Competition/European Law - UK
Jon Lawrence is singled out as "a star individual" and "an excellent and very experienced litigator." He is specifically adept at defending a swathe of clients in follow-on damages claims, including representing ABB in a high-profile claim made by National Grid.
Sources say Deirdre Trapp is "head and shoulders above the competition." Viewed as "intellectual, very impressive and someone who works hard to get results," she typically handles complex market investigations on behalf of major clients.
David Aitman is seen as an expert in European competition work and is well respected by peers. He has experience of working with companies from the highly regulated water and energy industries.
The highly driven Rod Carlton is viewed by clients as "an energetic and dynamic partner" who "is acutely commercially sensitive, has great judgement and is an outstanding strategist." His track record includes securing unconditional clearance for high-profile mergers.
Paul Lomas is often seen leading the litigious aspects of the group's most complex competition cases. His background in general commercial dispute resolution is seen as a useful asset in defending action by the regulators and competitors.
With a vast amount of experience to his name, John Davies demonstrates a deep understanding of the field. He is viewed as a key contact by the group's clients and splits his practice between London and Brussels.
Simon Priddis is accomplished at managing the needs of his clients and has a strong understanding of the regulator's mindset. He has considerable experience of complex competition issues arising out of M&A.
Dispute resolution partner Bea Tormey is experienced in representing clients before major domestic regulatory bodies as well as the European competition authorities. She is currently involved in investigations into the rigging of the Libor rate.
Nicholas French is commended by sources, who say: "His organisational skills are excellent and his analytical skills are exceptional," alongside which "he is very strategic and knows what is best to protect the business." He is experienced in all areas of competition law, with particular expertise in advising Chinese companies.
Head of department Nigel Parr demonstrates strong experience in abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and appeals.
Euan Burrows is well respected by peers for both his non-contentious competition work and his litigation skills. These skills are demonstrated in his spread of recent work, which has included appeals before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), market investigations and merger advice.
Duncan Liddell advises on competition litigation and investigations.
Belgium-based Julian Ellison advises on both EU and UK cases. His recent mandates include significant matters in the telecommunications sector, as well as a range of merger control files.
Since publication, Julian Ellison has joined Mayer Brown LLP
Stephen Wisking is viewed as being not just "sharp, calm and astute," but also "a great man at reassuring clients" and "a stable hand at the tiller." He is highly sought by blue-chip companies and recently acted for BSkyB.
Kim Dietzel is applauded for her pragmatic approach, with one source stating that she "is very thorough and has a good way of translating complex issues to give practical advice." She recently advised Virgin Atlantic on several important competition instructions.
Leading the group is James Quinney, who "always provides very sound and balanced advice." Clients value his dedication to his work and his clients. He recently advised on a number of complex, high-value transactional matters.
Consultant Elizabeth McKnight is noted for advising telecoms clients on the relevant application of UK and EU competition law.
Senior partner of the firm Jonathan Scott has extensive experience of advising on competition matters.
Susan Bright is praised as a lawyer who "has a sound approach and is very effective in meetings and in engaging with the European authorities." Clients also appreciate her skills as an advocate.
Nicholas Heaton is viewed by sources as "a very good operator." He has notable experience of litigating in the High Court and the CAT in high-profile appeals and damages claims.
A known presence in the competition market, Suyong Kim is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious competition matters. She was the lead partner representing Outokumpu in a follow-on damages case from the EC industrial tubes cartel decision.
Brussels-based Ciara Kennedy-Loest is noted as a leading public procurement specialist in the UK and Europe. She recently led Fusion For Energy on its major procurement dispute before the General Court.
Matthew Levitt is based in the firm's Brussels office and advises clients in the UK and Belgium. He is highlighted for his experience in the transportation sector.
Mark Jones recently joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. He is valued for his ability to handle complex cases very well and "always demonstrates a dedicated attitude." His broad practice includes advising on state aid matters.
Viewed as "a strategic thinker and an excellent resource for clients," Michael Cutting continues to attract a multitude of clients. He is praised for his knowledge of the energy, water and construction industries.
Michael Sanders is seen as "a very astute character with a good tactical sense" who is lauded as a "fantastic litigator." His expertise extends to damages claims, cartels and appeals.
Christian Ahlborn is dual-qualified in Germany and in England and Wales. In addition to handling complex M&A concerns, he is well versed in state aid issues and has significant experience of advising on notifications to the EC in Belgium.
Nicole Kar is highly admired by clients, who say: "She adds value" and "clearly understands the client's commercial imperatives and strategy." One source adds that "her energy, drive and work delivery are second to none." Kar has been lead partner on the team's advice to Anglo American for several years.
Simon Pritchard is singled out as an "outstanding merger control expert." He is widely recognised by peers, with his experience of working at the OFT seen as making him a valuable asset.
Paula Riedel is praised for her ability to "provide concise articulation of complicated issues" and clarity in potentially ambiguous situations. She is highly experienced with merger control issues.
Eamonn Doran brings an experienced head to market investigations and merger control matters. He also demonstrates an understanding of state aid issues.
Senior statesman Christopher Bellamy continues to contribute to the work of the team with expert advice across a range of complex competition matters.
Philippe Chappatte has experience in all key areas of competition law and spends a significant amount of his time in the firm's Brussels office. Sources say he "provides knowledgeable analysis of situations" and "clear solutions."
Bertrand Louveaux is viewed as "an exceptional lawyer whose knowledge is just first-class." British Airways is an established client, and instructs him in cartel investigations.
Michael Rowe is recognised for his expertise in handling competition matters at the European level. He has significant experience of advising on reviews undertaken by the EC in Belgium.
Isabel Taylor has considerable experience of advising on state aid proceedings in Brussels. She recently acted for the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in relation to the EC's approval of the public funding of the UK Green Investment Bank.
Antonio Bavasso earns praise for his "excellent client skills and high quality of analysis and writing." He is highly skilled in behavioural work and merger control matters, and is also singled out for his knowledge of the media industry.
Mark Friend is viewed by peers as a solid option for merger control advice. Clients value his understanding of heavily regulated sectors including the energy and water industries.
Alasdair Balfour is viewed as "very analytical" as well as a "practical thinker." He adds to the team's strengths in cross-border competition work and both domestic and European-level market investigations.
Noted for being "a polished and accomplished lawyer," Samantha Mobley demonstrates impressive competition expertise. Key strengths include the ability to advise companies on competition compliance issues.
Richard Pike is widely recognised for his strong litigation skills. He regularly acts in cartel cases and follow-on damages claims, and has specialist expertise in the telecommunications industry.
Thomas Cassels adds further weight to the group's capabilities in competition litigation. He has experience in appearing before the CAT and recently acted in several follow-on damages claims on behalf of key client Shell.
Since publication, Richard Pike has joined Constantine Cannon LLP
Since publication, Richard Pike has joined Constantine Cannon LLP
Leading litigator Elizabeth Morony is regularly singled out by sources, with one saying that "her knowledge of competition law is superb" and that "she is a master tactician with clients who love her." Morony is widely experienced in litigating across the full range of contentious competition matters.
Singled out for his business acumen, Alex Nourry "has a very commercial take on competition issues." As such, he has particular expertise in large-scale merger control work.
Luke Tolaini is a noted competition litigator with a strong track record in contentious matters. He has recently advised clients on abuse of dominance, cartel and follow-on damages claims.
Greg Olsen is singled out for his stellar client-handling skills, with one source stating that "he is the perfect person to interact with clients - he is pragmatic and makes complex rules simple by bringing it down to the core issues."
Oliver Bretz is praised for his international competition practice, as well as for his public policy work. He splits his time between Paris and Brussels and advises clients on EU and UK competition law.
Senior partner Stephen Kon is appreciated for his ability to "provide valuable input into complex cases." His vast experience of competition law is widely acknowledged, with one source describing him as "a true leader in the field."
Tom Usher is seen as a valuable adviser because of his ability to "approach problems practically and explain tricky concepts to non-lawyers to get them to the right decisions." His commercial approach is seen as a clear asset to clients.
Simon Holmes, who heads the firm's competition team, is noted for his innovative approach. He recently advised publishing house Simon & Schuster in relation to investigations into the e-books market.
"Solid adviser" Peter Scott is at the forefront of the firm's competition litigation. He regularly represents clients in complex contentious matters and is adept at litigating before domestic and European courts.
Martin Coleman has a reputation for being "very quick on his feet and able to get the answers you need as soon as possible." He has recently acted for PwC and Delta Air Lines.
Sources say the "meticulous" Michael Grenfell "knows how to control things so the process runs smoothly." He is also recognised as being "incredibly customer-focused." He frequently acts for regulatory bodies including Ofwat.
Since publication, Mark Jones has joined Hogan Lovells.
Bruce Kilpatrick of Addleshaw Goddard LLP is viewed as a fast-emerging heavyweight. He has experience of complex market investigations at the EC level.
David Harrison of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has a broad practice with the ability to turn his hand to both contentious and non-contentious work. He recently advised Agility Logistics on an EC investigation into the freight forwarding market.
Frances Murphy recently joined Bingham McCutchen (London) LLP from Jones Day. She is valued by clients for "her commercial awareness and novel approach to the issues we face, as well as her understanding of our needs." She represented Apple in the OFT and EC investigations into the e-books market.
Peers say Pat Treacy of Bristows is "extremely precise and very responsive." Her knowledge of the technology sector means she continues to provide a significant amount of competition advice to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
Maurits Dolmans of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is highlighted as being "great on behavioural work" and "always thinking outside the box." He was previously based in the firm's Belgian office and continues to be active in Brussels.
Sources say Mike Pullen of DLA Piper LLP is "bright, practical and sensitive to our needs." His practice focuses on contentious matters of a complex nature.
Lesley Farrell has recently joined Eversheds LLP from SJ Berwin and brings with her a solid background in handling cartel cases. She is singled out for her impressively strong knowledge of contentious competition matters.
According to sources, Ros Kellaway of Eversheds LLP "will tell it to you straight and give commercial advice when you need it." Her know-how attracts a range of clients requiring everything from compliance advice to representation in cartel investigations.
With his "impressive analytical mind and calm measured style," Nicholas Pimlott of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP "is always the voice of reason whose considered opinion on complex issues can be trusted." He is particularly adept at handling cases arising in the media and communications markets.
Stephen Tupper of Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP is a highly respected figure in the competition market. One source notes that "he is passionate about his subject, has a real depth of knowledge and experience, and is always keen to further the debate. He does not sit on the sidelines but is willing to get involved in the process."
Litigation expert Anthony Maton of Hausfeld & Co LLP earns praise for his ability to provide a good tactical overview. His niche practice focuses exclusively on representing claimants in bringing damages actions following cartel decisions.
John Colahan of Latham & Watkins has a broad international competition practice. As he has spent significant time in the Brussels office, he is adept at handling matters which involve European authorities.
Sources note that Marc Israel of Macfarlanes LLP is "a true expert in the field" and "devoted to positioning clients to be in the best situation they can be." He regularly acts on merger control matters, and also demonstrates experience in abuse of dominance cases.
Gillian Sproul of Mayer Brown International LLP "communicates clearly and comprehensibly to lay clients." Recently she defended BASF in the Supreme Court against a damages claim that arose after the vitamins cartel decision.
Sources say Nicholas Spearing of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP "has the Midas touch when it comes to matters with the OFT." He is also skilled at achieving unconditional merger clearance for his clients from the Competition Commission.
Cyrus Mehta of Nabarro LLP earns significant praise from sources for his down-to-earth style and excellent legal skills. Sources also highlight him as a lawyer capable of achieving great results for his clients.
Brian Sher of Nabarro LLP is highlighted as a valued adviser on competition law. One source notes that "he is very good at walking clients through the maze and helping find practical solutions to problems."
Alan Davis of Pinsent Masons has an extensive practice and excellent experience of representing financial institutions. Recent work includes advising a client on issues arising out of the Euribor and Yen Libor rate-setting investigations.
Guy Lougher of Pinsent Masons is valued by sources as being "clearly very knowledgeable, direct and to the point." He frequently advises companies involved in complex mergers and recently advised DCC Energy on its acquisition of several businesses from Rontec.
Charles Bankes of Simmons & Simmons LLP is singled out for his knowledge of regulated industries such as energy and transport. He has also advised Veolia Water on numerous competition matters affecting the water sector.
Interviewees feel that Tony Woodgate of Simmons & Simmons LLP "has a very practical approach to complex issues, is very timely and shows good business knowledge." He is able to advise on contentious and non-contentious competition matters.
Martin Rees recently joined Squire Sanders from DLA Piper LLP. He is highlighted for his input on market investigations and any subsequent litigation. He is widely experienced in investigations conducted at both UK and European levels.
Juan Rodriguez of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is highly regarded for his mindset and understanding of international competition matters. Sources comment that he is strong in dealing with sophisticated cross-border matters.
Susan Hankey of CMS oversees the work of the firm's competition practitioners in CEE. She has extensive experience of advising on matters relating to jurisdictions within this area.
Alexandra von Westernhagen of DAC Beachcroft LLP is dual-qualified in Germany and in England and Wales, and advises clients on EU, UK and German competition law issues. She is particularly active in handling matters relating to the public sector.
Jonathan Branton of DWF LLP is noted for his "deep knowledge of European state aid issues." He is regularly called upon to represent public and private sector clients before the EC in Brussels.
Tobias Caspary splits his time between the London and Frankfurt offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He is noted for his German merger control expertise.
Andrew Bullion of Hausfeld & Co LLP is a US-qualified lawyer with experience of advising clients on antitrust proceedings in the US federal courts.
Luisa Leone speaks fluent Italian and has substantial experience of advising on Italian law. She leads the competition team at Hewitsons LLP.
Eliza Petritsi of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP is qualified in Greece. She recently advised Hellas Gold on challenging an EC state aid decision.
Marc Hansen divides his time between the London and Brussels offices of Latham & Watkins. He is sought after to advise on cartel investigations.
John Kallaugher of Latham & Watkins splits his time between the firm's London and Brussels offices. He continues to provide advice to ArcelorMittal in relation to ongoing prestressing steel cartel investigations.
John Schmidt of Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP is dual-qualified in Germany and Scotland, and often advises foreign clients on UK competition issues.
Oliver Heinisch of Simmons & Simmons LLP focuses his practice on contentious competition matters relating to the EU, the UK and Germany. He is qualified in Germany and in England and Wales.
David Vann of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a member of the New York Bar and recently acted as antitrust counsel to Virgin Atlantic in relation to a proposed joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
Axel Beckmerhagen qualified and practised in Germany before joining Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's London office. He has notable experience of advising on German merger control and cartel investigations.
Fabio Falconi of Winston & Strawn is an Italian-qualified lawyer with notable experience of advising clients on EU and domestic competition law. He concentrates his practice on cartels and merger control.
Foreign Experts (Based Abroad)
Nicholas Levy works between the London and Brussels offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. He is highlighted for his work on international merger control and cartel cases.
Romano Subiotto QC of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has an excellent track record of advising on complex and contentious competition matters for high-profile clients in Brussels and London. He recently advised Lundbeck on an Article 101 investigation into reverse payment settlement agreements.
Vincent Brophy of Jones Day recently advised Deutsche Bank on two parallel investigations by the EC into behaviour in the market for credit default swaps. His broad practice covers both the UK and Brussels competition markets.
Sarah Hoskins of Mannheimer Swartling in Sweden is a strong choice for competition matters involving the UK, having spent several years working in the competition department of a leading London-based firm.
Julian Ellison of Mayer Brown LLP
Stephen Kinsella OBE of Sidley Austin LLP in Belgium is highly regarded for his extensive experience of UK, pan-European and global competition mandates. He is praised by clients for his combination of legal gravitas with a "remarkably down-to-earth" style.
Belgium-based Paul McGeown of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati receives particular praise from clients for his understanding of the aviation sector. He advises on matters at both the EU and UK levels.