MA (Oxon) 1995, BCL (Oxon) 1997
CALL DATE: 1999
Ronit Kreisberger is a leading senior junior in Competition and EU Law. She joined Chambers after 7 years at Herbert Smith and "quickly won a reputation at the Bar": Chambers UK (2010).
Since joining the Bar, Ronit has been consistently ranked as a leading junior for both EU / Competition Law and Media, Entertainment and Sport. She has been named as one of the Lawyer's Hot 100 and one of Chambers' rising stars in Global Competition Review's 2011 Barrister Survey. Ronit is also recognised as a leading competition expert in the International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2014.
According to the directories, Ronit is:
- "impressive", offering both "incisive analytical skills and compendious legal knowledge"
- "a quietly destructive advocate who produces easy-to-follow oral submissions".
- "fights very hard and is a great person to work with"
- with "endless drive and determination", she is "intellectually stimulating to work with."
- has "an excellent reputation for High Court damages actions"
- "can take charge when others despair and frequently spots the key point that will win a case"
- "is a practical and effective advocate"
- "approachable and easy to work with"
Ronit regularly appears in the High Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and represents clients before competition regulators such as the OFT and Competition Commission. She has extensive experience of injunctions, large scale damages actions and appeals against penalty decisions by the OFT/Competition Commission.
Ronit has experience across a wide range of industry sectors, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, intellectual property cases and sport and the collective licensing of media rights. Her clients include Cathay Pacific, Vodafone, Pfizer, Roche, Teva, Merck, Turf TV, the Racing UK racecourses, the Royal Mail, MAN ERF, Ballast Nedam, CDI AndersElite, the OFT and Ofgem. She has acted in the landmark cases of Crehan, BAGS v AMRAC and Lundbeck "Pay for Delay" and the Construction/Construction Recruitment Penalty Appeals in the CAT.
Ronit is also:
- a member of the Attorney General's B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
- a contributing editor of the 7th edition of Bellamy & Child, The European Community Law of Competition.
Ronit regularly speaks at conferences and seminars. She was a guest speaker at the 2013 BASL Sports Law Conference in relation to collective selling of media sports rights.To view the slides for this talk, please click here.
1. COMPETITION LAW
RECENT MAJOR CASES
- Lundbeck Pay for Delay
- T-111/08 MasterCard v Commission; interchange fees
- T-38/11 Cathay Pacific v Commission: air cargo surcharges appeal
- C-58/08 Vodafone and Ors v UK (2007) All ER (D) 120: challenge to the Roaming Regulation
Supreme Court / Court of Appeal / High Court
- Scottish Ministers/Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland & Ors v Reckitt Benckiser; abuse of dominance/follow on claim
- Chemistree v Roche Products: 2012,abuse of dominance
- Chemistree v Teva Pharmaceuticals: 2011, abuse of dominance
- Intecare Direct v Pfizer: 2009, mandatory injunction, abuse of dominance
- BAGS v AMRAC: 2008, Chancery Division; 2009, Court of Appeal, challenge to licensing of media sport rights; collective boycott; unlawful agreements under Article 101/Chapter I
- UV v Nominet: injunction/damages; refusal to supply; Chapters I and II (settled)
- The Leaflet Company v Royal Mail: major damages action; abuse of dominance
- Cityhook v BT & Ors: damages action for alleged collective boycott (stayed)
- AAH and others v Pfizer (2007) EWHC 565: mandatory injunction; exclusive distribution arrangements
- Inntrepreneur v Crehan (2006) UKHL 38: House of Lords, landmark case on damages
- MAN ERF v Wootton Trucks Ltd (2006) EWCA Civ 1042: mandatory injunction, Ch I and II
Competition Appeal Tribunal
- CDI AndersElite v OFT: construction recruitment cartel, major penalty appeal
- Ballast Nedam v OFT: cover pricing in construction industry; major penalty appeal
- Aggregate Industries v OFT: refusal to approve purchaser pursuant to undertakings in lieu
- Advising a party in connection with the OFT's investigation into allegations of competition law infringements by Mercedes-Benz and dealers of M-B trucks and vans
- Acting for the OFT in investigation into MasterCard's credit card interchange fees
- Acting for a major chemicals company in commercial arbitration; breach of Article 101
- Acting for Kerry Foods in relation to its completed acquisition of Headland Foods
2. PHARMACEUTICAL LAW
Ronit has an impressive list of pharmaceutical clients which include: Merck, Teva, Pfizer and Roche.
Recent highlights of Ronit's pharmaceutical practice:
- currently acting for Merck in its appeal against the Commission Decision in the Lundbeck "Pay for Delay" case
- successfully represented a number of pharmaceutical companies in a series of separate High Court proceedings brought by Chemistree Homecare alleging that conditions attaching to the supply of drugs infringed EU rules on competition / the supply of pharmaceuticals
- currently acting for the Northern Irish and Scottish health bodies in their claims for damages against Reckitt Benckiser for abuses in relation to the supply of Gaviscon
3. MEDIA & SPORTS LAW
- Ronit is recommended as a leading junior for media, entertainment and sport
- She acted for Amrac and Racing UK courses in the landmark Turf TV case on collective exclusive licensing of broadcasting rights, in which they successfully defeated the claims of the major bookmakers in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court
- She regularly advises sports bodies and business operating in the field of sport on their online/media/audio-visual licensing arrangements
4. TELECOMS & UTILITIES REGULATION
Ronit acted for Vodafone in its appeal against the Roaming Regulation.
She has acted for mobile phone operators in appeals to the CAT and advises companies and regulators in the field of telecoms regulation. Ronit also advises on utilities regulation, particularly in the regulation of water companies.
Ronit joined Herbert Smith in 1998. She spent two court terms with the Court of Appeal as judicial assistant to Buxton and Otton LJJ in 2000. She also worked for Lord Woolf, the then Lord Chief Justice. Ronit also qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2005. At the time of leaving Herbert Smith in 2005, she was a senior associate in their EU, Competition and Regulation department where she advised commercial clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law with a particular emphasis on competition litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, private enforcement actions for damages and regulatory investigations by the UK and EU authorities into cartels (including leniency applications) and abuse of dominant position. She also regularly advised in relation to merger clearances/investigations and the compatibility of commercial agreements with Article 81 EC/Chapter I of the Competition Act including relevant Block Exemptions and on the consequences of non-compliance and other "self-assessment" issues. She has also organised/participated in a number of mock dawn raids and prepared a number of compliance manuals for clients. In her time at Herbert Smith, Ronit advised a broad spectrum of clients in industries including food processing, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, water and sewerage, advertising and insurance.
Ronit is a contributing editor to the sixth edition of Bellamy & Child, The European Community Law of Competition and the forthcoming 7th edition of that work. She is a regular contributor to various EU/competition publications and often speaks at conferences/seminars on competition law.
Ronit recently contributed to LexisPSL, to read the full article "The system of setting credit card inter-bank fees under threat" please click here. This article first appeared on Lexis PSL on 13 May 2013, click here for a free trial of Lexis PSL.
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