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 advises on all aspects of EC, international and UK competition law and policy, including merger control, compliance, vertical and horizontal arrangements, and abuse of dominance. Chambers Global notes that she "takes a proactive, holistic approach" (2014).

Her practice has a particular focus on advising companies active in the technology, communications and media, software and ecommerce, aviation and life sciences sectors. She advises clients on the competition issues raised by IP, data and technology interfaces, including access issues, standardisation, remuneration and interoperability.

Representative Matters

  • European competition counsel to:
    • Facebook in its acquisition of WhatsApp;        
    • Facebook in its acquisition of Instagram;
    • Microsoft in connection with the ex-US filings for its acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services division;
    • Microsoft in relation to its acquisition of Skype;
    • AstraZeneca in its acquisition of Almirall’s respiratory portfolio, and in various collaborations;
    • Sanofi in connection with its diabetes collaboration with Google;
    • Verizon in its acquisition of AOL; and
    • AstraZeneca in relation to the creation of a diabetes joint venture with BMS and the subsequent acquisition of control of that venture.

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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