Esther Kelly’s practice focuses on European competition law.

Esther has experience working in all aspects of European Competition law including complex cartel, behavioral, and merger control matters.  Esther has worked extensively on cases related to a wide variety of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, transport, and financial services.

Esther joined the firm in 2009 and became counsel in 2021. 

Notable Experiences

  • Alstom before the European Commission and other antitrust agencies in its terminated €15 billion combination with Siemens’ Mobility business and its successful acquisition of Bombardier Transport.

  • United Technologies Corporation before the European Commission and multiple other antitrust agencies globally in its pending merger with Raytheon Technologies Corp.

  • Sony in its pending appeal against a €30 million cartel fine in the ODD sector.

  • Samsung Electronics before the European Commission and several other key antitrust regulators in its $1.05 billion sale of its worldwide printer business to HP Inc.

  • The Dow Chemical Company in relation to its $130 billion all-stock merger of equals with DuPont.

  • IBM in its defense against high-profile EU antitrust complaints in the area of maintenance services for mainframes and mid-range servers.

  • IMS Health in its acquisition of certain Cegedim information solutions and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) businesses for €385 million.

  • Sony Corporation of America in its acquisition of the 50 percent interest in Sony/ATV held by the Estate of Michael Jackson.

  • NYSE Euronext on its then-contemplated merger with Deutsche Börse.

  • Several clients in nonpublic cartel and antitrust investigations involving the EU Commission.

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Selected Activities

  • Guest Lecturer, Behavioral Competition Law at the Université Catholique de Lille