Violetta Meli Associate

Speaks:  English, French, Greek

Greek qualified: 2016 - Attorney-at-law

Primary office:  London

Violetta Meli

Violetta Meli is an associate in the EU, Trade and Competition team. She advises on various aspects of EU and UK competition law, including antitrust investigations (abuse of dominance and cartels), commercial agreements, merger control, State aid, FDI and subsidy control.

Violetta has acted for clients across a broad range of sectors, including life sciences, TMT, automotive, energy, FMCG, real estate and transport. She has also dealt with specialised competition law issues in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors.

Violetta has previously worked at an international law firm in Brussels and a full-service law firm in Athens. She has also interned at a Judge's chambers at the General Court in Luxembourg and worked as a seconded in-house lawyer for a multinational pharmaceutical company.


Recent selected work includes advising:

  • on competition law matters in the Google Android case*
  • multinational pharmaceutical companies on the antitrust aspects of patent strategies, including litigation*
  • a confidential client during an investigation of the Hellenic Competition Commission concerning denigration practices*
  • a multinational beverage manufacturer and distributor in a preliminary investigation of the European Commission concerning conditional rebates*
  • a US manufacturer of mechanical power transmission products on EU/UK merger control aspects of its multibillion-dollar acquisition*
  • Japanese trading companies on competition law aspects concerning the establishment of joint ventures in the EU*
  • various companies on commercial agreements, including co-promotion and co-marketing contracts*

*Experience prior to joining Gowling WLG

Career & Recognition

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  • 2023

    • Career
      September 2023
      Gowling WLG (UK), Associate
    • Career
      March 2023
      Herbert Smith Freehills, Associate (stagiaire)
  • 2022

    • Career
      September 2022
      Herbert Smith Freehills, Legal advisor
    • Career
      February 2022
      Koutalidis Law Firm, Associate
  • 2021

    • Career
      September 2021
      EU General Court, Legal intern
    • Education
      University of Liège, LLM in European Competition and Intellectual Property Law
  • 2017

    • Career
      April 2017
      Novartis, External legal counsel
  • 2016

    • Career
      March 2016
      Koutalidis Law Firm, Associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Greek qualified, Attorney-at-law
  • 2014

    • Career
      April 2014
      Koutalidis Law Firm, Trainee lawyer
  • 2013

    • Education
      University of Athens, LLB

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