Samuel R Beighton

Samuel works closely with clients, leading them through complex scenarios to enable them to manage risk and achieve their goals.

With a background in competition law economics, Samuel's practice addresses all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control, "dawn raids" and competition investigations, competition litigation, and the interplay between competition law and Intellectual Property (IP) rights.

Samuel speaks and writes regularly on developments in EU and UK competition law, and has contributed to a range of publications, including Sweet & Maxwell's "Merger Control" series, and Thomson Reuters' "Private Antitrust Litigation".

Samuel is a member of both the Competition Policy Committee of AmCham EU, and the Competition Section of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Experience

Merger control

  • Acting for a leading provider of construction materials to secure merger control clearances in the UK in relation to two separate acquisitions of competitors.
  • Acting for a renewable energy provider to secure merger control clearance in the EU in relation to a planned joint venture.
  • Acting for a major provider of electrical and digital infrastructure in relation to two separate acquisitions, including securing merger control clearance in Germany.
  • Acting for Origin Enterprises plc and its group to secure merger control clearances in the UK in relation to several separate acquisitions of competitors.
  • Acting for a global provider of construction equipment to secure merger control clearances in the UK, Germany, and Poland, in relation to its acquisition of a competing business division.
  • Acting for The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. in relation to a number of separate acquisitions of competitors.
  • Acting for a leading provider of point-of-care diagnostic testing in relation to a number of separate acquisitions of competitors, including securing merger control clearances in Brazil, Germany, Portugal, and South Korea.
  • Acting for AstraZeneca on the sale of certain assets to Sanofi, including securing merger control clearance in Spain.
  • Acting for Euroclear SA/NV in relation to the formation of its global collateral processing joint venture with DTCC.
  • Acting for NHS trusts in relation to planned healthcare mergers and joint ventures, including securing merger control clearance in the UK.
  • Acting for a leading cooperative society to secure merger control clearance in the UK in relation to its acquisition of a retail competitor.

Competition investigations

  • Representing an energy supplier in an ongoing investigation by the UK sector regulator into suspected breaches of competition law.
  • Representing a manufacturer of galvanised steel tanks in an investigation by the UK competition authority into suspected breaches of competition law.
  • Representing Thomas Vale Construction plc in the largest overall competition law investigation undertaken by the UK competition authority.
  • Representing a trade association within the UK energy sector in an investigation by the UK sector regulator into suspected breaches of competition law.
  • Representing a manufacturer of fast moving consumer goods in an investigation by the UK competition authority into suspected breaches of competition law in the grocery sector.

Competition/IP interface

  • Acting for a major participant in voluntary standardisation activities in relation to issues arising in the context of licensing patents declared essential to voluntary standards, including defending a complaint made to the European Commission by an global telecommunications company.
  • Acting for technology owners in relation to EU competition law aspects arising in the context of various arrangements to license IP.
  • Acting for a leading biosimilar company in relation to a complaint made to the European Commission alleging various patent-related breaches of EU competition law by a major pharmaceutical company.
  • Acting for a manufacturer of aircraft seating in relation to a complaint made to the European Commission alleging patent-related breaches of EU competition law by a major airline.
  • Acting for technology owners in relation to EU competition law aspects arising in the context of agreements to settle ongoing litigation.

Competition litigation

  • Acting for a technology owner in relation to various EU competition law issues arising in the context of patent litigation brought before the High Court of England and Wales.
  • Acting for a major French-domiciled producer to defend actions for damages brought before the High Court of England and Wales following an infringement decision adopted by the European Commission.
  • Acting for a major electronics company to defend various counterclaims alleging infringements of EU competition law in the context of patent litigation brought before the High Court of England and Wales.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Career
      May 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Partner
  • 2017

    • Education
      December 2017
      King's College London, Master of Arts, Economics for Competition Law, Merit
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Director
    • Career
       2016
      Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland
    • Career
       2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Principal Associate
    • Education
       2016
      King's College London, Postgraduate Diploma, Economics for Competition Law, Distinction
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Principal Associate
  • 2009

    • Education
       2009
      King's College London, Postgraduate Diploma, EU Competition Law, Merit
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2008
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
       2008
      Wragge & Co LLP, Solicitor
  • 2006

    • Career
       2006
      Wragge & Co LLP, Trainee
    • Education
       2006
      BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, Distinction
  • 2005

    • Education
       2005
      BPP Law School, Postgraduate Diploma in Law
  • 2004

    • Education
       2004
      University of Birmingham, History of Art BA (Hons.), First Class Honours