Robert Bell

Rosenblatt (London)
Lawyer (Partner)

Robert Bell is head of the EU & UK competition team at Bryan Cave. He is a market-leading competition lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in advising clients on their EU and UK competition law matters. He acts on a range of complex competition and regulatory matters and has been involved in some of the leading cases before the OFT, European Commission and the UK and European Courts. He works across a number of sectors advising clients on a range of legal issues including merger controls, restrictive practices, compliance programmes, trade law and public procurement law. Robert has a particular sector specialism in advising international technology and media clients on the application of competition law and new media and telecommunications regulation, and on competition litigation. He is renowned for providing clients with innovative solutions to complex problems. Robert is recognised as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2013. He draws warm acclaim from market commentators. His expertise in competition law is extensive as is his understanding of the technology and media sectors. Clients note that “He knows us well so we don’t need to teach him all over again.”Robert is currently Chair of the City of London Law Society’s Competition Law Committee, which liaises with the UK Government and the EU & UK competition regulators in connection with the reform of competition law and practice. He is a regular speaker and writer on competition and procurement law issues.


2545 Bulletin

Robert Bell The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses the appeal brought by a manufacturer of golf equipment on the liability of anticompetitive practices but permits a small reduction of the fine (Ping)


UK LANDMARK COMPETITION CASE CONDEMNS ABSOLUTE INTERNET SALE BAN AS A SERIOUS BREACH OF COMPETITION LAW* Introduction The Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) handed down its judgment on 7 September 2018 in relation to an appeal by Ping Europe Limited (“Ping”) challenging the decision of the UK (...)

Robert Bell The UK Competition Authority publishes a Guidance on changes to the jurisdictional thresholds for UK mergers control and extends the control on mergers related to sensitive sectors


GREATER NATIONAL SECURITY SCRUTINY AT THE HEART OF NEW UK MERGER CONTROL REFORMS* This week the UK Government enacted two new Orders which lower the UK merger control thresholds under the Enterprise Act 2002. The legislation extends the jurisdiction of the Competition and Markets Authority (...)

Robert Bell The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal finds an incorrect application of the legal test for dominance and quashes the Competition Authority’s record fines imposed on two pharmaceutical companies for charging excessive prices for an anti-epilepsy drug (Pfizer / Flynn)


EXCESSIVE PRICE? COMPARED TO WHAT?* On 7 June 2017, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) set aside parts of the Competition & Market Authority’s (“CMA”) decision in relation to the CMA’s finding that Pfizer and Flynn charged excessive and unfair prices for phenytoin sodium capsules and (...)

Paul Culliford, Robert Bell The EU Court of Justice clarifies the scope of gun jumping prohibition by excluding cooperation agreements which don’t contribute to the change in control of the target business (EY / KPMG)


EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE CLARIFIES SCOPE OF GUN JUMPING PROHIBITION* Over the last year, we have noted an increased crackdown by competition agencies on so-called “gun jumping” – that is, the implementation of a merger before mandatory merger clearances are received. On 31 May 2018, the European (...)

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