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Ciara Kennedy-Loest


Ciara Kennedy-Loest
+32 2 505 0900 (Brussels)
English, Italian, French
Practice Group

Whether you are looking for someone to help you coordinate a global merger, fight your corner in a procurement dispute or help you make sense of the State aid rules, Ciara can assist.  The regulatory insights and contacts she has with anti-trust agencies from splitting her twenty years with the firm between our London and Brussels offices can make all the difference when it comes to getting your mergers through. 

Her punchy and pragmatic style has also made her a household name in the field of public procurement where she has secured great results for clients in the UK courts and also the European Courts in Luxembourg where she has a 100% success rate.

“an impressive speaker who combines sound business sense with an in-depth knowledge of public procurement”

Chambers UK 2009

Representative experience

Acting for ALSTOM on the merger aspects of General Electric's $12.3bn acquisition of ALSTOM's energy business.

Acting for IBM on the EU merger control aspects of the sale of its $2.3bn x86 server business to Lenovo.

Advising IBM on the merger control aspects of its US$1.5bn sale of its microelectronics business to GlobalFoundries.

Advising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi on the EU merger control aspects of the integration of their thermal power generation operations.

Acting for ALSTOM in the UK court public procurement challenge to Eurostar's award to Siemens of a £600m contract for the Channel Tunnel rolling stock.

Successfully defending Fusion for Energy on two procurement challenges at the General Court in relation to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project.

Successfully defending Europol, the European Police Office, in two procurement challenges brought before the General Court of the EU by an unsuccessful bidder.

Advising the Hellenic Republic Development Fund on the State aid aspects of the proposed privatisation of the Greek Railways.

Education and admissions


  • Post-diploma studies on Competition Law, King's College London, 1996
  • The College of Law, Chester, 1992
  • LL.B., University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall, 1991


  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Procurement Lawyers Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales
  • Republic of Ireland


Band 1 - Public Procurement

Chambers UK


Global Public Procurement Lawyer of the Year

The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

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