Matthew Rose

Of Counsel

London

Matthew Rose, Of Counsel in Orrick's London office, is a member of the Antitrust and Competition Group.

Matthew's practice focuses on UK and EU competition and regulatory law, as well as advising clients on the UK’s national security regime.

Matthew acts for clients across a range of industry sectors including software & technology, telecommunications, energy, life sciences, consumer goods, and defence.

Matthew is recognised in legal directories, with clients attesting to his being “experienced and trustworthy, always providing excellent and solid work with high quality” and a “highly technical lawyer who possesses deep industry knowledge” (Legal 500 UK, 2023). Matthew is known for his “quick and accurate advice, which is directly applicable to the company’s operations” (Legal 500 UK, 2022), and he “combines in-depth legal and technical skills in an excellent way and has a unique oversight and stays on top of the issues at hand. He combines the mosaic of skills needed to complete competition law analyses” (Legal 500 UK, 2021).

Matthew undertook an eight-month secondment at the Office of Fair Trading (the UK competition regulator, now the Competition and Markets Authority) during which he provided legal advice on several competition enforcement cases.

  • Examples of engagements on which Matthew has worked include the following:

    • Acting for Telenor on the acquisition of a majority stake in DNA Plc, the third largest Mobile Network Operator in Finland, with activities in TV distribution and fixed broadband.
    • Acting for Telenor in securing unconditional Phase I approval from the EU Commission for the combination of its satellite pay-TV business, Canal Digital, with Viasat Consumer, the satellite/IPTV business of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), into a new JV company. The transaction brings together the Nordic region’s two satellite (DTH) pay-TV operators into a single player.
    • Acting for Ørsted on its agreement to acquire Brookfield Renewable’s Irish and UK onshore wind business.
    • Acting for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the sale of its 35% equity interest in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited and to funds managed by Equitix Management Limited.
    • Acting for Hornsea 1 Limited, a joint venture owned between Ørsted and Global Infrastructure Partners, on the sale of its transmission assets to Diamond Transmission Partners Hornsea One Limited.
    • Advising Telenor on the combination of the Malaysian mobile telephony operators Digi and Celcom. The transaction was the first transaction cleared, subject to undertakings, by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.
    • Acting for Telenor in matters including the combination of its and TeliaSonera's mobile network operators in Denmark, Telenor's online classifieds joint ventures with various media partners, its acquisition of Globul, the Bulgarian mobile operator, and the sale of Telenor's mobile telecommunications assets in Russia and Ukraine to Vimpelcom Ltd.
    • Acting for Invisio, a developer of advanced communication systems, on the merger control and national security aspects of its acquisition of Racal Acoustics, a designer and manufacturer of audio communications for high noise environments. 
    • Acting for Schlumberger, the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry, in its joint venture with Rockwell Automation creating the first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider, Sensia.
    • Advising the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in relation to the acquisition of Formula 1 by Liberty Media.
    • Acting for Wētā FX in the $1.625 billion sale of its VFX tools, pipeline, technology, and engineering talent to Unity Technologies.
    • Acting for Zynga Games in its $250 million acquisition of Chartboost, a mobile advertising network.
    • Acting for Chime, Inc. on the merger control aspects of the sale of its Sendwave money transfer business to WorldRemit, a global digital cross-border payments company, in a cash and stock deal worth more than $500 million.
    • Acting for Thales Group in its acquisition of Vormetric, Inc., a provider of data protection solutions in physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures.
    • Acting for Marubeni Corporation in its acquisition of Creekstone Farms, a leading U.S. supplier of premium meat products.
    • Acting for IronPlanet in its acquisition by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneers.
    • Advising intu properties plc on its joint venture with LaSalle Investment Management, acting on behalf of Greater Manchester Pension Fund and West Yorkshire Pension Fund, to jointly own the intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich, UK.
    • Acting for Rockrose Energy on its acquisition of SSE E&P UK Limited, active in the energy sector, from SSE PLC.
    • Acting for AVG Technologies, a developer of security software applications, in its acquisition by Avast.
    • Advising Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of M&G Investments, in its fiber optic network joint venture with Nokia in Poland.
    • Acting for Planet Labs, Inc. in its acquisition of Terra Bella Technologies, a division of Google providing satellite imagery.
    • Acting for Apigee, a cloud computing company, in its acquisition by Google.
    • Acting for Social Finance, Inc. in its acquisition of Zenbanx, a company offering mobile multi-currency bank accounts. 
    • Acting for Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, in its acquisition of MEI Conlux Holdings, provider of unattended payment systems.
    • Acting for Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of a European chemical and metal producer.
    • Acting for Exxaro Resources Limited on the combination of its mineral sands business with Tronox Incorporated.
    • Advising VTech in the CMA's investigation into its completed acquisition of LeapFrog.
    • Representing Sony Europe Limited in its damages action before the UK High Court against AU Optronics and others.
    • Representing Enron Coal Services Ltd (in liquidation) in its private damages claim against English Welsh & Scottish Railway Ltd.
    • Advising PwC in an investigation by the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato alleging cartel conduct in public tenders relating to the implementation of EU structural funds in Italy.
    • Advising multinational companies in several different industry sectors in relation to anti-competitive conduct including alleged cartels and potentially abusive behaviour of dominant entities.