Becket is a Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust practice group. He advises clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, with an emphasis on behavioural issues, compliance, competition litigation and merger control. Although he advises clients in a broad range of sectors, he has a particular interest in the media, technology and communications sectors, as well as the interface between intellectual property and competition law. He also advises on broadcasting, rail and utility regulation. He has experience of enforcing UK and EU competition law at a senior level in the Office of Fair Trading and retains good links with enforcement agencies and regulators in the UK and across the EU. Becket is the author of the Private Enforcement division of Butterworths Competition Law, a standard reference work. He is a frequent commentator on competition law developments, having appeared on the BBC's Today Programme, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Radio 5 Live and CNBC.
Becket was identified by Global Competition Review in May 2008 as one of the top 40 competition lawyers under the age of 40 worldwide. He is recommended in the current edition of the UK Legal 500 and recognised as a notable practitioner by the current 2015 Chambers UK directory in which he “is admired for his pragmatic advice and proactivity”, and in previous editions clients say he “really understands how competition authorities work both in the UK and in Europe”. He is also listed in the current edition of the Who's Who Legal Directory of Competition Lawyers and Economists and in ' Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom' for Competition Law and Media & Entertainment Law work.
•Advised an online retailer on an OFT Competition Act investigation.
•Advised a third party on the European Commission and OFT 'E-books' investigations.
•Advising on an ongoing European Commission investigation in the software sector.
•Advising East African communications company Wananchi Group on its competition and regulatory strategy.
•Advised Guardian Media Group on the Competition Commission's investigation of the sale of its radio business to Global Radio and on the News Corp/Sky merger review.
•Advised United Technologies Corporation on the UK merger control aspects of the sale of its manned guarding business to Securitas.
•Advised Allied Healthcare International Inc. on the merger control aspects of its sale to Saga Group/Acromas.
•Acting for a third party on the European Commission's investigation of the Universal Music Group/EMI merger.
•Advising a sports joint venture on the competition law aspects of its rights licensing strategy.
•Advised a global conglomerate on the merger control aspects of its exit from a joint venture.
•Successfully defended an online retailer against a European Commission Article 101 investigation.
•Advising a global games software company on the competition law aspects of its distribution arrangements.
•Advised Assa Abloy on the non-US merger control aspects of its acquisition of LaserCard Corporation.
•Advised a major UK utility on a substantial competition law damages action in the High Court.
•Advised numerous companies on the implementation of compliance programmes and training, and dawn raid preparedness procedures.
•Advised a financial investor on the merger control and media regulatory aspects of the acquisition of a minority stake by BSkyB in ITV plc.
•Advised a third party in relation to the Competition Commission's inquiry into Project Kangaroo - a broadband TV joint venture between ITV, the BBC and Channel Four.
•Acted for gaming company Cyberview Technology Inc. on its acquisition by IGT.
Central and Eastern Europe (CEEMENA)
Before Edwards Wildman
Becket joined the firm after four years as a partner at another London firm. Before that, Becket was a Branch Director in the Competition Enforcement Division at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), with responsibility for enforcing competition law in the media, sport and IT sectors. During his time at the OFT, Becket led teams on numerous high profile cases, including two cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and had a key role in the preparation of the competition provisions of the Communications Act 2003.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Apart from his passion for competition law (which some may find hard to share), Becket enjoys opera, art and skiing.
Disposal of Avangate Group to Francisco Partners
Our cross-border team comprising lawyers from the Chicago, London, Boston, LA, New York and Providence offices, successfully represented the sellers (comprising Romanian serial tech entrepreneur Radu Georgescu, 3TS Capital Partners' CEE technology fund and the management team) in connection with the disposal of the Avangate Group to Francisco Partners.
PTC Inc. Acquisition of Software Developer
A large team of Edwards Wildman lawyers represented longtime client PTC in its acquisition of Enigma Information Systems Ltd., an Israeli software developer.
OFT 'E-books' Investigations
A team of Edwards Wildman Antitrust lawyers advised a third party on the European Commission and OFT 'E-books' investigations.
OFT Competition Investigation for Online Retailer
A team of Edwards Wildman lawyers is advising an online retailer on an ongoing OFT competition investigation.
Competition and Regulatory Strategy Advice to African Satellite Company
An East African communications company Wananchi Group looks to a team of Edwards Wildman Antitrust Litigation lawyers on competition and regulatory strategy.
Competition Advice to UTC in Relation to UK Merger
A team of Edwards Wildman lawyers advised United Technologies Corporation (UTC) on the UK merger control aspects of the sale of its manned guarding business to Securitas.
Acquisition of Allied Healthcare by Saga Group Limited
We represented UK-based Allied Healthcare International Inc. in its acquisition for cash by merger by Saga Group Limited in October 2011.
Competition Advice in Relation to News Corp/Sky Merger
We advised Guardian Media Group on the merger control and public interest aspects of the News Corp/Sky merger review.
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: UK Competition Appeal Tribunal Overturns Online Hotel Booking Decision
October 23, 2014
Writing for The Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, Becket McGrath and Trupti Reddy Analyze Recent Competition Law Cases in the Banking Sector
August 7, 2014
Edwards Wildman Antitrust Attorneys Speak at LexisNexis Webinar
July 15, 2014 event
UK Competition Landscape Analyzed by Edwards Wildman Attorneys in Global Competition Litigation Review Article
June 26, 2014
The Handbook of Competition Enforcement Agencies 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: English Court applies competition law to override land use restriction
June 11, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: Revised European Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation Enters Into Force
Edwards Wildman's Becket McGrath and Trupti Reddy Outline What To Expect From the UK's New Competition Regime in Law360
April 9, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory: All change please? - New UK competition regime comes into effect
April 1, 2014
BILA Lunchtime Lecture: Update on Competition Law and the Insurance Sector
March 21, 2014 event
Chambers UK 2015 Recognizes Edwards Wildman Leading Practitioners
November 10, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Becket McGrath Comments on CMA Retail Banking Study in Global Competition Review
November 10, 2014
Edwards Wildman Contributes to the UK Government's 'Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union Competition and Consumer Policy Report'
July 22, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Becket McGrath Comments on 3 Key Facts From The EU's Latest Pay-For-Delay Case in Law360
July 21, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Becket McGrath Discusses How Intel Case Dims Hope For Economics-Based Antitrust Approach in Law360
July 1, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Becket McGrath Tells Global Competition Review that Striking Cabbies are 'Classic Response of Incumbents to Disruptive Competition'
June 12, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Becket McGrath Comments on How Merger Appeal May Aid Deutsche Boerse With Future Deals in Law360
June 3, 2014
Edwards Wildman Advises the Shareholders of GTS on Its Sale to Deutsche Telekom for a Total Consideration of 546 Million
June 2, 2014
In Global Competition Review, Becket McGrath Analyzes on How the Carphone Warehouse/Dixons Merger Raises Possible Mobile Devices Overlap
May 19, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Becket McGrath Comments on EU Merger Regulation in Reuters
May 12, 2014