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Who's Who Legal

Global Leader

Competition 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say:

“Matthew is a standout lawyer”
“His breadth of experience in competition issues is very impressive”


Matthew Readings is Global Antitrust Practice group leader and head of Shearman & Sterling's London and Brussels offices. He splits his time between London and Brussels and focuses on EU and UK competition law, including transactional and behavioural/contentious work.

Matthew advises a broad range of clients on strategic merger clearance issues, represents clients before the European Commission and the CMA, oversees multi-jurisdictional merger clearance processes in countries throughout the world and has handled complex European Commission and CMA cases including phase II investigations and remedy cases. He also advises on cartel investigations by the European Commission, appeals to the European Courts (where he appears as an advocate) and UK cartel investigations and market studies/investigations by the CMA and sector regulators such as the FCA. He is experienced in private enforcement of antitrust rights in the UK courts.

Matthew is recommended in the principal legal directories and teaches EU competition law at Oxford University.

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