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Riccardo Celli

Riccardo Celli

O'Melveny & Myers LLPBlue TowerAvenue Louise 326BrusselsBelgium1050

Global Leader

Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Riccardo Celli impresses market respondents with his sweeping knowledge of merger control proceedings and cartel investigations.


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’s 30-year expertise in competition law covers the entire range of issues faced by companies including: competition clearances for acquisitions and joint-ventures (notifying and dealing with regulators, advising and coordinating multi-jurisdictional filings, advising on optimal transaction structures to achieve clearances, including assisting in preparing and negotiating possible commitments with regulators, as well as assisting clients as third parties’ complainants in merger investigations); anticompetitive practices, cartels and abuse of dominance (avoiding competition infringements in contracts and general commercial behaviour, helping clients deal with competition investigations, “dawn raids” and infringement proceedings, assisting companies that are victims of anti-competitive practices in making complaints to the competition authorities and preparing compliance programmes); and competition litigation.

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. Clients recently represented by Riccardo include Honeywell, Norsk Hydro, Celanese, Samsung, PCC, Salesforce, Apollo and Mentor Graphics.

Riccardo holds a dual qualification as an Italian avvocato and a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is recognised as one of the world’s leading lawyers in the field of competition law in the main legal directories.

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