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Charles Bankes

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Charles specialises in EU, competition and regulatory law and has extensive experience of their application within a wide range of industries. Charles’ practice covers all aspects of competition law including EU and UK merger control and cartel investigations, including appeals. He also has extensive experience of economic regulation in a number of sectors and has advised both regulators and regulated companies.


Qualified 1991; partner EU and competition practice Simmons & Simmons, London 1998; seconded to Ofgem as general counsel (work included dealing with a broad spectrum of regulatory, UK and EC competition law issues) 1999-2001; co-author of ‚ÄėUK merger control: Law & Practice‚Äô (LexusNexis 2006).

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Simmons & Simmons’ EU competition, antitrust and trade department demonstrates a depth of competition law expertise in the field of merger control; Peter Broadhurst is particularly prominent in this space. Led by practice head Charles Bankes, the team is also very active in relation to antitrust investigations by competition law regulators as well as by sectoral regulators such as the FCA and the Office of Rail and Road. The group has a strength in sectors such as TMT, technology, financial services, life sciences, and transport. The department has strengthened its offering in recent years adding Satyen Dhana from CMS as well as supervising associate Ian Hastings from TNT.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

Simmons & Simmons‚Äôs 'excellent' dispute resolution team has significant antitrust litigation experience in acting for both claimants and defendants. Led by Charles Bankes, the London-based department operates seamlessly as a part of the wider European antitrust litigation group. One key highlight is the team‚Äôs defence of LG Electronics against a ‚ā¨660m cartel damages claim in relation to cathode ray tubes, brought by iiyama. Team members also have expertise in the financial services, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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