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CompLaw: Summer School
Monday 5 - Friday 9 August 2024
Downing CollegeCambridge, UK

Dr Saskia King
Legal Director at Bird & Bird LLP


I am a legal director in our Competition & EU Law team in London with over 15 years' experience at the cutting edge of UK and EU competition law and policy having worked at regulators, competition authorities, in academia and private practice, with a particular focus on regulated sectors such as payment systems as well as financial, technology and communications markets more widely.

I have particular expertise as a competition enforcement specialist having joined Bird & Bird from the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) where I was a senior lawyer leading the PSR's first competition investigation in the payments space. I also worked for several years at the Competition and Markets Authority, where I was the legal adviser on a broad range of complex and high profile antitrust investigations and mergers (both at Phase 1 and 2). I also represented the UK's interests internationally at the OECD Competition Committee. This experience has afforded me valuable insight into antitrust enforcement, policy and regulatory practices, which means I am extremely well-placed to advise clients on every aspect of competition investigations from inception to closure, including complaints, cartel leniency applications, dawn raids, requests for information, evidence gathering, interviews, settlement as well as merger filings, sector enquiries, market studies and compliance more generally.

I bring experience and understanding on the application of competition rules to regulated sectors such as payment systems, as well as financial, communications and technology markets more widely, having also worked previously as a competition lawyer at an international law firm. Additionally, I taught UK and EU competition law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I completed my doctorate in EU competition law. I have written widely on competition law, particularly on the most egregious restrictions of competition and my published work is often cited in academic texts and papers. I am also the co-author of a chapter in Bellamy & Child.

I am particularly interested in the fast-pace of developments in digital markets and advising clients on how to navigate the challenges these developments will bring.

Agenda Sessions

  • Chair's Opening Remarks

  • A Practical Guide to Merger Proceedings

  • Case Study: Mergers

  • Navigating the Competition Process