King & Spalding Grow Competition Team In Brussels

King & Spalding has hired antitrust partner Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte from Hogan Lovells to launch a competition practice in Brussels.

Cisnal de Ugarte, who served as managing partner of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels office between 2018 and 2020, brings with her more than two decades of experience handling EU antitrust and competition law in Brussels. She most recently worked as a partner in Hogan Lovells’ antitrust and competition practice and has worked for other leading US law firms in Brussels, including Crowell & Moring, Mayer Brown, as well as UK giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 

A competition specialist by trade, Cisnal de Ugarte’s practice covers cross-border mergers and strategic joint ventures, obtaining clearance for transactions from the European Commission and national competition authorities worldwide. She also handles complex antitrust investigations and counsels on compliance issues. 

The hire makes Cisnal de Ugarte King & Spalding’s third partner and fifth professional to join its Brussels office. The firm opened its doors in the European capital back in 2019 to work closely with its Paris office on international trade, FDA and life sciences matters.

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