Claire Waterson

Partner

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Claire Waterson is a Partner in William Fry’s Competition & Regulation Department advising on all aspects of Irish and EU competition law, including merger control, restrictive practices, State aids, public procurement and free movement. Claire specialises in sectoral regulation with a particular emphasis on telecommunications.

Recent significant deals include advising:

  • Aughinish Alumina on its successful EU General Court challenge to a Commission State aid decision
  • ComReg (Irish communications regulator) on a number of regulatory enforcement matters
  • Electricity Supply Board on the Irish merger control aspects of its acquisition of the transmission and distribution assets of Northern Ireland Electricity

Claire was listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Competition Law.

Claire is "calm, considered and practical," according to market sources. She is regarded as an expert on competition, regulatory and procurement issues. One commentator remarks: "She is very concise, good with clients and knows her stuff. She has a good combination of business sense and competition acumen which is very good for clients." Chambers Europe 2018

Claire Waterson has "a vast wealth of knowledge in relation to domestic and EU legislation". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

According to Chambers Europe 2017 clients say that she is "very cool and measured, with a real conciseness in how she thinks about issues." Legal 500 EMEA 2017 say Claire is ‘very knowledgeable and has a good relationship with the regulatory authorities’.

In Chambers Europe 2016, clients say she has a "very smart, analytical brain, and is good on the nuances of EU directives."

Clients consider Claire Waterson a "competition specialist - very smart, client-friendly and able to solve problems"  in Chambers Europe 2015. Legal 500 EMEA 2015 say Claire "pays exceptional attention to detail".

In Chambers Europe 2014, clients say, Claire "is always a pleasure to work with. Her advice is always precise, clear and to the point.


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