Cleary Gottlieb Names Seven New Senior Antitrust Lawyers

October 31, 2023


Cleary Gottlieb has promoted seven new senior antitrust lawyers, effective January 1, 2024, as part of its larger class of 24 new partners, counsel, and senior attorneys, announced October 30, 2023.

The new antitrust partners, counsel, and senior attorneys—which represent nearly a third of Cleary’s new class of senior lawyers—are resident in the firm’s Brussels, Cologne, London, and Washington, D.C. offices, and include:

  • Alan Freedman (Partner, Washington, D.C.) ― Alan’s practice focuses on a broad range of antitrust matters, including merger review, litigation, and government investigations. He has advised a wide variety of clients, including Keurig Dr Pepper, 21st Century Fox, Medtronic, and Korean Air.
  • Patrick Gerardy (Senior Attorney, Cologne) ― Patrick’s practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration. He has extensive experience in antitrust litigations. He has advised a range of clients, including Agfa-Gevaert Group, The Republic of Argentina, a Danish pharmaceuticals company, a leading automobile manufacturer, a major telecommunications company, and a North American automotive supplier.
  • Romi Lepetska (Counsel, Brussels) ― Romi’s practice focuses on all aspects of EU, Dutch, and Belgian competition law and FDI control. She advises on a wide range of antitrust issues, including complex EU and international merger control proceedings, abuse of dominance cases, restrictive practices, and the EU foreign subsidies regulation. She has advised such clients as Allergan, Alstom, American Express, Broadcom, Citigroup, IQVIA, Philip Morris International, and Samsung.
  • Anita Magraner Oliver (Partner, Brussels) ― Anita’s practice focuses on EU and French competition law, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements, and abuse of dominance. She has represented a range of clients, including Adevinta, Ardian, Broadcom, Essilor, Google, Illumina, LVMH Group, NVIDIA, Schibsted, Thales, United Technologies Corporation, Valeo, and Westlake Chemicals.
  • John Messent (Counsel, London) ― John’s practice covers all aspects of UK and EU competition law, as well as national security and foreign investment screening. His recent work includes matters for Thales, Veolia, Broadcom, Ecolab, and Ryanair.
  • Conor Opdebeeck-Wilson (Partner, Brussels) ― Conor’s practice focuses on competition law and regulatory affairs, including matters involving digital and technology markets. He assists clients before the European Commission and Courts and in proceedings in European member states. He has advised such clients as ASML,, Citigroup, Google, NVIDIA, and PayPal.
  • Paul Stuart (Partner, London) ― Paul’s practice focuses on competition law and litigation, including litigation before the UK courts, European Commission and UK antitrust and merger proceedings, and appellate litigation before the EU courts. His work includes matters for the European Central Bank, Google, “K” Line, LG Display, Lundbeck, NSK, NVIDIA, Sony, and Western Digital.