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Matthew Yeowart


Advises on competition and FDI screening aspects of M&A, antitrust and subsidy control. Guides clients in securing global clearances for complex transactions.

Matt works across London and Brussels, with extensive experience advising on high-profile global, U.K. and EU merger control and foreign direct investment reviews, as well as conduct issues and enforcement matters. He represents clients in cases before the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, the European Commission and the U.K. Investment Security Unit and develops strategies for obtaining transaction clearances across international jurisdictions. He has also advised clients in relation to proceedings before the European Courts, the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal and the U.K. High Court.

Matt regularly advises clients active across numerous sectors, including consumer goods, agrochemicals, aviation, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, automotive, tech, media, healthcare and industrials and specialty chemicals. He is recognized as a global thought leader in competition by Who’s Who Legal and a rising star and top antitrust lawyer in EMEA by MergerLinks.

Experience highlights

  • Amdocs on its $188 million acquisition of MYCOM OSI
  • Brookfield on its acquisition of the power solutions business of Johnson Controls
  • Cadeler on its $597 million combination with Eneti
  • Chemtura on its $2.5 billion acquisition by Lanxess
  • Clarivate Analytics on its:
    • $6.8 billion combination with CPA Global
    • $5.3 billion acquisition of ProQuest
    • $950 million acquisition of Decision Resources Group
  • Comcast on matters including its:
    • eSports joint venture with SK Telecom
    • Acquisition of DreamWorks
  • Emerson in relation to its:
    • $11 billion acquisition of Aspen Technology
    • $14 billion sale of Climate Technologies to Blackstone
    • $8.2 billion acquisition of National Instruments
  • Fibria on its $11 billion sale to Suzano
  • Gilead Sciences on its $21 billion acquisition of Immunomedics
  • Global mining company on its sale of a majority stake in the world’s second-largest copper mine to the Indonesian state
  • Ingersoll Rand on the $15 billion merger of its industrial segment with Gardner Denver
  • Livent on its $10.6 billion merger of equals with Allkem
  • Lone Star on the emergence of GTT Communications from chapter 11
  • Lucid Motors on its strategic supply agreement with and minority investment in Aston Martin
  • Maersk on its disposal of Maersk Oil to Total
  • Natura in relation to its:
    • $2.52 billion sale of Aesop to L’Oréal
    • $2 billion acquisition of Avon Products
    • $1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop
  • Ocado Group on its acquisition of 6 River Systems
  • Shire on the sale of its oncology business to Servier and related aspects of its takeover by Takeda Pharmaceutical
  • State Street on its $3.5 billion proposed acquisition of Brown Brothers Harriman’s Investor Services business
  • Suez on its $3.4 billion acquisition of GE’s water treatment and chemicals business
  • Taboola on its proposed merger with Outbrain
  • Technip on its $17 billion merger with FMC Technologies
  • Tencent in relation to its:
    • £919 million recommended cash offer to acquire Sumo Group
    • Minority investment in Universal Music Group
    • Minority investment in Ubisoft
  • Traton on its $250 million joint venture with and subsequent $3.7 billion acquisition of Navistar
  • Uber China on its merger into Didi Chuxping
  • Various clients on ongoing U.K. Competition and Markets Authority and European Commission investigations and market studies
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“Pro Bono Recognition List of England & Wales,” 2024

MergerLinks – “Rising Stars: Top Antitrust Lawyers in EMEA,” 2023

Who’s Who Legal – Competition, Global Elite Thought Leader and Future Leader


M.Phil., International Relations and Political Science, University of Cambridge
  • with distinction
  • Sidney Sussex College
GDLP, Law, BPP University Law School
B.A., History, University of Oxford
  • first-class honours
  • Exeter College
  • Quelch and Lelio Stampa Prizes

Professional history

  • Davis Polk since 2016
  • Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels), 2015
  • Associate, Slaughter and May (London), 2013

Qualifications and admissions

  • Brussels B-List
  • England and Wales
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