PAUL McGEOWN

Partner
 
Antitrust

EXPERIENCE:

Paul McGeown is an antitrust partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Brussels office. He advises clients in a wide range of industries on all aspects of European competition law, with particular expertise in complex merger cases, industrial partnerships, and State aid matters. With more than 15 years' experience in the field, he regularly represents clients in cases before the European Commission and the United Kingdom competition authorities.

In addition to serving as a commentator on competition matters for a number of media outlets, Paul is a visiting lecturer in the LL.M. program on regulated industries at King's College in London.

Prior to joining the firm, Paul was a partner at Hunton & Williams. Previously, he had been a partner at Linklaters and, earlier, an associate at Salans in Paris and Slaughter & May in Brussels and London. He also worked as global in-house competition counsel at an engineering company in Paris.

In addition to English, Paul is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

SELECT REPRESENTATIONS:
  • Advised a major European airline on the acquisition of another European flag-carrier and subsequent litigation in the General Court in Luxembourg
  • Advised on EU merger control aspects of the acquisition of a major marine fuels bunkering services company
  • Advised a European airline on its partnership with an Asian carrier
  • Advised a European electricity company on its acquisition of joint control over a German-based lignite mining business
  • Advised on the preparation and filing of a State aid complaint in relation to the privatization of a European airline
  • Advised a consortium of American, Asian, and European catering businesses on the establishment of a global alliance
  • Advised a French-based construction business on its hostile bid for a UK competitor
  • Advised a global data provider on the development of new products for the insurance industry
  • Advised a leading supplier of commodities and raw materials on the three-way merger of its aluminum business and the re-organization of its oil and gas businesses
  • Advised a global medical devices player on the Phase II investigation of its proposed acquisition of a competitor
EDUCATION:
  • MLitt., Comparative Law, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1992
  • College of Law, London, Law Society Finals, 1991
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Glasgow, 1986
  • LL.B. (First Class Honors), University of Glasgow, 1985
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, European Competition Lawyers Forum
  • Member, Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
HONORS:
  • Recognized by Chambers Global as a leader in the field of Competition/European Law, 2013 and 2014
  • Recognized by Chambers Europe as a leader in the field of Competition/European Law, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, 2012
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 as an "excellent lawyer," 2010
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • Co-author with G. Drauz and B. Record, "Recent Developments in EU Merger Control," Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2013
  • Co-author, "European Union Law," The International Comparative Legal Guide to Merger Control, 2010 and 2011
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Speaker, Belgium-Japan Association seminar on vertical restraints in competition law, Brussels, 2011
  • Speaker, IBC Aviation Regulation and Competition Conferences, 2008-2010
  • Speaker, IATA Legal Symposium, Lisbon, 2010
  • Speaker, "Meeting the Challenges of Competition Law Compliance" Workshop, Paris, 2010
ADMISSIONS:
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Brussels Bar E-List

Contact Information

Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels, Belgium 
Phone | +32 2 274 57 03
Fax | +32 2 274 57 99

Email | Paul McGeownpmcgeown@wsgr.com

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