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Hugh Hollman

Partner

Brussels

Washington, D.C.

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Hugh Hollman

Partner

Brussels

Washington, D.C.

Hugh has more than 20 years of experience as a private practitioner, inhouse counsel and regulator in the U.S., EU, Middle East, and Africa that gives him a deep understanding of regulatory regimes in each of those regions to effectively and efficiently meet the business objectives of his clients and achieve successful outcomes in transactional, investigatory, and litigation matters.

As a partner in Allen & Overy’s global antitrust practice who works out of the firm’s Washington D.C. and Brussels offices, Hugh advises on the full range of competition and foreign direct investment matters. He has significant experience in obtaining regulatory clearances for transactions across the globe and managing conduct-related matters, litigating civil antitrust cases, and developing internal compliance programs.

Hugh’s government experience includes serving as the Attorney Advisor to a former Chair and Commissioner at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He also led the antitrust practice group for one of the world’s largest companies with responsibility for multinational transactions, antitrust litigation matters, and global compliance.

Hugh is a frequent speaker at international conferences and regularly publishes in peer-reviewed antitrust journals. He is a member of the Business at OECD Competition Committee, is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, a member of the International Bar Association’s Antitrust Section’s Merger Working Group, and serves on the editorial boards of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s Antitrust Magazine, and Oxford University Press’s Journal of Antitrust Enforcement. He is a member of the Brussels Bar, a member of bars in the United States (New York and Washington D.C.), England and Wales, and is qualified as an Advocate in South Africa.

Experience highlights

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Office

Brussels

Tervurenlaan 268A avenue de Tervueren
Brussels
1150

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Washington, D.C.

1101 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
20005

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as Associated Member of the Brussels Bar (b-list), 2022

Admitted as an Attorney (New York and District of Columbia), 2002

Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2010

Admitted an Advocate (South Africa), 1999

Academic

JD, Duke University School of Law, 2005

LL.M., Duke University School of Law, 2000

LL.B., University of Cape Town School of Law, 1998

B.Bus.Sc., University of Cape Town, 1995

Other noteworthy experience

Advising:

  • A public petroleum and natural gas company on its investment in Poland’s refining, wholesale, and jet fuel marketing segments through a number of acquisitions from Polish oil refiner and fuel retailer PKN Orlen following its planned merger with Grupa Lotos, and on numerous other strategic transactions.
  • A public petroleum and natural gas company and Energy City Development Company (ECDC) in the formation of a joint venture with Hutchison Ports to develop a Logistics Zone and Dry Port within the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK), Saudi Arabia.
  • SABIC in its acquisition of Clariant’s 50% stake in Scientific Design Company.
  • SABIC in its joint venture with Fujian Petrochemical Industrial Group to build a petrochemical complex in Fujian Province, China.
  • Bridgepoint and the shareholders of Element Materials Technology (Element) on the sale of Element to Temasek.
  • PepsiCo on its majority acquisition of a holding company for foodstuffs in MENA.
  • On the USD69.1 billion acquisition of SABIC, the world’s third largest petrochemical company, involving pre-notification regulatory clearances in 22 jurisdictions.*
  • On the EUR1.5bn purchase of the remaining interest in the Arlanxeo joint venture from Lanxess.*
  • Motiva’s USD1.9bn acquisition of Flint Hills Resources’ chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas.*
  • On the USD1.2bn acquisition of a minority equity interest in Hyundai Oilbank from Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings.*

Pro-bono experience

  • Provided legal and social services at Bread for the City, a charity dedicated to providing residents of Washington D.C. with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
  • Filed a series of amicus curiae briefs in the domestic brig detainee cases on behalf of Human Rights Watch.
  • Obtained a grant of asylum for a young woman from Guinea who had been the subject of forced genital mutilation, rape and a forced marriage. She fled Guinea on her wedding day and eventually fled to the United States.

Awards & accolades

Nominated, co-author with Elaine Johnston and Nicholas Putz, Parties are More Willing Than Ever to ‘Litigate the Fix’ in the United States (Fall 2023)

Nominated, co-author with Charles Pommies and Nicholas Putz, The EC’s New Merger Referral Policy and the Transatlantic Reverberations of Illumina/GRAIL on the FTC’s Administrative Process (Fall 2023)

Nominated, co-author with Benjamin Geisel, Six Steps to Better Merger Control Reviews: Recommendations for Competition Agencies Across the Globe

THE ANTITRUST SOURCE (Dec. 2019). - Concurrence, Antitrust Writing Awards 2020

Published work

  • Hugh Hollman, Charles Pommiès and Nicholas Putz, The EC’s New Merger Referral Policy and the Transatlantic Reverberations of Illumina/GRAIL on the FTC’s Administrative Process (Fall 2023).
  • Hugh Hollman, Elaine Johnston, Nicholas Putz, Parties are More Willing Than Ever to ‘Litigate the Fix’ in the United States, GCR (October 2023).
  • Hugh Hollman and Nicholas Putz, The consumer welfare standard and avoiding the dangers of polarized debate in the USA, Oxford University Press (May 2023).
  • Hugh Hollman and Benjamin Geisel, Six Easy Steps to Better Merger Control, The Antitrust Source (Dec. 2019).
  • Joseph Ostoyich, Hugh Hollman, and Jared Daniels, Competitor Collaborations, Practical Law (Thompson Reuters) (Dec. 2016-20).
  • Christopher MacAvoy, James Kress, and Hugh Hollman, International Licensing and Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law, Wolters Kluwer (Dec. 2015).
  • James Rill, James Kress, Dina Kallay, and Hugh Hollman, Antitrust and FRAND Bargaining, Rejecting the Invitation for Antitrust Overreach into Royalty Disputes, Antitrust (Fall 2015).
  • Hugh Hollman and William Kovacic, The International Competition Network’s Past, Current, and Future Role, 20:2 Minn. J. Int’l. L. 274-323 (Summer 2011).
  • Hugh Hollman and William Kovacic, Does Your Agency Measure Up? 7 Eur. Comp. J. 25-45 (Apr. 2011).
  • Hugh Hollman, Setting New Standards: The ICN’s Convergence Principles, International Research Handbook on Competition Law (A. Ezrachi Ed., 2012).
  • Hugh Hollman and William Kovacic, The ICN’s Past, Current, and Future Role, The ICN Handbook (Paul Lugard Ed., 2011).
  • Hugh Hollman, Editor’s Note: Horizontal Merger Guidelines Symposium, The Antitrust Source (Oct. 2010).