Sheila Tormey

Partner

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Sheila is a Partner in William Fry’s Competition & Regulation Department. She specialises in 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.
  • an OEM in the defence of multiple competition law damages claims 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 and other clients on a range of distribution issues.

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".

According to Chambers Europe 2016, Sheila is "commercial, and able to see the bigger picture, yet highly accurate and thorough in her approach." Legal 500 EMEA 2016 say Sheila is a "strategic thinker", with Legal 500 2015 saying she has "an outstanding analytical mind". 


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