Matthew Hall Partner

Matthew is a commercially-focused antitrust/competition lawyer, who practices in London and Brussels. He has extensive experience of all areas of contentious and non-contentious EU and UK antitrust/competition law, including EU State aid. He also advises on EU internal market law and EU regulatory law, as well as BREXIT issues. His litigation experience includes cases before both the EU courts in Luxembourg and the English courts. He is qualified as a lawyer in England & Wales, Ireland and Brussels and holds dual UK/Belgian nationality.

Matthew has substantial experience of EU and national merger control proceedings (including “second phase”, remedies and worldwide “multijurisdictional” matters), EU State aid, cartel and dominance investigations, EU and national competition litigation and appeals, competition compliance/training, competition audits and market investigations.  He also regularly provides competition/antitrust counselling on trading agreements and practices for a range of multinational clients. He advises both main parties and third party interveners in regulatory and government investigations and proceedings 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) International Committee for 2018-2019.  He is a past member of the steering committee of the ABA, Section of International Law’s International Antitrust Committee and of the steering group of the UK Procurement Lawyers’ Association.  He is also a 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 internal and external training sessions on various competition/antitrust law and regulatory topics. He also publishes on these topics, including for a range of ABA publications and was nominated for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards.

McGuireWoods Consulting

McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.

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).

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Brussels
  • Solicitor, Republic of Ireland

Nominee, 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards, jointly organized by Concurrences Review and George Washington University’s Competition Law Center

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal, Investigations: Lawyers, 2018, 2019

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal, Government Contracts, 2017, 2018

Nominee, 2017 Antitrust Writing Awards, jointly organized by Concurrences Review and George Washington University’s Competition Law Center

Nominee, 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards, jointly organized by Concurrences Review and George Washington University’s Competition Law Center

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

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

Member of Steering Group, UK Procurement Lawyers’ Association, 2009-2010

Selected for inclusion in Legal Experts Europe, Middle East and Africa, EU and Competition Law

Selected for inclusion in Legal Business European Legal Experts, EU and Competition Law

Named in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa, EU and Competition Law

Selected for inclusion in International Who's Who of Public Procurement Lawyers

Selected for inclusion in International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Public Procurement Chapter

  • The College of Law, London, Solicitors' Final Examination, First Class Honours, 1992
  • University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, BA Hons. (Cantab.), 1991; MA (Cantab.), 1995

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

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