PAUL McGEOWN

Partner
 
Antitrust
Mergers & Acquisitions

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 and industrial partnerships. With more than 20 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 Linklaters and then at Hunton & Williams. Earlier, he practiced at Slaughter & May in Brussels and London and worked for almost three years 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:
  • Represented Dolby in connection with its acquisition of Doremi Technologies before the European Commission
  • Advised Cypress Semiconductors on its merger with Spansion before national competition authorities
  • Advised Aruba Networks on its acquisition by HP
  • Advised TIPCO in merger proceedings before the European Commission on its public-to-private transaction with Vista Equity
  • Represented Glencore on its acquisition of joint control (with Sumitomo) of Rio Tinto's Clermont mines
  • Advising Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines in Article 101 proceedings before the European Commission
  • Acted as co-counsel to Glencore on its merger with Xstrata before the European Commission
  • Successfully defended transportation sector client in Chapter I procedure before Office of Fair Trading (now CMA)
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
HONORS:
  • Recognized in Competition Law Section of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2013-2015
  • Selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, 2012-2015
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • Speaker, 11th Beaumont International Aviation Conference, London, 2012
  • Speaker, Law Society Competition Section, London, 2012
  • 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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