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Anna Lyle-Smythe

Anna Lyle-Smythe

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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Competition - State Aid 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anna Lyle-Smythe is a key name for a range of EU competition matters. She is sought after for her strong experience with state aid matters before the EU's general court.

Biography

Anna has a broad competition practice, including advising on mergers, cartels and market investigations. She has dealt extensively with the European Commission and the UK competition authorities, as well as other regulators around the world. She is based in the firm’s Brussels office. She is qualified both as a solicitor (England and Wales) and as a member of the Brussels Bar (A List).

Anna has advised clients on notable EU merger cases, including IAG’s acquisitions of bmi, Aer Lingus and Air Europa; Marriott/StarwoodAkzo Nobel/ICISony/BMGDS Smith/Europac; and Fortum/Uniper. She has also advised on notable UK merger cases, including Salesforce/TableauJust Eat/TakeawayStandard Life/Aberdeen Asset ManagementCirrus/Wolfson; and Ericsson/Red Bee Media.

Anna’s contentious experience includes follow-on damages actions before the national courts and the appeal of cartel fines to the European Courts, including advising DuPont on the landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice in relation to 50/50 JV parent company liability for cartel infringements. Anna is currently advising British Airways on the multi-jurisdictional air cargo litigation, including its recent appeal to the European Court of Justice, and its second appeal to the General Court.

Anna was awarded the Client Choice 2019 award for Competition & Antitrust in the European Union. She has also been named as “Lawyer of the Year ­– Under 40” by Global Competition Review; named in Management Today’s  "35 under 35" list of high-flying young business women;  and recognised by W@Competition in its “30 in their 30s” list of notable female competition practitioners. Anna is recognised as a leading competition lawyer by ChambersThe Legal 500 and WWL

Anna is the co-author of the EU chapter of Getting the Deal Through - Cartel Regulation and the “Merger Regulation” chapter of Bellamy & Child.

Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anna Lyle-Smythe is a key name in the EU when it comes to competition matters. Peers state that she is “one of the best lawyers in Brussels” who “does a magnificent job in the space” and provides “tailored and targeted advice with great interpersonal skills”.    

Peers and clients say:  
"Ms Lyle-Smythe is a very strong lawyer."
"She is a really excellent practitioner and a pleasure to work with."
"She is both analytically excellent and responsive in her approach."

Biography

Anna has a broad competition practice, including advising on mergers, cartels and market investigations. She has dealt extensively with the European Commission and the UK competition authorities, as well as other regulators around the world. She is based in the firm’s Brussels office. She is qualified both as a solicitor (England and Wales) and as a member of the Brussels Bar (A List).

Anna has advised clients on notable EU merger cases, including IAG’s acquisitions of bmi, Aer Lingus and Air Europa; Marriott/Starwood; Akzo Nobel/ICI; Sony/BMG; DS Smith/Europac; and Fortum/Uniper. She has also advised on notable UK merger cases, including Salesforce/Tableau; Just Eat/Takeaway; Standard Life/Aberdeen Asset Management; Cirrus/Wolfson; and Ericsson/Red Bee Media.

Anna’s contentious experience includes follow-on damages actions before the national courts and the appeal of cartel fines to the European Courts, including advising DuPont on the landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice in relation to 50/50 JV parent company liability for cartel infringements. Anna is currently advising British Airways on the multi-jurisdictional air cargo litigation, including its recent appeal to the European Court of Justice, and its second appeal to the General Court.

Anna was awarded the Client Choice 2019 award for Competition & Antitrust in the European Union. She has also been named as “Lawyer of the Year ­– Under 40” by Global Competition Review; named in Management Today’s  "35 under 35" list of high-flying young business women;  and recognised by W@Competition in its “30 in their 30s” list of notable female competition practitioners. Anna is recognised as a leading competition lawyer by Chambers, The Legal 500 and WWL

Anna is the co-author of the EU chapter of Getting the Deal Through - Cartel Regulation and the “Merger Regulation” chapter of Bellamy & Child.

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