Ricardo Zimbrón’s practice focuses on EU and UK competition law, including merger control, anticompetitive agreements, and abuse of dominance.

He has represented clients before the European Commission, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (and its predecessors, the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission); has worked with local counsel appearing before administrative agencies outside of the EU and UK; and has represented clients in litigation before the European Courts in Luxembourg and the UK High Court.

Ricardo joined the firm in 2011 as an associate. Previously, he practised as a Barrister in England and worked as a management consultant for a leading financial services consultancy.

Notable Experience

Merger Control

  • UTC on its $23 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins

  • Ryanair Holdings in the EU merger control aspects of its bid for Aer Lingus Group, and in the subsequent minority shareholding investigation by the Competition Commission.

  • IMS Health on its $9 billion merger with Quintiles Transnational Holdings

  • Sony Corporation of America on its $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing

  • Euronext on the EU antitrust aspects of Deutsche Börse’s bid to acquire the London Stock Exchange 

  • Whirlpool on the $1 billion sale of its compressors business to Nidec 

  • Samsung on the sale of its printer business to HP 

  • Barclays on the sale of its Risk Analytics and Index Solutions business to Bloomberg

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  • Google on the EU antitrust investigation into Motorola’s enforcement of its standard essential patents against Apple 

  • Huawei in the Huawei v. ZTE referral to the CJEU to clarify specific questions related to the compulsory license defense in standard essential patents

  • DuPont in the EU Commission’s Articles 101 and 102 investigation of DuPont and Honeywell in relation to the development of a new refrigerant for air conditioning systems

  • Honeywell in relation to the development of a new refrigerant for air conditioning systems

  • Samsung on the KFTC’s investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing practices

  • HP on an OFT Market Study into Government procurement of ICT

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Pro Bono

  • Ongoing work with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on applications to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of refugees and displaced people

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Nicholas Levy, Maurits Dolmans, Paul Gilbert and Ricardo Zimbron, “CMA Ramps Up Merger Control Enforcement Ahead of Brexit,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, February 2020.

Maurits Dolmans, Ricardo Zimbrón, Jacob Turner, “Pandora’s box of online ills: We should turn to technology and market-driven solutions before imposing regulation or using competition law”, Concurrences N°3-2017 I Conference I Oxford, 22 May 2017

Maurits Dolmans, Nicholas Levy, Ricardo Zimbrón, “Modernising Abuse of Dominance – the CJEU’s Intel Judgment”, Cleary Gottlieb, October 2017

Richard Kreindler, Paul Gilbert, Ricardo Zimbrón, “Impact of Brexit on UK Competition Litigation and Arbitration”, (2016) 33 Journal of International Arbitration, Issue 7, pp. 521–540

Simon Jay, Nicholas Levy, Paul Gilbert, Ricardo Zimbrón, “Industrial Strategy Post-Brexit: The UK’s Power To Block Mergers On Public Interest Grounds”, Cleary Gottlieb, July 2016

Stephan Barthelmess, Maurits Dolmans, Ricardo Zimbrón, “Enforcing standard essential patents: the European Court of justice’s judgment in Huawei v. ZTE”, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, XII, 2015