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Tony Reeves

Tony Reeves


Tony Reeves

Tony Reeves advises major companies in a wide range of industries on competition, trade and EU law, and specialises in particular in EU and multi-jurisdictional merger notifications, abuse of market power, cartels, and distribution and licensing practices.

Tony has written for numerous legal publications and is recognised as a leading competition lawyer by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and other major industry guides. Tony has also acted as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN).

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  • Advised Citigroup on:
    • the acquisition of EMI
    • the subsequent USD$1.9 billion sale of EMI Recorded Music to Universal (Phase II investigation)
    • the USD$2.2 billion sale of EMI Music Publishing to a consortium led by Sony
  • Advised GE on over 100 acquisitions and joint ventures, including: 
    • the USD$9.5 billion acquisition of Amersham
    • the USD$3.1 billion acquisition of Alstom (cleared in Phase II with remedies)
    • the USD$32 billion acquisition of Baker Hughes
    • the USD$3.4 billion sale of GE Water & Process Technologies to Suez
    • the USD$2.6 billion sale of GE Industrial Solutions to ABB
  • Advised Pfizer on:
    • its USD$68 billion acquisition of Wyeth
    • its USD$3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals
    • the USD$11.85 billion sale of its nutrition business to Nestlé
  • Advised Staples on its acquisition of Office Depot before the European Commission (cleared in Phase II with remedies)
  • Advised Toll Group in the European Commission's freight forwarding cartel investigation
  • Advised GE Aviation on the successful negotiation of a commercial settlement agreement between IATA and CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, based on which IATA withdrew the complaint it had made to the European Commission.
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Career and qualifications

  • University of Glasgow (Scots Law LLB) 1990
  • University College London (LLM EC Law) 1991
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1993
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1995
  • Transferred to the Brussels office 1995
  • Member of the Brussels Bar 1995
  • Partner since 2003
  • Head of European Competition and Regulation Group, Brussels 2008 - Present
  • Brussels Office Managing Partner 2010 - 2014
  • Admitted as an avocat in Brussels 2018

Professional bodies

  • Member of the ABA (American Bar Association)
  • Member of the Brussels Bar

Awards and citations

  • "Tony Reeves has a very strong merger clearance practice. Clients describe him as 'very smart and a great strategist' and highlight his 'responsiveness, technical knowledge and excellent client service.'"
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • "Brussels competition lead Tony Reeves is 'one of the most experienced European antitrust experts around.'"
    Legal 500 EMEA 2017
  • "An extremely pleasant man and one of the smartest lawyers in Europe."
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • Merger Control Matter of the Year: GE/Alstom
    Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards 2016