Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)

Alastair Chapman

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
Global Head - Antitrust, Competition and Trade GroupGlobal Antitrust Chair

Alastair is the global head of our antitrust, competition and trade group. Based in London, Alastair also spends time working in Brussels and has previously worked in Washington DC. He advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, and related commercial strategy. He has extensive experience representing clients before EU and national regulators and courts, and regularly leads complex cross-border transactions and investigations. Alastair has significant expertise working closely with clients across a broad range of sectors including consumer products and retail, financial services, private equity, food service, and technology media and telecoms. He is equally at home counselling in-house lawyers and executives, and coordinating large multi-national teams. His commercial approach to what can be a technical area of law means that he provides clear and pragmatic advice, and is conscious that the law is often only one part of the solution. A frequent speaker at international conferences, Alastair is also co-author of the horizontal arrangements chapter of Bellamy and Child: European Union Law of Competition.

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1702 Bulletin

Amaryllis Müller, Alastair Chapman, Sarah Jensen The EU Commission announces that, amid the current COVID-19 crisis, it stands ready to deal with cases where firms can show very compelling reasons to proceed with a merger notification without delay


Although many competition authorities are making considerable efforts to ensure “business as usual” during the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic is inevitably having a material impact on merger control reviews around the globe. In addition to the obvious timing implications, deals are now being, (...)

Alastair Chapman, Sascha Schubert, Thomas McGrath, Thomas Wessely The EU Court of Justice clarifies that the suspension obligation only applies to actions of the merging parties which contribute to the change in control of the target undertaking (EY / KPMG)


On 31 May 2018, the EU’s Court of Justice (ECJ) gave judgment in the EY / KPMG case on whether the EU suspension obligation was violated when KPMG’s Danish unit terminated a material contract prior to receiving competition clearance for its merger with Ernst & Young (EY). The ECJ (...)

Alastair Chapman, Sascha Schubert, Thomas McGrath, Sneha Ramakrishnan The EU Commission fines a multinational cable and telecommunications company €124.5M for implementing its acquisition before obtaining approval (Altice / PT Portugal)


The European Commission (Commission) announced today its decision to fine multinational cable and telecoms company Altice €124.5 million for breaching the EU Merger Regulation by implementing its 2015 acquisition of a telecommunications operator, PT Portugal, before notification to, or (...)



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