Matthew Hall

Senior Advisor, International Government Relations

Brussels, BE

+32 2 629 42 34

BIO

Matthew Hall is an English lawyer, resident in Brussels, whose practice concentrates on all areas of EU and UK competition/antitrust law, including State aid. He also advises on EU internal market law, including public procurement, and EU regulatory law. His litigation experience includes cases before both the EU courts in Luxembourg and the English courts.

On the competition/antitrust side, Matthew has substantial experience with merger control (including “second phase”, remedies and worldwide multijurisdictional cases), State aid, cartels, competition litigation (including cartel and other follow-on cases before national courts, as well as EU court appeals), competition compliance/training, competition audits, market investigations and general counselling on trading agreements and practices (including abuse of dominance, distribution (including on-line), agency and cooperation agreements between competitors). He advises main parties in regulatory and government investigations and third party complainants and has regular dealings with the European Commission, UK Competition and Markets Authority and other government bodies, courts and regulators in the EU and elsewhere.

Matthew also advises in relation to EU internal market rules, including in particular free movement, market liberalization, and public procurement/government contracts. His experience further includes a wide range of EU/UK regulatory matters, including the specific regimes covering, amongst other sectors, pharmaceutical products, life sciences including medical devices, veterinary products, chemicals/REACH, transportation, food and beverage and energy.

Matthew is vice chair of the American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Antitrust Law’s (SAL) Economics Committee, a past vice chair of the SAL’s International Committee and a member of the steering committee of the ABA, Section of International Law’s International Antitrust Committee. He is a past member of the steering group of the UK Procurement Lawyers’ Association and past vice chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, EU Committee’s Competition and Trade Task Force.

Matthew regularly speaks at seminars, conferences and training sessions on various competition/antitrust law and regulatory topics. He also publishes on these topics, including for a range of ABA publications. One of his recent articles was nominated for the 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards.

EXPERIENCE
Merger Control

Counsel to a multinational manufacturing OEM in relation to the issues raised by a potential merger between key suppliers.

Counsel to a market-leading multinational manufacturer concerning the viability of potential mergers with one or more of its leading worldwide competitors.

Counsel on various transactions subject to the EU Merger Regulation, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include construction machinery, agricultural machinery, process machinery, transport, healthcare, electronic equipment and chemicals.

Counsel on various transactions reviewed under the UK merger control and public interest rules, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include process machinery, transport, chemicals, defense and retail.

Counsel to a large multinational shipping company on a proposed worldwide joint venture with two competitors.

Counsel to a large multinational chemical company on a proposed acquisition raising significant vertical issues.

Advice in relation to the purchase of a large steel manufacturing business by a competitor.

Advice on the competition law and merger control issues raised by a joint venture between a multinational conglomerate and a competitor.

Advice on replies to third party questionnaires in EU merger control investigations.

Counsel on various “multi-jurisdictional” merger control transactions, including obtaining clearances subject to remedies.

Cartels and EU and National Antitrust/Competition Litigation

Counsel in relation to European Commission and UK Office of Fair Trading/Competition and Markets Authority cartel investigations, including representation at dawn raids, internal investigations, representations before the regulator and conduct of the EU settlement procedure. Sectors include insurance, general manufacturing, removals and transport.

Advice on private competition litigation before national courts, including the defence of “follow-on” claims resulting from cartel fining decisions and potential actions as a claimant.

Counsel on appeals to the EU General Court in relation to decisions under the EU Merger Regulation.

Counsel for recipients and third parties on various appeals to the EU General Court in relation to European Commission decisions concerning EU State aid.

General Antitrust/Competition Law

Advice to a UK company on potential court action and/or a complaint concerning abuse of a dominant position by a supplier.

Advice to a luxury goods manufacturer on the structuring of its online distribution activities and its contractual relationships with third parties.

Advice on competition issues raised by standards devised in relation to biomass trading in the EU.

Advice to a distribution business on parallel trade issues and its relationship with its supplier, including in relation to potential court action.

Analysis and advice on distribution restrictions worldwide for a large manufacturing business.

Advice on competition compliance and provision of compliance training, including in relation to dawn raids. Sectors include transport, general manufacturing, chemicals, FMCG, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Provision of internal competition law compliance audits for several companies.

General advice on distribution, dominance, the interface with intellectual property and other general competition law issues. Sectors include packaging, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, general manufacturing, natural gas distribution, retail, medical devices, software, gaming, FMCG and electronic equipment.

EU State Aid

Advice on the EU State aid issues raised by the resolution and restructuring of an EU Member State bank, including interaction with the BRRD.

Advice on the EU State aid issues raised by the privatisation and restructuring of a steel manufacturing business in an EU accession country, including notification to the European Commission and liaison with the national State aid authority.

Advice on the compliance with State aid law of the mining legislation of an EU accession state.

Advice on a number of complaints and potential complaints to the European Commission.

General State aid advice and notifications on a range of infrastructure projects, privatizations, schemes and other matters.

General State aid advice and notifications relating to the “banking crisis”.

EU Internal Market including Public Procurement/Government Contracts and EU Regulatory

Advice on the public procurement aspects of a range of projects and privatizations. Sectors include infrastructure, defense, town center development, accommodation and energy-from-waste.

Advice on public procurement actions and appeals before national courts.

Advice on various public procurement complaints to the European Commission.

Advice on free movement and market liberalization issues. Sectors include gaming and medical devices.

Advice on the specific EU regulatory regimes covering, amongst other areas, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, veterinary products, chemicals/REACH, transportation, packaging, food & beverage and energy (including natural gas, electricity, nuclear).

AFFILIATIONS

Vice Chair, Section of Antitrust Law, Economics Committee, American Bar Association, 2015-2016

Vice Chair, Section of Antitrust Law, International Committee, American Bar Association, 2012-2015 and 2016-2017

Member, Steering Committee, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, American Bar Association, 2015-present

Vice Chair, Competition & Trade Task Force, EU Committee, British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, 2011-present

Steering Group, Procurement Lawyers’ Association (UK), 2008-2010 

Member, European Competition Lawyers Forum 

Member, The Law Society Competition Section (UK)

Member, UK State Aid Law Association

ADMISSIONS

Solicitor, England and Wales

Brussels

Solicitor, Republic of Ireland

PUBLICATIONS
Author, "Practical Antitrust Law Issues and Brexit," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 2017
Author, "Patent Settlements and Antitrust: An Update on the EU Position," The Licensing Journal, February 2017 (Vol. 34 No. 2)
Author, "First UK Director Disqualification for Competition Law Breach," Corporate Briefing, February 2017
Co-author, "2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 2," Law360, January 19, 2017
Author, "It’s Not All About You: Developments in Third Party Liability Under EU Competition Law," International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, 2016, Vol. 4
Editor, Economics Committee Newsletter, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Summer 2016
Contributor, Chapter 12 (Antitrust and International Commerce), 2015 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Spring 2016
Author, "Leading The Way In EU Private Competition Litigation UK Legislative Developments," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, April 2016
Author, "Google Wins at Trial in the UK; A Taste of the Future?," Monopoly Matters, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Spring 2016
Editor, Economics Committee Newsletter, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Winter 2016
Author, "Illegal Competitions," Estates Gazette, February 13, 2016
Author, "UK Consumer Rights Act 2015: Showing the Way in EU Private Litigation," Competition Policy International, October 29, 2015
Co-author, OECD Releases Final BEPS Recommendation - Now What?, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and McGuireWoods LLP, Tax & Financial Services Policy Group, October 2015
Author, "Recent EU Court and ECHR Case Law on Dawn Raids," "Hot Topics" in International Law, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Law Committee, July 2015 (nominated article for the 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards)
Author, "Recent Developments In Price Signalling In The EU," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, April 2015
Contributor, Chapter 12, 2014 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, Antitrust and International Commerce, Spring 2015
Author, "Double Trouble: Matthew Hall reports on the expansion of competition law litigation in the EU," Procurement & Outsourcing Journal, November/December 2014
Author, "To Whom Are You Announcing? EU Authorities Focus on Price Signaling," "Hot Topics" in International Law, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Law Committee, May 2014
Author, "Jobs For The Boys: Matthew Hall Reviews The Role of The CMA in Controlling Cartels," Procurement and Outsourcing Journal, May/June 2014
Contributor of UK Chapter, 2013 Antitrust Year in Review, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, April 2014
Contributor of UK Section, The International Lawyer: International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2013, International Antitrust Chapter, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Spring 2014
Contributor, Chapter 12, 2013 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, Antitrust and International Commerce, Spring 2014
"Time to Compromise?," interviewed about P3 Alliance, Lloyd's List, January/February 2014
Author, "The P3 Alliance: Will It Pass Muster With EU Regulators?," The Maritime Executive, January 29, 2014
Co-author, "Food And Beverage Industry Outlook For 2014: Part 2," Law360, January 23, 2014
EU Editor & Contributor of UK Chapter, 2012 Antitrust Year in Review, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, April 2013
EU Editor & Contributor of UK Section, The International Lawyer: International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2012, International Antitrust Chapter, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Spring 2013
Co-author, "A Food Industry Issue Menu For 2013: Part 2," Law360, February 22, 2013
Contributor, "2012 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments," Annual supplement to Antitrust Law Developments (Seventh), American Bar Association, January 2013
Co-author, "Highlights Of The New EU Framework For Medical Devices," Law360, November 30, 2012
Author, "Wait Three Years and Then Two Come at Once: European Commission Moves Against Pharma Patent Settlements," International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, 2012, Vol. 3
Author, "The Route More Travelled: 2 Travel Obtains Damages in UK," MLex Magazine, October-December 2012
Contributor, Managing Antritrust Risks, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Compliance & Ethics Committee, International Committee, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, forthcoming
EU Editor & Contributor of UK Section, The International Lawyer: International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2011, International Antitrust Chapter, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Spring 2012
Author, "Key EU Competition Law Compliance Issues," Corporate Compliance Insights, April 5, 2012
EU Editor & Contributor of UK Chapter, 2011 Antitrust Year in Review, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, April 2012
Contributor, Antitrust Audit in the Context of Transactions: Motives and Key Practical Aspects, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, April 2012
Author, "Competition Compliance in the EU: The European Commission Publishes its 'Highway Code' but Maintains its Fining Practice," ABA Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee Newsletter, March 2012
Author, "Cooperative Competition?," Legal Analysis, LexisNexis, interview by Robert Matthews, November 2011
Author, "The Failing Firm Defence Can Be a Match Winner," "Hot Topics" in International Law, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Law Committee, October 2011
Co-author, "EU/UK Competition Law Update," EuroWatch, Thomson Reuters, August 2011
Author, "Who Wants to be a Director?: UK Office of Fair Trading Sets a High Standard for Compliance," International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, August 2011
Author, "UK Office of Fair Trading looks at Information Exchanges," "Hot Topics" in International Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Law Committee, June 2011
Author, "EU Competition Law in the Pharmaceutical Sector: What Has Happened Since 2009?," International Antitrust Bulletin, 2011, Vol. 1
Author, "European Commission Fines: The Procedure Counts Too," International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, 2010 Vol. 4, February 2011
Co-author, "Tendered is the Contract: Nuances of EU Land Development," ACC Docket, November 2010
Author, "UK gets tough on directors involved in competition law breaches," "Hot Topics" in International Antitrust Law, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Law Committee, September 2010
Co-author, "New EU Rules for Distribution and Supply Agreements," EuroWatch, May 15, 2010
Chapter Author, Public-Private Partnerships: A Practical Analysis, Globe Law and Business, Second Edition, April 2010
Author, "European Commission Continues Its Extensive Use of the Commitments Procedure to Settle Cases," International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, April 2010
Co-author, "Changes at European Commission," EuroWatch, Thomson Reuters, February 28, 2010
Contributing Editor and Chapter Author, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Public Procurement, Global Legal Group, January 2010
Contributor, "Report on Principal UK Legal and Tax Developments Since April 2009," UK Competition and Public Procurement Law Sections for Organisation of Advocates Specialising in International Services (OASIS), April 2009
Author, "Competition Law and the Credit Crunch: Do the Usual State Aid Rules Still Apply?," PLC Magazine, UK, February 2009
Author, "Competition Law and the Credit Crunch: Do the Usual State Aid Rules Still Apply?," PLC Magazine, January 2009
Contributing Editor and Chapter Author, "The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Public Procurement," EU and England & Wales Chapters, Global Legal Group, January 2009
Author, "Public Procurement: Exploring the New Regime," PLC Magazine, 2006
Author, "The new EC Merger Regulation: One year on," Practical Law, July 2005