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Breakfast Briefing: 28 September The Energy Transition: Recent Developments in Trade and Competition Law

Wednesday 28 September 2022
The Auditorium, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 100 Bishopsgate EC2P 2SR (near Bank and Liverpool Street Stations)


Tom McGrath
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
T +44 20 7832 7159

Tom’s practice covers all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control, foreign investment, antitrust and market reviews.

He has particular experience in complex, cross-border M&A, having worked extensively on the phase I / II merger control aspects of a range of transformational deals before the UK Competition and Markets Authority, European Commission and other regulators as well as challenging foreign investment and national security reviews.

Tom has advised clients across a broad range of sectors, including agrochemicals, air transportation, consumer goods, energy, industrials, media, pharmaceuticals, private equity and telecommunications. He is listed as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal.

Sarah Jensen
Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
T +44 7814 937 409

Sarah is Counsel in our global antitrust group.

She has extensive experience and technical expertise across a wide range of antitrust and foreign investment issues that arise on complex mergers and investigations. In her role, Sarah works with clients and lawyers across our global group to ensure our clients benefit from the group's leading expertise in these rapidly developing areas.

Sarah co-leads our antitrust and sustainability working group, and regularly advises clients on the role competition authorities are playing to support businesses deliver on ESG goals and the competition law implications of different ESG initiatives.

David Foster
Director, Frontier Economics
T +44 207 031 7095

David is a Director in Frontier Economics competition practice, where has worked since 2005.

He regularly advises clients on competition issues in front of the European Commission, as well as handling merger, antitrust and competition litigation cases in front of national regulatory authorities and courts. He has particular expertise in Telecoms, Media and Technology, in FMCG and retail, and in public markets and the healthcare sector.

He is listed as Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal for competition economics, and has published in the Competition Law Journal. He sits on the Editorial Board of the LexisNexis Competition PSL publication, for which he has authored a number of articles on the application of EU Competition Law.

Merit Olthoff
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
T +32 2 504 7152

Merit’s practice covers EU and German competition law with a focus on EU state aid rules.

Based in our Brussels office, and also a core member of our German antitrust team, Merit’s practice covers all aspects of EU and German competition law, including cross-border merger control and foreign investment screening, as well as antitrust investigations. Her clients include industrials in transformation, financial institutions, tech companies and private equity firms.

Merit also specialises in EU state aid procedures before the European Commission and EU Courts, and is currently advising at the forefront of green transformation and its funding. She is a core member of our antitrust and sustainability working group, which is responsible for our contribution to ongoing policy debates and formulating regulatory strategies that help our clients achieve their ESG goals. She is also actively engaged in the EU’s proposed new Foreign Subsidies Regulation, and co-heads the firm’s internal skills group.

Martin McElwee
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
T +44 7966 961 644

Martin helps clients manage their strategy in relation to competition law issues and covers all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control, antitrust, market reviews, State aid and subsidy control.

He has acted in a wide range of cases in front of the European Commission and the UK competition and sectoral regulators.

Much of his work is multinational in nature – including cross-border mergers, pan-European investigations and counselling clients on their global antitrust strategy. Many of his cases involve managing a team of lawyers across multiple jurisdictions.

Professor Lorand Bartels
Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
T +44 20 7716 4127

Lorand Bartels is Counsel in the firm’s trade practice, where he advises clients on a variety of issues under WTO law and FTAs.

Alongside his role at Freshfields, Lorand is Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge, and as an academic he has taught, published and advised on many areas of trade law for two decades, including a leading article on the EU’s Emissions Trading System in the European Journal of International Law.
Lorand has been appointed to several government bodies. He is presently Chair of the UK Trade and Agriculture Commission, an independent statutory body which advises the UK Secretary of State for Trade and the UK parliament on how newly signed UK FTAs relate to the UK’s animal welfare, animal and plant health, and environmental standards.

Lorand received an MBE in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours for service to UK trade policy.