Peter is an English qualified lawyer with over 15 years of specialist EU law and antitrust experience. He has a Masters degree in EU law from the College of Europe, Bruges and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College, London. Peter has practised law in London, Brussels and Madrid, and has advised clients on EU and competition matters before the English, Spanish and European courts and competition authorities. Prior to joining Callol Coca, Peter was Deputy Director for Competition at the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels, leading the competition team responsible for enforcement of EEA competition rules in the EFTA States. In that capacity, he worked closely with DG Competition in a number of areas. Before that, he spent over 10 years in private practice, including five years with the market-leading EU/competition practice of magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. His experience covers a broad range of EU and competition law issues and a wide array of sectors, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, sport, financial services, and energy. Peter has published widely and is on the editorial board of the European Energy Journal.
Peter has recently relocated to Australia for personal reasons and there he has joined the Australian Competition Authority and will continue to do consultancy work with CallolCoca whenever possible and when no ethical conflict arises.
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese.
Recent deals / Highlights
- Leading an antitrust investigation in the telecoms sector in Norway involving incumbent operator Telenor (margin squeeze)
- Leading dawn raids against various companies suspected of anti-competitive conduct
- Dealing with regulatory aspects of proposed merger between two European telecommunications operators
- Investigation into major Norwegian ferry company Color Line resulting in finding of infringement of EEA competition rules (anti-competitive agreement and abuse of dominance)
- Investigation into abusive conduct by Norway Post in parcel delivery sector
- Telecoms regulation: dealing with notifications pursuant to Article 7 Framework Directive for Electronic Communications
- Amicus Curiae observations to Norwegian Court of Appeal in third party damages claim (Basto Fosen v Color Line)
- Written observations in various cases before the EU courts (including Case C-583/13, Deutsche Bahn (inspection powers); Case C-536/11 Donau Chemie (access to file in cartel cases); Case C-518/11 UPC Nederland (e-com framework/Article 101 TFEU); Case C-439/09, Pierre Fabre (internet sales and selective distribution))
- Dealing with cartel leniency applications and competition and state aid complaints in various sectors
- Various state aid matters: Norwegian scheme for the compensation of indirect emission costs (ETS) (Decision 355/13/COL); aid from Enova to Eidsiva Bioenergi AS (district heating production and infrastructure) (Decision 518/12/COL); aid to Skien Airport, Norway (Decision 260/12/COL); training aid in Romania (Decision 59/10/COL).
- Representing various multinational chemical companies before the EU Courts, including interim measures (including Cases T-475/07; T-475/07 R; T-95/09; T-95/09 R; C-69/09 P; C-391/08 P(R))
- Representing Visa Europe and Visa International in proceedings relating to payment cards and interchange fees, including before the European Commission, the Spanish competition authorities and Spanish courts, and as intervener before the House of Lords in Courage v Crehan
- Representing major UK mobile operator O2 before the UK courts and in a preliminary reference to the EU Courts in a case against the UK Government regarding 3G mobile telephone licences and EU tax law (Case C-369/04, Hutchison 3G and others v Commissioners of Customs & Excise)
- Advising energy company E.ON in relation to a competition complaint to the European Commission in the energy sector and in related EU Court proceedings (Case T-148/98, Evans and others v Commission and Joined Cases C-172/01 etc Powergen and others v Commission)
- Advising the Bank of England on EU law issues in the BCCI case (High Court of England & Wales)
- Advising major music company EMI in relation to a number of EU/competition issues, including the Sony/BMG merger
- Representing Cheil Jedang in two international cartel investigations and in a successful appeal of a Commission cartel fine in the Lysine case (Case T-220/00)
- Representing major Japanese multinational in an international cartel investigation
- Advising major pharmaceutical companies on issues relating to intra and extra-EEA parallel trade, including GlaxoSmithKline in an appeal to the EU Courts of Commission Decision IV36.957 (Case T-168/01)
- Advising L’Oréal, Hewlett Packard, Reed Elsevier in relation to Spanish merger filings and notifying transactions to the Spanish competition authorities
- Representing European football regulator, UEFA, in respect of various competition investigations and complaints, including investigation by the European Commission into the joint sale of broadcasting rights to the UEFA Champions League (COMP/C.2-37.398).