Romina Polley

Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Romina Polley

Romina Polley

Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Romina Polley is a partner based in the Cologne office practicing competition law for more than 19 years.

Ms. Polley’s practice focuses on German and European cartel proceedings (including dawn raid assistance and applying for leniency), merger control, advice on monopolies, cooperation agreements, and distribution and licensing agreements. She has substantial experience in the chemical, consumer goods, IT, construction, defense and automotive industries. She is widely published, including her 2007 commentary on the Motor Vehicle Group Exemption Regulation (Frankfurter Kommentar zum Kartellrecht) and numerous articles on topics of merger control leniency, antitrust proceedings and license and distribution agreements.

Ms. Polley is a member of the Executive-M.B.L.-HSG faculty at the University of St. Gallen. Ms. Polley is a lecturer on European Competition Law at the University of St. Gallen and the Leuphana University in Lüneburg.

In 2004 and 2009, Ms. Polley was featured as one of the world’s leading female antitrust lawyers in Global Competition Review’s survey "100 Women in Antitrust". In 2006, the leading publication on German law firms JUVE named Ms. Polley one of the "Top 40 under 40" lawyers in Germany. Since 2007, JUVE has distinguished Ms. Polley as a frequently recommended lawyer for antitrust. Chambers Europe also ranks Ms. Polley as one of the leading individuals for competition in Germany.

One main focus of Ms. Polley’s practice in recent years has been cartel investigations. Ms. Polley has acted as counsel in various cartel proceedings before the German and European antitrust authorities in the areas of consumer detergents, food packaging, auto safety systems, auto steel, sausages, beer, confectionery, dishwashing detergent and others. In particular, she is experienced in applying for leniency, conducting internal investigations, coordinating parallel antitrust proceedings in various countries and negotiating settlements with the antitrust authorities. In addition to representing companies before the antitrust authorities, advice (including litigation) regarding the amounts of fines imposed or damage claims also form part of her activities in the cartel area. Ms. Polley represented Arjo-Wiggins SA in the “Pfleiderer” referral proceedings before the European Court of Justice and is acting on behalf of Chemoxal in the hydrogen peroxide case before the Regional Court of Dortmund.

An additional focus of Ms. Polley’s recent engagements has been on European and German merger control. She handled numerous merger control proceedings in Bonn and Brussels, most recently including the planned GSK/Novartis merger filed with the Commission and cleared subject to conditions in Phase I. Her merger control expertise also comprises the handling of requests for referral to obtain jurisdiction of the European Commission in cases initially subject to national merger control and the handling of multinational merger notifications.

Ms. Polley joined the firm in 2003 from Linklaters Oppenhoff & Raedler. She received an LL.M. degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1997 and a doctorate in law, magna cum laude, from Freie Universität Berlin in 1996. She was admitted to the Bar in 1995. Ms. Polley passed the second state examination in the State of Berlin in 1995 and the first state examination at the University of Berlin in 1992. She studied at the University of Geneva from 1988 to 1989.

Ms. Polley is a member of the Bar in Cologne. Her native language is German and she is fluent in English, proficient in French and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an international law firm that provides legal services to clients. The company serves multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, and domestic corporations and financial institutions. The company was founded in 1946 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

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