Richard Pepper advises on all aspects of European and UK competition law, including merger control, cartel investigations, behavioral matters, and litigation.

Richard’s practice focuses on complex merger and cartel cases, where he has extensive experience in a wide variety of sectors, including the transportation, mining, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, agrochemicals, automotive, and music industries. He also teaches behavioral competition law at the Université Catholique de Lille.

Richard joined the firm in 2011 and became counsel in 2018.

Notable Experience

  • ArcelorMittal on its bid for the steelmaking group Ilva.

  • The Dow Chemical Company on its $130 billion merger of equals with DuPont.

  • General Motors on the sale of Opel/Vauxhall and GM Financial’s European operations to Peugeot.

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

  • Sony Corporation of America on its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing.

  • UTC on its $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich.

  • Gazprom on its asset swap with BASF/Wintershall.

  • Lenovo on its $2.3 billion acquisition of the x86 server hardware and related maintenance services business from IBM.

  • TPG on a diverse range of matters, including its investment in McAfee, and the merger of Cushman & Wakefield with DTZ.

  • Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha on the European Commission’s maritime car carrier investigation.

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“Bigger Isn’t Always Better -- The Trend Towards More Extensive Investigations In European Merger Control,” IBA - Competition Law International, May 2019

“Privacy Considerations In European Merger Control: A Square Peg For A Round Hole”, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, May 2015