Sheila Tormey


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Sheila is a Partner in William Fry’s Competition & Regulation Department. She advises on the full range of EU and Irish competition law issues. Her merger control practice includes EU and Irish merger control, including the Irish media merger regime. She also has extensive experience in cartel investigations, distribution agreements, conduct by dominant firms and competition law damages actions. In addition, she advises on State aid, telecoms regulation and EU and Irish public procurement law. She has particular experience of working with clients in the private equity and financial services sectors. 

Significant matters include advising:

  • UTV Media plc on Irish merger control aspects of the sale of UTV Television to ITV plc, including obtaining Phase I clearance from the CCPC and media merger clearance.
  • a truck manufacturer in the defence of competition law damages actions in Ireland following a European Commission infringement decision.
  • Selfridges Group on the acquisition of Arnotts, the major Dublin department store. This involved a voluntary referral of the merger from the European Commission to the CCPC under Article 4(4) EUMR and obtaining unconditional clearance.
  • FMCG, life sciences and other clients on a range of distribution issues.

Clients highlight Sheila's ability to "provide great insights on a complex area and deliver a very high level of client service." Chambers Europe 2021

"Sheila is excellent. She really understands distribution – you can tell she’s been through the issues many times – and provides clear and pragmatic advice...she stands out for her domain expertise and client service." Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Clients have described Sheila as "impressive" and "a professional, slick operator. She’s a stickler for detail. Great on transactions and mergers.” Another client adds that she "provides practical and sensible advice on complex work, is responsive and makes life easy for us. She combines technical expertise with a commercial approach. There is nothing to improve.” Chambers Europe 2020

Sheila offers expertise across a range of competition instructions, including merger control, behavioural competition and competition disputes. Sources highlight her client care, with one explaining: "She is pleasant and responsive and has a thoroughly commercial approach at all times." Chambers Europe 2019

Sheila "handles matters with great efficiency and provides concise and pragmatic advice," according to sources. She is especially noted for her expertise in the telecommunications and financial services sectors. Interviewees report that "she has impressed with her ability to manage a large case and in anticipating and meeting client needs." Chambers Europe 2018

Sheila is "excellent".  Legal 500 EMEA 2018

In Chambers Europe 2017 interviewees appreciate that Sheila "goes out of her way to understand the client's case," noting "her great expertise in the EU and competition law."  Legal 500 EMEA 2017 say "State aid expert Sheila shows excellent attention to detail".