Bill Batchelor

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels), Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Bill Batchelor is Partner at Skadden. He has been described as “…a sensible lawyer who gives sound and to-the-point advice” by Chambers Europe 2009. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Batchelor worked for the DG for Competition of the European Commission, and spent six months with the UK Office of Fair Trading as part of the team that established the 1998 UK Competition Act. He has worked in the Firm’s Washington DC, London and Brussels offices. Mr. Batchelor has contributed to Butterworths Competition Law, Cartels Chapter, and Sweet & Maxwell’s IT Encyclopaedia, Competition Law Chapter. Mr. Batchelor focuses his practice on EU and UK competition law. He acts for complainants and defendants in cartel and market power investigations, and advises on EC and multi-jurisdictional merger control laws in relation to mergers and joint ventures. Mr. Batchelor also advises on the impact of EU competition law and carries out compliance audits on the franchising and distribution practices of clients in a wide range of industries. These matters have involved sports broadcasting rights, distribution and licensing of films in various theatrical and non-theatrical segments; 3G mobile, data networking equipment, telecommunications, travel financial services and software sectors.


Linked authors

Mayer Brown (Paris)
J. Sagar Associates (Mumbai)
ASML (Veldhoven)
Scharf Banks Marmor (Chicago)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
Rajah & Tann (Singapore)
Sari Eldin & Partners
Öncel, Aydın, Duman & Uygun


Bill Batchelor (Skadden)
Bill Batchelor 28 November 2018 London
Bill Batchelor (Baker McKenzie)
Bill Batchelor 28 March 2017 Washington, DC


4254 Bulletin

Niels Baeten, Ingrid Vandenborre, Giorgio Motta, Frederic Depoortere, Bill Batchelor The EU Commission proposes new powers of investigation, sanction and control on mergers, market conduct and public contracts to combat foreign subsidies


The European Commission (EC) has proposed far-reaching new powers to investigate and sanction foreign subsidies that have allegedly distortive effects on the European Union’s (EU) internal market. The proposals include: (i) mandatory notification of acquisitions, including potentially minority (...)

Ingrid Vandenborre, Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta The EU Commission delays merger notifications until further notice and develops emergency State aid response to the COVID-19 outbreak


As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly around the world, and countries take unprecedented measures to contain the spread of the disease, businesses are increasingly struggling with the economic impact of this crisis. While airlines, tour operators and event businesses have been among the (...)

Alexander Kamp, Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Ingrid Vandenborre, Nick Wolfe The UK Competition Authority publishes its guidance on its functions under the withdrawal agreement setting out the regulator’s approach during the Brexit transition period


The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published “Guidance on the Functions of the CMA Under the Withdrawal Agreement” (Guidance), which sets out the regulator’s approach to merger and competition cases during the Brexit transition period that will run until at least through December (...)

Melissa Healy, Ingrid Vandenborre, Giorgio Motta, Frederic Depoortere, Bill Batchelor The UK CAT confirms a deferential standard for the Competition Authority in its merger prohibitions (Tobii)


A recent decision by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), Tobii AB (publ) v. Competition and Markets Authority, confirms a deferential standard for the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in its merger prohibitions. The CMA is widely regarded as a thought leader among merger control (...)

Bill Batchelor, Frederic Depoortere, Giorgio Motta, Thorsten Goetz, Ingrid Vandenborre The UK FCA issues its first antitrust decision and fines several companies for sharing strategic information during an initial public offering (Hargreave / Newton / RAMAM)


The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued its first antitrust decision since obtaining competition law powers four years ago. The decision is a controversial one. It sets the FCA up as a strict enforcer on the type of information that competing investors can share when making (...)

Bill Batchelor, Hannelore Wiame The EU Court of Justice dismisses an appeal against a General Court judgment upholding the EU Commission’s prohibition of a non-compete covenant in a share purchase agreement (Telefonica)


The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently dismissed an appeal against a General Court judgment which largely upheld the European Commission’s prohibition decision taken against Telefónica and Portugal Telecom for a non-compete covenant in a share purchase agreement. The share purchase (...)

Alberto Escudero, Bill Batchelor, Luca Montani The Spanish Competition Authority fines car-wash equipment maker €638,770 for denial of parts and data to independent repairers (Istobal)


The Spanish authority fined car-wash equipment maker Istobal €638,770 (2% of its Spanish revenue) for denial of parts and data to independent repairers. Though providing repair/maintenance services itself and via appointed third party service providers (each allocated to specific territories in (...)

1941 Review

Ahmet Buğra Aydın, Akira Inoue, Amanda Bodger, Arti Raghavan, Bilal Shaukat, Bill Batchelor, Chang-Sik Hwang, David Tadmor, Douwe Groenevelt, Farhad Sorabjee, Gillian Sproul, Gönenç Gürkaynak, Gustavo Flausino Coelho, Jean-Maxime Blutel, Kala Anandarajah, Khaled Attia, Kylie Sturtz, Madeleine Renaud, Marilyn Leblanc, Mario Vogl, Martin Nedelka, Matthew F. Jones, Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Reeti Choudhary, Shai Bakal, Simon Albert, Simone Evans, Theodore L. Banks, Zeynep Ortaç Best practices for compliance programs: Results of an international survey


All companies should employ competition law compliance progams in an attempt to ensure their their employees will follow these complicated laws. Yet, enforcers’ support for competition law compliance programs is wildly inconsistent. A few provide guidance about compliance, and will consider a (...)


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