Eoghan is a Partner and Head of the EU, Competition & Procurement group in Ireland. He provides advice on all aspects of Irish and EU competition law, including merger control, abuse of a dominant position, anti-competitive agreements, cartel investigations and dawn raids and EU state aid law. Eoghan also advises in relation to public procurement law, telecoms law and regulatory law. Eoghan was previously an in-house solicitor in the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
Recent Experience includes advising:
- Colas in respect of recurrent competition law audits of its customer agreements and its market position.
- Murdock Builders Merchants in respect of its notification to the CCPC of Murdock’s acquisition of Brooks Timber and Building Supplies.
- The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland in respect of the competition law implications of its interactions, and its members’ interactions, with an online property advertising portal.
- IDA Ireland in respect of multiple public procurement law issues, including most recently, its procurement of a €10m CRM platform on a SaaS basis.
- Walmac Demolition in respect of its successful High Court challenge of a decision by Dublin City Council to exclude Walmac from a €15m framework agreement for demolition services.
Representative Clients include: AIB, B. Braun, Colas, Grosvenor, Walmac Demolition, P. Carney Ltd, MBCC Costa, Marks & Spencer, BMW, Tifco Hotel Group, IDA Ireland.
- Dealing with price gouging during a pandemic, Irish Legal News, Apr 6, 2020 (https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/eoghan-hargin-dealing-with-price-gouging-during-a-pandemic)
- Distribution Agreements: What are the Competition Law Considerations >
- The Regulation of Tenderers Bill 2021 >
- Cookies & Competition: Flavour of the Month? >
- The EU's Digital Finance Package >
- The EU Omnibus Directive – Time to Prepare for Strengthened Consumer Laws >
- Limits on Framework Agreements under Public Procurement law >
- 'Killer' and 'Nascent' Acquisitions and Merger Control: Why the focus? >
- European Commission Consultation on Collective Bargaining for Platform Workers >
- Fintech and Competition: The Programme for Government >
- New EU Rules for Online Platforms >
- New Rules on Simplified CCPC Merger Notification Procedure >
- What Businesses May Reopen under Phase 1 of the Irish Government's 5-phase Roadmap to Ease the Covid-19 Restrictions? >
- Software Developers & Competition Law >
- The 'Failing Firm Defence' in Merger Control & Covid-19 >
- Ireland's State Aid Response to Covid-19 >
- Key Public Procurement Implications of Covid-19 in Ireland >
- The Importance of competition advocacy in the wake of Covid-19 >
- Covid-19: What measures may be taken under Irish law in response to reports of "price gouging"? >
- Covid-19: Commercial Contract Considerations >
- DMG/JPIMEDIA - Proposed Acquisition void because of 'Gun Jumping' >
- The Rights and Entitlements of Unsuccessful Bidders Under Public Procurement Law >
- Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2011
- Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 2012 (non-practicing)
- Admitted as an attorney at law in New York, 2010 (non-practicing)
- PG Diploma in Economics for Competition Law – King’s College London, 2019
- PG Diploma in Public Procurement Regulation in the EU and in its Global Context – King’s College London, 2017
- Master of Laws (LL.M), Cornell Law School, New York, 2007
- Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Trinity College Dublin, 2006