Melissa Healy’s practice covers all aspects of EU, U.K. and international competition law, including advising clients on EU cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, EU and multijurisdictional merger control filings, licensing and distribution agreements, best practice for implementation of effective compliance programmes, and assisting clients involved in litigation before the European courts.
Ms. Healy has 10 years of experience helping global corporations across a wide variety of industries navigate complex competition law and merger control issues.
Her most recent and notable experience includes advising:
- Willis Towers Watson in relation to its global merger filing strategy arising from its acquisition;
- Sabre Corporation in its proposed acquisition of an IT solutions provider before the U.K. Competition & Markets Authority and its appeal of a prohibition decision before the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal;
- Dyson Ltd. in successfully challenging EU standards that unlawfully favored Dyson’s competitors resulting in the General Court annulling the regulation on the energy labelling of vacuum cleaners. This case was named an Impact Case of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation 2020 Europe Awards; and
- in a complainant in the CMA’s Phase II review of a complex transaction in the life sciences
Ms. Healy also has developed particular experience in EU litigation, specifically in the pharmaceutical sector. Her recent experience includes:
- acting on the appeal of one of the EU Commission’s first pay-for-delay patent settlement agreement investigations;
- acting on the successful appeal of an EU-delegated regulation for a major fast-moving consumer goods company;
- acting on the successful anti-dumping appeal of a Chinese seamless pipes producer before the European General Court and advising on the subsequent appeal before the Court of Justice;
- securing repayment of approximately €103 million for a Hungarian energy company in a successful appeal against a EU state aid decision; and
- acting on the successful defence of a rubber manufacturer in litigation before the European General Court and English and Italian courts in relation to alleged cartel participation and follow-on damages claims, and securing the annulment of the decision and fines.
Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Healy worked in the Brussels and Singapore offices of another leading international law firm.