Matthew Rose

Of Counsel


Matthew Rose, Of Counsel in Orrick's London office, is a member of the Antitrust and Competition Group. Matthew's practice focuses mainly on EU and UK competition and regulatory law, including advising on merger control, anti-competitive conduct (including cartels, abuse of dominance and other restrictions on competition), competition litigation, and national security and foreign investment regulation.

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 a number of 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 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 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 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 LINTEC Corporation in its acquisition of MACtac Americas, a manufacturer and distributor of pressure sensitive labels.
    • 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 multinational companies in several different industry sectors in relation to anti-competitive conduct including alleged cartels and potentially abusive behaviour of dominant entities.
    • 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.