Collette Rawnsley

Wiggin (London)
Senior Counsel & Head of Competition Group

Collette Rawnsley is a counsel in the firm’s London and Brussels offices. She advises clients on a wide array of contentious and non-contentious EU and UK competition law issues. Her work focuses primarily on abuse of dominance cases, cartels and competition litigation, with some merger control. She also advises on dawn raid procedures, and conducts internal antitrust audits and self-assessments. Collette works for a number of high profile clients, particularly in the hi-tech sector, and is involved in some of the leading competition cases concerning the intersection of intellectual property rights and competition law. Her experience covers a wide range of sectors, including aviation, biotechnology, broadcasting, consumer goods, chemicals, financial services, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Collette was a Senior Associate in a leading European antitrust practice. Previously, Collette was the Senior Reféréndaire at the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), where she assisted in the management and resolution of cases.


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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Brussels)
Shearman & Sterling (Brussels)
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Brussels)


2562 Bulletin

Collette Rawnsley, Geert Goeteyn, Stephen Mavroghenis The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision fining a number of cargo airlines for a price fixing cartel (Airfreight cartel)


The General Court annulled the airfreight decision adopted in November 2010 by which the European Commission fined a number of air freight carriers EUR 799 million for a price fixing cartel. According to the Court, the grounds of the decision and the operative part of the decision were (...)

Collette Rawnsley, Geert Goeteyn, Stephen Mavroghenis, Trevor Soames The EU Court of Justice confirms that consulting firms may be held liable and fined for cartel facilitation (AC‑Treuhand)


The Court of Justice has confirmed that consultancy firms may be held liable and fined for cartel infringements where they contribute to the implementation and continuation of cartels even if they are not active on the affected market(s). Background In 2009, the Commission fined a number of (...)

Collette Rawnsley The UK Government consults on wide-ranging reforms to the competition regime, including a proposal to merge the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission into a single competition and markets authority


I. Background On 14 October 2010, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (“BIS”) announced the intention to bring together the Competition Commission (“CC”) and the competition functions of the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) to form a single Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”). BIS (...)

Collette Rawnsley The ECJ Advocate General Kokott considers that territorial exclusivity agreements relating to the transmission of live football matches are contrary to European Union law (Football Association Premier League)


I. Background The Football Association Premier League (“FAPL”) is the governing body of English Premier League football. Every year FAPL organises a competition in which 20 member clubs play against each other. FAPL is authorised by its members to license broadcasters to provide audiovisual (...)

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