Vanessa Turner is a partner in Allen & Overy LLP’s Brussels office, also working in the London office.
She advises clients on merger clearance (Phase I and II at EU and national member state level), cartels and other antitrust matters before the European Commission and other regulators across a wide range of sectors.
Before joining Allen & Overy, Vanessa was general counsel and executive vice president, company secretary at Visa Europe, and a cabinet member of the European Commissioner for Competition. She has a wealth of experience from the European Commission and the financial services sector. Before joining the Commission, Vanessa spent eight years as a partner in another leading Brussels antitrust practice.
She advised Neelie Kroes, the former EU Commissioner for competition policy, on a range of antitrust and merger cases and policy, including leading IT cases, airline mergers, cartels and cooperation with other competition authorities around the world, in particular the US FTC and DOJ.
Vanessa is listed in Global Competition Review as one of the world's leading competition lawyers. She is a solicitor (England and Wales), and a member of the Belgian Bar (E list), the American Bar Association (antitrust section), the International Bar Association (antitrust committee) and the Confederation of British Industry (competition panel).
She is an English and German-qualified lawyer and speaks English, German and French fluently with a good command of Dutch. Vanessa received her LLM from the Institute for European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and her BSc (Hons) from the University of Surrey.
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 100 specialists located across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.
WWL says: Vanessa Turner is a "great lawyer", she is internationally recognised for the breadth of her experience that includes prestigious in-house and authority positions
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