Chris Bright founded the Shearman & Sterling competition practice in London in 2001. The EU competition group now includes 25 lawyers in London and Brussels with leading practitioners in both offices, complementing the firm’s long-established US antitrust practice based in New York and Washington, DC. The team acts for leading corporates in the technology, media, healthcare, financial services, energy, industrials, private equity and mining sectors in particular, with mandates in a number of recent significant investigations, mediations and litigations.
Chris was a member of the UK Competition Commission (CC) from 2005 to 2009, sitting as a reporting member in the PPI market investigation and the investigation of BSkyB’s acquisition of a minority stake in ITV, among other cases. He was a member of the CC’s utilities panel and remedies standing group. From 2004 to 2010 he was a non-executive director of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, involved in the establishment of the competition law regime and in the liberalisation of the telephone and postal markets. Earlier in his career he spent two years in the competition policy division of the DTI working on reform of EU and UK competition law. He sits on the advisory council of the Institute of European and Comparative Law at Oxford University.
His most recent cases have included the CMA Private Healthcare investigation and related CAT appeals; the Fairfax acquisitions of Brit and APL Energy; Liberty Global's offer for Cable & Wireless Communications; the Viacom acquisition of Channel 5; and the EU Cross-Border Pay TV article 101 investigation and E-Commerce Investigations; and acting for a water and sewerage company in the 2014 price review by OFWAT.
WWL says: "He combines tremendous regulatory insight with a first rate commercial understanding"
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