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Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Christopher Wright is “very experienced” in the competition arena and wins widespread praise for his expert handling of complex transactional and regulatory matters. 


Christopher joined Slaughter and May from HM Government, where he played a major role in the privatisation of the electricity industry. He was an assistant director at the competition authority and a director at the telecoms regulator.

He has extensive experience advising on acquisitions and disposals, and on strategic and contentious regulatory issues, in the energy, water, transport and communications sectors. Christopher advises businesses, regulators and governments on the development and application of regulatory regimes. His practice also encompasses state aid and procurement law.

Christopher’s recent highlights include advising Global Infrastructure Partners on the proposed sale of their controlling shareholding in Gatwick Airport to Vinci Airports; Drax on its acquisition of Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation assets; Castle Water on its acquisition of the non-household retail business of South East Water; innogy on the combination of its subsidiary Npower with SSE’s domestic retail energy operations in Great Britain; United Utilities on its joint venture with Severn Trent in the competitive non-household water and wastewater markets and Northern Powergrid on its successful appeal to the Competition and Markets Authority against Ofgem’s electricity distribution price control decision.

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