Matthew Readings is held in high esteem by sources who commend his “total commitment” to clients, adding, “He leaves no stone unturned.”
Peers and clients say:
"Matthew has deep expertise, on both the technical and the practical/human sides."
"Mr Readings has outstanding judgement combined with exceptional dedication."
"He is brave enough to make bold calls for his clients and stand by them."
"Matthew is a top-of-the-market heavyweight, providing best-in-class strategic advice."
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.