Omar Shah represents clients in complex global cartel and anticorruption investigations and civil proceedings for damages for breach of antitrust laws, as well in merger control procedures and on antitrust matters, particularly those involving the intersection of competition law with media/communications regulation. His practice involves representing clients before UK, EU, and other competition authorities, courts, and tribunals and in commercial and regulatory litigation proceedings, including judicial reviews. Chambers UK 2016 describes him as a "charming and effective partner who instantly wins the client's confidence and respect."
Omar is the general editor of the book Class Actions—A Global Guide and has co-authored the articles "The New EU Technology Transfer Regime—Out of the Straightjacket and into the Safe Harbour?" and "Disclosure and Negotiation of Licensing Terms Prior to Adoption of Industry Standards: Preventing Another Patent Ambush," both of which appeared in the European Competition Law Review. Omar is a regular speaker at conferences including those organised by the Law Society, IBC and ILFR.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Omar was a partner in the antitrust and competition practice of another international law firm, resident in London. He has also previously completed a training period within the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition in the unit responsible for antitrust and merger control in the technology sector.
Acting for Concordia in relation to an ongoing investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into alleged excessive pricing.
Acting for Concordia in relation to a Statement of Objections by the Competition and Markets Authority in relation to an alleged pay-for-delay arrangement.
Several global corporations in major international cartel investigations in the airline, steel, automotive, and maritime sectors.
Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo in multiple civil claims in the English High Court for damages arising out of the Commission’s infringement decision imposing €799 million on air cargo carriers for a global price-fixing cartel on fuel surcharges.
Harvard International PLC in an antitrust defense and counterclaim to a patent infringement action brought in the High Court in England by nine members of the MPEG-2 patent pool.
Several large corporates with activities worldwide on the structuring and implementation of global compliance policies covering both the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
A major transport company on its successful application for judicial review in the High Court against a decision by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to impose significant value-added tax liability on the company.
The London Metal Exchange (LME) before the High Court and Court of Appeal in its successful defense against Rusal in judicial review proceedings relating to changes in the LME’s warehousing rules. The case proceeded to the Supreme Court, which refused Rusal permission to appeal LME’s victory in the Court of Appeal.
Werner/Youngman, The Cooper Companies/Sauflon, Ticketmaster/Seatwave, and several other UK mergers before the UK Competition and Markets Authority.
Several complex global mergers including Expedia/Orbitz, Oracle/Peoplesoft, AOL/Time Warner, Vodafone/Mannesmann, and Guinness/Grand Metropolitan.
BPP Law School, 1997, LPC
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 1996, D.E.S., Wiener Anspach Foundation scholar
Oxford University, 1995, BA (Worcester College)
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Competition Law, London, The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (2020)
Ranked, Competition Law: Litigation, UK, Chambers Global (2018–2020)
Ranked, Competition Law: Litigation, London (Firms), Chambers UK (2015–2020)
Ranked, Competition Law: Litigation, UK, Chambers Europe (2016–2019)
Recommended, Corporate and Commercial: EU and Competition, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019, 2020)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Competition Litigation, The Legal 500 UK (2020)
Recommended, TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms): Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019)
Recommended, The Legal 500 UK (2014–2019)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017–2019)
Recognized, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 Practice Group of the Year for Antitrust Law
Ranked, UK: Competition/European Law, Chambers Global (2016–2017)