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Matthew Yeowart


Focuses on U.K. and EU competition law, foreign direct investment screening and developing strategies to obtain global regulatory clearance of high-profile deals

Matt practices in the Antitrust & Competition group, with a focus on U.K. and EU competition law and foreign direct investment screening. He has experience across a broad range of complex behavioural and regulatory matters, representing clients in cases before the European Commission and the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, and developing strategies for obtaining transaction clearances across international jurisdictions. He has also previously advised clients in relation to proceedings before the European Courts, the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal, and the U.K. High Court.

Matt has extensive experience advising clients active in numerous sectors, including consumer goods, agrochemicals, aviation, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, automotive, media, healthcare, industrials and specialty chemicals. He is recognized as a global thought leader in competition by Who’s Who Legal.

Experience highlights

  • Amdocs on its $188 million acquisition of MYCOM OSI
  • Brookfield on its acquisition of the power solutions business of Johnson Controls
  • Charles Taylor on its £261 million takeover by Lovell Minnick
  • Chemtura on its $2.5 billion acquisition by Lanxess
  • Clarivate Analytics on its $950M acquisition of Decision Resources Group
  • Comcast in relation to its:
    • eSports joint venture with SK Telecom
    • Acquisition of DreamWorks
  • Emerson Electric in relation to its:
    • $3.15 billion acquisition of Pentair’s valves and controls business
    • Acquisition of GE’s Intelligent Platforms business
    • Acquisition of Aventics
    • Acquisition of Paradigm
    • $11 billion acquisition of Aspen Technology Inc. 
  • Fibria on its $11 billion sale to Suzano
  • Gilead Sciences on its:
    • $405 million acquisition  of MiroBio
    • $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
  • Ingram Micro on its $7 billion sale to Platinum Equity
  • Leading pharmaceutical company on the sale of its oncology business to Servier and related aspects of its takeover by Takeda Pharmaceutical
  • Maersk on its disposal of Maersk Oil to Total
  • Natura in relation to its:
    • $2 billion acquisition of Avon Products, Inc.
    • $1 billion acquisition of The Body Shop
  • Reckitt Benckiser on its acquisition of the Biofreeze and TheraPearl brands from Performance Health
  • Shiseido on the ¥160 billion transfer of its personal care business to CVC
  • State Street Corporation on its $3.5 bn proposed acquisition of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.’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 plc
    • Share swap deal with Spotify
    • Minority investment in Universal Music Group
  • Tokyo Century on its acquisition of Aviation Capital Group
  • TRATON (formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus) 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 UK Competition and Markets Authority and European Commission investigations and market studies
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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
  • Counsel, 2020-present
  • Davis Polk since 2016
  • Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels), 2015
  • Associate, Slaughter and May (London), 2013
Qualifications and admissions
  • England and Wales
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