Peter Crowther is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s London office. Mr. Crowther has significant experience of EU merger control, national and international cartels, state aid, trade/sanctions, free movement, and other general EU and competition law. Mr. Crowther also has a long track record of advising broadcasting and telecommunications companies on regulatory matters.
A significant part of Mr. Crowther's practice involves defending companies in a wide range of national and international enforcement proceedings, often simultaneously across a range of jurisdictions. He also devises and implements compliance programmes covering areas such as competition, trade/sanctions, bribery, and corruption.
Mr. Crowther is a former law lecturer and former holder of a Jean Monnet Professorship in European Law. He has been recognised in Chambers and Legal 500 since 2006 and was named one of The Lawyer's “Hot 100” for 2011.
Transactional Experience includes representing:
- AIG on the sale of a banking business to Santander
- Allianz on a major proposed acquisition
- CEDC, the leading Vodka producer in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, on its acquisition of Russian Alcohol Group/Citigroup Venture Capital International on a number of acquisitions
- CME, the leading Central and Eastern European broadcaster, on its acquisition of the leading Bulgarian free-to-air broadcaster
- CNPC, the Chinese State oil company, in relation to a variety of acquisitions
- Finmeccanica, the Italian State defence company, on special public interest issues under the Enterprise Act 2002
- Munich Re on a number of acquisitions
- Lyondell Basell on its acquisition of a major refinery from Shell
- Metlife on its acquisition of Alico, the worldwide life insurance business of AIG
- RWE on a proposed acquisition requiring EC Merger Regulation clearance
- Vedanta Resources, a major metals and mining company, on its acquisition of zinc assets of Anglo American
- A variety of hedge funds on merger arbitrage
Defence and Advisory Work includes representing:
- Global manufacturing companies in a number of industrial sectors under simultaneous civil and criminal investigation for alleged cartel activities in multiple jurisdictions
- A global oil and gas company on civil and criminal investigations into alleged corruption activities
- A leading European oil company on a successful challenge to national legislation for being contrary to EU rules on free movement and discriminatory taxation
- A major mining business on a global joint venture with a major competitor
- A major integrated oil and gas company on international competition proceedings
- A number of global trading companies on compliance issues
Mr. Crowther earned a Ph.D. in EU Competition Law in Telecommunications from Copenhagen Business School in 1997. He received his Masters in Law and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1993 and received a B.A. from Keele University in 1992.
Mr. Crowther is widely published, including for many years authoring a chapter of the looseleaf publication Butterworths Competition Law (eds Freeman and Whish). His articles have appeared in many journals including the European Competition Law Review. He has written more than 20 publications on the application of competition law in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.
Speeches and Publications
Mr. Crowther has been recognized in Chambers since 2006, and “is acknowledged for his impressive experience in both disputed and non-contentious matters, and is singled out for delivering ‘good advice in a timely manner.’ He also has in-depth understanding of representing companies based in Japan.”