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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

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Frances Murphy

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Antitrust and Competition


Frances is a partner in Morgan Lewis's London office who focuses on competition law and antitrust. Consistently identified as a leading practitioner, Legal 500 reports that the market regards her as “an elite performer with formidable powers of analysis.” Frances represents clients in EU and UK competition matters before the Competition and Markets Authority, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition Authority Tribunal, the High Court, the European Commission, the General Court, and the European Court of Justice. She leads with advice on competition disputes, including anti-competitive arrangements such as cartels, dawn raids, abuse of dominance including exclusionary conduct such as pricing policies, refusals to supply, tying and intellectual property protection. Frances is an expert on prosecuting and defending competition claims, including for damages, in the High Court. For more information, view Frances's biography at


College of Law, 1985, Law Society Finals; Queen Mary University of London, 1992, Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The 'outstanding' team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has ‘a depth of skills and commitment and an exceptionally professional approach to every element’, and ‘it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience to work with the firm’. Head of department and London office managing partner Frances Murphy is ‘a truly outstanding lawyer’, who ‘combines a steely resolve with fine judgement’. Murphy has been leading Concordia’s defence of eight separate investigation by the CMA, including one into an alleged market-sharing arrangement with Auden McKenzie for the supply of hydrocortisone. Murphy is assisted on the advice to Concordia by a large team including Omar Shah, Joanna Christoforou and 'very bright and able' litigation associate Owen Hammond . Other team highlights include Shah advising The London Metal Exchange on competition and public law issues arising out of a decision to impose charge capping and Murphy advising AstraZeneca on a range of complex competition issues.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's skill set in this space is primarily in transactional and regulatory matters, with Tom Cartwright and Tim Corbett at the fore. Cartwright is particularly known for his work on M&A and private equity transactions, and Corbett is an expert in capital raising. Corbett recently advised  uniQure N.V. on its public offering of ordinary shares and Nasdaq listing as well as assisted Replimune with its corporate reorganisation and Series B preferred stock financing. Consultant Paul Ranson specialises in regulatory issues pertaining to the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices. Frances Murphy defended Concordia against investigations by the CMA in relation to alleged market-sharing and unfair pricing, and also advised Sanofi-Aventis on competition issues. Matthew Howse worked with Integra on the employment law elements on its acquisition of Codman from Johnson & Johnson. Omar Shah, Paulina Whitaker and Stephen Walters are also highly recommended.

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