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

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 combination with Raytheon, and on its earlier $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich Corp.

  • 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 and other investment funds on a diverse range of matters, including TPG’s 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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Cartel Leniency in EU: Overview,” co-author with Patrick Bock, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, November 2020.

UK Proposes A Mandatory, Pre-Closing National Security Regime,” co-author with Nicholas Levy, Maurits Dolmans, Paul Gilbert, Tihir Sarkar, Sam Bagot, Nallini Puri, Richard Pepper, Chase D. Kaniecki, Esther Kelly, John Messent and Courtenay Stock, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, November 13, 2020.

The Failing Firm Defence in the Age of COVID-19,” co-author with Nicholas Levy, Daniel Culley, Alexis Lazda, and Edward Dean, Concurrences, November 2020.

EU Commission Call for Contributions on ‘Competition Policy Supporting the Green Deal’,” co-author with Maurits Dolmans, Robbert Snelders, Frédéric de Bure, Laura Chovet Ballester, Giulio Cesare Rizza and Romina Polley, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, October 19 2020. 

UK Government Prohibits Acquisition of UK Supplier of Military Aircraft Components,” co-author with Nicholas Levy, Maurits Dolmans, Romano Subiotto, Tihir Sarkar, Michael J. Preston, Sam Bagot, Nallini Puri, Paul Gilbert, John Messent, Esther Kelly, and Courtenay Stock, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum,September 22, 2020.

A Sustainable Recovery for Europe: The EU’s Green Deal,” co-author with Géraldine Bourguignon, Richard Pepper, Rodolphe Elineau and Caroline Hailey, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, July 9, 2020. 

European Court Raises the EC’s Bar for Mergers in Concentrated Markets,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, co-authored with Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, Patrick Bock, Daniel P. Culley, Bernd Langeheine, Richard Pepper, Nicholas Levy, Marco D'Ostuni and Séverine Schrameck, July 2020. 

UK Government Introduces New Powers to Intervene in Mergers on Public Interest Grounds,” co-author with Nicholas Levy, Maurits Dolmans, Romano Subiotto, Tihir Sarkar, Michael J. Preston, Sam Bagot, Nallini Puri, Paul Gilbert, Paul Stuart and John Messent, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum (republished July 2, 2020, by The Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog), June 2020.

European Merger Control in Times of Crisis,” co-author with Nicholas Levy, Anita Ng, and Géraldine Babin, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, May 2020.

Competitor Collaboration in Times of Crisis,” co-author with Bruce Hoffman, Daniel P. Culley, Konstantin Bondarenko, Alexis Lazda, Savannah Haynes, Marcellin Jehl, and Quinten De Keersmaecker, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, April 2020.

European Commission Urges Member States to Protect Suppliers of Essential Products From Foreign Takeovers,” co-author with Giuseppe Scassellati-Sforzolini, Nicholas Levy, Michael J. Ulmer, and François-Charles Laprévote, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, April 2020.

‘Exploitative’ Abuse of Dominance and ‘Price Gouging’ in Times of Crisis,” co-author with George S. Cary, Maurits Dolmans, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Graf, Leah Brannon, Henry Mostyn, Alexis R. B. Lazda, Savannah Haynes, Kristi Georgieva, and Jan Przerwa, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, March 2020; republished by Concurrences, April 30, 2020

Competition Policy & COVID-19: An Overview of Antitrust Agencies’ Responses,” co-author with François‑Charles Laprévote, Concurrences, March 2020.

“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