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Sean-Paul Brankin

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Crowell & Moring LLP

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Antitrust, regulatory and policy, litigation and trial.


Sean-Paul focuses his practice on issues involving EU and UK antitrust law, including merger control and counselling. Among others, Sean-Paul has extensive experience counselling clients on the IP/antitrust interface and dominance issues across the range of their activities. He has been involved in contentious matters before the European Commission and UK authorities and has litigated cases before the European Community courts, the Competition Appeals Tribunal in the UK and national courts in the UK and elsewhere. Sean-Paul has significant experience working with clients in a number of industries: pharmaceuticals, food and FMCG, chemicals, video games, and financial services. He also has experience advising gambling operators on French, UK and European competition law and on strategies that use competition law as a means for opening up local markets.


Teacher UK constitutional and administrative law, Kings College London 1993-94; associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton 1994-97; associate, Bird & Bird 1997-2000; associate, Lovells 2000-05; legal director, UK Office of Fair Trading 2005-07; counsel, Crowell & Moring 2007-12; partner, Crowell & Moring 2012 to date.


English, French.


Lawyer, admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.


Trinity College, Cambridge, UK (1991, BA Hons law, 1st class); University of Virginia (1992, LL.M.)


Competition: EU and global

Within: Competition: EU and global

Crowell & Moring has a well-established reputation assisting US and Europe-headquartered clients with their most significant, cross-border competition issues. Although its team is particularly well-known for its work in the TMT and life sciences sectors, the practice generates mandates from clients in other industries, such as automotive, food and drink, and gaming. Group head Thomas De Meese and associate Evi Mattioli are advising Liberty Global on obtaining EC clearance of its acquisition of sole control of De Vijver Media and the set-up of an ad-sales joint venture with Mediahuis. In another matter, following the EC's decision to fine European truck manufacturers for their alleged involvement in a price-fixing cartel, De Meese, Sean-Paul Brankin and others are gathering together  a group of claimants (by way of a special purpose vehicle known as Stichting Truck Cartel Recovery) to pursue litigation in the Netherlands against the members of the alleged cartel that was investigated by the EC, as well as other truck manufacturers. Unibet, DuPont/Chemours, Bloomberg and Nestlé are among other clients. Senior counsel Jules Stuyck, who joined from Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick in 2017, is also recommended. Counsel Karl Stas is a recent hire from Jones Day.

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