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Partner, Cooley (UK) LLP

Biography

Becket McGrath is a partner in the Antitrust & Competition practice at Cooley (UK) LLP.

Mr McGrath advises clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, with an emphasis on defending companies against agency investigations, behavioural counselling, 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 has experience of enforcing UK and EU competition law at a senior level in the UK's Office of Fair Trading (now the Competition and Markets Authority) and retains good links with enforcement agencies and regulators in the UK and across the EU. Mr McGrath 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.

Mr McGrath 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 note that he "really understands how competition authorities work both in the UK and in Europe." Clients also praise his proactivity and "pragmatic ability to recognise issues relevant to his client's businesses." He is listed in the current edition of the GCR/Who's Who Legal: Competition (a directory of leading competition lawyers and economists) and in Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Competition Law and Media & Entertainment Law work.

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  • Education

    University of Cambridge, M.A.
    University of Hamburg, LL.M.
    King's College London, Post-Graduate Diploma, European Law of Copyright