Matthew Hall

McGuireWoods (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Matthew is a commercially-focused antitrust/competition lawyer, who lived and worked in Brussels for 18 years and is now based in London. He has extensive experience of all areas of contentious and non-contentious EU and UK antitrust/competition law, including EU State aid and the issues arising out of coronavirus (COVID-19). He also advises on EU internal market law and EU regulatory law, as well as BREXIT issues. His litigation experience includes cases before both the EU courts in Luxembourg and the English courts. He is qualified as a lawyer in Belgium (Francophone Brussels Bar, A List), England & Wales (solicitor) and Ireland (solicitor). He holds dual UK/Belgian nationality. Matthew has substantial experience of EU and national merger control proceedings (including “second phase”, remedies and worldwide “multijurisdictional” matters – plus Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules worldwide), EU State aid, cartel and dominance investigations, EU and national competition litigation and appeals, competition compliance/training, competition audits and market investigations. He also regularly provides competition/antitrust counselling on trading agreements and practices for a range of multinational clients. This now includes the issues arising out of coronavirus (COVID-19). He advises both main parties and third party interveners in regulatory and government investigations and proceedings and has regular dealings with the European Commission, UK Competition and Markets Authority and other government bodies, courts and regulators in the EU and elsewhere. Matthew also advises in relation to EU internal market rules, including in particular free movement, market liberalization, and public procurement/government contracts. His experience further includes a wide range of EU/UK regulatory matters, including the specific regimes covering, amongst other sectors, pharmaceutical products, life sciences including medical devices, veterinary products, chemicals/REACH, transportation, food and beverage and energy. Matthew has held various positions in the Leadership of the American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, including as Vice Chair of the International Committee. For 2019-2020 he is a member of the Special Operations Team: Serial Podcast Programming and is a host of the Section’s podcast, Our Curious Amalgam. He is a past member of the steering committee of the ABA, Section of International Law, International Antitrust Committee and of the steering group of the UK Procurement Lawyers’ Association. He is also a past vice chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, EU Committee, Competition and Trade Task Force. Matthew regularly speaks at seminars, conferences and internal and external training sessions on various competition/antitrust law and regulatory topics. He also publishes on these topics, including for a range of ABA publications and was nominated for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Antitrust Writing Awards.

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Matthew Hall The UK Government and the Competition Authority announce they will formally waive UK competition law for a limited period to allow supermarket retailers to share data with each other on stock levels

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All companies are scrambling to respond to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and in various sectors cooperation between competitors is seen as part of the solution. However, cooperation — or in some cases contact or information exchange — between competitors potentially raises (...)

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