Natasha Pearman, Managing Associate, Dispute Resolution

Natasha Pearman

Managing Associate

Personal Profile

Natasha is a Managing Associate in the Firm's Litigation department,  specialising in UK and EU Competition Law.

She has particular experience advising clients in IP/data rich industries in relation to complex competition issues which interplay with intellectual property rights. These include advising on the "special responsibility" to be observed by companies in dominant positions, essential facility, parallel imports and FRAND issues.

Natasha has represented clients both in relation to investigations by Competition Regulators and in assisting clients to bring complaints before them. This includes, attending Dawn Raids, advising on leniency applications and other strategic issues in relation to Cartel investigations, advising on settlement and negotiating commitments in relation to abuse of dominance investigations and assisting with information requests and submissions to the Competition Regulators.

On the transactional front, Natasha regularly advises both buyers and sellers on merger control. She has significant experience of applying for merger clearances in the UK and has successfully also dealt with a number of Phase II merger inquiries, involving problematic mergers.

Natasha also has extensive experience in advising on the EU State aid rules. She works across all sectors and has particular experience of life sciences, retail, sports, digital platforms/adtech, finance, construction and energy.

Natasha has been ranked as a "rising star" in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for Competition Law in 2019.

To find out more about the Group Action against BT that Natasha is involved in, click here.

Key Experience

  • Successfully defending a client against claims of Article 102 infringement to the European Commission by raising novel arguments around trademark rights and drafting a legal submission on the concept of and boundaries of essential facility.
  • Advising a client following an allegation of bid rigging and fraud which had arisen in the context of a dispute over a final account, in relation to a potential application for leniency in the construction sector and accompanying large scale document review exercise.
  • Advising an energy client on a two year investigation by the OFT/CMA in relation to a Chapter II investigation. The case was resolved by way of formal commitments and without any finding of infringement or fine.
  • Advising an investor in relation to a large high profile sporting project on the State aid risks arising from proposed State guarantees and the application of the Market Economy Operator Principle.
  • Advising a potentially dominant pharmaceutical company in relation to pricing and rebates following a decision to de-brand its branded generic drugs.

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Pinsent Masons
Associate, Taylor Wessing
Sheffield Hallam University, BSc Cellular and Molecular Biology
Nottingham Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law

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