Vanessa Turner joins Allen & Overy’s global antitrust practice in Brussels

Allen & Overy has appointed Vanessa Turner as a partner in its global antitrust practice. Turner will be based in the law firm’s Brussels office, advising European and international clients dealing with EU and other regulators on merger clearance, cartels and other antitrust and competition matters.

Turner joins from Visa Europe, where she was general counsel and executive vice-president, company secretary. Prior to joining Visa Europe, she was a special adviser at the Office of International Affairs of the US Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC and New York.

She is the only private sector competition lawyer to have worked for a European Competition commissioner: she was a member of the cabinet of the EU commissioner for competition policy Neelie Kroes. Turner advised the commissioner on a range of antitrust and merger cases and policy, including the Microsoft browser case and other IT cases, airline mergers, cartels and international co-operation.