Paula Riedel

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Paula Riedel is absolutely first rate. A wonderful and deeply respected lawyer who’s judgement is trusted absolutely by my lawyers and business colleagues alike.” - The Legal 500 UK, 2024

Paula Riedel is a partner in Kirkland’s London office. Her practice spans the full spectrum of antitrust requirements, in particular multinational merger control, antitrust, state aid and general compliance.

Paula is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global, Europe and Chambers UK, The Legal 500 UK, and Who’s Who Global Elite and was voted GCR ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ (2020). She is a long-standing tutor on King’s College London’s Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law and is a former Chair of the Law Society Competition Section. Prior to partnership, she was seconded to the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, Competition Policy Directorate (Merger Policy).


Thought Leadership


"UK Chapter of EU Law of Competition and Trade in the Pharmaceutical Sector", 2019

Co-Author, "EU Antitrust vs. U.S. Companies", Law360, 2016

Co-Author, "The Pharma Sector: A route map to merger control in the EU and beyond", MLEX, 2012

Co-Author, "The Competition and Markets Authority: A new era for competition law enforcement in the UK", Competition Policy International, 2012

"Patent Settlements: Post-operative care is now required", Competition Law Insight, 2012

Co-Author, "UK Competition Reform", Competition Law Insight, 2011


"Navigating Global Mergers in the Tech Space", ABA Brown Bag, 2023

"Horizontal Mergers", GCR Live 2nd Annual Merger Control Brussels, 2019

"International Merger Control: What You Need to Know", ABA Competition Section Spring Meeting, 2019

"Brexit - Implications for Litigation, Merger Control and Antitrust", GCR Live New York, 2017

"Cooperation/Contacts with Competitors", IBC Legal Competition Law, 2016

"Compliance Best Practice", IBC Legal Advanced EU Competition Law, 2016

"Independence or Collaboration When Purchasing: A Buyer's Dilemma", ABA Competition Section Spring Meeting, 2016

"Chapter I and Chapter II Update", IBC Legal UK Competition Law, 2015

"A Retrospective on the Term of Commissioner Joaquin Almunía, and a Look Ahead", GCR Live Antitrust Leaders Forum, 2015


Paula is recognised by clients as “extremely hard-working and very client-focused. She is smart, strategic and detail-oriented.” (Chambers UK, 2024)

Paula is described by clients as “amazing at strategy, knowing how to present arguments and which ones to present. She is just excellent.” (Chambers UK, 2023)

“Paula Riedel is an excellent operator, providing first class support on antitrust issues arising in the context of M&A deals and elsewhere.” (The Legal 500 UK, 2022)

Memberships & Affiliations

Committee Member, City of London Law Society, Competition Section


Admissions & Qualifications

  • Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Brussels (B List)


  • English
  • French
  • German


  • College of Law, LondonLaw Society FinalsFirst Class1993
  • College of Law, LondonCommon Professional Examination1992
  • University of OxfordModern Languages (French & German)First Class1991