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 25 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 and Maître de conférences at the Brussels School of Competition. He is co-editor of The Antitrust Report (LexisNexis).

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.

  • Advising Air France-KLM on its acquisition of joint control of Virgin Atlantic (pending)
  • Advised Brocade on its acquisition by Broadcom (conditional Phase I approval)
  • Advised Coherent on its conditional approval of Rofin-Sinar, and the divestment of the target's UK-based lasers business
  • Advised Dell on its acquisition of EMC before the European Commission
  • Advised Technicolor on its acquisition of Cisco's connected devices business
  • Defended Mylan in relation to the unsolicited offer for the company by Teva
  • Advised Altera on its acquisition by Intel before the European Commission
  • Represented Dolby in connection with its acquisition of Doremi Technologies before the European Commission
  • Represented Glencore on its acquisition of joint control (with Sumitomo) of Rio Tinto's Clermont mines
  • Acted as co-counsel to Glencore on its merger with Xstrata before the European Commission
  • Advised Air France-KLM, Alitalia, and Delta Air Lines in Article 101 proceedings before the European Commission and on subsequent implementation of commitments
  • Successfully defended transportation sector client in Chapter I procedure before Office of Fair Trading (now CMA)
  • 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
  • Member, The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, European Competition Lawyers Forum
  • Member, Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, L'Entente
  • Recognized in Competition Law Section of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2013-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, 2012-2017 and Thought Leaders – Competition, 2018
  • Moderator, Chillin' Competition Conference 2017, Brussels, October 2017
  • Speaker, "In the Long Grass," antitrustitalia, May 2017
  • 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
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Brussels Bar A-List

Contact Information

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

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