Merger Control: CMA’s Increasingly Divergent Approach

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Merger Control: CMA’s Increasingly Divergent Approach

Merger Control: CMA’s Increasingly Divergent Approach

About the speakers
  • Naomi Burgoyne
    Naomi Burgoyne
    Senior Director of Mergers at Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
    Naomi is a Director in Mergers at the Competition and Markets Authority. Before joining the CMA in 2020, Naomi worked at Slaughter and May advising on competition matters.
  • Davina Garrod
    Davina Garrod
    Partner at Akin Gump
    Davina Garrod leads Akin Gump’s International Competition Group. With more than 24 years’ experience, in addition to conducting multijurisdictional merger control analyses, navigating and obtaining antitrust and regulatory approvals for complex transactions within and outside of the European Union, and negotiating remedies packages, Davina represents multinationals, technology companies, digital platforms, sovereign wealth funds, PE and other institutions in the context of their strategic and financial investments (transactional and contentious). Davina also represents clients in foreign investment and national security investigations in the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, as well as in EC State aid, foreign and UK subsidies cases, and behavioural antitrust investigations before the EC and UK CMA. Davina is recognized by leading legal directories for her “encyclopedic understanding of competition and merger control laws”, her “in-depth understanding of the regulatory landscape in markets”, for expressing “complex analysis in a commercial manner” and highlighted as an “excellent choice for clients”. London based, Davina has also worked in Washington, D.C. and Brussels.
  • Niamh McCarthy
    Niamh McCarthy
    Group Lead Competition Law at IAG
    Niamh was called to the Bar in 1991. After practising at the competition Bar in London and Paris, in 2011 she joined British Airways as in house competition counsel. Following the merger of BA and Iberia she joined the newly formed InternationaI Airlines Group where she has spent 10 years advising the IAG Executive Committee and Boards of our Airlines on Competition, Compliance and public law economic and regulatory issues. In that time IAG has successfully concluded a number of Mergers, Strategic Joint Ventures, and Global Airline Alliances. Niamh also heads up the Group competition law team managing Compliance risks and follow on investigations and regulatory litigation. She sits on the Board of Vueling Airlines.
  • Catherine Higgs
    Catherine Higgs
    Legal Director UK & Ireland and Global Competition Law Head at GSK

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