THE FIRM This group offers a combination of experience, skill, and broad-based antitrust expertise which continues to prove attractive to a host of marquee clients. Of major note is the team's role as counsel to internet and software behemoth Google in a number of notable matters, including advising on its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and obtaining FTC clearance for Google to acquire mobile advertising network AdMob. The group was also central to the AT&T and T-Mobile deal, through its role as antitrust counsel to Deutsche Telekom, which it counseled on the proposed $39 billion sale of T-Mobile USA.
Sources say: "It's a group that really knows what it's doing. They are results-oriented, they know how to get to where they want very quickly. They are creative, very analytical, and force the discussion to be a very sophisticated one."
KEY INDIVIDUALS George Cary undertakes a broad range of M&A, litigation and government investigation work. Clients value working with a "great litigator who is equally adept at the regulatory as the litigation." Peers concur that this is a man who "has that rare ability to cut across forums – he's equally as good in the courtroom as in the conference room." He served as antitrust counsel to Deutsche Telekom in the T-Mobile USA/AT&T matter.
Mark Leddy is the firm's managing partner, and is now skillfully juggling his management responsibilities with a full-time antitrust practice. Clients are especially impressed, saying that in addition to the complete command of antitrust law one expects of a top-flight attorney, he also delivers top-tier client service: "He's incredibly hard-working, responsive, thorough, always timely - we've been really impressed with his attention to service."
David Gelfand receives near universal praise from clients and peers alike. Clients are impressed with an attorney who "knows our business inside out, is creative in looking for solutions to our problems, and is a refreshing antidote to the typical overly conservative counsel we've received elsewhere." Peers on the other hand are quick to acknowledge Gelfand as "a formidable antitrust lawyer. It's a challenge going against him – you have to drink your coffee in the morning!"
Mark Nelson receives considerable accolades from clients who are impressed with "his incredible grasp of the law and our business - he provides immediate answers to our most technical questions." This combination of expertise and efficiency proves vastly attractive, and results in high-profile instructions such as the representation of Nortel Networks in the sale of patent assets through a bankruptcy auction to a consortium.
Leah Brannon focuses on antitrust counseling, litigation, and merger review work. She is noted for her work on behalf of Google, currently advising the client on its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
Jeremy Calsyn is developing a considerable profile for his work on global transactional antitrust work. He recently acted alongside Leddy in representing Grupo Bimbo and its US subsidiary, BBU, in the $959 million acquisition of Sara Lee's North American Fresh Bakery.