Matthew Readings


Mr. Readings is co-head of the Global Antitrust Group and the managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office. He splits his time between Brussels and London with a practice focused on EU and UK competition law, including  transactional and behavioural/contentious work.

Mr. Readings advises clients on cartel investigations by the European Commission and appeals to the European Courts (where he appears as an advocate).  He advises in respect of UK cartel investigations and market studies / investigations by the CMA and sector regulators such as the FCA.  He is experienced in private enforcement of antitrust rights in the UK courts.

Mr Readings advises a broad range of clients on strategic merger clearance issues, representing clients before the European Commission and the CMA.  He oversees multi-jurisdictional merger clearance processes in countries throughout the world. He has advised on complex European Commission and CMA cases including Phase II investigations and remedy cases.

Mr. Readings qualified as a solicitor in 1996 at Lovells and remained there until 2006, becoming a partner in 2004.  Whilst at Lovells, he spent time on secondment to Lazard.  He joined Shearman & Sterling as a partner in February 2006.

Mr. Readings is recommended in the principal legal directories, including for example Chambers, and teaches EU competition law at Oxford University.

Selected Experience

  • The Barclay Brothers on their acquisitions of The Telegraph, GUS' home catalogue business and Littlewoods
  • Corus on the sale of its aluminium business
  • Corus on the European Commission's cartel investigation into the supply of steel tubes
  • Esso on its co-operation with Tesco to offer co-branded petrol stations selling Esso petrol and offering a Tesco convenience store and on distribution arrangements 


  • Nottingham Trent University, LSF, 1993
  • Nottingham University, LL.M., 1992


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