Mills & Reeve launch competition law team with partner hire

Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has appointed Kate Newman as a partner to spearhead the launch of its competition law team.

Kate joins Mills & Reeve after 14 years at Eversheds Sutherland where she has led the competition, EU and trade practice in the regions across the UK since 2016. Kate will be based in the Leeds office and will develop the firm’s competition law offering to help corporate clients pursue their growth strategies.

A specialist in competition law for more than 20 years, Kate advises on matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, abuse of dominance and the application of competition law to clients' strategic collaboration. She also acts for clients under investigation from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), including cartel investigations.

Kate has in-depth knowledge of anti-trust and competition law in the UK and EU and advises across several sectors including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, financial services, food, retail, water, industrials, rail and energy.

Paul Johnson, head of the Leeds office at Mills & Reeve said: “Kate is a highly experienced competition law practitioner who is sought out by clients for her expertise in advising on complex transactions including joint ventures as well as her experience in advising on strategic competition law matters. Her leadership skills, technical excellence and client engagement are exemplary.

“We are increasingly advising on higher value deals across several sectors such as healthcare and food / agribusiness where there is significant consolidation both in the UK and abroad. Kate is ideally placed to lead the development of a strong competition law team and meet growing client demand for advice to help them pursue their acquisitive and organic growth strategies.”

Kate said: “I am excited to join Mills & Reeve and to lead on the development of a national, full-service competition law practice. I am particularly looking forward to working with Mills & Reeve's market-leading sector teams to support corporate clients with their growth ambitions and to assist clients with navigating through the increasingly complex regulatory landscape.”

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