Helen Kelly is a partner and head of the EU, Competition and Regulatory Law Group at Matheson. Helen is the only woman leader of an Irish EU competition practice and is profiled by Global Competition Review as one of the hundred top competition lawyers in the world. Helen is the only Irish lawyer based in Ireland profiled in this way.
Helen has particular expertise in EU and Irish merger control work and has experience in dealing with Phase 1 and 2 mergers under the EU Merger Regulation and Irish merger control rules. Helen advised on the most high-profile 2019 Irish merger, acting for Independent News & Media plc on a public takeover by Mediahuis. Helen also advises on behavioural competition issues including cartels and abuses of a dominant position. Helen has experience in dealing with investigations by the European Commission, the Consumer and Competition Protection Commission (CCPC) and other sectoral regulators. Helen has indepth experience of state aid issues advising the State, recipients of aid and complainants. Helen also regularly advises on public procurement issues.
Helen is also head of the Telecommunications Group and has a strong practice advising communications and media companies on wholesale and retail issues. Helen has been a longstanding advisor to many telecommunications market leaders, advising Sky Ireland for over ten years on all of its high profile merger control / transactions work and its landmark litigation against ComReg, and advising Three for over ten years including on its high profile acquisition of O2 Ireland in 2014.
As a progressive law firm, Matheson is committed to retaining and promoting top talent. Helen is a founding member of Matheson's Diversity & Inclusion committee ensuring all policies reflect the firm's mission to support and develop talent across all groups irrespective of gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Helen is a member of the firm's partner promotion committee and has been particularly pleased with the statistics over the past three years showing that women have made up 45% of all new partner promotions at Matheson.
Helen's particular focus continues to be on developing and promoting female talent and she developed Matheson's maternity coaching programme to support women at key stages, including preparing for leave, while on leave and following return to work. Helen has also assisted in developing a mentoring programme for women lawyers, with some lawyers giving and receiving mentoring from business leaders across a range of industries.
Helen is also the firm's lead in the 30% Club. The 30% Club promotes female participation on senior management teams.