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Brian Sher
Partner and Co-Head of Competition and Trade at CMS


Brian co-leads the Competition and Trade Team. He is an experienced and trusted competition law adviser, having practised exclusively in the field of UK, EU and international competition law and merger control for over 25 years. He is a Solicitor, England and Wales, and registered with, and regulated by, the Dutch Brussels Bar (EU list).

Brian’s leadership and expertise were acknowledged most recently through winning Legal Business Awards Competition Team of the Year 2020. He is recommended as a Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2020 and has long been ranked as a leading individual for competition law in Chambers and Partners.

Brian has substantial UK and EU merger control experience, having obtained clearances in Phase 1 and 2 proceedings, both unconditionally and with remedies. He advises major international corporates on competition issues in their distribution, pricing, technology licensing and competitor collaboration arrangements. He has deep experience of investigations and inquiries, competition litigation and appeals. He also advises in related areas including foreign direct investment, utility regulation, state aid and consumer law. Brian‘s experience spans a wide range of industry sectors including energy and infrastructure, life sciences and healthcare, technology and media, manufacturing, consumer and retail, and financial services.

Brian is co-chair of the Joint Working Party of Bars and Law Societies of the UK on Competition Law. He gained two years‘ management consultancy experience and training prior to becoming a lawyer.

Agenda Sessions

  • What Should be the Future Role of the CMA post-Brexit and in Rebuilding the UK Economy post COVID-19?