[Webinar] Competition and Regulatory Control in the “New Normal” – September 21, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. BST | Epic

Ilan Sher
Executive Director, Ascension. Legal council
Piper DLA

Ilan Sherr advises on all areas of competition law, including cartels, anti-competitive agreements, merger control and state aid. He also advises on European law, trade and free movement.

Ilan has published extensively. It edits the Westlaw Insight sections on (1) Abuse of Dominant Position, (2) Anticompetitive Agreements, and (3) Cartel Offense. He is one of the authors of Oxford University Press’s main work “EU Law of State Aid” and a regular contributor to the online journal Concurrences.



  • NTT/Dell – advised NTT on obtaining global merger clearances for their acquisition of Dell’s IT services division
  • Mobilink/Warid – advised Vimpelcom on its acquisition of a competing mobile network operator in Pakistan
  • Celesio AG – advised on Celesio AG’s acquisition of Sainsbury’s Pharmacy business and McKesson Corporation’s acquisition of United Drug Group’s Pharmaceutical Wholesale business in the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • Qualcomm/Epcos – advised Qualcomm on the acquisition of Epcos from TDK


  • Copyright Licensing Agency – advised CLA in its legal action with the Design and Copyright Society (DACS) regarding the validity of a long-term agency agreement
  • Alphameric – advised Alphameric in its successful defense of the BAGS litigation against AMRAC
  • Industrial Bags – Representing a manufacturer of industrial bags in two private actions for damages brought by buyers

Behavioral advice and surveys

  • Mercedes-Benz – advised four concurrent competition law investigations (UK and EU), including a criminal investigation under the Companies Act.
  • NFRN – advised on three concurrent OFT investigations into newspaper distribution
  • Computer Gaming – advised a leading video game publisher in response to the European Commission’s investigation into video game distribution

Jonathan Ford

Jonathan Ford
Antitrust and Foreign Investment Partner

Jonathan is a partner in our Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group and has extensive experience in a range of competition matters, including merger control and complex antitrust matters. Jonathan has advised a number of companies in competition investigations conducted by the FCA, CMA and the European Commission and advises companies in various sectors including financial services, pharmaceuticals and utilities.

Jonathan has particular expertise in UK competition law issues, having spent six months on secondment to the mergers arm of the Competition and Markets Authority.

Particular highlights of the work include advising:

  • National Fostering Agency in its acquisition of Acorn Care and Outcomes First Group
  • Anglo American on its UK building materials joint venture with Lafarge
  • Intu plc on its failed merger with Hammerson plc
  • TMX (owner of the Toronto Stock Exchange) in its acquisition of Trayport
  • Visa Europe in its acquisition of payment tokenization services from Rambus
  • Teva/IVAX in the CMA investigation into paroxetine
  • Centrica plc in the context of the CMA’s market investigation into retail and wholesale energy supply
  • In connection with a CMA investigation into alleged excessive prices in the pharmaceutical sector

Erin Toomey

Erin Toomey
Head of Epiq’s Global Surveys Practice Group

Erin Toomey is Principal and Head of Epiq’s Global Antitrust and Competition Practice. She has over 16 years of experience in electronic disclosure and government investigations, with particular expertise in global competition issues. During her career, Erin has advised and worked with clients in direct negotiations with the Competition and Markets Authority, the European Commission, the US DOJ and FTC, and the Competition Bureau of Canada regarding production standards, technology-assisted review compliance provisions, foreign language translation agreements and timelines. Additionally, throughout her career, Erin has overseen teams in over 60 competitive filings, including ten of the top 20 mergers since 2000. Erin earned a BS, Management Information Systems from Wake Forest University.

Emilie Ware

Emilie Ware
Senior Account Manager, EMEA

Emily Ware serves as Senior Account Manager of Global eDisclosure / eDiscovery Solutions, with a particular focus on large-scale and high-profile investigations, competition and litigation. She works collaboratively with law firms and corporate clients to develop and manage litigation, regulatory risk and electronic disclosure response related to investigations, best practices and cost effectiveness. Emily combines a deep understanding of legal technology with a pragmatic approach, providing clients with thoughtful and creative solutions to legal challenges.

Emily has over 10 years of experience in eDisclosure/eDiscovery and nearly 20 years in the legal industry. She has consistently helped her clients successfully overcome legal challenges in civil and criminal actions, as well as internal and governmental investigations. His case experience covers several key areas, including European Commission cases, FCA, CMA, SFO, DOJ, FCPA, EPA, intellectual property litigation, shareholder litigation, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, employment, the environment, product liability, complex commercial litigation. such as internal audits and white collar investigations.

Emily holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Greenwich in the UK; as well as a commendation from the College of Law, London. In addition to her Relativity Certified Sales Professional (RCSP) membership, she is also a member of key organizations that empower women within the industry including; Black Lawyers Network, Women in eDiscovery UK and Women in Technology UK. In 2021, Emily founded mumhive, a social enterprise and online community created to allow black mothers and fathers to connect, share experiences and find useful information on the journey of parenthood.

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