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What we do

Mergers and acquisitions

We provide strategic and tactical advice on mergers and acquisitions, applying our unique mix of political, policy, economic and regulatory understanding. We work with our clients, their investment advisers and legal counsel to shape their strategy for success and develop a comprehensive approach to the merger clearance process. We draw on our experience of working inside regulators, competition authorities, government and business to help our clients take account of the perspectives and expectations of different stakeholders.

Right or wrong, merger control is more political today than it has been for decades. In most cases, the economic and legal frameworks are well rehearsed and understood. But it’s clear now that firms need to reflect on ever broader aspects of the context they operate in and the impact they have – look for example at GKN/Melrose and Softbank/ARM. We help our clients shape their strategy to take account of developing policy priorities in regulation, industrial strategy, consumer protection, trade, employment, social impact and more.

Ed Richards
Managing Partner

Mergers & acquisitions team

Ed Richards Managing Partner London, UK
Ed Richards Managing Partner

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.

Mark Caines Partner London, UK
Mark Caines Partner

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.

Lara Stoimenova Partner London, UK
Lara Stoimenova Partner

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.

Matthew Hanney Partner London, UK
Matthew Hanney Partner

Matthew leads Flint’s work advising clients on political and regulatory risk across sectors including tech, the sharing economy and life sciences, with a particular focus on the impact of Brexit.

Before joining Flint, Matthew was a Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the coalition government, covering policy areas including the Home Office, European relations and constitutional affairs. He has also written for The Economist on European politics.

Katie Wake Partner London, UK
Katie Wake Partner

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.

Alex White Partner London, UK
Alex White Partner

Alex advises clients in the financial services, technology and energy sectors. He leads our work on distributed ledger technology, finance, and political risk.

Before joining Flint, Alex led the Global Country Analysis business at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to this he was the Chief Political Analyst at J.P. Morgan. Alex has also worked as a Senior Adviser, covering international finance, at HM Treasury. Alex’s early career was spent in private equity.

Alex Martin Director London, UK
Alex Martin Director

Alex joined Flint as a Director in January 2018 to provide support for clients across a range of regulatory and policy issues, with a particular focus on the telecoms, media and technology sectors.

Before joining Flint, Alex worked in the No 10 Policy Unit where he advised the Prime Minister on economic affairs. Prior to this, he spent 5 years at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in a number of senior roles including Head of Digital Infrastructure and Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.

Karla Perca Lopez Manager London, UK
Karla Perca Lopez Manager

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.

Olivia Graham Consultant/Researcher London, UK
Olivia Graham Consultant/Researcher

Olivia advises clients in the media, telecoms and financial services sectors, with a focus on policy and regulatory issues and political risk.

Before joining Flint, Olivia worked in Australian and UK-based think tanks, focusing on industrial relations issues and organising policy events.