Suzanne Rab is a barrister specialising in UK and EU competition law and regulation. She has over 15 years of experience advising businesses, regulators and competition authorities on EU, UK and international competition law across the range of competition law, merger control and regulatory matters.
She has particular experience advising on transactions and commercial agreements and practices, including in proceedings before the UK competition and regulatory authorities and the European Commission. She has worked on some of the most high profile merger, market and cartel investigations in Europe and the UK.
Suzanne has advised on major cartel investigations, appeals and follow-on actions, including advising on the European Commission’s investigation under Article 101 TFEU in relation to air freight and appeal to the General Court and in relation to antitrust investigations into cartel activity in marine hoses.
Suzanne has particular experience advising on the antitrust and regulatory issues arising in the regulated sectors including communications, energy, financial services, pharmaceuticals, transportation and water. Suzanne has wide experience of advising businesses, governments and regulators on developing and implementing new laws and regulatory regimes in line with international best practices.
Suzanne regularly speaks at conferences, presenting on a variety of competition-related topics including merger control, sector regulation, and the role of economics in competition cases. Suzanne has made media appearances on competition law and regulatory matters, including for BBC Radio, BBC Worldwide and Bloomberg Television.
Suzanne publishes in a range of legal and trade journals including Competition Law Insight, European Competition Law Review, Journal of European Competition Law and Practice and Utilities Journal. She is regularly quoted in the quality press and media on competition law topics, including in Bloomberg, The Deal, Dow Jones, European Voice, Financial Times, The Guardian, Reuters, Wall Street Journal.
Suzanne is the author of “Indian Competition Law, an International Perspective” (first published by Wolters Kluwer, May 2012; with a supplement on cartel regulation published in January 2013). The book is the first-of its-kind international comparative analysis of the Competition Act 2002 published contemporaneously with the coming into force of Indian merger control.
Suzanne is also co-author (with Dr Alison Sprague) of "Media Ownership and Control: Law, Economics and Policy in an Indian and International Context" (Hart Studies in Competition Law, 2014).
Suzanne was called to the Bar in 2013 as a transferring solicitor advocate. In private practice as a solicitor, she has held positions and most recently partnership at leading international antitrust practices including Slaughter and May, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and King & Spalding. She has also held the role of director at PricewaterhouseCoopers working within its strategy, economics and forensics team.
Suzanne has three degrees in law, all from the University of Oxford (Oriel College). She holds a post-graduate Bachelor of Civil Law degree specialising in competition law, IP, evidence and the conflict of laws.
She is a Visiting Fellow of Imperial College London specialising in competition cases with an antitrust/ IP dimension. She has also taught at the University of Oxford. She is a senior research associate with the Regulatory Policy Institute, based in Oxford.
Suzanne is the author of “Indian Competition Law, an International Perspective” (with a supplement of cartel regulation). The book is the first-of-its-kind international comparative analysis of the Competition Act 2002 published contemporaneously with the coming into force of Indian competition law and merger control.
Suzanne is also co-author of "Media Ownership and Control: Law, Economics and Policy in an Indian and International Context".
“The OFT’s Higher Education Report: Could do Better”, Regulatory Policy Institute, Letters & Notes on Regulation”, No 3.2, July 2014
“The special responsibility of dominant owners”, Property Law Journal – July/ August 2014
“The fire and Furnace of land covenants”, Property Law Journal – June 2014
“The New EU Technology Transfer Block Exemption: A Note of Caution”, Journal of Economic Law and Practice – May 2014
“Vertical ‘hardcore’ restrictions of competition in Europe”, ABA International Committee Newsletter – Spring 2014
“Neighbourhood Watch”, New Law Journal – 14 March 2014
“New Lease of Life”, Estates Gazette – 9 January 2014
“The Red, White and Blue: Mrs Murphy Revisited”, Competition Economics Group Briefing Paper – December 2013
“Media plurality (déjà vu), The DCMS consultation”, Competition Economics Group Briefing Paper – October 2013
“Media plurality and the UK agenda, The House of Lords call for Evidence”, CEG Economists Group Briefing – 11 June 2013
“Indian Cement Cartel: An International Comparative Analysis”, National Law School of India University Journal, Vol II 2013 (2013)11NLSJ – May 2013
“Protection meets competition”, China Business Law Journal – May 2013
“Switzerland Probes Abuse of Dominance in Pay TV Sports”, Competition Economics Group Briefing Paper – 17 May 2013
“Beyond Spectrum Spaghetti: the move to a single mobile market”, Competition Law Insight – April 2013
“The March of Media Reform: A UK Perspective on Australia”, FTI Whitepaper – 9 April 2013
“EU Competition Law and Joint Sales in LNG”, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter - April 2013
“Application of Competition Law to the Energy Sector: Changes to UK Concurrency Regime”, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter - March 2013
“Russia Gives Go-Ahead to Rosneft’s Acquisition of TNK-BP”, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter – February 2013
“Competition Law and the Energy Sector – EU, UK, and Beyond; Looking Ahead to 2013”, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter – February 2013
“New Competition Law in the United Arab Emirates: Implications for Doing Business in the Middle East”, ABA Section in International Law, Hot Topics in International Law – 31 January 2013
“Breaking seals in competition investigations – a ‘pandora’s box’ for compliance”, Financier Worldwide Market Outlook – January 2013
“Playing Power Games - Just how competitive are the energy companies?”, Competition Law Insight - 13 November 2012
“Competition Law Enforcement in India - Is the New Devil in the Data?”, Competition Law Reports - October 2012
“UK Cartel Regulation”, West Law - September 2012
“Getting to the Seoul of Price Fixing”, Financier Worldwide - September 2012
“UK Launches Motor Insurance Market Investigation”, King & Spalding Client Alert - 2 October 2012
“Indian Competition Law: 10 Years On - An International Perspective”, Competition Law Reports - August 2012
“Delivering expert knowledge to global counsel”, International Law Office - 20 July 2012
“Legal Privilege at home and abroad”, American Bar Association, Business Torts and RICO News - Summer 2012
“EU internal Energy Market Legislation Not Fully in Force”, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter - June 2012
“EU and Swiss competition law: navigating the boundaries”, Swiss Review of Business and Financial Market Law – July 2012
“Voice of Experience”, The Glasshammer - 23 April 2012
“India turns up the heat on cartel enforcement with first fines in the energy sectors”, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter - April 2012
“Healthy Competition: China v India”, China Business Law Journal - April 2012
“4G or not 4G”, Competition Law Insight - 20 March 2012
“ICC tribunal decides claim on commitments attached to European Commission’s merger approval”, Lexology - 29 February 2012
“EU Proposals on Transparency and Country-By-Country Reporting”, Financial Fraud Law Report - February 2012
“Natural resources and keeping your head above water in the EU”, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter - February 2012
“Competition and corruption”, Competition Law Insight - 13 December 2011
“Dawn raids, and criminalisation of cartels in Mexico and beyond -- Are you ready?”, Latin Lawyer – 24 November, 2011
“Fighting one’s corner”, Competition Law Insight - November 2011
“A new antitrust tiger”, The Deal - October 2011
“Keeping up with the competition”, India Business Law Journal - October 2011
“Refarming today, Ofcom gives the go-ahead for spectrum liberalization”, Competition Law Insight - February 2011
“Lateral Thinking on Private Sewer Transfer”, Water Briefing - January 2011
“Competition Law: Rising up the agenda”, Mlex Magazine - October - December 2010
“Pharmaceutical life cycle management under the UK competition spotlight”, European Pharmaceutical Contractor - July 2010
“India’s New Competition Law: No Longer the “Elephant in the Corner”?”, International Company and Commercial Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell - Issue 3, 2009
“Forests or Forensics?”, International Company and Commercial Law Review, ICCLR, November 2009
“Latest Dawn Raids in the Pharma Sector”, Pharmiweb - October 2009
“From Ordered Competition - Towards a New Competitive Order?”, European Competition Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell - September 2009
“European Commission Backs Down in Sector Inquiry Final Report but Problems Remain”, Raj Pharma- August 2009
“EU Wrestles with Rules on State Aid for Broadband”, Global Telecoms Business - June 2009
“Breaking Up is Hard to Do’ - National Merger Remedies in the Information and Communication Industries”, European Competition Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell - May 2009