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Susan Black


Susan is a partner in the London Competition, Regulation & Trade team.



Susan specialises in EU and UK competition law, advising clients on merger control issues arising from major merger and joint ventures, strategic matters (including compliance) and high profile competition investigations.  Susan has expertise across a spectrum of industries including consumer, leisure, transport, pharmaceuticals and financial services. She also co-heads the firm's Consumer sector.

Susan was a co-founder of the firm's Women Lawyers Network and has been a driving force behind the firm's diversity initiatives.

In 2014 she was recognised as a Top 50 Business Leader in Timewise's Power Part Time list. 

Susan has also been recognised for her expertise in a number of leading legal guides.

Clients say that Susan is “incredibly bright” and has an “absolute mastery of her subject while remaining pragmatic and very engaged with the client’s objective’s.” Chambers UK: Competition Law 2020

Susan's experience includes advising:

  • A global investment bank on high profile investigations by the European Commission, the US Department of Justice and UK Financial Conduct Authority in respect of alleged anti-competitive behaviour in relation to FX trading
  • British American Tobacco on a number of transactions, including on its acquisition of Reynolds
  • Unite Students on obtaining unconditional Phase I clearance from the CMA (after an issues meeting) for its acquisition of Liberty Living, another leading student accommodation provider
  • Hammerson on its £3.4 billion recommended all-share offer to acquire the entire share capital of Intu Properties plc; and on its acquisition of the Grand Central shopping centre and obtaining the CMA's approval
  • Marshalls on the competition aspects of its acquisition of CPM Group Limited, a pre-cast concrete manufacturer; and on the CMA's pre-cast concrete cartel investigation
  • Arriva on the CMA's Phase II investigation into Arriva's award of the Northern Rail Franchise (securing this as a new instruction at Phase II); this was a major and ground-breaking case


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