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Michael Reynolds

Of Counsel


Reynolds Michael
Michael Reynolds

Of Counsel


Michael has more than 30 years experience in European Antitrust law with Allen & Overy. He has represented a large number of corporations from the US, Japan and Brazil and other international clients before the European Commission in merger control, cartel and unilateral conduct cases. He acted for Sun Microsystems in their complaint against Microsoft leading to one of the most complex antitrust cases ever brought by the Commission. He has been involved in over 20 of the major cartel cases brought by the Commission including one of the first cases on cartel settlements.

He was President of the International Bar Association from 2013 until 2015 and past Chair of the IBA Antitrust Committee.

Michael has been identified by Global Competition Review’s independent research with clients and peers as being among the world’s leading competition lawyers.

Experience highlights



Allen & Overy (Belgium) LLP
Tervurenlaan 268A avenue de Tervueren

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Admitted as advocaat, Belgium, 1977

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1976


BA, Law, Keele University, 1973


Published work

  • The EC Chapter in International Merger Control: The Anti-Trust Process and many articles on various aspects of EC Competition Law.

News & insights

Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

A misprediction is not a mistake: settlement not set aside despite change in law

A change in the law made shortly after a compromise agreement was entered into did not give rise to a common mistake of law capable of setting aside the agreement.  The High Court held that while the doctrine of mistake operates in the context of compromise agreements, there was no “common assumption” between the parties as to the relevant law in this case and therefore no mistake.  The court observed that “a mistake will more likely arise where a well-established and unquestioned rule of law is dramatically overturned than where a single decision on a new and difficult point is overruled”.  The decision highlights the reluctance of the English courts to disturb already concluded settlements on the basis of a future revision of the law: Jeremy Philip Elston v (1) Lawrence King (2) Sue Roscoe (trustees in bankruptcy of Jeremy Philip Elston) [2020] EWHC 55 (Ch).

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Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

The von der Leyen Commission

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward. 

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Publications: 16 SEPTEMBER 2019

A guide to the new European Commission

​On 10 September, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced the new European Commission.

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Publications: 11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Margrethe Vestager: five more years as Competition Commissioner, with a focus on “Digital Age”

Normally the European Commission’s Competition portfolio alternates between a Commissioner from a large Member State and a small Member State. Thus it had been widely assumed that the Competition portfolio in the new Commission would go to Sylvie Goulard from France or Paolo Gentiloni from Italy, since the Presidency was occupied by a German (President-elect Ursula von der Leyen) and Spain’s Josep Borrell had secured the external relations position.

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