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Becket McGrath

Becket McGrath

Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP
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    Edwards Wildman Contributes to the UK Government’s ‘Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union Competition and Consumer Policy Report’ ...

    Becket is a Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust practice group. He advises clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, with an emphasis on behavioural issues, compliance, competition litigation and merger control. Although he advises clients in a broad range of sectors, he has a particular interest in the media, technology and communications sectors, as well as the interface between intellectual property and competition law. He also advises on broadcasting, rail and utility regulation. He has experience of enforcing UK and EU competition law at a senior level in the Office of Fair Trading and retains good links with enforcement agencies and regulators in the UK and across the EU. Becket is the author of the Private Enforcement division of Butterworths Competition Law, a standard reference work. He is a frequent commentator on competition law developments, having appeared on the BBC's Today Programme, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Radio 5 Live and CNBC.

    Becket was identified by Global Competition Review in May 2008 as one of the top 40 competition lawyers under the age of 40 worldwide. He is recommended in the current edition of the UK Legal 500 and recognised as a notable practitioner by Chambers UK in which clients say he "really understands how competition authorities work both in the UK and in Europe" and praise his proactivity and "pragmatic ability to recognise issues relevant to his client's businesses" . He is also listed in the current edition of the Who's Who Legal Directory of Competition Lawyers and Economists and in ‘Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom’ for Competition Law and Media & Entertainment Law work.

    • Advised an online retailer on an OFT Competition Act investigation.
    • Advised a third party on the European Commission and OFT 'E-books' investigations.
    • Advising on an ongoing European Commission investigation in the software sector.
    • Advising East African communications company Wananchi Group on its competition and regulatory strategy.
    • Advised Guardian Media Group on the Competition Commission’s investigation of the sale of its radio business to Global Radio and on the News Corp/Sky merger review.
    • Advised United Technologies Corporation on the UK merger control aspects of the sale of its manned guarding business to Securitas.
    • Advised Allied Healthcare International Inc. on the merger control aspects of its sale to Saga Group/Acromas.
    • Acting for a third party on the European Commission's investigation of the Universal Music Group/EMI merger.
    • Advising a sports joint venture on the competition law aspects of its rights licensing strategy.
    • Advised a global conglomerate on the merger control aspects of its exit from a joint venture.
    • Successfully defended an online retailer against a European Commission Article 101 investigation.
    • Advising a global games software company on the competition law aspects of its distribution arrangements.
    • Advised Assa Abloy on the non-US merger control aspects of its acquisition of LaserCard Corporation.
    • Advised a major UK utility on a substantial competition law damages action in the High Court.
    • Advised numerous companies on the implementation of compliance programmes and training, and dawn raid preparedness procedures.
    • Advised a financial investor on the merger control and media regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a minority stake by BSkyB in ITV plc.
    • Advised a third party in relation to the Competition Commission’s inquiry into Project Kangaroo - a broadband TV joint venture between ITV, the BBC and Channel Four.
    • Acted for gaming company Cyberview Technology Inc. on its acquisition by IGT.

    Featured Experience

    • Disposal of Avangate Group to Francisco Partners

      Our cross-border team comprising lawyers from the Chicago, London, Boston, LA, New York and Providence offices, successfully represented the sellers (comprising Romanian serial tech entrepreneur Radu Georgescu, 3TS Capital Partners' CEE technology fund and the management team) in connection with the disposal of the Avangate Group to Francisco Partners. MORE

    • PTC Inc. Acquisition of Software Developer

      A large team of Edwards Wildman lawyers represented longtime client PTC in its acquisition of Enigma Information Systems Ltd., an Israeli software developer. MORE

    • Disposal of Avangate Group to Francisco Partners

      Our cross-border team comprising lawyers from the Chicago, London, Boston, LA, New York and Providence offices, successfully represented the sellers (comprising Romanian serial tech entrepreneur Radu Georgescu, 3TS Capital Partners' CEE technology fund and the management team) in connection with the disposal of the Avangate Group to Francisco Partners. MORE

    • Disposal of Avangate Group to Francisco Partners

      Our cross-border team comprising lawyers from the Chicago, London, Boston, LA, New York and Providence offices, successfully represented the sellers (comprising Romanian serial tech entrepreneur Radu Georgescu, 3TS Capital Partners' CEE technology fund and the management team) in connection with the disposal of the Avangate Group to Francisco Partners. MORE

    • PTC Inc. Acquisition of Software Developer

      A large team of Edwards Wildman lawyers represented longtime client PTC in its acquisition of Enigma Information Systems Ltd., an Israeli software developer. MORE

    • Acquisition of Allied Healthcare by Saga Group Limited

      We represented UK-based Allied Healthcare International Inc. in its acquisition for cash by merger by Saga Group Limited in October 2011. MORE

    • Disposal of Avangate Group to Francisco Partners

      Our cross-border team comprising lawyers from the Chicago, London, Boston, LA, New York and Providence offices, successfully represented the sellers (comprising Romanian serial tech entrepreneur Radu Georgescu, 3TS Capital Partners' CEE technology fund and the management team) in connection with the disposal of the Avangate Group to Francisco Partners. MORE

    • Disposal of Avangate Group to Francisco Partners

      Our cross-border team comprising lawyers from the Chicago, London, Boston, LA, New York and Providence offices, successfully represented the sellers (comprising Romanian serial tech entrepreneur Radu Georgescu, 3TS Capital Partners' CEE technology fund and the management team) in connection with the disposal of the Avangate Group to Francisco Partners. MORE

    Before Edwards Wildman

    Becket joined the firm after four years as a partner at another London firm. Before that, Becket was a Branch Director in the Competition Enforcement Division at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), with responsibility for enforcing competition law in the media, sport and IT sectors. During his time at the OFT, Becket led teams on numerous high profile cases, including two cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and had a key role in the preparation of the competition provisions of the Communications Act 2003.

    Besides Edwards Wildman

    Apart from his passion for competition law (which some may find hard to share), Becket enjoys opera, art and skiing.

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