Matthew Hall

Senior Advisor , International Government Relations

London EC4V 6RN,

+44 20 7632 1611

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 on numerous transactions subject to the EU Merger Regulation, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include pool equipment, 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, defence and retail.

Counsel to a multinational manufacturing company in relation to a distribution joint venture with a competitor, requiring merger control clearances in six jurisdictions worldwide, including China, South Korea and Germany.

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 three of its leading worldwide competitors.

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 numerous other “multijurisdictional” merger control transactions, including obtaining clearances subject to remedies.

Competition/Antitrust Regulatory Investigations

Counsel in relation to a European Commission multinational cartel matter, including attendance at dawn raids, internal investigations, representations before the Commission and conduct and finalization of the EU settlement procedure.

Counsel in relation to complaints before the European Commission concerning alleged abuse of dominance issues.  

Counsel in relation to various other European Commission and UK Office of Fair Trading/Competition and Markets Authority cartel and other competition law investigations, at various stages. Sectors include insurance, general manufacturing, removals and transport.

Competition/Antitrust Private Litigation and EU Court Litigation

Advice on the defence of numerous cartel “follow-on” claims brought in the UK courts, including representation before the court and successful settlement negotiations.

Advice to a claimant on a potential “follow-on” competition damages action in the Belgian courts.

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.

Counselling on Antitrust/Competition Law

Advice to a US manufacturing multinational and leader in its field on a range of abuse of dominance and other competition law issues, including supply arrangements, distribution and joint ventures.

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.

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

Antitrust/Competition Compliance Programmes, Training and Audits

Preparation and implementation of competition compliance programmes 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 and post-acquisition audits for several companies.

Provision of internal training sessions for various multinational companies

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 2016-2019

Member, Steering Committee, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, American Bar Association, 2015-2017

Vice Chair, Competition & Trade Task Force, EU Committee, British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, 2011-2014

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
To Whom Are You Announcing? EU Authorities Focus on Price Signaling, "Hot Topics" in International Law, May 2014
Jobs For The Boys, Procurement and Outsourcing Journal, May/June 2014
Double Trouble, Procurement & Outsourcing Journal, November/December 2014
The P3 Alliance, The Maritime Executive, January 29, 2014
Time to Compromise?, January/February 2014
UK Office of Fair Trading looks at Information Exchanges, "Hot Topics" in International Antitrust Law, June 2011
European Commission Fines: The Procedure Counts Too, International Antitrust Bulletin, February 2011
EU Competition Law in the Pharmaceutical Sector, International Antitrust Bulletin, 2011, Vol. 1
The Failing Firm Defence Can Be a Match Winner, "Hot Topics" in International Law, October 2011
Cooperative Competition?, Legal Analysis, LexisNexis, November 2011
Who Wants to be a Director?, International Antitrust Bulletin, August 2011
EU/UK Competition Law Update, EuroWatch, August 2011
It’s Not All About You, International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, 2016, Vol. 4
Illegal Competitions, Estates Gazette, February 13, 2016
Recent EU Court and ECHR Case Law on Dawn Raids, "Hot Topics" in International Law, July 2015 (nominated article for the 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards)
UK Consumer Rights Act 2015: Showing the Way in EU Private Litigation, Competition Policy International, October 29, 2015
A Food Industry Issue Menu For 2013: Part 2, Law360, February 22, 2013
Patent Settlements and Antitrust: An Update on the EU Position, The Licensing Journal, February 2017 (Vol. 34 No. 2)
The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Public Procurement, EU and England & Wales Chapters, Global Legal Group, January 2009
Competition Law and the Credit Crunch: Do the Usual State Aid Rules Still Apply?, PLC Magazine, UK, February 2009
Competition Law and the Credit Crunch: Do the Usual State Aid Rules Still Apply?, PLC Magazine, January 2009
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
Changes at European Commission, EuroWatch, February 28, 2010
European Commission Continues Its Extensive Use of the Commitments Procedure to Settle Cases, International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, April 2010
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
The new EC Merger Regulation, Practical Law, July 2005
The Route More Travelled, MLex Magazine, October-December 2012
Wait Three Years and Then Two Come at Once, International Antitrust Bulletin, American Bar Association, 2012, Vol. 3
Key EU Competition Law Compliance Issues, Corporate Compliance Insights, April 5, 2012
Antitrust Audit in the Context of Transactions, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, April 2012
Competition Compliance in the EU, ABA Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee Newsletter, March 2012
The International Lawyer: International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2013, International Antitrust Chapter, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Spring 2014
2013 Antitrust Year in Review, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, April 2014
2013 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, Antitrust and International Commerce, Spring 2014
Practical Antitrust Law Issues and Brexit, ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 2017
Public-Private Partnerships, Globe Law and Business, Second Edition, April 2010
2015 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Spring 2016
The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Public Procurement, Global Legal Group, January 2010
2012 Antitrust Year in Review, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, April 2013
2012 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, Annual supplement to Antitrust Law Developments (Seventh), January 2013
The International Lawyer: International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2012, International Antitrust Chapter, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Spring 2013
The International Lawyer: International Legal Developments Year in Review: 2011, International Antitrust Chapter, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Spring 2012
2011 Antitrust Year in Review, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee, April 2012
Managing Antitrust Risks, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Compliance & Ethics Committee, International Committee, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, forthcoming
2014 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, Antitrust and International Commerce, Spring 2015
Matthew Hall