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

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

Office Managing Partner
Brussels

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.’

Clients come to Salomé for all aspects of EU competition law, including merger control, investigations (cartels, verticals, state aid, dominance and other behavioral issues), compliance and litigation before the EU courts. Salomé's practice covers all industry sectors, but is widely known for her particular experience and in-depth knowledge in consumer goods and services. In 2013, she received the International Law Office's (ILO) EU Competition Lawyer of the Year Client Choice Award, which recognizes those lawyers and law firms around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. 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'.

Salomé is associate professor of EU competition law at IE Law School and a fellow of the Centre for European Studies/IE in Madrid. She frequently writes and speaks on issues relating to competition. She is the president of the Harvard Club of Belgium and a member of the board of the global Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Salomé was appointed Vice-Chair of AmCham EU Competition Policy Committee in 2017 for a two-year term.

Salomé graduated summa cum laude in law and economics from the University of Deusto (Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura) and holds a master of laws (LLM) 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 European University Institute in Florence and has been a Fulbright scholar. Salomé is admitted to practice in Belgium and Spain.

Awards and recognitions

2019

Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

2018-2019

Competition: EU and Global
Legal 500 EMEA

2018

Women Who Shape Brussels
Politico Europe

2018

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

2017-2018

Recommended lawyer, Competition Law
Who's Who Legal

2017-2018

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

2013

International Law Office’s (ILO) EU Competition Lawyer of the Year Client Choice Award, which recognizes those lawyers and law firms around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service

Education and admissions

Education

INSEAD, International Directors Program, 2018

PhD in Law, European University Institute, Florence, 1995

LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1994

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

B.A. Economics, Universidad de Deusto, 1990

Memberships

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)

Bar admissions and qualifications

Brussels

Madrid

Representative experience

Advising several US private equity firms and investment funds on merger control issues relating to the acquisition of European companies in the consumer, life sciences and TMT sectors.

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 US media company during a Phase II EU merger control proceeding and during the negotiation and implementation of FRAND commitments.

Advising a European luxury company on competition rules applicable to vertical issues, such as online sales, pricing, platform restrictions and selective distribution.

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

Advising regularly global companies in the consumer and TMT sectors, as well as a global advertising organization, on competition issues.

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

Advising a US chemical company on State aid law relating to renewable energy in Germany.

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