Romi Lepetska advises on all aspects of EU, Dutch, and Belgian competition law and FDI control.

She advises on a wide range of antitrust issues, including complex EU and international merger control proceedings, restrictive practices, Dutch FDI control, and the EU foreign subsidy regulation. Her experience includes various sectors, notably virtualization software, consumer goods, rail transport, pharmaceuticals, health care data, manufacturing and industrial services, and financial services. Romi co-authors an annual publication on developments in EU abuse of dominance.

Romi joined the firm’s Brussels office in 2012, became an associate in 2013, and became counsel in 2024. She has been a resident in the firm’s London office since October 2017 and will relocate back to Brussels in the course of 2024.

Notable Experiences

EU Merger Control

  • Synopsys on the global antitrust aspects of its pending $35 billion acquisition of Ansys.

  • Broadcom on the global antitrust aspects of its $61 billion acquisition of VMware. 

  • Alstom on the global antitrust aspects of its €7 billion acquisition of Bombardier’s Train Unit and its proposed €15 billion combination with Siemens’ Mobility Business.

  • Allergan on the global antitrust aspects of its proposed $160 billion merger with Pfizer.

  • IQVIA on the global antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Cegedim and its merger of equals with Quintiles, and various other antitrust matters.

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EU and National Competition

  • Philip Morris in its appeal against the Dutch and Belgian competition authorities’ first indirect exchange of information decisions, and various other antitrust matters.

  • Samsung in its appeal against the Dutch competition authority’s first resale price influencing decision. 

  • The Walt Disney Company in connection with various EU and Dutch antitrust matters.

  • American Express in a preliminary reference procedure on the interpretation of the interchange fee regulation. 

  • Citigroup in its EU investigations of alleged Yen Libor and Euribor rate manipulation.

  • Several clients in non-public cartel and antitrust investigations involving the European Commission.

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Dutch Merger Control and FDI

  • DWS and Johnson Controls in various Dutch merger control filings.

  • DCC in the unconditional Phase II clearance of DCC’s acquisition of Benegas. 

  • Several clients on Dutch merger control and FDI assessments. 

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Dutch Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regime Enters Into Force,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum, July 4, 2023

Romano Subiotto QC, David R. Little, and Romi Lepetska, “The Application of Article 102 TFEU by the European Commission and the European Courts,” Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, 2015-2018