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About Sharon Malhi

Sharon is a specialist competition lawyer based in our Antitrust, Competition and Trade practice in London.  Having also spent time working in Brussels, she has experience of working on all aspects of UK and EU competition law including antitrust investigations, sector-wide market inquiries, global M&A and competition litigation.

Sharon has particular experience in advising technology, digital platform, healthcare and financial services infrastructure clients on contentious and non-contentious matters before the UK Competition and Markets Authority, the European Commission and the English and European courts.

She has served as a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London on the intersection of competition law and intellectual property law in relation to FRAND SEP technology licensing; and is the co-author of the Article 102 chapter in the fourth edition of Garzaniti et al, Electronic Communications, Audiovisual Services and the Internet - EU Competition Law and Regulation.

 

Recent work

Matter highlights include advising:

  • A global pharmaceutical company on successfully obtaining unconditional merger control approval from the UK Competition and Markets Authority in relation to its acquisition of an innovative biotech company.

  • A global technology company on its defence and resolution of proceedings before the English High Court concerning the transfer and FRAND licensing of SEPs in the landmark Unwired Planet v Huawei litigation.

  • A global technology company on the UK Competition and Markets Authority's market study into Online Platforms and Digital Advertising; and its ongoing defence and co-ordination of antitrust investigations and sector inquiries before the European Commission and other global competition authorities.

  • A global technology company in relation to an antitrust complaint made to the European Commission concerning SEP licensing practices.

  • Hellman & Friedman on successfully obtaining unconditional merger control approval from the European Commission in relation to its acquisition of payments businesses Nets and Concardis.

  • London Stock Exchange Group on the European Commission's Phase II investigation into its proposed merger with Deutsche Börse; and on successfully obtaining unconditional merger control approval from the UK Office of Fair Trading in relation to its acquisition of a majority stake in LCH.Clearnet.

  • Visa on its successful resolution of the European Commission's antitrust investigation into its international interchange fees; and on successfully dismissing an urgent application for interim measures made to the UK Competition and Markets Authority (the first application made under revised UK antitrust legislation for interim measures).

Qualifications

University education

  • University of Bristol, LL.B

Professional qualifications

  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course
  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Memberships and additional responsibilities

  • Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London: LLM Advanced Competition and Patent Law
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees, Rosa - the UK Fund for Women and Girls
  • Former Co-Chair and founding member of the Freshfields Women’s Network