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 regulation 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 regulation 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.
Catherine joined Flint in 2018 to lead Flint’s healthcare work.
Prior to joining Flint, Catherine led the Competition and Cooperation team at NHS Improvement (and Monitor, its predecessor organisation). She has advised boards and senior teams on how to approach large scale transformation to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, taxpayers and the local health system. Catherine also led NHS Improvement's work on patient choice policy and enforcement as well as its commissioning responsibilities. Earlier in her career she worked for the Competition Commission and for a City law firm.
Jonathan provides strategic competition and regulatory advice across a range of sectors, with a focus on NHS hospitals, private sector healthcare providers, health technology companies and purchasers of NHS care.
Before joining Flint, Jonathan worked in the Competition and Cooperation team at NHS Improvement (and its predecessor, Monitor). There he had a senior role in the approach to NHS commissioning and procurement, patient choice and competition, working with NHS organisations engaged in mergers, and commissioners and providers of NHS-funded services. Previously, Jonathan worked at the UK Competition Commission dealing with complex inquiries into mergers and markets across a range of sectors, and in the Competition and Regulatory team of a City law firm.
Based in the Netherlands, Chris provides strategic advice to clients on their dealings with governments and independent government agencies.
Prior to joining Flint, Chris was the first Chair of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the Dutch competition regulator. Previously, Chris was chairman of the former Netherlands Competition Authority and the former Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority of the Netherlands, and was instrumental in their transformation into the ACM. Chris is Vice-Chair of the International Competition Network and is a former Chair of BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. He began his career as a lawyer, working in the Middle East and specialising in energy and utilities.
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.
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 recent book on Europe, Russia and China in the new world order received widespread critical acclaim. 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.
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.
Rohan supports clients on competition, regulation and policy issues across a number of sectors.
Prior to joining Flint, Rohan was a Policy Economist at the Bank of England. He worked on a range of financial regulatory policy issues at the international, EU and domestic levels. These included roles working on the finalisation of the post-crisis international banking capital framework and the banking recovery and resolution regime in the UK.
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.