Competition/Antitrust - Global-wide


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What the team is known for Continues to be a pre-eminent global player, thanks to an unrivalled Washington, DC and Brussels link, and its ability to advise on significant multi-jurisdictional merger control cases and related litigation. Offers further strength in key European jurisdictions, including France, Germany and Italy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "Cleary is the gold standard for international M&A transactions on the antitrust side."

International capability: "Its strong presence in Brussels and Washington, DC is the main reason I elected to use this firm."

Client service: "The firm is first-class in competition, with truly high-end experts. Excellent lawyers with astute business minds."

Work highlights Lawyers in the Brussels and London offices acted as counsel to Sony on its USD2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, as part of a consortium of investors.

The Brussels team advised UTC on the EU antitrust aspects of its USD18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich. The deal was notified in Canada, China, the USA, Japan and South Korea.

A team made up of Brussels, Paris and London-based lawyers assisted HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins US and Hachette with a European and US investigation into alleged agreements between a number of publishers and retailers for the sale of e-books.

Notable practitioners 

George Cary and firm managing partner Mark Leddy lead the team from Washington, DC. Nicholas Levy and Antoine Winckler head the Brussels group. Maurits Dolmans and Paul Gilbert are key contacts in London. Mario Siragusa is the Italian office's star individual, whilst Dirk Schroeder is the standout name in Germany.  

Significant clients W.L. Gore & Associates, Dollar Thrifty, Google, Sony, GlaxoSmithKline, Dexia.

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What the team is known for Exceptionally strong in Europe, with a superb team of litigators in London, and added strength and depth thanks to top-ranked practices in Belgium, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Handles all manner of investigations, as well as private damages, state aid, cartel and merger enforcement cases. It has an increasing profile in China and Japan, and additionally acts on a range of important mandates in the USA, with continued development in this jurisdiction. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "A Rolls-Royce competition firm. I have been able to choose from the cream of competition lawyers, and this is certainly a top choice."

International capability: "Excellent globally. One of the reasons we use Freshfields is because it has such a global network."

Work highlights Lawyers from Hong Kong, Tokyo, Washington, DC and seven European offices represented a global financial institution in regulatory and criminal investigations relating to the alleged manipulation of Libor and other interest rates.

Advised on the antitrust and merger control aspects of GM's alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroën. The matter involved merger filings in Europe, Asia and Central and South America, and the team was made up of practitioners from Brussels, Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo and Washington, DC.

The Brussels team successfully represented Rio Tinto Alcan in settlement negotiations relating to alleged abuse of dominance in technology licensing.

Notable practitioners

The practice is co-headed by Martin Klusmann, in Düsseldorf, and David Broomhall, who is based in Brussels. Other prominent partners include Deirdre Trapp and Jon Lawrence in London, Frank Montag in Brussels and Michael Han in Beijing.

Significant clients Advent International, Cinven, EMI Group, GM, Pearson.

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What the team is known for An excellent network of competition specialists in California and Washington, DC in the USA, and London and Brussels in Europe. Particularly experienced in the TMT, life sciences, tobacco, consumer goods and chemical sectors. Also advises clients in the financial services and energy industries. Assists with complex antitrust matters, including M&A, litigation, and criminal and civil government investigations.

Work highlights Lawyers in the London and Brussels teams advised the Secure Content Storage Association on the notification of this cross-industry joint venture involving Fox, Warner, SanDisk and Western Digital.

Represented Philip Morris and Altria Group in a major consumer class action alleging an agreement to fix the price of cigarettes. The team was made up of lawyers from the California and Washington, DC offices.

Notable practitioners 

Jonathan Gleklen and Tim Frazer are heads of the US and European practices respectively.

Significant clients Philip Morris International, Monsanto, Gilead Sciences, Kraft, LG Electronics.

Band 2 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for Widely regarded as an international powerhouse. US strengths include strong teams in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, while worldwide the firm has attained recognition in numerous countries, including Japan, Australia, China, Spain, France, Belgium and Germany. Has notable multi-jurisdictional capacity to advise on a wide range of cross-border mandates, including mergers, abuse of dominance and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "It has a lot of lawyers with great expertise and know-how in a wide range of areas – a wide global network."

Bench strength: "Good quality and they're prepared to work the required hours to get the job done."

What's new? Launched offices in the Netherlands and Miami, Florida. Société Générale, Schneider and Sofidel are amongst its new client wins.

Work highlights Lawyers from Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris acted for Alpha Bank on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Emporiki Bank as set by the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund. 

Advised American Airlines on antitrust issues linked to its USD11 billion merger with US Airways. Advice came from the Washington, Dallas, Houston and Düsseldorf teams.

Assisted Baxter International on its proposed acquisition of Gambro for SEK26.5 billion. Lawyers from Chicago, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney and Düsseldorf worked on the matter.

Notable practitioners

David Wales heads the global competition practice, and Alexandre Verheyden and Peter Wang head the European and Asian practices respectively.

Significant clients Air China, Deutsche Bank, Eastman Chemical, Hertz, MasterCard.

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What the team is known for A well-known competition practice group benefiting from a strong European offering, with notable teams acting out of Brussels, London, Madrid, Amsterdam, Rome, Warsaw, Frankfurt and Paris, in addition to Moscow and Beijing. Assists with contentious and non-contentious matters, including mergers, joint ventures, and handling disputes and investigations concerning many issues, including state aid.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "It can put an international puzzle together, particularly in complex global transactions, and this is extremely important."

Work highlights Acted for Samsung on an antitrust investigation to assess whether Samsung abused its patent rights to seek injunctive relief against other mobile device manufacturers. The team consisted of lawyers in Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam.

The London, Paris and Brussels team represented Shell in a European Commission antitrust investigation into the price of oil, refined products and biofuels.

Lawyers from Brussels and Beijing advised Pfizer on the USD11.85 billion sale of its nutrition business to Nestlé.

Notable practitioners

The global antitrust practice is chaired by Brussels-based Thomas Vinje, and headed by Oliver Bretz, who is based in Paris and Brussels.  

Significant clients Pfizer, EQT Partners, Allianz, Bayer, Siemens.

Band 3 | Hogan Lovells

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What the team is known for Has a strong profile for its competition practices across Europe, including London, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Warsaw and Madrid, with additional strength in Washington, DC, Beijing and Caracas. Acts on all aspects of competition and antitrust law, including litigation, investigations, merger control, and EU regulatory and public law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "A huge strength is its global presence as it can represent us in several major jurisdictions."

Work highlights Lawyers in the London, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and Washington, DC offices assisted Air Canada with an air cargo cartel investigation.

Lawyers from Washington, Brussels, London and New York advised Ariba on merger clearance issues concerning its USD4.3 billion acquisition by SAP. 

Notable practitioners

Janet McDavid and Suyong Kim are co-heads of the global practice.  

Significant clients IBM, General Dynamics, Alstom, SABMiller, BlackBerry.

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What the team is known for Well regarded for its experience in the UK and the USA, as well as in Belgium, Germany and France. Handles all the main areas of competition, such as general advice and litigation, cartel investigations, merger clearance and state aid.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Very responsive – able to handle a crisis very well."

Value for money: "The team did a perfect job and achieved a good result. It saved us a huge amount of money."

Work highlights Represented Sumitomo Electric in a worldwide investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices in the automotive wire harness sector. The case involved investigations in the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Assisted Omnicom with merger control clearance for its USD35.1 billion merger with Publicis. Lawyers from Brussels and Washington, DC collaborated on this matter.

Notable practitioners

Michael Egge, Al Pfeiffer and Christopher Yates are global co-chairs of the antitrust and competition practice. Brussels-based Javier Ruiz Calzado is vice-chair of the global litigation department.

Significant clients BC Partners, Carlyle Group, Safran, Actavis, Singapore Airlines.

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What the team is known for A well-known US practice group with a strong offering in Belgium. It is particularly experienced on merger control mandates, and also has expertise in antitrust litigation. Acts for clients in the life sciences, transportation, energy, TMT, consumer products and real estate sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "It is a trusted partner for complex and important transactional work."

Work highlights US and Brussels lawyers assisted Actavis with antitrust aspects of its USD8.5 billion acquisition of Warner Chilcott.

Advised Sprint Nextel on its proposed USD20.1 billion sale of a 70% stake to Softbank.

Notable practitioners 

Shepard Goldfein is the global antitrust and competition head, and Steven Sunshine heads the North American practice.

Significant clients Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Evergreen International Aviation, ASML Holding, Nike, Stanley Black & Decker.  

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What the team is known for A well-regarded practice in China and across Europe. Advises on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious competition issues, covering the TMT, energy and life sciences industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A broad team of highly skilled lawyers with offices where we need them and the expertise required to support a global company."

Work highlights The London team advised Orange Austria and its controlling shareholder, Mid Europa Partners, on merger control aspects of its acquisition by Hutchison 3G Austria.

The Brussels and Paris teams represented Samsung Electronics in the EC investigation where Samsung Electronics sought injunctive relief over a violation by Apple of Samsung's IP rights.

Notable practitioners  

Olivier Fréget and Elaine Johnston co-head the global practice, and Marta Sendrowicz leads the CEE practice. Dirk Arts heads the Brussels team, and François Renard leads the China antitrust group.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, BSkyB, Expedia, GE, News International.  

Band 4 | Linklaters

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What the team is known for Recognised for its long experience in advising on competition and antitrust matters across Europe, including its practices in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Also successful in China. Handles complex cases across all areas of competition, such as merger control, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and state aid.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "We have worked through competition issues in a number of jurisdictions and the quality of its representation has been uniformly good."

Work highlights Lawyers from Belgium and China advised EQT and Swedish investment company Investor on merger notifications across ten jurisdictions, relating to Baxter International’s acquisition of Gambro.

Represented Air France-KLM in worldwide cartel investigations in the air cargo sector. Lawyers from the USA, UK and French offices worked on the matter. 

Notable practitioners 

Christopher Bellamy QC is global chairman of the practice, and London-based Michael Cutting is the global practice head. 

Significant clients Actavis, BlackRock, BP, Dentsu, Glencore.

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What the team is known for Rated for its competition law practice across Europe in countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Also recommended for its competition advice in Japan, China and Mexico, as well as New York and Washington, DC. Particularly experienced on cartel work, as well as pharma antitrust cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "The teams work together very well between offices." 

Work highlights Lawyers from Brussels, Paris and Washington defended Nexans in a cartel investigation, which involved challenging the scope of a European Commission dawn raid.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Gidley is the global practice head.

Significant clients Toshiba, Par Pharmaceutical, Paddock Laboratories, DISH Network, Toyota.

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What the team is known for Enters the rankings thanks to its extraordinary network of offices, many of which are recognised for their competition and antitrust practices. Covers the Asia-Pacific region with standout teams in Australia, China and Japan, and also has a noted presence in Latin America. The Illinois team also impresses, while European strengths include Belgium, the UK and Russia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "Always able to provide us with focused advice locally thanks to its excellent geographic spread."

Work highlights The Brussels team represented FedEx in opposing the proposed acquisition of TNT Express by UPS. 

Notable practitioners 

Samantha Mobley heads the department globally, Steve Harris is the US group leader, Fiona Carlin leads the EMEA team, Francisco Todorov heads the Latin American team, and Andre Gan leads the Asia-Pacific team. 

Significant clients Nestlé, Nokia, Nypro, China Eastern Airlines, Forever 21.  

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What the team is known for Recognised for its long experience in advising on competition and antitrust matters in the USA, and for its increasing presence in the Brussels market. Experienced on antitrust litigation for technology clients in particular.  

Work highlights The US team represented Apple against allegations that it had conspired to raise the prices of eBooks.

The Brussels team advised ICOMP, an industry association focused on internet commerce, on a number of antitrust complaints against Google.

Notable practitioners 

Texas-based Sean Royall, New York-based Peter Sullivan and California-based Daniel Swanson and Gary Spratling co-chair the practice. Peter Alexiadis heads the Brussels office.

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard, Euroclear Group, Si.mobil, Time Warner Cable, Estée Lauder.

Band 5 | WilmerHale

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What the team is known for Highlighted for its practice in the USA, and also fields strong teams in Germany and Belgium. Advises aviation, TMT, life sciences, energy and financial services clients on cartel investigations and merger control proceedings.

Work highlights US and European teams represented Lufthansa in the investigation into its transatlantic alliance with United Airlines and Air Canada.

Notable practitioners  

Michelle Miller and Thomas Mueller head the department.

Significant clients Lufthansa, Apple, Statoil, Vattenfall, Red Hat.

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