to football
  • On competition aspects of joint bidding in the context of bid submissions for Spanish media rights to UEFA Champions League
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the tendering of media rights to the XXV Olympic Winter Games in 2026 and the XXXIV Olympiad in 2028
  • A complainant on a Competition Act investigation into suppliers of access control and alarm systems to retirement homes
  • A FTSE250 company on a competition law compliance review and audit, including conducting a survey of around 60 senior managers and review of the company's policies and processes for compliance and dawn raid responses
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Memberships & Roles

  • 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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Memberships & Roles

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