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Alexandra Kamerling

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and regulatory – EU and competition.


Alexandra is a partner in the EU, competition and trade team, based in London and Brussels. As a true European (speaking five languages), she has spent part of her professional life in Brussels, with a stint in the European Commission, working in DG Competition as well as the Brussels office of a Dutch law firm. From 1995 to 2004 she worked for Clifford Chance LLP in their competition practice including stints in Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and a secondment to the Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells Washington DC office. She has extensive experience in EU and competition law advising clients on the merger control aspects of corporate transactions (public takeovers, mergers and joint ventures and sometimes involving Phase II investigations and/or commitments) as well as market investigations, cartel investigations, behavioural advice, contentious competition and general competition law advice on commercial agreements, licensing and compliance. In recent years she has advised Discovery Communications Inc and Etihad Airways on their various acquisitions and joint ventures across the globe.


Trained Norton Rose, qualified 1993. Partner, DLA Piper, 2004. Current directorships: Non-executive board member of the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce. Publications of note: Alexandra has published a practitioners textbook book on restrictive covenants under common and competition law (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010 6th Ed). She has written various chapters published in the PLC Manuals on joint ventures and EU and UK competition law and the chapter on competition law in International Insurance Regulation (Reactions Publications).


English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian.


CLA; BIICL; NBBC; The Reform Club.


Cambridge University, Clare College (modern languages and Law Tripos); Guildford (Solicitors Final Examination).


Alexandra enjoys cooking (and dining) especially Italian food, and reading fiction from different countries and cultures.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The 'effective'¬†Sam Szlezinger¬†heads the EU and competition offering at ‚Äėvery good firm‚Äô¬†DLA Piper¬†,¬†which ‚Äėprovides excellent advice at more competitive rates than magic circle firms‚Äô. Szlezinger‚Äôs recent highlights include advising JustGiving on the merger control aspects of its acquisition by Blackbaud and advising Heineken on its acquisition of the partial Punch pub estate, working alongside¬†Sarah Smith¬†on merger control questions before the CMA.¬†Alexandra Kamerling¬†(who is noted for giving ‚Äėgreat advice‚Äô that is ‚Äėpractical and commercial‚Äô) acted for longstanding client of the competition team, Nisa Retail, in relation to its sale to the Co-Op. Other notable instructions were received from John Menzies, Axalta Coating Systems and OCS. ¬†Legal director¬†Ilan Sherr¬†‚Äėis an astute, client-friendly and pragmatic lawyer, who is always on top of his work and is very responsive‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

DLA Piper's 'excellent' defendant-focused team continues to advise clients on major follow-on and standalone competition litigation matters, including multiple pay-for-delay cases. The team is led by 'hugely experienced' Sam Szlezinger, who specialises in UK and EU competition law. Possessing 'excellent strategic judgement' and 'superb litigation skills', Sarah Smith is acting for Merck in its ongoing appeal in the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the CMA's antitrust decision regarding the drug paroxetine. Smith is also representing Lupin in a General Court appeal against the European Commissions' antitrust decision in the perindopril investigation. On the claimant side, Alexandra Kamerling represented the Origin Group in a private enforcement action against XL Farmcare UK and others in relation to alleged breaches of competition law, leading to an out-of-court settlement.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

IP, transactions and competition are the three key focal points for DLA Piper.  Bonella Ramsay leads the team and has expertise in IP, regulatory and contractual matters. Key figures from the IP side include Richard Taylor,  Claire Bennett and Ruth Hoy. Hoy recently assisted Kite Pharma with the management of its global trade mark portfolio. Bennett represented Novo Nordisk in patent litigation against Regeneron, which involved transgenic mice being used to create human monoclonal antibodies. She has additional expertise in competition law and acted for Merck KGaA in its appeal to the CAT with respect to the CMA’s fines of £45m, where it was alleged that the client paid drugmakers to delay the production of cheaper alternatives. Also recommended are employment expert Adam Hartley and merger control specialist Alexandra Kamerling.

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London: Transport


Within: Aviation

DLA Piper’s aviation expertise spans litigation and dispute resolution, regulatory, commercial, competition, employment, IP, accidents, insurance and employment matters. Mark Franklin continues to represent Honeywell in a product liability dispute concerning property damage caused by fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at London Heathrow airport; is advising Airbus Helicopters and its insurers on the worldwide grounding of the H225 Super Puma fleet; and is representing Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality, as lead insurer, in relation to liabilities arising out of the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport in March 2016. Kathryn Ward is representing ground handler PT JAS and its insurers in relation to a runway collision in 2016. Leon Taylor handles insurance and reinsurance litigation and has particular experience in international coverage disputes. Alexandra Kamerling is active on EU and UK competition law matters. Senior associates Shereena Rai and Sophie Brophy are also noted. Franklin and Tony Payne lead the department.

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