Kirsten Edwards-Warren

Co-Head of EMEA practice


Kirsten Edwards-Warren is Co-Head of Compass Lexecon's EMEA practice, based in London.

Kirsten has worked as a professional economist for over 20 years, both in consulting and at the UK competition agencies. She served as Director of Economics at both the Office of Fair Trading and at the Competition Commission, just prior to the establishment of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Kirsten is listed among the most highly regarded “Global Elite Thought Leaders” in Competition Economics by Who’s Who Legal where she is ‘lauded by sources for being “a smart and creative economist who has excellent client-management skills”’. In 2024, Global Competition Review awards her with the title "Economist of the Year". She also features in the latest Global Competition Review Women in Antitrust Survey, where she is recognized among the top ten female economists in global antitrust.

Kirsten’s recent CMA cases include the mergers Broadcom/VMWare, Culligan/Waterlogic, Saint-Gobain/GCP, Parker Hannifin/Meggitt, Huws Gray/Grafton, ATG/Live Auctioneers, YPO/Findel Education, LiquiBox/DS Smith (Rapak), Cengage/McGraw-Hill, TopCashBack/Quidco, Nielsen/Ebiquity. She has worked on various UK competition investigations including the recent investigation into the supply of electric vehicle chargepoints.

In Europe, Kirsten advised on the EC mergers Broadcom/VMWare, Pfizer/Seagen, Parker Hannifin/Meggitt, Aon/Willis Towers Watson, Compass Group/Fazer Food Services, IBM/Red Hat, GSK/Pfizer Consumer Health Business and Suzano/Fibria. She has worked on Article 102 investigations into excessive pricing, exclusivity rebates, and predation.

Kirsten was educated at the University of Nottingham and at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she obtained an M.Sc. in Economics with distinction. She is also a qualified chartered accountant and a certified professional co-active coach.

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    • MSc in Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London
    • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

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