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Nicholas Levy
Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP


Nicholas Levy is a partner based in Brussels and London. His practice focuses on EU and U.K. antitrust law. Mr. Levy has extensive experience in notifying mergers and joint ventures under the EU Merger Regulation and U.K. Enterprise Act, coordinating the notification of international transactions, and advising on all aspects of antitrust law, including anti-cartel enforcement, collaborative arrangements, vertical agreements, and unilateral conduct.  Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in numerous matters before the European Commission, the U.K. Competition & Markets Authority, the EU Courts in Luxembourg, and the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Consistently recognized by Chambers as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Europe, Mr. Levy was a finalist in Global Competition Review’s “Lawyer of the Year Award” in 2012 and 2017.  Nominated as one of the “Top 10 Antitrust Lawyers Globally” by Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, he was named Global Competition Review’s “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2015, “Competition Lawyer of the Year” at the ILO Client Choice Awards in 2010, and “Competition Lawyer of the Year” by International Who’s Who Legal in 2009.

Mr. Levy has been involved in many leading EU merger cases, including DuPont/ICI, P&G/VP Schickedanz, Kimberly-Clark/Scott Paper, Caterpillar/Perkins, Coca-Cola Enterprises/ABGB, Blokker/Toys “R” Us, Alcoa/Reynolds, General Electric/ Honeywell, Inco/Falconbridge, NYSE/Euronext, Sony/BMG, Abbott/Solvay, NYSE Euronext/Deutsche Börse, UTC/Goodrich, IMS Health/Cegedim, Lafarge/Holcim, Actavis/Allergan, ABI/SABMiller/Molson Coors, Johnson Controls/Tyco, IMS Health/Quintiles, Abbott/St. Jude, AbbVie/Pharmacyclics, Abbott/Alere, Deutsche Börse/London Stock Exchange, Sony/EMI Music Publishing, Ryanair/Aer Lingus, and Nidec/Embraco.

He has also been involved in a large number of significant behavioral matters, including Google in the European Commission’s investigation into its Android business and the subsequent appeal of the European Commission’s decision to the General Court, Sony Music in the European Commission’s investigation into digital music streaming, The Walt Disney Company in connection with a U.K. investigation into the pay-TV sector, HCA in its successful challenge to a decision of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority and subsequent reversal of that decision by the Authority, Chemours in the European Commission’s investigation into its collaboration with Honeywell, The Coca-Cola Company in its landmark settlement with the European Commission, BASF in its successful appeal of a European Commission cartel decision, Sony in its appeal to the General Court and Court of Justice of a European Commission cartel decision, and Celanese in connection with a European Commission investigation into the ethylene sector.

Mr. Levy has written and spoken widely on a broad array of European competition law issues, and has authored a two-volume treatise entitled European Merger Control Law: A Guide to the Merger Regulation, published by LexisNexis. In 2015, he was awarded the Best Antitrust Business Article (Mergers Category) by the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards.

Mr. Levy joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1990 and became a partner in 1999.  He is a graduate of Oxford University and the City University of London. Mr. Levy is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Agenda Sessions

  • Merger Control in Time of COVID-19


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