Herbert Smith Freehills (London)

Veronica Roberts

Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Veronica Roberts is Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office. A solicitor advocate, Veronica specialises in EU and UK competition law, and has experience working in Brussels and London. Veronica has an outstanding record of dealing with high profile competition investigations and merger clearances in the UK, EU and worldwide. She has extensive experience of working with the CMA (Competition & Markets Authority), Ofcom, Ofgem and the European Commission. She regularly advises on competition compliance and strategic behavioural matters. Veronica advises clients in a range of sectors, with a focus currently on telecoms, media, leisure and manufacturing. Veronica has been commended for her pragmatic and commercial advice in what can be a complex area.

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Veronica Roberts, Tom Kemp The UK Government announces the commencement date of the substantive provisions of the National Security and Investment Act and publishes guidance for businesses

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On 20 July 2021, the UK Government announced the commencement date of the substantive provisions of the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the “Act“), and published new guidance for business on the requirements of the Act, new Draft Notifiable Acquisition Regulations, and a new (...)

Stephen Wisking, Veronica Roberts, Kristien Geeurickx The UK Government launches a consultation on a wide range of far-reaching changes it is proposing to the UK competition and consumer protection regimes

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On 20 July 2021 the UK government launched a consultation on a wide range of far-reaching changes it is proposing to the UK competition and consumer protection regimes. As a result of Brexit the UK is now in a position to decide, independently from the EU Commission, how it promotes and (...)

Veronica Roberts, Susan Black, Kristien Geeurickx The UK Competition Authority publishes consultation on its proposed recommendations to the Government on the future of the retained vertical agreements block exemption regulation

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On 17 June 2021 the CMA published a consultation on its proposed recommendations to the Secretary of State on the future of the retained vertical agreements block exemption Regulation (VBER). At the end of the Brexit transition period the EU VBER became retained EU law in the UK, until its (...)

Veronica Roberts, Daniel Vowden, Kristien Geeurickx The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal confirms the Competition Authority’s broad approach to the share of supply test resulting in the decision to block the merger between two software suppliers in a first case where the cartelist’s fine is reduced due to implementing a compliance program (Sabre / Farelogix)

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In its judgment of 21 May 2021 the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) upheld the CMA’s approach in applying the share of supply test to assert jurisdiction over Sabre’s acquisition of Farelogix, (with the CMA ultimately prohibiting the transaction following an in-depth investigation). The CAT (...)

Emily Barry, Helen Beatty, John Chetwood, Veronica Roberts, Ruth Allen The UK Parliament welcomes the National Security and Investment Act to review transactions on national security grounds, and potentially prohibit their completion or require remedies to allow them to proceed

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On 29 April 2021 the National Security and Investment (NSI) Bill received Royal Assent. The NSI Act 2021 introduces significant legislative reforms which will overhaul the ability of the UK Government to review transactions on national security grounds, and potentially prohibit their completion (...)

Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Mark Jephcott, Veronica Roberts, Daniel Vowden, Kristien Geeurickx The UK Government and the EU Commission agree on a trade and cooperation act detailing the applicability of both merger control regimes after Brexit

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On 1 January 2021, with the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK entered the real world of Brexit. This has immediate implications for merger control both in the UK and the EU. Any companies involved in deals need to be aware of the impact. As of 1 January 2021 the EU Merger Regulation (...)

Veronica Roberts, Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Kristien Geeurickx, Christon Shenolikar The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision prohibiting an oligopolistic merger between two mobile network operators in the telecommunication sector on the basis that it did not result in the creation or strengthening of a dominant position (Telefónica UK / Hutchison 3G UK)

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On 28 May 2020 the General Court handed down its ruling in CK Telecoms UK Investment Ltd v European Commission (Case T-399/16) in which it annulled the EU Commission’s decision which prohibited the proposed acquisition by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd (Hutchison) of Telefónica Europe plc (O2). The (...)

Veronica Roberts, Daniel Vowden, Ruth Allen, Kristien Geeurickx The UK Competition Authority announces its provisional clearance of a proposed acquisition of a stake in a food delivery company in its first application of “failing firm” defence during the COVID-19 pandemic (Amazon / Deliveroo)

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On 17 April 2020 the CMA announced its provisional clearance of Amazon’s proposed acquisition of a stake in Deliveroo. The transaction was referred for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation in December 2019, in light of concerns about the impact on competition for the supply of online restaurant (...)

Stephen Wisking, Veronica Roberts, Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Kristien Geeurickx The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s first infringement decision for breach of an interim order in a merger investigation (Electro Rent)

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On 11 February 2019 the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) upheld the CMA’s first infringement decision for breach of an interim order imposed on a completed merger under investigation. Electro Rent had served a break notice on the lease of its UK premises without first seeking the CMA’s consent (...)

Alex Kay, Tim Briggs, Veronica Roberts The UK Government publishes its green paper for consultation containing proposals to extend the national merger control public interest intervention regime

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On 17 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its long-awaited Green Paper National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review for consultation. The Green Paper contains proposals to extend the UK merger control public interest intervention (...)

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