Sam Hare is a competition law specialist based in our London office, with broad transactional and advisory experience across both contentious and non-contentious matters. Sam advises clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including merger control, foreign investment, cartel defence and antitrust investigations, competition litigation, public procurement and UK subsidy control. His work often includes a complex, cross-border element. Sam sits on the Squire Patton Boggs Pro Bono Committee and acts as the “Pro Bono Champion” for the firm’s London office.
Sam has been described as someone who “keeps his cool in stressful situations”, is “very good with clients” and “fantastic to work alongside”. He frequently works with clients in a variety of sectors to develop tailored compliance programmes, advise on internal compliance audits and support their internal regulatory training needs.
With experience in litigation (including both claimant and defendant cartel damages litigation in the UK courts), Sam regularly acts for either suppliers or contracting authorities in public procurement challenges before the UK courts. He has also represented clients in relation to global cartel investigations before the European Commission and litigation before the European courts.
Sam regularly advises on the competition aspects of various types of commercial agreement such as vertical supply and distribution agreements, and horizontal collaborations such as joint buying and joint selling arrangements. He also attends joint venture board meetings and trade association council meetings to ensure competition compliance.
Sam previously spent several years working in the firm’s Brussels office and in the Legal Service of the European Parliament. He is fluent in French.
FDI/National Security and Investment Act (NSIA)
Litigation (UK and EU)
Cartels and Investigations