James Webber

Shearman & Sterling (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

James Webber is a partner of the London office and his practice focuses on EU and UK antitrust law. James is recognized as a leading figure in the next generation of antitrust lawyers. He was selected by Global Competition Review in 2015 as one of the "40 under 40" brightest antitrust lawyers in the world, is listed in Legal 500 UK as a "superstar" and was also "highly commended" by the FT for legal innovation in antitrust practice in 2015. James’s competition practice and experience are unusually broad covering merger control, behavioural competition, State aid and litigation. His work has included acting as lead advisor on EUMR and CMA merger approvals, distribution, defending cartel damages actions, advising in respect of UK market investigations and studies as well as counseling clients on on-going antitrust and competition matters.


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3901 Bulletin

James Webber, Ruba Noorali, Sara Ashall, Matthew Readings, Elvira Aliende Rodriguez The EU Commission announces a major relaxation of the State aid rules via a new Temporary Framework during the COVID-19 outbreak


How will European Competition Enforcers Respond? The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to the economy and competition enforcement is no exception. Authorities at EU and national level may need to consider novel solutions to respond to rapidly evolving problems and to (...)

Sara Ashall, James Webber, Matthew Readings The EU Commission imposes a fine of €28 million for “gun-jumping” on a Japanese manufacturer of imaging and optical products (Canon)


On 27 June 2019 the European Commission imposed a fine of €28 million on the Japanese imaging and optical products manufacturer Canon for “gun-jumping” by using a warehousing structure in its 2016 acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems (TMS), and this comes two years after the Commission announced (...)

Geert Goeteyn, James Webber, Matthew Readings, Ruba Noorali The EU Commission considers potential harm to innovation as part of its merger assessments, particularly in R&D driven sectors such as pharmaceuticals and technology (Bayer / Monsanto)


The European Commission has routinely considered potential harm to innovation as part of its merger assessments, particularly in R&D driven sectors such as pharmaceuticals and technology. In recent years, however, the Commission’s traditional innovation concerns have developed into broader, (...)

George Milton, James Webber The EU Court of Justice decides EU merger control rules can only apply to joint control transactions if the resulting entity is a ‘full-function’ joint venture (Austria Asphalt)


On September 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that, where joint control is acquired over a new or existing undertaking (or parts of an undertaking), that transaction can only fall within the scope of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) where the resulting entity will be (...)

Geert Goeteyn, James Webber, Matthew Readings The EU Commission sends a statement of objections to a company to investigate whether a merger was implemented prior to the Commission’s clearance (Alice / PT Portugal)


When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction. This means that until clearance is obtained, companies should continue to operate independently (including (...)

Geert Goeteyn, James Webber, Stephen Mavroghenis The German Supreme Court rejects an appeal against an order from a Lower Court awarding damages because of losses suffered due to an anticompetitive clause in an agreement (Dornbracht)


The luxury bathroom fittings manufacturer Dornbracht has lost its appeal to the German Supreme Court against an order from a lower court awarding damages of €820,000 to a retailer because of losses suffered due to an anticompetitive clause in Dornbracht’s distribution agreements. The case is (...)

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