Joanna Christoforou focuses on EU and UK competition law and antitrust, including competition law litigation in the European and English Courts. Joanna defends clients in complex, high-value cartel or abuse of dominance investigations and court proceedings, damages actions, competition disputes, dawn raids, director disqualification orders, merger control (including restructurings, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances), foreign direct investment filings (FDI), and advises clients on a range of compliance and competition law matters. She represents clients before the European Commission, European Courts, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Financial Conduct Authority, Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and antitrust authorities in other jurisdictions.
Joanna works across a broad range of industries, including life sciences, technology, retail, grocery, ecommerce, financial services, commodities, and healthcare.
Joanna has had a leading role in significant competition litigation matters in the High Court, the CAT, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court, including representing Sainsbury’s in the leading case against Visa in the interchange fee litigation in the English Courts (including the successful appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court), and representing Concordia in its challenge to the CMA’s search warrants, in a first of its kind litigation, as well as representing clients in a number of cartel and abuse of dominance investigations by the CMA and European Commission, and appeals of infringement decisions. Joanna is a member of the Morgan Lewis team which was awarded Behavioural Matter of the Year—Europe, Challenges to CMA Search Warrants by Global Competition Review (2018). She was seconded to the Competition and Cooperation Panel (then Monitor), advising on the introduction of a competition law regime to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
Joanna leads Morgan Lewis’s initiatives in assisting Amicus, a not for profit organization helping provide representation to individuals facing the death penalty in the US. She is also a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee.
Highly Commended, Competition Team of the Year, The Lawyer Awards (2021, 2022)
Recommended, Corporate and Commercial: EU and Competition, The Legal 500 UK (2016–2022)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Competition Litigation, The Legal 500 UK (2020–2022)
Member, Behavioural Matter of the Year—Europe, Challenges to CMA Search Warrants, Global Competition Review (2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017–2020)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Antitrust Law, US News & World Report/Best Lawyers (2017)
The Lawyer Competition/Regulatory Team of the Year award (2012) and the Legal Business Competition Team of the Year award (2012) team member for advising a global tobacco manufacturer in its successful appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2011
Awarded a stage to the Directorate General for Competition by the Law Society’s European Group (now the Law Society’s Competition Section) (2000)
Member, Law Society Competition Section