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Chesaites, Nicola

Nicola Chesaites

Direct Fax: +44 20 7653 2100
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Fax: +32 2 416 5100

Nicola Chesaites is a barrister and advocaat (Belgium), practising in competition and complex EU litigation in Quinn Emanuel's London and Brussels offices.  Nicola was ranked by Who’s Who Legal as a Thought Leader in the field of competition law in 2020, and as one the world’s Leading Competition Plaintiff Lawyers for four years in a row, in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.  She is described in UK Legal 500 (2019) as a “key practitioner” in the area of competition litigation, having “played a leading role in a number of significant matters”, “a top-flight practitioner for EU competition disputes” by Who’s Who Legal: Competition Plaintiff (2020), and was recognised in UK Legal 500 (2018) for competition litigation.  Nicola was also selected by The Lawyer in their 2017 Hot 100 list of lawyers in the category of litigation - a prestigious recognition for lawyers in England.

Nicola has extensive experience of competition damages litigation before UK courts, having represented claimants and defendants before the English High Court and the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, including applications for collective proceedings orders under the UK’s new competition class-action regime. Nicola also has significant experience in challenging and defending EU institutions in complex EU law matters, having represented clients in EU trade, banking, sanctions, customs, pharmaceutical and competition law disputes.  She has appeared before the EU General Court and Court of Justice in Luxembourg in over 25 cases, including representing the European Union in trade disputes. Nicola’s experience acting for both claimants and defendants, as well as her extensive experience of complex EU litigation provides her with an extremely valuable perspective for claimants and defendants involved in multi-jurisdictional claims, especially concerning matters of competition and EU law, before national courts and the EU courts in Luxembourg. 

Nicola was formerly Référendaire at the General Court of the EU, and before that was Senior Associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Brussels, following pupillage at one of the leading commercial chambers in London.

  • Algebris
  • Anchorage Capital
  • Council of the European Union
  • Daimler
  • Eli Lilly & Co
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • GoPro Inc
  • Ryanair
  • Samsung
  • World Anti-doping Agency
  • Advising and representing a group of bondholders on the expropriation of their AT1 and T2 bonds as a result of the forced resolution of Banco Popular Español and sale to Santander, including representing Algebris (UK) and Anchorage Capital Group in actions before the General Court of the EU seeking annulment of the resolution of Banco Popular by the EU’s Single Resolution Board and the European Commission.
  • Representing Walter Merricks, as class representative in a collective competition damages claim against MasterCard on behalf of a class of 46 million UK consumers.  The claim is one of the first collective actions ever brought under the new regime for collective competition damages proceedings, and is the largest claim ever filed in the UK.
  • Representing Daimler as defendant in actions brought against it in follow-on claims relating to a European competition law infringement concerning trucks.
  • Advising and representing a number of leading car manufacturer in respect of claims they may have arising from the various global auto-part cartels.
  • Advising claimants in respect of claims they may have arising from the global roll-on, roll-off ocean transport cartels.
  • Advising clients on potential claims in respect of the manipulation of FX benchmarks.
  • Successfully represented claimants seeking damages arising from the polyurethane foam cartel.
  • Successfully represented a multinational client in obtaining a mandatory injunction against a claimant that had brought a substantial claim, involving competition allegations, in the High Court. 
  • Representing a holder of a large investment portfolio in a dispute against several banks in respect of losses suffered on hedging facilities sold by the banks, due to the manipulation of LIBOR benchmarks. Successfully advised and represented a multinational company in cooperating with the European Commission’s in relation to its e-commerce sector inquiry. Represented several Samsung defendants in competition damages claims before the High Court in London in respect of the liquid crystal displays (LCD) cartel.   
  • Represented several Samsung defendants in competition damages claims before the High Court in London in respect of the cathode ray tubes (CRT) cartel. 
  • Successfully defended a Russian national subject to EU trade sanctions against Belarus in an application for annulment of Council measures imposed against him for alleged support of the political regime in Belarus. 
  • Usha Martin v Council of the European Union, C-552/10 P: Successfully defended the Council of the European Union in an appeal against the ruling of the General Court in an action for annulment of a Council Regulation imposing anti-dumping duties.  
  • JBF RAK v Council of the European Union, T-555/10: Successfully defended the Council of the European Union in an action for annulment of a Council Regulation imposing countervailing duties.
  • Guillermo Cañas v European Commission, C-269/12 P: Successfully represented the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) as intervener in an appeal before the Court of Justice against the ruling of the General Court rejecting Mr Cañas’ action for annulment of a European Commission decision by which it declined his request to investigate alleged anti-competitive practices by WADA, ATP Tour Inc. and the International Council of Arbitration for Sport.
  • College of Europe, Bruges
    (LL.M., European Community Law, 2004)
  • University of Westminster
    (LL.B, European Legal Studies, 2000)
  • Université Paris X, Nanterre
    (Licence en droit, 1999)
  • Barrister, England & Wales
  • Advocaat, Belgium
  • English
  • French
  • General Court of the European Union:
    • Référendaire, 2013-2015
  • Covington & Burling LLP:
    • Senior Associate, 2009-2013
  • 20 Essex Chambers, London:
    • Pupil Barrister, 2007-2008
  • Ranked by Who’s Who Legal 2020 as a Thought Leader in competition law.
  • LegalWeek, British Legal Awards, Litigation and Disputes Resolution Team of the Year 2019 in recognition of the Merricks v Mastercard Court of Appeal victory.
  • LegalWeek, Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Awards, Competition Team of the Year 2019.
  • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Competition Plaintiff.
  • Recognised by Legal 500 UK 2018 & 2019 as a Recommended Individual for Competition Litigation.
  • Named in The Lawyer’s 2017 “The Hot 100” list.
  • Phoenicia Scholarship (Bar European Group, annual conference) 2007
  • J P Warner Scholarship (Internship, United Kingdom, Advocate General, European Court of Justice), Lincoln’s Inn, 2006
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Bar Vocational Course), Lincoln’s Inn, 2005
  • United Kingdom Scholarship (LL.M, College of Europe, Bruges), 2003
  • Member, Bar European Group
  • Member, Lincoln’s Inn