Nicholas Levy

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Nicholas Levy is a partner based in the Brussels and London offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mr. Levy’s practice focuses on EU and UK antitrust law. He has extensive experience in notifying mergers and joint ventures under the EU Merger Regulation, coordinating the notification of international transactions, and advising on all aspects of antitrust law, including anti-cartel enforcement, collaborative arrangements, vertical agreements and unilateral conduct. He has been involved in a number of leading Merger Regulation cases, including DuPont/ICI, Procter & Gamble/VP Schickedanz (II), Kimberly-Clark/Scott Paper, Coca-Cola Enterprises/Amalgamated Beverages GB, Blokker/Toys “R” US, Alcoa/Reynolds, General Electric/Honeywell, Sony/BMG, Inco/Falconbridge, Abbott Laboratories/Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Deutsche Börse/NYSE Euronext, UTC/Goodrich, Ryanair/Aer Lingus (III), Lafarge/Holcim, IMS Health/Quintiles, Johnson Controls/Tyco International, Abbott/St. Jude Medical, Sony/EMI Music Publishing. Mr. Levy is consistently recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Europe. He has written and spoken widely, and has authored a two-volume treatise entitled European Merger Control Law: A Guide to the Merger Regulation, published by LexisNexis. Mr. Levy joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1990 and became a partner in 1999. He is a graduate of Oxford University and the City University of London. He is a member of the Bar in England and Wales and in Brussels and a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. His native language is English.


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Nicholas Levy Judicial review of merger decisions: An overview of EU and national case law


I came to Brussels to practise competition law a week after the EU Merger Regulation (the “EUMR”) [1] entered into force in 1990 and can well remember the antitrust community’s sense of expectation, trepidation, and excitement. Expectation because of the long period of gestation that followed the Court of Justice’s judgment in Continental Can [2] and the uncertainty around the European Commission’s (the “Commission’s”) ability to implement an EU-wide system of merger control. Trepidation because of the significant practical challenges, open questions of law, and untested principles that were raised by the EUMR. Excitement because of the realization that the practice of EU competition law would almost certainly be permanently and materially changed. Among the many open questions was the role that would be played by the EU Courts and the scope for effective and timely judicial review of Commission decisions.

Sunil Gadhia, Nicholas Levy, Paul Gilbert, David R. Little, Vassilena Karadakova, Jonathan Kelly The UK FCA fines companies sharing strategic information on a bilateral basis during an initial public offering (Hargreave / Newton / RAMAM)


On 21 February, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) found that Hargreave Hale Ltd (“Hargreave Hale”), Newton Investment Management Limited (“Newton”), and River and Mercantile Asset Management LLP (“RAMAM”) had breached competition law by sharing strategic information on a bilateral basis (...)

Christopher Cook, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz, François-Charles Laprévote, Maurits Dolmans, Nicholas Levy, Thomas Graf The EU Commission fines a company for providing incorrect or misleading information during its investigations on a merger (Facebook / WhatsApp)


On May 18, 2017, the European Commission (the “Commission”) fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during its 2014 investigation of its acquisition of WhatsApp The magnitude of the fine dwarfs the few penalties the Commission has imposed in the past for (...)

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Frédéric Jenny, Damien Neven, Jacques Buhart, David Henry, Thomas Funke, Mathew Heim, Catarina Midões, Nicholas Levy, David R. Little, Henry Mostyn, Ioannis Lianos, Massimo Motta, Martin Peitz, Cristoforo Osti, Almos Papp, Christian Wik, Kristian Hugmark, Julia Vahvaselkä, Antoine Winckler, Thierry Boillot Which competition and industrial policies for the new EU Commission after Siemens/Alstom?


This series of articles presents different points of view about the priorities of the newly established Commission on competition policy in Europe in the aftermath of the decision prohibiting the Siemens/Alstom merger and of the manifesto published by French and German governments. These (...)


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