Nicholas Levy’s practice focuses on EU and UK antitrust law.

Consistently recognized by Chambers as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Europe, Nick was named Global Competition Review’s “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2015.

He has extensive experience in notifying mergers and joint ventures under the EU Merger Regulation, coordinating the notification of international transactions, and advising on all aspects of antitrust law, including anti-cartel enforcement, collaborative arrangements, vertical agreements and unilateral conduct.

Nick joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1999.

Notable Experience

  • Abbott Laboratories on its acquisitions of St. Jude Medical.

  • BASF in its successful appeal of a European Commission cartel decision.

  • Chemours in the European Commission’s investigation into its collaboration with Honeywell.

  • The Coca-Cola Company in its landmark settlement with the European Commission.

  • Euronext in connection with the possible combination of Deutsche Börse and London Stock Exchange.

  • DuPont in transactions involving ICI, Hoechst, Sabanci, Agfa, Teijin, and others.

  • Google in the European Commission’s on-going investigation into its Android business.

  • HCA in its successful challenge to a decision of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority.

  • IMS Health in its successful appeal of a European Commission interim measures decision, and on the global antitrust aspects of its merger of equals with Quintiles.

  • Johnson Controls on its combination with Tyco.

  • Lafarge on a U.K. joint venture with Anglo American and its merger with Holcim.

  • Molson Coors in its acquisition of assets from AB InBev and SABMiller.

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

  • Ryanair on its then-proposed acquisition of, and minority shareholding in, Aer Lingus.

  • Sony Corporation of America on the SONY BMG recorded music joint venture and its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing.

  • UTC on General Electric’s then-proposed acquisition of Honeywell.

  • The Walt Disney Company in connection with a U.K. investigation into the pay-TV sector.

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European Champions – Why Politics Should Stay Out of EU Merger Control,” by Nicholas Levy, David Little, and Henry Mostyn, Concurrences – Revue Des Droits de la Concurrence (April 2019)

FCA Issues First Penalties for Competition Infringements,” by Jonathan Kelly, Sunil Gadhia, Nicholas Levy, James Brady, Paul Gilbert, David R. Little and Vassilena Karadakova, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum (February 2019)

EU Merger Control,” by Nicholas Levy and Patrick Bock, The Merger Control Review, Ninth Edition (September 2018)

UK Government Proposes National Security and Investment Regime,” by Nicholas Levy, Maurits Dolmans, Simon Jay, Paul Gilbert, David R. Little, Matthew Hamilton-Foyn, John Messent, and Edward Crane, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum (August 2018)

“European Merger Control Law: A Guide to the Merger Regulation,” by Nicholas Levy (annual publication)

“The EC’s Increasing Reliance on Internal Documents Under the EU Merger Regulation: Issues and Implications,” by Nicholas Levy and Vassilena Karadakova, European Competition Law Review, Issue: January 2018.

“The UK Government Proposes Greater Intervention in National Security and Infrastructure Mergers,” by Maurits Dolmans and Nicholas Levy, e-Competitions, Issue: October 2017-II, Date: October 26, 2017, pp. 1-10.

EU Merger Control,” by Nicholas Levy and Patrick Bock, The Merger Control Review, Eighth Edition (August 2017)

The EU Commission fines a company for providing incorrect or misleading information during its investigation on a merger (Facebook / WhatsApp)”, by François-Charles Laprévote, Maurits Dolmans, Thomas Graf, Nicholas Levy, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz and Christopher Cook, e-Competitions, No. 84276, June 2017, pp. 1-4.

“Article 101 and the Merger Regulation: A Single Analytical Framework?,” by Nicholas Levy, The Notion of Restriction of Competition (January 2017)

“A Comparative Assessment of the EU’s Reforms to Merger Control and Antitrust Enforcement,” by Nicholas Levy, Sven Frisch and Alexander Waksman, European Competition Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2-3, pp. 426-464 (January 2016)

“Why Competition Commissioners Should Be Cautious in Commenting Publicly on Active Antitrust Cases,” by Nicholas Levy and Andris Rimsa, European Competition Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 1-7 (January 2015)

“Expanding EU Merger Control to Non-Controlling Minority Shareholdings: A Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut?,” by Nicholas Levy, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, Vol. 12, No. 1 (December 2014)

“Access to Evidence in UK Merger Inquiries and Market Investigations: A Critical Commentary,” by Nicholas Levy, Paul Stuart and Ian Hastings, European Competition Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 279-310 (August 2014)

“EU Merger Control and Non-Controlling Minority Shareholdings: The Case Against Change,” by Nicholas Levy, European Competition Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 721-753 (December 2013)

“Missing the mark? – The Government’s overhaul of the UK’s Competition Regime,” by Nicholas Levy and Paul Gilbert, Legal Week (September 2011)