Matthew Yeowart
  1. Counsel

Mr. Yeowart is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the London office. His practice focuses on EU and U.K. competition law and foreign direct investment screening. He provides general antitrust counseling to companies, represents clients in transactional and behavioral cases before the European Commission and the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, and coordinates the work of local counsel appearing before regulators outside of the EU and U.K.

He has also previously advised clients in relation to proceedings before the European Courts, the U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal, the U.K. High Court and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Work Highlights

  • Advanced Accelerator Applications on its sale to Novartis
  • Bridgepoint on its acquisition of Safety Technology
  • Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of the power solutions business of Johnson Controls
  • Charles Taylor on its £261 million takeover by Lovell Minnick
  • Chemtura on its acquisition by Lanxess
  • Comcast in relation to its:
    • eSports joint venture with SK Telecom
    • Acquisition of DreamWorks
  • D+M Group on its acquisition by Sound United
  • Ed Broking Group on its sale to BGC Partners
  • Emerson Electric in relation to its:
    • Acquisition of Pentair’s valves and controls business
    • Acquisition of General Electric’s Intelligent Platforms business
    • Acquisition of the tools and test equipment business of Textron
    • Acquisition of Aventics
    • Acquisition of Paradigm
    • Sale of its network power business to Platinum Investors
    • Sale of its generators/motors business to Nidec
  • Fibria Celulose on its acquisition by Suzano Papel e Celulose (including conditional clearance in the EU)
  • Global mining company on its sale of a majority stake in the world’s second-largest copper mine to the Indonesian state mining company
  • Goldman Sachs on its acquisition of Boyd Corporation and the sale of its interest in Hearthside Food Solutions to Charlesbank Capital Partners and Partners Group
  • IHS Markit on its acquisition of Ipreo
  • Ingersoll Rand on the merger of its Industrial Segment with Gardner Denver
  • 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: 
    • Acquisition of Avon Products, Inc.
    • Acquisition of The Body Shop
  • PharMerica on its acquisition by KKR and Walgreens
  • Suez on its acquisition of GE’s water treatment and chemicals business
  • Taboola on its merger with Outbrain
  • Technip on its merger of equals with FMC Technologies
  • Tencent on its share swap deal with Spotify
  • Tokyo Century on its acquisition of Aviation Capital Group from Pacific Life
  • Uber China on its merger into Didi Chuxping
  • Volkswagen Truck on its strategic investment in Navistar

Before joining Davis Polk, Mr Yeowart worked at leading international law firms in London and Brussels advising clients active in various sectors, including consumer goods, agrochemicals, aviation, finance, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, real estate, automotive and media, on a wide range of behavioral and regulatory issues (including advising addressees of the European Commission’s decisions in the air cargo and optical disk drives cases), conducting compliance audits and managing global merger control procedures in multiple fora.

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2016
  • Previously worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels) and Slaughter and May (London)

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


  • B.A., History, University of Oxford, 2009
    • Exeter College
    • first-class honours
    • Quelch and Lelio Stampa Prizes
    • Ward Exhibition
  • GDLP, Law, BPP University Law School, 2010
  • M.Phil., International Relations and Political Science, University of Cambridge, 2014
    • Sidney Sussex College
    • with distinction