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Romina Polley



  • Partner, Cleary Gottlieb
  • Brussels, Belgium


Romina Polley is a partner based in the Cologne office practicing competition law for more than 19 years. Ms. Polley’s practice focuses on German and European cartel proceedings (including dawn raid assistance and applying for leniency), merger control, advice on monopolies, cooperation agreements, and distribution and licensing agreements. She has substantial experience in the chemical, consumer goods, IT, construction, defense and automotive industries. She is widely published, including her 2007 commentary on the Motor Vehicle Group Exemption Regulation (Frankfurter Kommentar zum Kartellrecht) and numerous articles on topics of merger control leniency, antitrust proceedings and license and distribution agreements.

Ms. Polley is a member of the Executive-M.B.L.-HSG faculty at the University of St. Gallen. She also lectures on European Competition Law and Competition Law Enforcement within the LL.M.- Autumn Programme since 2013 at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg.

Ms. Polley’s main focus in recent years has been cartel investigations. Ms. Polley has acted as counsel in various cartel proceedings before the German and European antitrust authorities. In particular, she is experienced in applying for leniency, conducting internal investigations, coordinating parallel antitrust proceedings in various countries and negotiating settlements with the antitrust authorities. In addition to representing companies before the antitrust authorities, advice (including litigation) regarding the amounts of fines imposed or damage claims also form part of her activities in the cartel area.

An additional focus of Ms. Polley’s recent engagements has been on European and German merger control. She handled numerous merger control proceedings in Brussels and Bonn, including Phase 2 proceedings, each of which were cleared without conditions. Her merger control expertise also comprises the handling of requests for referral to obtain jurisdiction of the European Commission in cases initially subject to national merger control and the handling of multinational notifications


  • LL.M. Fordham University School of Law
  • PH.D., Law, Freie Universität, magna cum laude
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