Shantanu Kafle’s practice covers all aspects of antitrust and merger control law.

Shantanu has experience in both Article 101 TFEU (cartels and anticompetitive agreements) and Article 102 TFEU (abuse of dominance) proceedings before the European Commission, and antitrust-related arbitration.  He works with clients to ensure compliance with EU and U.K. antitrust laws, including auditing key business arrangements and interviewing strategic personnel.

His practice also covers EU and international merger control. Shantanu regularly coordinates multi-jurisdictional filings on large cross-border transactions, and has experience with complex aspects of merger control including joint venture agreements, review of minority shareholdings, and alleged infringements of the EU Merger Regulation.

Shantanu has a particular interest in the application of antitrust law to intellectual property and digital networks and distribution. He has developed experience in a broad range of sectors, including fast moving consumer goods, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals (including vaccines and biosimilars), consumer electronics, energy, and professional services.

Shantanu has worked for Cleary on a consultant basis since 2013, and joined the firm as an associate in 2015.

Selected Activities

  • Chapter Editor, Cleary Gottlieb European Competition Report’s Intellectual Property and Vertical Agreements sections
  • Sub-Editor, Cleary Gottlieb National Competition Reports
  • National editor for the U.K. and Ireland, Cleary Gottlieb National Competition Reports