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Peter Crowther

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Winston & Strawn LLP

Work Department

EU Competition/Antitrust


Peter Crowther serves as managing partner of Winston & Strawn LLP's London and Brussels offices. Widely recognised as a leading competition and trade lawyer, a significant part of his practice involves advising companies in a wide range of cartel and merger proceedings, and associated litigation.

Peter has significant experience of trade/sanction laws, EU merger control, national and international cartels, state aid, free movement, and other general EU and competition law. He has a long track record of advising broadcasting and telecommunications companies on regulatory matters and also devises and implements compliance programmes covering areas such as competition, trade/sanctions, bribery, and corruption.


Peter is a former law lectrurer and former holder of a Jean Monnet Professorship in European Law. He earned a Ph.D. in EU Competition Law in Telecommunications from Copenhagen Business School in 1997. He received his Masters in Law and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1993 and received a B.A. from Keele University in 1992.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

At Winston & Strawn LLP, the competition law department advises high-profile clients on competition aspects of corporate transactions, as well as on contentious matters before the European Commission and national authorities. Led by practice head Peter Crowther, the team is also very active in the regulatory space. Due to its expertise in international trade law, the group is adept at handling cross-border matters as well, and has particular experience in matters with  Japan and Russia. Sector-specific expertise include petrochemicals, insurance, pharmaceuticals, retail, and publishing.

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Within: EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Recent highlights at Winston & Strawn LLP include advising leading multinational companies and global insurance companies on the sanctions regime applicable internationally. The team is also highly experienced in providing complex regulatory advice and compliance analysis in sectors including petrochemicals, retail and publishing. Also of note is the team’s strength in the Japanese and Russian markets. Peter Crowther heads the department and has expertise in sanctions work.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

Winston & Strawn LLP represents defendants in proceedings relating to cartels and merger control issues. Practice head Peter Crowther splits his time between the firm’s offices in London and Brussels. In one notable work highlight, the team is advising Hitachi Metals on its appeal to the General Court against the European Commission’s power cables cartel decision. Other sectors of focus for the group include broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, commodity products, petrochemicals, and telecoms.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Winston & Strawn LLP's sports team acts for the British Athletes Commission (BAC) and associated athletes and governing bodies in a wide range of mandates that includes defending misconduct allegations, investigating duty of care issues, carrying out selection policy reviews, and representing individuals in anti-doping claims levied against them by regulators. Peter Crowther represents athletes and the BAC in relation to complaints and investigations concerning athlete welfare, performance development, funding, doping and athlete agreements.

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