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Competition Law (London (Firms))




Susan Bright brings her innovative spirit to everything she touches. As leader of the firm’s global competition practice for seven years, Susan made sure it became recognised as one of the top practices globally.

Currently a member of the firm's leadership team, she manages our business in the UK and Africa. An antitrust/competition lawyer, Susan helps clients deal with some of the most complex and stressful issues they face, such as intrusive investigations by regulators. For more than 20 years, Susan honed her skills in Brussels, Washington, D.C., and London. Those years taught her that—with more than 100 jurisdictions around the world now with merger control requirements—providing a global strategy is a must.

Today, Susan is often working with colleagues in the U.S., Asia, and elsewhere, to provide a single coordinated global response. She helps clients complete their deals by obtaining the necessary merger clearances in Europe and across the globe. Susan also leads a project to encourage innovation in the way we engage with our clients and each other. Susan helps clients in a range of industries, including financial services, insurance, transportation, and consumer goods.


University of Oxford, Somerville College. Trained; Lovells, Qualified: 1991, Partner: 1999.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Susan Bright - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: EU and competition

Suyong Kim and Angus Coulter head the practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which counts SABMiller, Vodafone, and Kingfisher among its clients. Kim and Ciara Kennedy-Loest led the global team advising Alstom on its €12.4bn deal with GE, including merger notifications in more than 30 jurisdictions. Mark Jones led the advice to Foxconn on its acquisition of the Nokia phone manufacturing and distribution business from Microsoft. Susan Bright was part of the team serving as EU antitrust counsel to SABMiller in obtaining EU clearance for its $106bn acquisition by AB InBev. Coulter acted for AIB, Christopher Hutton acted for The Co-Operative Bank, and Jones acted for TSB on the CMA’s investigation into UK retail banking. Other highlights for the team included advising VocaLink on the Payment System Regulator’s market review into the ownership and competitiveness of infrastructure provision in the UK. Coulter also advised Mitsui OSK Lines on the European Commission’s investigation into practices in container shipping. Julia Marlow was promoted to counsel. Paul Dacam retired.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a dedicated Brexit taskforce, which includes founding members Peter Watts and Charles Brasted (‘an exceptional individual and professional’) and is led by managing partner Susan Bright. It works with businesses and industry associations to anticipate and shape the legal and policy considerations arising from Brexit through active engagement with government, and also to manage the commercial implications. The firm is particularly active in the regulated sectors which are most immediately affected by Brexit, such as financial services, energy, media, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Rachel Kent is leading the firm’s response to financial services clients, and has chaired TheCityUK’s working group on third country regimes and other alternatives to passporting. Elsewhere in the network, Brussels-based Hugo Paemen and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC have experience in negotiating trade agreements. The firm is appreciated for its ‘extraordinarily helpful events, webinars and raft of publications’, which complement its core legal advice.

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