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Oxera grows its partnership, welcoming four new Partners


Oxera grows its partnership, welcoming four new Partners: Sir Philip Lowe, Helen Ralston, Sahar Shamsi and Srini Parthasarathy

We welcome Sir Philip Lowe as a new Partner, together with the promotion of three new Partners, with effect from today

Sir Philip has had a distinguished career, holding the senior positions of Director-General of Competition (2002–10) and of Energy (2013) at the European Commission, and Board Member of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (2010–13). Since joining Oxera as a Senior Adviser in May 2018, he has played a lead role in our EU merger and antitrust work, and in our international energy practice.

Furthermore, in recognition of their key leading role in taking forward opportunities in Oxera’s Efficiency, Financial Services and Energy practices, Dr Srini Parthasarathy, Helen Ralston and Sahar Shamsi, CFA are promoted from Principal to Partner.

Srini specialises in econometrics and efficiency, including stochastic frontier analysis and data envelopment analysis. Since joining Oxera in November 2010, his expertise in these areas has informed his advice to a wide variety of organisations, investors, companies, and regulators across almost all regulated sectors in Europe. Meanwhile, Srini has maintained his place at the cutting edge of econometrics, acting as an official expert to European regulators, and providing expert insight at conferences, events, and courses. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for numerous academic journals.

Alan Horncastle, Partner and Head of the Efficiency team, stated:

‘It’s great to have Srini on board as a member of our Partnership. Srini adds significantly to our expertise in providing efficiency advice. He has led a number of influential projects in regulated sectors across Europe, and will continue to play a key role in delivering top-quality efficiency and regulatory economics advice going forward’.

An expert in the financial services markets, Helen has experience in competition policy, regulation, litigation and arbitration, with high-profile projects including the European Commission’s investigation into the proposed London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse merger, the impact of the financial transaction tax, and the investigations into FX trading by various competition and financial regulators. She is listed in ‘30 in their 30s’ Notable Women Competition Professionals.

Reinder Van Dijk, Partner and Head of our Financial Services practice, stated:

‘I welcome Helen to the partnership. She has been very successful in antitrust and regulation work in financial services and developing the Oxera team. Helen has built strong relations with clients and lawyers and I’m very pleased to have her as a senior member of Oxera’s Financial Services team.’

Sahar specialises in corporate finance, with a focus on the economic regulation of utilities, in particular in the energy sector. She has advised companies and regulators across Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. She also leads the delivery of the finance models for Oxera’s Utility Regulation and Utility Finance courses, and has taught Economics for Competition Law at King’s College London. Sahar is listed as an Expert in the Who’s Who Legal: Energy guide to leading lawyers and experts in the field worldwide.

Jostein Kristensen, Partner and Head of our Energy practice, said:

‘I congratulate Sahar on her promotions. She brings vast experience and understanding of the application of economics in the energy sector. Her promotion reflects the strength of Oxera’s work for regulated companies, and I look forward to seeing her lead and develop this area in the coming years.’