Frances Murphy

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Frances Murphy

Frances Murphy

Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Biography

Frances Murphy focuses on competition law and antitrust matters. Frances currently serves as Managing Partner of the firm’s London office. She is a noted leading practitioner, with Chambers UK describing her as “a highly responsive, results driven, practical lawyer” who is a “consummate team player.” The Legal 500 describes her as “an elite performer with formidable powers of analysis.” Frances is singled out by clients in relation to complex, high value, bet the company matters.

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Frances represents clients in complex, high value global cartel investigations, alleged abuse of dominance matters and civil proceedings for damages for breach of competition law/antitrust laws. She has experience defending investigations by the competition authorities, in particular by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Financial Conduct Authority, and the European Commission and in leading actions in the Competition Authority Tribunal, the English Courts, and the European Courts.

Frances works across various industries, including aviation and maritime shipping, construction, financial services, retail, grocery, media, pharmaceuticals, and satellite communications. Her experience also includes mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures, licensing of intellectual property rights, and other strategic alliances.

Frances has acted in a number of the leading cases which have shaped “follow-on” litigation in England. In 2003 she began to act for BASF in the vitamins litigation, a case which gave rise to what remains the leading judgment on jurisdiction in cases involving defendants from multiple jurisdictions (Provimi and Trouw) and the leading judgment on the remedies available to claimants in follow-on claims (Devenish). Frances has also acted in the leading case challenging the use by the CMA of interim injunctions in competition investigations (London Metal Exchange v. CMA) and in the leading case challenging the use by the CMA of search warrants in on-going investigations (Concordia v. CMA) in all of which the client prevailed. This last case was awarded Behavioural Matter of the Year—Europe by Global Competition Review (2018).

Frances is representing a number of claimants against Visa and MasterCard for an alleged violation of competition law for setting, together with their member banks, the level of the Multilateral Interchange Fees merchants must pay for purchases made using a Visa or MasterCard branded debit or credit card. In addition to McDonald’s and the Rail Delivery Group, comprising 21 train operators, Frances is representing Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited in these claims. The latter case is currently pending judgment by the Court of Appeal.

Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Frances led the antitrust and trade regulation practice of another international law firm.

Frances sits on the firm’s Advisory Board and on the firm’s International Leadership Team.

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Head of the London Competition Practice
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Mayer Brown LLP provides legal services in areas of banking and finance; corporate and securities; litigation and dispute resolution; antitrust and competition; U.S. Supreme Court and appellate matters; employment and benefits; environmental; financial services regulatory and enforcement; government and global trade; intellectual property; real estate; tax; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and wealth management. The company was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides transactional, litigation, labor and employment, regulatory, and intellectual property legal services to various industries. Their industry-focused practices include: antitrust, energy, life sciences, and securities. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Frances Murphy is affiliated with Mayer Brown LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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