Ciara Kennedy-Loest

Ciara Kennedy-Loest


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 5173

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

'Ciara Kennedy-Loest is one of the top procurement lawyers in the market'

Chambers 2023

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.

Awards and recognitions


Global Elite Thought Leader, Government Contracts
Who's Who Legal


Competition Law (UK), Foreign expert for Belgium
Chambers Global

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

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Solicitor, Republic of Ireland


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.

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