Morgan Lewis (London)

Joanna Christoforou

Morgan Lewis (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Joanna Christoforou focuses her practice on EU and UK competition law and antitrust, including competition law litigation in the European and English Courts. Joanna defends clients in cartel or abuse of dominance investigations, competition disputes, dawn raids, damages actions, merger control, restructuring, and joint ventures, and advises clients on a range of competition law matters. She represents clients before the European Commission, the European Courts, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, as well as antitrust authorities in other jurisdictions.

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Articles

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Omar Shah, Joanna Christoforou, Savas Manoussakis The UK Government announces the withdrawal of the draft guidance on the Competition Authority’s powers and procedures on the EU foreign direct investment information sharing regime

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The UK government and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have announced the withdrawal of draft guidance on the CMA’s powers and procedures with respect to enforcing an EU regulation for screening foreign direct investment (FDI) into the European Union. The withdrawal follows a European (...)

Omar Shah, Joanna Christoforou, Savas Manoussakis The UK Competition Authority consults on draft guidance concerning its powers and procedures in the relation to the post-Brexit foreign direct investments information-request process

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As noted in our recent LawFlashes, New Powers for UK Government in Transactions Impacting Public Health Emergencies and National Security and Potential UK Reforms Could Increase Screening of Certain Foreign Takeovers, governments are increasing their scrutiny of certain foreign direct (...)

Savas Manoussakis, Joanna Christoforou, Omar Shah The UK Government lowers the notification thresholds of merger control relevant to the UK national security and issues new powers of investigations

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The UK government passed reforms on 21 July 2020 lowering the thresholds to intervene in mergers and acquisitions considered relevant to UK national security in the artificial intelligence, cryptographic authentication, and advanced materials sectors. Longer term the UK government is planning (...)

Michael Zymler, Frances M. Murphy, Joanna Christoforou The UK Competition Authority opens investigations against four pharmacies and convenience stores for suspected breaches of antitrust rules by charging excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser products during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The UK Competition and Markets Authority on June 19 announced that it had opened investigations against four pharmacies and convenience stores in relation to suspected breaches of antitrust rules by charging excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser products during the coronavirus (...)

Frances M. Murphy, Joanna Christoforou, Emma Walsh The UK Supreme Court finds payment card schemes used in supermarkets infringing competition law (Sainsbury’s / Visa & MasterCard)

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On June 17, 2020, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the appeals on the lawfulness of multilateral interchange fees, or swipe fees, (MIFs) in Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd (Respondent) v. Visa Europe Services LLC and Others (Appellants) and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd and Others (...)

Joanna Christoforou, Leonidas Theodosiou The EU Commission revises its temporary framework for State aid to allow capital injections by EU member states into non financial firms affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

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The European Commission has revised its Temporary Framework for State Aid to support the economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to allow capital injections by EU member states into nonfinancial firms affected by the pandemic. To support the economy in the current COVID-19 pandemic, (...)

Rebecca Yourstone, Frances M. Murphy, Joanna Christoforou The EU Commission announces the adoption of exceptional derogations from EU competition rules to allow certain types of cooperation in the agri-food industry during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The European Commission (EC) on May 4 announced the adoption of exceptional derogations from EU competition rules to allow certain types of cooperation in the following sectors: milk and milk products, potatoes, and live plants and flowers, as part of a wider package to support the agri-food (...)

Frances M. Murphy, Joanna Christoforou, Rebecca Yourstone The UK Parliament adopts a dairy produce order which aims at relaxing UK competition law on certain aspects of cooperation between dairy suppliers and service producers to deal with the issues in the supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

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The UK Parliament on May 1 adopted the Dairy Produce Order, which temporarily relaxes the application of UK competition law to certain types of cooperation between either dairy produce suppliers or logistic service providers to address issues in the supply chain caused by the ongoing (...)

Frances M. Murphy, Joanna Christoforou, Rebecca Yourstone The UK Government’s dairy produce order which relaxes the application of competition law in the dairy sector during COVID-19 pandemic has expired

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The UK government’s Dairy Produce Order of May 1, 2020, which temporarily relaxed the application of UK competition law to certain types of cooperation in the dairy sector between dairy produce suppliers or dairy logistic service providers during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, (...)

Omar Shah, Joanna Christoforou, Savas Manoussakis The UK Competition Authority warns that it will not relax its substantive or evidentiary standards for merger investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic

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New guidance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority warns that it will not relax its substantive or evidentiary standards for merger investigations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Statutory deadlines will not be altered, although aspects of investigations may be subject to (...)

Joanna Christoforou, Frances M. Murphy, Christina Renner, Izzet Sinan The EU Commission provides antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent COVID-19 related matters especially in the health sector for critical hospital medicines and medical equipment

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The European Commission has provided antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent coronavirus (COVID-19) related matters, particularly in the health sector for critical hospital medicines and medical equipment, and has also exceptionally issued a “comfort letter” on a (...)

Joanna Christoforou, Christina Renner, Izzet Sinan, Frances M. Murphy The EU Commission publishes its first comfort letter to foster cooperation among businesses in the pharmaceutical sector during COVID-19 pandemic

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The European Commission published its first comfort letter in nearly 20 years on April 29, in an effort to foster cooperation among businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here is what companies should know about the specific practices permitted under the comfort letter, as well (...)

Joanna Christoforou, Leonidas Theodosiou The EU Commission approves a £50 billion umbrella UK State aid scheme to support SME’s and large corporates affected by the COVID-19

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The European Commission has approved a £50 billion (EUR 57 billion) “umbrella” UK state aid scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporates in the United Kingdom affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The umbrella scheme was approved on April 6, 2020, under the (...)

Joanna Christoforou, Leonidas Theodosiou The EU Commission revises its temporary framework for State aid to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and allows investment aid to companies involved in the fight against the outbreak

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The European Commission revised its Temporary Framework for State Aid to support the economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, allowing investment aid to companies involved in the fight against the pandemic, as well as new forms of operating aid for companies in severely impacted (...)

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