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Sharis A. Pozen

Sharis A. Pozen

Regional Managing Partner, Americas, Co-Chair, Global Antitrust Group

Regional Managing Partner, Americas, Co-Chair, Global Antitrust Group
Sharis A. Pozen

Sharis Pozen is the Regional Managing Partner, Americas and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Antitrust Practice. She has extensive experience in both government and private practice. Over the course of her career, Sharis has held senior positions at GE, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and two major law firms based in New York and Washington, D.C.

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

Sharis is one of the few antitrust practitioners who has served in high-level positions at both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

While working at a major New York-based law firm, Sharis was a partner and a leader in their antitrust and competition practice, where she advised clients on a broad spectrum of antitrust issues related to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, criminal investigations and counseling across national and multinational industries, including technology and telecommunications, health care and pharmaceutical, energy, financial services, transportation and agriculture.

While serving as acting assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Sharis led many high-profile matters and worked extensively with leaders of international antitrust authorities. She also oversaw several criminal antitrust matters.

Prior to working at the U.S. Department of Justice, Sharis was a partner at a major Washington, D.C.-based firm, where she served as a director of the firm’s Antitrust Group. Her practice focused on antitrust issues and trade regulation across a broad spectrum of industries.

  • Third party technology companies in the DOJ, FTC, and state AG investigations of digital platforms, including Google and Facebook
  • Global Music Rights in the DOJ consideration of the BMI and ASCAP consent agreements
  • Shell on various antitrust issues
  • Pfizer on various antitrust issues
  • GE on its successful worldwide global merger clearance for its $13bn merger with Alstom
  • GE on its successful global merger clearance for its joint venture with Baker Hughes, one of the largest industrial joint venture of its kind
  • GE on its successful worldwide global merger clearances for its $11bn sale of GE Transportation to Wabtec
  • GE on the sale of its appliance business, which was challenged in federal court litigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, and ultimately resulted in the sale of the business to Haier for US$5.6bn
  • GE on global internal and government investigations, including in the EU, EU Member-states, Brazil, China, and Korea, and advised on GE’s global compliance policy
  • Oversaw the U.S. Department of Justice's successful efforts in blocking AT&T’s proposed US$39bn purchase of T-Mobile
  • Brought the eBooks case against Apple and five publishers while at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Oversaw the U.S. Department of Justice's successful investigation and prosecution of auto parts cartels, the largest criminal matter in the division’s history
  • Represented the U.S. on competition issues before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Competition Network

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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

  • 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)