Cleary Gottlieb Partner Romano Subiotto Appointed Queen's Counsel

February 23, 2009

Cleary Gottlieb partner Romano Subiotto, who is based in the firm’s Brussels and London offices, has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. The announcement by Baroness Butler-Sloss, Interim Chairman of the QC Selection Panel, said that all those appointed have demonstrated excellence in advocacy in the higher courts. The Queen approves the appointments on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

The scheme provides for the identification of the very best advocates rigorously and objectively and promotes fairness, excellence and diversity. Mr. Subiotto was one of only three Solicitor Advocates included in the 104 appointments this year. Baroness Butler-Sloss said she hopes this will encourage solicitor advocates with the appropriate experience to apply in the future.

Mr. Subiotto said, “I have been arguing cases for some 20 years and this is a great honor. Being appointed QC is a mark of quality, which will enhance my credibility as an advocate, and I hope will make more companies aware of Cleary Gottlieb’s extensive national and European litigation expertise.”

This prestigious appointment adds to the reputation of the Cleary Gottlieb litigation practice, particularly in the United Kingdom, where the firm will be further developing its litigation offering during 2009, to build on existing strengths and capitalize on Cleary Gottlieb’s international reputation.

Mr. Subiotto advises companies on a wide range of issues under European and national antitrust law, and represents companies in arbitrations and before the European Commission, national antitrust authorities, the European Courts in Luxembourg and the High Court in London. Mr. Subiotto has spoken widely on EC law issues and published numerous articles. He is also distinguished as a leading Competition/Antitrust lawyer by Chambers and Partners Global - The World’s Leading Lawyers. Mr. Subiotto is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport as well as a member of the Academic Council of Harvard Law School’s European Law Research Center.

Mr. Subiotto joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1997. He received his Diploma de Estudios Hispánicos from the University of Málaga, Spain in 1980; his LL.B., First Class Honours, from the University of London, King’s College, in 1984 (Harold Potter Prize in Property Law, Laws Exhibition, Second Maxwell Law Prize); his Maîtrise en Droit, Mention Bien, from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, in the same year; and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1986, where he was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholar.

Mr. Subiotto qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1988, and became a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) in 2006. Mr. Subiotto is also a member of the Bar in Brussels. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. 

Click here for the official QC announcement.