Competition and regulation
We provide both high-level strategic and detailed technical advice on a broad range of issues which span mergers, sectoral regulation and competition matters in the UK and EU. Using our extensive knowledge and experience, we help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes.
Businesses in regulated sectors must understand and engage effectively with competition authorities and regulators to succeed. Our work covers a broad range of complex issues, from providing advice on mergers to helping companies translate and implement regulatory policy. We use our experience and technical knowledge from senior levels in regulatory authorities to support clients as they tackle these problems.
- Assessing the key risks and opportunities they face, taking into account the wider economic, regulatory and political environment they operate in.
- Undertaking in-depth economic analysis – including providing advice on the evidence needed to support core arguments and on the optimal design of remedies.
- Being a ‘critical friend’ and challenging internal thinking in a constructive manner.
- Preparing and reviewing formal submissions to regulators and other key decision-makers.
- Helping to develop constructive relationships with key decision-makers in regulators and in governments.
- Helping a global telecoms operator build various regulatory narratives aimed at securing a change to incumbent practices across Europe.
- Ensuring a leading telecoms operator successfully merged with its rival, by refining its core arguments and overhauling its engagement strategy.
- Supporting a challenger bank to secure changes to a set of state aid remedies to drive better competition and innovation in the retail banking sector.
- Advising a leading energy company on how to respond to regulator and government proposals, how to avoid reputational risks, and on its long-term positioning as a regulated company.
Competition & regulation team
Ed Richards is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. Ed advises clients who face competition, regulatory and policy challenges. He leads client teams working on issues in a wide range of network industries including across the digital and tech sectors.
Before founding Flint, Ed spent more than eight years as the Chief Executive of Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator. During this time, he worked closely with the European Commission and was Vice Chair of the Body of the European Regulators. Previously, Ed was an adviser in 10 Downing St, and headed the BBC’s corporate strategy team. After leaving Ofcom, Ed led an independent review into financial services representation, which led to the integration of six financial services associations in the UK.
Lara jointly leads Flint's competition and regulatory practice, advising clients in the telecoms, technology, postal and financial services sectors.
Previously Lara was a Director at the Competition and Markets Authority, leading complex inquiries in the Markets and Mergers Directorate. She has also been a Director at Ofcom. In that role she chaired the Remedies Expert Working Group for the Body of the European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and contributed to the formulation of European telecoms policy.
Mark jointly leads the competition and regulatory practice. He advises clients primarily across the telecoms, media, energy, technology and financial services sectors.
Prior to joining Flint, Mark was a senior director at Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator. He spent five years as an economic director working on competition and regulatory issues in the broadcasting and telecoms sectors and then moved into a policy director role in Ofcom’s spectrum group. Over a period of six years, he led Ofcom’s spectrum work on satellite and broadcasting and was also responsible for Ofcom’s programme of spectrum auctions. Previously Mark was a senior consultant specialising in the energy and utility sectors.
Bruno started at Flint in January 2017. He is based in Brussels and supports clients, notably in the tech, life sciences and financial services sectors on EU politics and policy, Brexit and EU–China relations.
Before joining Flint, Bruno was Europe Minister in Portugal and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Europe) in Brussels. His book on Europe, Russia and China in the new world order will be published in 2018. He is a non-resident fellow at Renmin University in Beijing and the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.
Lidia joined Flint in June 2017. She provides expertise on Poland and Central European business, policy and regulatory issues with special emphasis ontelecoms, media, tech, energy and the automotive sectors. She is based in Warsaw and London.
Previously Lidia was Deputy President of the Polish regulatory authority for telecommunications and postal markets and Vice Chair of the Body of the European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). She has also held senior management positions in the private sector in Poland and internationally.
Jérôme joined Flint in November 2016 and offers expertise on economic and competition issues in the French market. Based in Paris, he also provides advice to clients across a range of sectors on French political, policy and regulatory interests and EU issues.
Before working with Flint, Jérôme was Chief of Staff to four French ministers, Head of the French antitrust regulator, Director of Caisse des Dépôts(CDC), CEO of private equity funds of CDC, and CEO of Veolia Transportation and Transdev. He is also a consultant in competition law.
Karla started at Flint in July 2017. She supports clients across a range of sectors, including industries subject to economic regulation, providing advice on competition and regulatory matters.
Before joining Flint, Karla was an Economic Adviser at NHS Improvement, assessing the effects on competition of mergers in healthcare, and at the Competition and Markets Authority, advising on mergers in a variety of industries. Previously, Karla worked in the UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) and the Peruvian telecommunications regulator.
Adriana joined Flint in January 2017 and supports clients in the digital, telecommunication, audio-visual and energy sectors. She advises companies on regulatory risk and policy positioning.
Before joining Flint, she worked for companies organising policy events on digital, infrastructure and planning in London, the Confederation of Italian Industries and the public affairs office of one of the leading telecommunication companies in Brussels.
Katie advises companies across the economy on the challenges and opportunities they encounter from regulation, policy and politics, providing the analysis and insight they need to address them.
Before joining Flint, she held senior policy and advisory roles in HM Treasury, the UK Department for Business and the Cabinet Office, and established the UK National Infrastructure Commission on behalf of the Treasury as its first Chief of Staff. Before becoming a civil servant she worked in journalism.