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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

Apart from its ‚Äėsolid‚Äô competition law expertise, DLA Piper‚Äôs full-service team is also able to draw on the expertise of the firm‚Äôs litigation and arbitration team, when needed. The team has a proven track record of successfully handling merger control issues at both national and international level; one recent example is advising private equity company Grovepoint on the disposal of its subsidiary, Payzone, to the Post Office. Led by department heads Sam Szlezinger, Alexandra Kamerling¬†and Sarah Smith¬†(all of whom are recommended by clients), the practice is well-placed to handle other matters such as competition investigations, compliance audits, regulatory work, state aid, and commercial agreements. In terms of industry-specific expertise, team members are adept at advising clients in sectors such as the media, sport, pharmaceuticals, energy, manufacturing, retail, and banking.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

DLA Piper‚Äôs EU and competition team works closely with the firm‚Äôs corporate, litigation and arbitration departments. The group is active on the competition law enforcement front and assists clients with appeals against high-profile investigations, among other matters. The team has strong experience in the pharmaceutical sector, amongst others. Led by ‚Äėstrategic thinker‚Äô Sarah Smith, a team is acting for Indian pharmaceutical company Lupin on its appeal of the European Commission's decision in the perindopril (medication used to control high blood pressure)¬† investigation. Another significant highlight involves the London- and Brussels- based teams collaborating on the representation of Merck in its ongoing appeal against the European Commission's decision in its citalopram (an antidepressant) investigation. Alexandra Kamerling¬†and Sam Szlezinger¬†are also recommended.

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