Dr. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, LL.M. (Harvard)

Dr. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, LL.M. (Harvard)


Email salome.cisnaldeugarte@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +32 2 505 0908

Fax +32 2 505 0996

LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Clients described her as providing 'brilliant and spot-on advice on the legal issues, as well as on the required strategy to get the best results", as well as her 'extensive experience with both competition law and consumer protection law [which] sets her apart from most practitioners.’

EU Competition Lawyer of the Year ILO

Praised by clients for her excellent legal skills and the quality of her service, Salomé is described as "brilliant" and providing "spot-on advice on the legal issues, as well as on the required strategy to get the best results." She has been recognized as a "charismatic leader" and is the only competition lawyer to have been ranked by POLITICO Europe in "Women Who Shape Brussels."

Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte is a Partner in the Antitrust and Competition group.

Clients come to Salomé for her innovative and hands-on solutions to antitrust issues. She advises on all aspects of EU competition law, but has significant experience in cross-border mergers and strategic joint ventures, high-stakes investigations and complex vertical issues. She has successfully advised clients on phase I and phase II merger cases before the European Commission and led multinational merger filings all over the world. She is a sought-after expert on the competition issues relating to the digital economy, including artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, platforms and data.

Salomé frequently lectures on EU competition law at academic institutions, such as Harvard Law School, College de Europe, IE Law Schoole, ESADE, and VUB, as well as at industry fora.  She was elected Vice-Chair of the Competition Policy Committee of AmCham EU and currently serves as Elected Director on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in Cambridge (US). She is the past President of the Harvard Club of Belgium and a current Fellow of Aspen Spain.

Salomé graduated summa cum laude in law and economics from the University of Deusto (Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura) and holds a master of laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, where she was an associate fellow of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard. She obtained a PhD in law from the EUI in Florence and has been a Fulbright scholar.

She is admitted to practice in Belgium and Spain.

Awards and recognitions


Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders


Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders


Best of the Best (Top 30) Competition and Antitrust
Euromoney Expert Guide


Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers
Acritas Star


Competition: EU and Global
Legal 500 EMEA


Women Who Shape Brussels, Top 10
Politico Europe


World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers
Euromoney's Expert Guides


Recommended lawyer, Competition Law
Who's Who Legal


Competition/European Law (Belgium), Foreign expert for Spain
Chambers Global


EU Competition Lawyer of the Year Client Choice Award
International Law Office’s (ILO)


Competition: EU and Global, Belgium, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA


Competition EU: Belgium, Ranked lawyer
Chambers Global

Education and admissions


Executive Education, INSEAD, International Directors Program, 2018

PhD in Law, European University Institute, Florence, 1995

LL.M., Harvard Law School, Fulbright, Real Colegio Complutense Fellow, 1994

J.D. in Law, Universidad de Deusto, summa cum laude, 1990

B.A. Economics, Universidad de Deusto, 1990


ABA Antitrust Section

Asociación Española para la Defensa de la Competencia (Spanish Association for Antitrust Law)

Elected Director, Board of Directors, Harvard Alumni Association (HAA)

IDArb, IDI arbitrator for international distribution

Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Association for Antitrust Law)

International Bar Association (IBA), Antitrust Committee

AmCham EU, Competition Committee, Elected Vice-Chair

Aspen Spain, Fellow

Bar admissions and qualifications



Representative experience

Advising U.S. private equity firms and investment funds on merger control relating to their acquisitions of European companies in the technology and consumer sectors.

Advising a large U.S. technology company in respect of its multi-billion takeover of an industry player on ex-US filings in over 10 jurisdiction.*

Advising a Spanish group of technology companies specializing in vending, payment & security systems as complainant in EU merger proceedings and during negotiation of remedies.*

Advising a U.S. telecom company during a Phase II EU merger control proceeding and during the negotiation and implementation of FRAND commitments and other behavioral remedies.

Advising a U.S. robotics company on strategic acquisitions and competition issues around the world.

Advising a consumer good company in its response to the European Commission in the context of the e-commerce sector inquiry.

Advising a Canadian investment firm on merger control strategy and global filings relating to an aviation acquisition from a leading aerospace and transportation company.

Acting for a U.S. industrial company in its acquisition of a German group (Phase II) in the EEA, preparing commitments to obtain deal clearance, and multi-jurisdictional filings in 20 jurisdictions.

Advising a global semiconductor company on licensing issues and on EU merger control (including notifications in various countries).

Advising a global advertising organization on a strategic alliance and competition issues relating to their digital business.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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