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Lisa Navarro

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Lisa Navarro specialises in the provision of competition and regulatory advice to clients in a range of sectors, including support in relation to compliance, commercial arrangements, supply chain management, investigations and dispute resolution.

Lisa has significant experience supporting regulated utilities in relation to economic regulation and price controls, having advised on five separate price control challenges to the CMA.  She is particularly noted for her expertise in the water sector (Chambers Band 1, Legal 500 Leading Individual).

Lisa has also assisted clients with international merger control issues, obtaining clearances for transactions in multiple jurisdictions worldwide.

Lisa was named Lexology Client Choice Competition Lawyer of the Year in 2016.

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Chambers UK 2021
Lisa Navarro

Background & Experience

Kings College London 2007-2008

Post Graduate Diploma in the Economics of Competition Law, Merit.

Nottingham Law School 2000-2001

Legal Practice Course, Distinction.

Hertford College, University of Oxford 1997-2000

B.A. with Honours, Jurisprudence, 2 :1. M.A. Oxon.


Water Law – Top Ranked Lawyer (Band 1 ): “She is an absolute guru on water law.” “Working with Lisa is a pleasure – she is a consummate professional and always goes beyond the requirements of the client to deliver the best service possible.”

Legal 500:

  • Water Law – Leading Individual: “Lisa Navarro is a star.  She is delightful to work with and is always happy to roll up her sleeves and get stuck into solving problems.”
  • Competition Law (Band 5 – 2019)

Lexology Client Choice Competition Lawyer of the Year 2016

Shortlisted for 2011 Legal Business’ Competition Law Team of the Year for work on Bristol Water price redetermination before the Competition Commission.

Winner of the Law Society Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Pro Bono Firm of the Year for work in setting up the Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme.

  • Advising a water company in relation to a Competition Act 1998 investigation by Ofwat into an alleged abuse of dominance in relation to the market for the self-lay of new development infrastructure and obtaining settlement of the investigation by entering into commitments;
  • Advised in regard to one of the first ever applications for leniency under the Office of Fair Trading’s so-called “whistle blowers” programme in the Flat Roof Contractors cartel case.
  • Advising a client with regard to an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into allegations of resale price maintenance.
  • Advising various water undertakings on the application of competition law to the water sector generally and in the context of issues such as inset appointments, bulk supply agreements, sale of infrastructure data, the new water supply licensing regime and the introduction of non-household retail competition. Supported companies in the creation of joint ventures to service the new retail market.
  • Advising various product manufacturers on the design and implementation of EU-wide distribution strategies and the competition law implications of different distribution models (including selective distribution, exclusive distribution, agency and franchise models).
  • Assisting with anti-trust audits to help clients identify any current or potential infringements of competition rules and devising compliance programmes to help prevent future infringements.
  • Providing support to a range of clients on the potential use of competition law in the context of contractual disputes, including contract termination and the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Advised on three price control challenges to the CMA in the water sector: Bristol Water (2010), Bristol Water (2015), Northumbrian Water (2020)
  • Advised NATS (En Route) Limited, the regulated provider of air traffic control services in the UK, on its price control challenge to the CMA
  • Supporting water companies in day-to-day compliance with regulatory and statutory obligations and compliance with Licence conditions.
  • Advised Platform Specialty Products (now Element Solutions) on its 2019 $4bn sale of Arysta Life Science to UPL, requiring merger control clearances in the EU, COMESA, CEMAC, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Ukraine, and the United States.
  • Advised Atlas Mara Limited in relation to the COMESA merger control filing submitted in respect of its $61m acquisition of Finance Bank Zambia plc, a multi-service bank with operations in Zambia.
  • Advising AstraZeneca on various transactions, including the antitrust aspects of the auction sale of its AstraTech medical devices business to Dentsply for $1.8bn, involving detailed regulatory risk analyses for various bidders and merger filings in Germany, Norway, Turkey and the US.
  • Acted for Nomad Foods Limited in obtaining merger control clearance in Russia for its €2.6 billion acquisition of the Bird’s Eye/Iglo group and its subsequent £500 million acquisition of the continental European business of the Findus Group, which required coordination of merger control clearances in Austria, Germany and Spain as well as detailed EU antitrust advice on information exchange issues.
  • Obtained clearance from the Office of Fair Trading for Sport Universal Process’ (trading as Amisco) 2011 acquisition of Prozone, its competitor in the sports performance data market.
  • Advising multi-national corporate clients on the design and implementation of anti-corruption programmes, including risk assessments and compliance audits, as well as the amendment of existing anti-corruption compliance policies to bring them in line with the requirements of the Bribery Act 2010.
  • CGL and anor v E&R and ors, Competition Appeal Tribunal: Acting for nascent suppliers to the academic dress market in a claim against the incumbent suppliers for abuse of dominant position.