Simon Baxter is head of the European Antitrust/Competition Group. He has practiced competition law for over 25 years, and has experience of European, Chinese and other antitrust regimes. He focuses on the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as advising businesses on regulatory investigations and other compliance issues.


Mr. Baxter is a regular speaker on competition law and is recognized by Chambers Global as a Band 1 practitioner in Brussels. He is described by Legal 500 EMEA as having “superb knowledge of competition law” and being “practical and business-oriented.” Chambers Global notes how “interviewees admire how he manages the whole process even on difficult cases when people are getting fraught.” In addition, he is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2015 and Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2015.

He has counseled clients such as American Express, Dell Inc., General Electric, Macquarie, Novell, Sun Chemical Corporation, The Walt Disney Company and Yahoo! Inc. on merger investigations and compliance matters before the EU Commission, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority, the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China’s MOC and other agencies worldwide. Recently, he advised GE on its acquisition of Alstom S.A., which was approved with remedies, following a Phase II investigation, and a major U.S. bank on the EU Commission’s investigation into credit default swaps. The Commission subsequently dropped all charges against the client.


  • IBC Legal Merger Control Conference, “Current Challenges in EU Merger Court,” April 13, 2016
  • Skadden Seminar, “Antitrust in the Technology Sector: Policy Perspectives and Insights From the Enforcers,” Jan. 26, 2016 (Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • Skadden Seminar, “Antitrust Law and Policies From Brussels to Washington DC: The Atlantic Divide,” Oct. 16, 2015 (Brussels)



  • Law, University of Sussex, 1985


  • Brussels (EU-list)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales


  • English
  • German

Simon Baxter

Partner, Antitrust/Competition