Paul Stuart’s practice focuses on competition law and litigation.

Paul has advised clients on a wide range of disputes and investigations, and represented clients in proceedings before the EU General Court, the European Commission, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Paul joined the firm in 2010 as an associate, was resident in the Brussels office from 2010 to 2012, and became a counsel in 2020.

Notable Experience

UK Competition Damages Litigation

  • “K” Line in defense of a follow-on damages claim by Daimler AG arising out of the European Commission’s Maritime Car Carriers decision.

  • NSK in defense of a follow-on damages claim by Peugeot SA arising out of the European Commission’s Automotive Bearings decision.

  • LG Display in defense of a follow-on damages claim by iiyama arising out of the European Commission’s LCD decision.

  • Sony in defense of a damages claim by Microsoft Mobile relating to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

  • NVIDIA in a damages claim against Qualcomm relating to abusive pricing practices.

  • KME in defense of a follow-on damages claim by Toshiba Carrier arising out of the European Commission’s Industrial Tubes decision.

  • KME in defense of a follow-on damages claim by Travis Perkins arising out of the European Commission’s Plumbing Tubes decision.

  • Whirlpool in defense of a follow-on damages claim by Comet arising out of the European Commission’s Compressors decision.

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UK Competition

  • OpenText on the antitrust aspects of its $1.165 billion acquisition of GXS Group.

  • Ryanair on aspects of its acquisition of a minority share in Aer Lingus, including litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

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UK Litigation

  • Humber Oil Terminals Trustee Limited (a joint venture between Total UK and Phillips 66) in proceedings against Associated British Ports concerning the terms and conditions of continued use of the Immingham Oil Terminal.

  • James Preston in a judicial review against the United Kingdom concerning the inability of overseas British citizens to vote in UK General Elections after 15 years.

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EU Competition

  • Google in the European Commission’s review of its acquisition of Fitbit; in the European Commission’s investigation into its Android business; and in the European Commission’s review of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

  • HarperCollins in the European Commission’s e-books investigation.

  • Citigroup in the European Commission’s CDS investigation.

  • Lafarge in connection with its UK building materials joint venture with Anglo American’s Tarmac business.

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EU Litigation

  • Google in its appeal against the European Commission’s Android decision.

  • The European Central Bank before the EU General Court in cases brought by the United Kingdom concerning the ECB’s location policy for CCPs.

  • Western Digital before the EU General Court in connection with the European Commission’s merger review of its $4.3 billion acquisition of Hitachi’s hard drive business, which received European Commission clearance in November 2011.

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Publications

European Commission Announces New Policy to Accept Member State Referrals for Merger Review Even if EC and National Thresholds Are Not Met,” by Nicholas Levy, Maurits Dolmans, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, Romina Polley, Patrick Bock, Christopher J. Cook, Séverine Schrameck, Paul Gilbert, Paul Stuart, John Messent, and Dan Tierney, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, October 2020

UK Government Introduces New Powers to Intervene in Mergers on Public Interest Grounds,” by Nicholas Levy, Maurits Dolmans, Romano Subiotto, Tihir Sarkar, Michael J. Preston, Sam Bagot, Nallini Puri, Paul Gilbert, Richard Pepper, Paul Stuart and John Messent, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, June 2020

Gun-jumping: the growing firepower of EU and UK merger authorities,” by Paul Stuart and Andrew Boyce, Financier Worldwide Special Report: Competition & Antitrust, August 2019 

Apple v. EBizcuss.com: Agreeing A Forum For Your Antitrust Disputes,” by Aren Goldsmith, Rüdiger Harms and Paul Stuart, The Kluwer Arbitration Blog, December 25, 2018.

Legal Professional Privilege Under EU Law: Current Issues,” by F. Enrique González-Díaz and Paul Stuart, Competition Law & Policy Debate, Vol. 3, No. 3, September 2017, pp. 56-65.

The Implementation and Impact of the EU Antitrust Damages Directive in the UK,” by Romano Subiotto QC, Paul Stuart and John Kwan, Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb, July 2017.

New Rules May Mean More Private Actions in Antitrust Cases,” by Sunil Gadhia, Paul Gilbert and Paul Stuart, The Lawyer, October 2015

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.

Jurisdictional Issues in UK Cartel Damages Claims,” by Paul Stuart, Competition Law Journal, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2014.

“Abusive Discrimination,” by Alice Setari, Anne Layne-Farrar, and Paul Stuart, EC Competition Law Series, Volume V: Abuse of Dominance Under Article 102 TFEU, Claeys & Casteels, September 2013.

Now the Commission Wants Compensation Too…The Commission as Private Damages Claimant and Its Implications,” by Ruchit Patel and Paul Stuart, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, Competition Policy International, June 2013.

Effects of the Standstill Obligation in National Courts – all said after CELF? An English Perspective,” by Christopher Vajda QC and Paul Stuart, European State Aid Law Quarterly, Issue 3, 2010.

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