Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte
Managing Partner, King & Spalding LLP
Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte is a partner in the Brussels office and a member of the firm’s Global Antitrust practice.
Praised by clients for her "brilliant" and "spot-on advice on the legal issues, as well as on the required strategy to get the best results,” companies come to Salomé for solutions on their most complex antitrust issues. She advises on all aspects of EU competition law and has substantial experience in cross-border mergers and joint ventures, high-stakes investigations and complex vertical issues.
Salomé regularly advises public and private companies and private equity firms in phase I and phase II merger cases before the European Commission and national competition authorities in multijurisdictional competition procedures. With increasing cooperation among antitrust agencies, she helps clients navigate complex reviews, negotiate remedies and obtain clearance, while coordinating filings and strategy all over the world. Salomé also routinely counsels on competition issues relating to the digital and sustainable economy, such as, AI and data, distribution and e-commerce, or cooperation and licensing agreements.
Recognized as a leading EU competition lawyer by publications, such as, Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Global Competition Review and Who's Who Legal, she also frequently writes and lectures on EU competition law. Politico Europe named her one of the 20 “Women Who Shape Brussels” for her work as an EU antitrust lawyer.
She currently serves as Elected Director on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in Cambridge (US) and is the past President of the Harvard Club of Belgium. In 2021 she was appointed Fellow of Aspen Spain.
Prior to joining King & Spalding, Salomé was a leader at other world-class law firms in the Antitrust & Competition space.
Salomé graduated summa cum laude in law and economics from the University of Deusto (Premio Extraordinario de Licenciatura), holds a master of laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, and 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.