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Matthew Levitt

Office Managing Partner

Matthew Levitt

With the globalisation of competition law and enforcement, Matthew Levitt helps clients navigate the increasingly challenging international antitrust environment. He helps clients develop and deliver the joined-up strategies which are essential when faced with the growing power of antitrust authorities globally and their increased ability to coordinate enforcement activity in international investigations and merger clearance processes.'Extremely business oriented whilst at the same time knowing exactly what the law states', Matthew has over 20 years' experience and is the Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells' Brussels office.

Described as “an excellent and highly intellectual performer - very charismatic, but tough if needed”, he handles international and EU cartel investigations and coordinates multi-jurisdictional merger filing processes. Matthew has been involved in virtually every significant EU and UK competition law case concerning the maritime sector including the formation of P3 and 2M shipping alliances, the container shipping price signalling investigation, the maritime car carriers investigation, the opposition by DFDS to the Eurotunnel/SeaFrance takeover, the investigation of the International Association of Classification Societies, the merger of Maersk and P&O Nedlloyd, and the successful annulment of the €273m fines on the TACA parties.

Matthew has huge experience in the energy sector, advising on the EU regulatory aspects of the multi-billion dollar Shah Deniz gas pipeline project, and handling mergers in the utilities, water, ports and infrastructure sectors. He 'has the rare advantage of having litigation experience alloyed with superb knowledge', and has handled several ground-breaking cartel and abuse of dominance cases in the European Courts.

'Matthew Levitt is recommended for being 'extremely business oriented whilst at the same time knowing exactly what the law states and keeping his advice in line with the law''

Legal 500 EMEA

Representative Experience

Acting for one of the carriers in the European Commission’s investigation of the maritime car shipping sector and in coordinating our client’s worldwide defence strategy.

Acting for Maersk in the European Commission’s on-going investigation of alleged 'price signalling' in the liner shipping sector.

Representing a major consumer products supplier in defending the OFT's investigation of alleged hub & spoke arrangements in the grocery sector.

Acting for Maersk in the establishment of the P3 and 2M shipping alliances, the biggest shipping alliance in the world.

Education and admissions


  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford, 1990
  • B.A., University of Oxford, 1989


  • Middle Temple and the Law Society


Endorsed in PLC Which Lawyer, European Union

EU Competition


The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Competition - Belgium

Who's Who Legal


Middle East and Africa, Competition - Belgium

The Legal 500 Europe


Competition/European Law - Belgium

Chambers Europe


Competition/Antitrust - Belgium

Chambers Global

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