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Sharis A. Pozen

Sharis A. Pozen

Regional Managing Partner, Americas

Regional Managing Partner, Americas
Sharis A. Pozen

Sharis Pozen is the Regional Managing Partner, Americas, Chair Emeritus of the Global Antitrust Group, and a member of the firm's global Executive Leadership Group. She has extensive experience in both government and private practice. Over the course of her career, Sharis has held senior positions at General Electric (GE), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and two major law firms based in New York and Washington, D.C.

She advises clients on a broad spectrum of antitrust issues related to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, criminal investigations, counseling and compliance across national and multinational industries, including technology and telecommunications, health care and life science, energy, financial services, transportation, agriculture, and consumer products.

Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Sharis was the Vice President of Global Competition Law and Policy at GE, where she was responsible for antitrust merger clearance on numerous significant, transformational mergers and acquisitions, steering global antitrust investigations to positive conclusions, antitrust compliance and other related issues.

While leading the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, Sharis led the successful efforts in blocking AT&T’s proposed US$39 billion purchase of T-Mobile, initiated the eBooks case against Apple and five publishers and oversaw the Department's successful investigation and prosecution of auto parts cartels, the largest criminal matter in the division’s history. She also represented the U.S. on competition issues before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Competition Network.

  • General Electric on numerous, successful worldwide merger clearances, including the US$30 billion sale of GCAS to AerCap, US$20 billion sale of GE Healthcare’s life science business to Danaher
  • General Electric on numerous, successful global internal and government investigations, including in the US, EU, EU Member-states, Brazil, China, and Korea, and advised on GE’s global compliance policy.
  • Consumer Product, technology, telecommunications and energy multinationals on numerous antitrust merger clearances and various antitrust matters
  • Third party technology companies in the DOJ, FTC, and state AG investigations and litigations of digital platforms, including Google and Meta
  • Global Music Rights in the DOJ consideration of the BMI and ASCAP consent agreements
  • Sinochem and ChemChina on the antitrust aspects of their strategic merger
  • Epic Games, a video game and software development company and creator of the hugely popular video game Fortnite, on global litigation and antitrust authority investigations
  • Philip Morris International on various antitrust issues, including its cash tender offer of Swedish Match AB totaling US$15.7 billion
  • Shell on various antitrust issues
  • Pfizer on various antitrust issues
  • Sedgwick on:
    • its acquisition of JND Legal Administration
    • its acquisition of York Risk Services Group. Sedgwick's strategic acquisition of York enhances its position as a global industry leader
    • its strategic sale of group health peer review and IME business to ExamWorks
  • Symrise AG in connection with the sale of its chicken-based food ingredients business located in Banks County, Georgia to Kerry

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Career and qualifications

  • Connecticut College (B.A.) 1986
  • Washington University, St. Louis (J.D.) 1989
  • Admitted as an attorney-at-law in Missouri 1989
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the District of Columbia 1995
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner May 2019

Professional bodies

  • Women's Connection Committee, ABA Antitrust Law Section
  • Chair, Board of Directors – National Partnership for Women and Families
  • Member of the Board of Trustees – Connecticut College
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Directors – D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Spring Meeting Co-Chair, 2014-2017 – American Bar Association Antitrust Section
  • Member of the International Bar Association

Awards and citations

  • Recognized as Forbes Top 200 Lawyer 2024
  • Inducted into the American Bar Association's Women.Connected Hall of Fame-inism 2022
  • Ranked as a Leading Litigator in America
    Lawdragon 500 2022: Antitrust Investigations, Clearance & Litigation
  • Sharis Pozen and Peter Mucchetti have deep knowledge and contemporary understanding of the laws and the agencies.
    Legal 500, 2022 – United States: Antitrust Merger control – Tier 4
  • Sharis Pozen brings a wealth of governmental experience to her antitrust practice, having held positions in both the FTC and DOJ. She provides antitrust compliance advice and manages the merger clearance process, including counseling on multijurisdictional merger investigations. Sources say: "She is adept at developing game plans that account for all interests."
    Chambers USA 2020: Antitrust (District of Columbia)