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Veronica Roberts

Veronica Roberts

Partner

Veronica is an EU and UK competition law expert.  

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Experience

Veronica works proactively with clients to help them secure merger clearances for acquisitions and joint ventures in the UK, EU and worldwide.  She helps clients to deal effectively with competition and regulatory investigations. 

Veronica's two decades of experience in competition cases means that she can work with clients to deliver pragmatic advice and competition compliance programmes.  

Based in our London office now, Veronica has 8 years of competition experience in our Brussels office.

Veronica advises clients in a wide range of sectors, with a focus currently on telecoms, media, leisure and manufacturing.  She has extensive experience of working with the CMA (Competition & Markets Authority), Ofcom, Ofgem and the European Commission.

She has been commended for her pragmatic and commercial advice in what can be a complex area, as reflected in her shortlisting for the Legal Week Intelligence Client Partner of the Year award at the British Legal Awards 2015.  Veronica was the only competition lawyer on this shortlist. 

Veronica's business-focused approach was also highlighted by Chambers in its Competition/European Law rankings for 2014: quotes included "She just gets the commercial context so well" and "has an excellent feel for the issues".

Veronica's experience includes advising:
 

  • Telefónica SA on the European Commission's Phase II investigation into the £10.25 billion sale of its UK mobile business (O2) to Hutchison Whampoa (the owner of Three in the UK)
  • Telefónica UK on the UK Competition & Markets Authority's merger review of the acquisition of Everything Everywhere by BT and also on competition aspects of its network sharing arrangement with Vodafone (which received clearance from the UK's Office of Fair Trading)
  • MoneySupermarket.com on the OFT's review and clearance of its acquisition of MoneySavingExpert.com and general competition compliance advice
  • Royal Mail plc on competition and regulatory issues in respect of its privatisation
  • JJB Sports plc on its leniency application to the UK's OFT for suspected cartel conduct and subsequent investigations by the OFT and the SFO