Dr. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, LL.M. (Harvard)

Dr. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, LL.M. (Harvard)

Office Managing Partner

Email salome.cisnaldeugarte@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +32 2 505 0908

Fax +32 2 505 0996

LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Clients described her as providing 'brilliant and spot-on advice on the legal issues, as well as on the required strategy to get the best results", as well as her 'extensive experience with both competition law and consumer protection law [which] sets her apart from most practitioners.’

Praised by clients for her excellent legal skills and the quality of her service, Salomé is described as "brilliant" and providing "spot-on advice on the legal issues, as well as on the required strategy to get the best results." She has been recognized as one of the top 10 "Women Who Shape Brussels" by Politico.

Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte is a Partner in the Antitrust and Competition practice of Hogan Lovells Brussels and the Office Managing Partner.

Clients come to Salomé for her innovative and hands-on solutions to global antitrust issues. She advises on all aspects of EU competition law, but has particular expertise and experience in global mergers and strategic alliances, high-stakes investigations and complex vertical issues. She has successfully advised clients on phase I and phase II merger cases before the European Commission and coordinated multinational merger filings all over the world. She has particular experience of the consumer and retail, TMT, life sciences and health care, financial services, and energy sectors.

Salomé serves as Vice-Chair of the Competition Policy Committee of AmCham EU and as Elected Director on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in Cambridge (US). As Associate Professor of Competition Law at IE Law School, she frequently writes and speaks on issues relating to competition.

Salomé graduated summa cum laude in law and economics from the University of Deusto (Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura) and holds a master of laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, where she was an associate fellow of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard. She obtained a PhD in law from the European University Institute in Florence and has been a Fulbright scholar.

Salomé is admitted to practice in Belgium and Spain.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Competition: EU and Global
Legal 500 EMEA


Women Who Shape Brussels
Politico Europe


World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers
Euromoney's Expert Guides


Recommended lawyer, Competition Law
Who's Who Legal


Competition/European Law (Belgium), Foreign expert for Spain
Chambers Global


International Law Office’s (ILO) EU Competition Lawyer of the Year Client Choice Award, which recognizes those lawyers and law firms around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service

Education and admissions


INSEAD, International Directors Program, 2018

PhD in Law, European University Institute, Florence, 1995

LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1994

J.D. in Law, Universidad de Deusto, summa cum laude, 1990

B.A. Economics, Universidad de Deusto, 1990


ABA Antitrust Section

Asociación Española para la Defensa de la Competencia (Spanish Association for Antitrust Law)

Elected Director, Board of Directors, Harvard Alumni Association (HAA)

IDArb, IDI arbitrator for international distribution

Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht (German Association for Antitrust Law)

Bar admissions and qualifications



Representative experience

Advising several US private equity firms and investment funds on merger control issues relating to the acquisition of European companies in the consumer, life sciences and TMT sectors.

Advising a Spanish group of technology companies specializing in vending, payment & security systems as complainant in EU merger proceedings and during negotiation of remedies.

Advising a US media company during a Phase II EU merger control proceeding and during the negotiation and implementation of FRAND commitments.

Advising a European luxury company on competition rules applicable to vertical issues, such as online sales, pricing, platform restrictions and selective distribution.

Advising a Canadian investment firm on merger control strategy and global filings relating to an aviation acquisition from a leading aerospace and transportation company.

Acting for a US industrial group in its acquisition of a German group (Phase II) in the EEA, preparing commitments to obtain deal clearance, and multi-jurisdictional filings in over 20 jurisdictions.

Advising regularly global companies in the consumer and TMT sectors, as well as a global advertising organization, on competition issues.

Advising a global pharmaceutical company on licensing issues and on EU merger control (including notifications in various countries).

Advising a US chemical company on State aid law relating to renewable energy in Germany.

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