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Nicole is a Partner and Head of UK competition at Linklaters.

She is a specialist in EC and UK merger control and antitrust regulation. Nicole has particular experience in the retail, mining, energy and utility sectors and advises clients on the antitrust aspects of a broad range of matters, including merger review investigations by the European and UK authorities, cartel investigations, co-operation between competitors and antitrust compliance programs.


Articled Minter Ellison, Queensland 1997; associate to Hon Justice Spender, Federal Court of Australia 1998; solicitor Allens Arthur Robinson, Victoria 1999-2001; associate Linklaters 2001-06, partner 2006 to date.


English, Japanese


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria
Solicitor of the High Court of Australia


University of Queensland (1995 Bachelor of Arts, Double Major Japanese; 1996 Bachelor of Laws, First Class Hons, University Medal).

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Nicole Kar - Linklaters LLP

Within: EU and competition

The ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô team at¬†Linklaters LLP¬†¬†is noted for its ‚Äėquick, thoughtful, friendly and commercial‚Äô approach, with a special focus on the financial services, mining, energy and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, retail and oil and gas sectors. ‚ÄėExcellent‚Äô practice head¬†Nicole Kar¬†‚Äėis laser-focused on what the client wants and what needs to be done to get that‚Äô. Kar and¬†Simon Pritchard¬†advised Amec Foster Wheeler on its ¬£2.2bn takeover by John Wood Group, which involved the use of a novel ‚Äėtwin-track‚Äô approach which allowed for Phase 1 clearance to be obtained swiftly and avoided the need for a Phase 2 investigation. Another highlight saw¬†Christian Ahlborn¬†advising Unilever on an investigation by the CMA into alleged abuse of dominance in the supply of single-wrapped impulse ice cream. Ahlborn is recommended for his ‚Äėdeep understanding of the law and a mastery of economics that enables him to get to the bottom of the most complex competition problem‚Äô.¬†Natura Gracia¬†is noted for her ‚Äėpractical approach‚Äô, and managing associate¬†Anna Mitchell¬†is ‚Äėinsightful, hardworking, and a pleasure to work with‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs global chairman¬†Sir Christopher Bellamy¬†is noted for his advice on multi-jurisdictional cases, having previously been president of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The team saw the departures of Michael Cutting¬†Paula Riedel¬†to join the CAT and¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†respectively.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Linklaters LLP operates across practice areas and jurisdictions to assist clients with navigating Brexit-related challenges and opportunities. In the financial services sector, the firm's depth and breadth of expertise puts it on a strong footing to advise a wide range of financial institutions on the impact of Brexit on corporate structures, reorganisation/restructuring options, financial regulatory issues (such as passporting and equivalence), jurisdiction analysis (for relocation/setting up) and employee-related issues, among others. Michael Kent, Peter Bevan and Harry Eddis are among the practitioners to note in this space. The firm also engages extensively with UK and EU trade bodies, as well as regulators; Deepak Sitlani and Mark Brown have spoken on a number of occasions at ISDA conferences. Aside from financial services, the firm advises clients from various other industries on the implications of Brexit, including retail, energy and automotive. Christopher Bellamy QC and Lucy Fergusson jointly lead the group, which also includes Nicole Kar, Charlotte Morgan and Matthew Weiniger QC.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Linklaters LLP's practice is divided into competition, corporate and TMT-related work, with Aisling Zarraga and Marly Didizian at the fore. Zarraga heads the corporate team and other key members include James Inglis and Matthew Bland. Didizian works at the helm of the TMT team with other notable names such as Ian Karet, Nigel Jones and Yohan Liyanage. Liyanage defended Regeneron and Sanofi in an appeal regarding the sale of the cholesterol drug Praluent due to patent infringement. Karet is acting for Merck & Co in its trade mark dispute with Merck KGaA regarding the Merck name. Key members of the competition team include Nicole Kar and Sir Christopher Bellamy.

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