Laila is a Partner in Addleshaw Goddard's Competition and Regulation practice. She has over twelve years of experience advising on competition and regulatory law, including complex merger control, foreign investment and national security reviews, antitrust and cartel investigations, State aid, competition law compliance and telecoms regulation. She was previously seconded to Barclays (twice) and the Competition And Markets Authority, where she advised the mergers function and the Digital Markets Unit. Laila has expertise in regulated sectors (including telecommunications and technology, financial services, and healthcare) as well as private equity. 


Laila's recent credentials include:

  • Merger control: Advising the CMA in the exercise of its merger control function in relation to several cases including complex and high value mergers, cases cleared with and without remedies, those which were investigated by the Mergers Intelligence Committee, and those for which there was parallel review by international regulators; advising Tele2 in obtaining unconditional clearance for the merger of Tele2 Netherlands with T-Mobile Netherlands, following a complex Phase 2 investigation; and advising Inmarsat on its $7.3bn sale to Viasat and its earlier $3.3bn public-to-private takeover by a private equity led consortium.
  • Antitrust: Advising a private equity house in relation to six antitrust investigations concerning the conduct of a former portfolio company in the pharmaceutical sector; a major investment bank acting as a leniency applicant in relation to concurrent rate-fixing investigations around the world; a major investment bank in its successful defence in the Credit Default Swaps investigation; a global energy company in relation to a dawn raid and rate-fixing investigation.
  • Digital markets regulation: Advising the CMA in preparing the draft Digital Markets Consumers and Competition Bill which is currently before Parliament.
  • Market studies and investigations: Advising a leading bank on the retail banking market investigation (and prior market study) and the statutory audit market investigation.
  • State aid: Acting for EDF in relation to the EU state aid investigation concerning the construction of a new nuclear power plant, Hinkley Point C.
  • University of Law, Moorgate, London (Legal Practice Course, Merit, 2010)
  • Exeter College, University of Oxford (Law with Law Studies in Europe, 2:1, 2009)