Miranda Cole

Miranda Cole


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Covington & Burling LLP
Kunstlaan 44 Avenue des Arts
B-1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 549 5264


Covington & Burling LLP
265 Strand
London WC2R 1BH
Tel: +44 20 7067 2373



  • University of London, LL.M., 1997
    • with Distinction
  • The University of Queensland, LL.B., 1993
    • University medal
  • The University of Queensland, B.A., 1991
    • First class

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales
  • Solicitor of the Federal and High Courts of Australia


  • French

Miranda Cole is a partner based in the firm’s Brussels office. She practices competition and communications law and policy, and has more than 15 years of experience in the field.  Chambers Global notes that she "takes a proactive, holistic approach" (2014).

Ms. Cole’s competition law expertise encompasses merger control, actions under Articles 101 and 102 TFEU, advisory work and actions before the European courts in Luxembourg.  She has particular expertise in advising companies active in the technology and communications sectors.  In addition, she has extensive experience in the communications sector, across all aspects of regulation, policy and competition law relating to the sector, and counselling relating to the impact of regulation on transactions.

Representative Matters

  • European competition counsel to:
    • Facebook in its acquisition of WhatsApp;
    • Facebook in its acquisition of Instagram;
    • Microsoft in relation to its acquisition of Skype;
    • Microsoft in connection with the ex-US filings for its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services division; 
    • AstraZeneca in relation to the creation of a diabetes joint venture with BMS and the subsequent acquisition of control of that venture;
    • Vivendi in its acquisition of Activision;
    • Intel in relation to the formation of its flash memory joint venture with STMicroelectronics, Numonyx;
    • Seagate in its acquisition of Maxtor;
    • MCI in relation to its acquisition by Verizon;
    • European competition counsel to Verizon Business;
    • Rusal in relation to its merger with Sual and Glencore, and a number of other mining and metal sector transactions;
    • Counsel to Microsoft in its intervention before the General Court in relation to Cisco’s challenge of the Commission’s decision approving Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype; and
    • Counsel to WorldCom in relation to its application to the Court of First Instance challenging the European Commission’s decision prohibiting its acquisition of Sprint.
  • Advising technology sector complainants and defendants in relation to complaints pursuant to Articles 101 and 102 TFEU before the European Commission and Chapters 1 and 2 before the Office of Fair Trading, including:
    • Microsoft in its complaint to the European Commission regarding MMI’s actions to injunct the use of standards essential patents;
    • Microsoft in its defence against a complaint to the Spanish CNC regarding its software licensing and distribution structure;
    • National Instruments in its complaint to the European Commission regarding MathWorks’ refusal to license software;
    • Expedia, Trip Advisor, Trivago and Microsoft in connection with their complaints to the European Commission regarding Google’s conduct in search and related markets; and
    • Verizon in connection with its collaborations with SwissCom, TDC and Fastweb.

Honors and Rankings

  • IFLR1000, EU Competition (2014)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group, shortlisted for Europe Women in Business Law Awards for Competition and Antitrust (2014, 2015)
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Competition - Belgium (2014)
  • The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists (2014)
  • IFLR Expert Guides, Competition and Antitrust (2014)
  • Chambers Global, Competition/European Law (Belgium) (2013-2015)
  • Chambers Europe, Competition/European Law (2013-2015)
  • The Practical Law Company (PLC) - Which Law Firm?, EU Telecoms, Media & Technology (2011)

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