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Matthew O’Regan is a partner in the competition unit of Burges Salmon. He read law at the University of Nottingham and European Law at the University of Amsterdam. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and was a member of the Brussels Bar between 2001 and 2011, where he worked in the Brussels office of a leading international law firm.
Mr O’Regan is recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers, Legal 500 and International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists. He advises and represents a broad range of British and international clients on all aspects of UK, EU and international competition law, both contentious and non-contentious. His expertise covers a broad range of industry sectors.
He has obtained EU, UK and other merger clearances for numerous and often complex and multi-jurisdictional mergers, many requiring the negotiation and implementation of complex remedies. He has defended companies in EU and UK cartel, antitrust and dominance investigations, including obtaining leniency and successfully concluding investigations without a finding of infringement by negotiating commitments.
He advises public bodies, beneficiaries and complainants in state aid proceedings before the European Commission. He has appeared as an advocate in leading cartel and state aid cases before the EU courts, obtaining significant reductions in fines and annulment of conditions imposed by the Commission in state aid cases. He conducts competition litigation and judicial review proceedings in the English courts and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
Mr O’Regan publishes and speaks on a wide range of subjects. He is a general editor of Telecommunications, Broadcasting and the Internet: EU Competition Law and Regulation (third edition, 2010), to which he contributed the chapters on market conduct and mergers. He is a committee member of the Law Society Competition Section and the UK State Aid Law Association.
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