Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

Of Counsel
Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL


Paul Johnson is an of counsel in Baker McKenzie Brussels’ European & Competition Law Practice. He is an English qualified solicitor and has been practicing in Brussels and the UK for over 10 years. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Johnson worked as a technical specialist in the Competition Department of the UK Financial Conduct Authority. He also worked in private practice in Brussels and London, representing clients on numerous high-profile cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities and regulators around the world.

Practice Focus

Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in the mainstream competition areas of multijurisdictional and EU merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance, distribution and other commercial relationships.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented Abbott Laboratories on its USD 5.8 billion acquisition of Alere, Inc.

  • Represented a major global financial institution with respect to a number of investigations concerning potentially collusive behaviour.

  • Represented a major global insurance institution on Brexit, and developed options to ensure continued access to the EU single market.

  • Represented a major European financial trade association to oppose the proposed USD9.53 billion acquisition of NYSE Euronext by Deutsche Börse blocked by the European Commission.

  • Represented a major Chinese automotive company on the international merger control aspects of their acquisition. This was the first-ever merger notification to, and unconditional clearance by, the European Commission of a transaction involving the acquisition of a Chinese company by another Chinese company.

  • Represented an independent record label in relation to the proposed USD1.9 billion acquisition of EMI by UMG, which was cleared with remedies by the European Commission following a phase II investigation.

  • Represented a major scientific instrument company in relation to its proposed USD1.5 billion merger, and successfully negotiated an upfront remedy with the European Commission to obtain extended phase I clearance.

  • Represented a multinational oil company with respect to the development of a major new LNG field in Mozambique.

  • Represented a global accountancy firm with respect to its complaint to the Brazilian Competition Authorities, and the UK Competition Commission’s market investigation into statutory audit services, and EU legislative developments in the audit sector.


  • Brussels [E-List]~Belgium (2007)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2006)


  • King's College London, UK (Post Graduate Diploma Economics & Law) (2008)
  • King's College London, UK (Post Graduate Diploma Competition Law) (2007)
  • University of Edinburgh (LL.B. Hons) (2001)


  • English


Author, "Brexit: the implications for EU and UK merger control," Competition Law Journal – Jordan Publishing, 2016

Author, "By Chance or by Trend? The European Commission’s Approach to Merger Review," International Law News – American Bar Association, Winter 2014


Speaker, "Brexit and Merger Control," 10th Junior Competition Conference, London, April 2016

Speaker, Global Oil and Gas Institute, Houston, May 2016

Speaker, Abranet Internet Congress, Brasilia, September 2015

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