Riccardo Celli

Riccardo Celli
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Riccardo Celli is chair of O’Melveny’s European antitrust and competition practice and the regional head of litigation for Europe. Riccardo joined O’Melveny in June 2004 when he founded the Brussels office. Riccardo has almost 30 years of experience in counselling clients on all aspects of EU competition law with particular focus on merger control, unilateral conducts, cartel investigations, IP/antitrust interface and antitrust compliance.  

Riccardo has worked for many of the world’s largest corporations, and has been involved in high-profile cases covering many global industries. For example, Riccardo led the O’Melveny-Brussels team that advised AMD in its article 102 complaint against Intel, in which the European Commission fined Intel a record €1.06 billion for its anticompetitive practices. O’Melveny’s EU team won the 2010 “Competition Team of the Year” at The Lawyer Awards for its representation of AMD, and Riccardo was a finalist for the “Partner of the Year” award for his leadership during the case.  

In the area of merger control, Riccardo regularly assists clients with the legal assessment, structuring and clearance of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other significant investments. Riccardo manages and coordinates multiple filings for clients, not only in Europe but worldwide, and interacts with competition authorities in multiple countries for a single transaction, including assisting clients in preparing and negotiating possible commitments with regulators. Most recently, Riccardo successfully represented Honeywell International Inc in its US$5.1 billion acquisition of the Elster Division of Melrose Industries plc and Mentor Graphics in its US$4.5 billion acquisition by German conglomerate Siemens AG, obtaining for both transactions merger control clearances in the EU, US, China and a number of other antitrust authorities across the world. He also represented Salesforce.com in relation to the EC review of Microsoft’s US$26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn.    

Riccardo is recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers in the field of competition law in the main legal directories.

WWL says: Market commentators say Riccardo Celli "really stands out" for his expertise in merger control procedures and cartel investigations.

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