Craig Pouncey

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Craig Pouncey is the managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Brussels office and a member of the firm’s EU and competition and regulation group. He joined Herbert Smith in 1987 and has been a partner in the firm since 1995. He has been based in the firm’s Brussels office for over 15 years and is widely acknowledged by peers as one of the most established individuals in the Brussels legal market (indeed, he is recognised in 2011 Legal 500 as one of only a handful of ‘leading individuals’ practising competition law in Brussels).

Craig is one of the leading competition specialists in Brussels and has extensive experience advising on all aspects of EU and UK competition law including merger control, cartels and behavioural issues. He has appeared on numerous occasions in cases before the European courts and the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal and Competition Commission.

Craig’s current practice straddles high-level merger work for clients such as Bharti Airtel, Warner Music Group and Arrow Electronics Inc, as well as cartel work for a range of clients in Europe and the Far East. He is representing clients in a number of ongoing cases before the CFI and ECJ, including a high-profile appeal against the European Commission’s controversial clearance of Oracles $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

In the UK, Craig has amassed considerable experience as a leading specialist in media mergers and has advised on the competition aspects of well over 20 transactions in the newspaper industry.

Craig speaks widely on competition-related issues, and has contributed to a range of publications most recently on the public interest aspect of the recent UK banking mergers.

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