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Competition Law — UK


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Competition Law

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Band 1

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Powerful competition team able to handle the most sophisticated of matters both at home and abroad. Represents high-profile clients from a variety of sectors in matters involving public procurement and state aid among others, alongside a leading competition litigation practice.

Strengths "The firm's competition team is spectacular. They were absolutely stellar."

"Freshfields have an excellent team who are very proactive and client-focused; it is a pleasure to work with them."

Work highlights Advised Rexam on its GBP4.3 billion sale to Ball cleared at Phase II with remedies.

Acted for Poundland Group on its GBP55 million acquisition of 99p Stores that was cleared at Phase II.

Significant clients HSBC, SSE, Ericsson, Tesco, BT Group.

Notable practitioners

Litigator Jon Lawrence is well regarded in the fields of both regulatory investigations and follow-on damages claims. He was part of the team acting for British Vita Group on the EC's investigation into alleged cartel activity in the polyurethane foam market. Impressed sources remark: "His experience is extraordinary and he is very tactical in the way he conducts his cases."

Clients describe Rod Carlton as "really outstanding - an extremely bright partner, someone who can think outside the box." He advises principally on merger control and investigations, recently advising BT Group on its GBP12.5 billion acquisition of EE, which was cleared after a Phase II CMA review.

Deirdre Trapp principally focuses on non-contentious competition mandates. She advised InterContinental Hotel Group on a number of investigations by national competition authorities into the use of most-favoured nation (MFN) clauses by Booking.com and Expedia. Interviewees say: "She is excellent - first-class - a very trusted source of advice."

Sources say that Mark Sansom is "phenomenally intelligent and at the top of his game." He has recently been highly active in the field of cartel damages, including being part of the team acting for Infineon on its defence against a follow-on claim brought by Vodafone stemming from the EC's decision in relation to smart card chips.

Paul Lomas has a broad litigious practice. He has noted expertise in regulatory mandates including competition litigation.

John Davies acts on investigations and high-profile mergers, recently acting for Anheuser-Busch InBev on its GBP71 billion acquisition of SABMiller. Sources value that "he is an antitrust lawyer who can take a position in difficult circumstances - excellent at telling the board what they need to do from an antitrust perspective."

Department head Simon Priddis advises on the full range of competition mandates. He advised Müller UK & Ireland Group on its acquisition of Dairy Crest Group, which was cleared at Phase I. A client remarks: "His technical knowledge was excellent and his commercial awareness and strategic planning for how to approach the process were very impressive."

Alastair Chapman is experienced in both mergers and investigations in sectors including financial services, private equity and mining. He assisted Yandex with its formal complaint to the EC regarding the investigation into Google's behaviour in relation to the Android mobile operating system. Sources state: "He is very astute and good at prioritising what the key points are."

Competition litigator Bea Tormey is skilled in both investigations as well as cartel damages actions. She represented Emirates in follow-on damages litigation stemming from the EC's air cargo cartel decision. Interviewees value her "pragmatism, availability, speed and clear understanding of the client's needs."

James Aitken acts on mergers, investigations and litigation. He advised CK Hutchison on its proposed GBP10.3 billion acquisition of Telefónica's O2 business. Sources highlight the value of his experience working at the CAT.

Nicholas French has a principally transactional practice. He splits his time between London, Hong Kong and Beijing, where he co-heads the China antitrust, competition and trade practice.

Alexander Potter advises on both high-profile mergers and cartel investigations. He assisted D.E Master Blenders 1753 and its shareholder JAB Holding on the creation of a joint venture between D.E Master Blenders 1753 and Mondelēz International, which was cleared with commitments after an abridged Phase II review.

Esteemed practitioner David Aitman has vast experience in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of competition law.

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Linklaters - Competition Law

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Band 1

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Stellar practice assisting major global corporates with a wide range of matters including mergers, cartel investigations and state aid as part of a broad practice. Provides experience in the energy, pharmaceuticals, regulated utilities and financial services sectors.

Strengths "Linklaters has a world-class multinational team and excellent lawyers at varying levels of experience."

"A great team that I would recommend to anyone. They were very dedicated and managed to maintain a very positive spirit throughout the process despite being given very cumbersome work."

Work highlights Acted for Visa Europe on its EUR21.2 billion sale to Visa Inc.

Advised Friends Life on its GBP5.6 billion takeover by Aviva.

Significant clients Anglo American, BP, Glencore, Vodafone, Sainsbury's.

Notable practitioners

Michael Cutting is an expert in competition investigations, with notable experience in the regulated utilities sector. He advised Pennon Group on its GBP100.3 million acquisition of Bournemouth Water from SembCorp, which was cleared in Phase II. Clients value that he has "extensive experience of competition law, and is a good team player and a pragmatic adviser."

Michael Sanders advises on competition litigation and is experienced in regulatory proceedings and private damages actions. He is representing Visa Europe in its defence of follow-on damages claims stemming from the charging of interchange fees. Sources say: "He is excellent with clients and committed to fighting for them."

Christian Ahlborn has notable experience in mergers, abuse of dominance and state aid, and is lauded by clients as "very clear, articulate and hard-working." He was part of a team advising numerous investment banks on the FCA's investigation into investment and corporate banking.

Nicole Kar advises on merger control and utilities regulation and has notable expertise in cartels and regulatory investigations. She acted for Barclays Bank on the FCA market study into the credit card market.

Simon Pritchard has experience in mergers and behavioural investigations. He acted for Greene King on its GBP774 million takeover of Spirit Pub Company, which was cleared in Phase I with remedies.

Thomas Cassels recently joined from Baker McKenzie. He is a commercial litigator who specialises in competition litigation. Sources note: "His real skill is his ability to resolve problems: he comes into cases and fixes things. His joining was a real coup for Linklaters."

Christopher Bellamy is highly respected in all areas of competition law and remains well regarded by his peers. He has been active of late on multinational mergers.

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Slaughter and May - Competition Law

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout London presence working alongside a Brussels office and 'best friends' firms across Europe on competition matters of the highest sophistication. Impressive state aid focus as well as assisting prominent clients with mergers and investigations.

Strengths "All the lawyers we deal with at Slaughter and May are top-notch. They are smart, have common sense, are commercial and know our company very well. Their lawyers are outstanding across the board."

"The team is outstanding. Excellent service and in-depth technical knowledge at both junior and senior level."

Work highlights Represented British Airways in the air cargo cartel follow-on damages litigation, as sole defendant in the principal actions and as claimant in Part 20 contribution proceedings against 23 other airlines.

Represented Shell in its proposed GBP47 billion acquisition of BG Group.

Significant clients ASDA/Walmart, Bertelsmann, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Ericsson, Google.

Notable practitioners

Global competition head Philippe Chappatte has vast experience in mergers and investigations. He acted for Booking.com in relation to investigations into online hotel booking platform MFNs conducted by numerous national competition authorities. One source remarks: "He is clearly one of the top competition lawyers in Europe; the regulators clearly have respect for him."

Praised by sources as "stunningly good," Bertrand Louveaux is skilled in all aspects of competition law before both UK and EU regulators. He advised Nationwide Building Society on the CMA's retail banking market investigation.

Claire Jeffs acts on both behavioural investigations and high-profile mergers. She acted for Ball on its GBP4.3 billion acquisition of Rexam, which was cleared with remedies at Phase II. Sources describe her as "very able and a good all-rounder."

According to interviewees, Isabel Taylor "is a joy to work with - she has absolutely superb judgement, an unmatched determination and is utterly unflappable throughout." She combines expertise in competition and regulatory law, and acted for Northern Powergrid on its appeal against Ofgem's price control.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Competition Law

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Band 2

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed practice with noted sector expertise in TMT, energy, utilities and financial services. Represents retail, media and banking clients among others in domestic and EU competition law matters.

Strengths "I think the team is excellent - consistently high standards and advice."

"I value Allen & Overy's absolutely top quality from the most senior partner to the most junior associate, and great reach with subject matter experts in all key areas. In addition, while they are one of the top firms in London, they also display a remarkable humility. They speak with their work product."

Work highlights Acted for Paddy Power on its proposed USD5 billion merger with Betfair.

Advised the 11 UK members of Visa Europe on a loss-sharing agreement that was a precondition of the sale of Visa Europe to Visa Inc. This took place in the context of the ongoing interchange fees damages litigation against Visa.

Significant clients 21st Century Fox, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Seagate Technology, Sky.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of global antitrust Antonio Bavasso acts on the full range of competition law mandates. He advised VimpelCom on the USD11.8 billion merger between VimpelCom subsidiary WIND and 3 Italia. A client notes: "He has a very good understanding of our business and therefore his advice is always tailored to the industry we work in."

Mark Friend heads the London antitrust group and advises on all aspects of competition law, most notably in relation to regulated industries. He assisted Berkshire Hathaway with its proposed USD37.2 billion acquisition of Precision Castparts. Sources admire his "very sensible, thoughtful and strategic advice."

Alasdair Balfour acts on a broad range of merger control and behavioural mandates, with notable experience in mergers that have gone to Phase II or involved complex remedy packages. He acted for Tullett Prebon on its GBP1.11 billion merger with ICAP.

Philip Mansfield advises on cartels, mergers disputes and market studies, with notable expertise in the technology sector. He represented Hitachi in an EC investigation into alleged cartel behaviour in relation to a range of automotive parts. One interviewee states: "I have been very impressed with Philip Mansfield. He is on the ball, very pragmatic and keeps us up to date - he is someone I like to work with."

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Ashurst - Competition Law

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Band 2

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- 4 economists

What the team is known for Broad practice offering expertise across all manner of competition law mandates including abuse of dominance and damages actions as well as mergers and market investigations. Able to represent clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Strengths "Ashurst have provided the advice asked for but are always willing to go the extra mile on suggesting other angles we might think about which we may not have considered. They are also extremely proactive in terms of informing us of developments in the law and relevant industry litigation."

Work highlights Acted for Markit on the EC's investigation into alleged cartel behaviour in relation to credit default swaps.

Advised Lloyds Banking Group on two market reviews launched by the Payment Systems Regulator.

Significant clients Imperial Tobacco, Intel, Morrisons, RBS, Liberty Global.

Notable practitioners

Global head of competition Nigel Parr is skilled in the full range of contentious and non-contentious competition mandates. He acted for Lloyds Banking Group on the CMA's market investigations into personal current accounts, business current accounts and the provision of finance to SMEs. A client remarks: "Nigel is a genuine heavy hitter in the field, but never comes across as aloof. Instead he describes things very clearly and works through practical examples to come up with properly tailored advice to suit our business."

Euan Burrows is particularly strong in behavioural mandates including cartel investigations and litigation. He advised Pirelli on the defence of cartel follow-on damages litigation stemming from the power cables cartel. A client values that he "is willing to be pragmatic and to help steer us on more strategic issues. His responsiveness on major issues has been second to none."

Duncan Liddell acts on merger control, investigations and litigation. He assisted Virgin Media with its Article 101 complaint in relation to the arrangements by which the Premier League sells its TV rights.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Competition Law

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Band 2

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on behalf of high-end clients from the retail, financial services, pharmaceutical and energy sectors on various competition law issues. Provides deep expertise in transactional and contentious matters.

Strengths "The team is unbelievably well connected with experts in all areas and seamlessly working together."

Work highlights Acted for NBCUniversal and its parent Comcast on the EC's investigation into pay-TV services.

Advised Booker Group on its GBP40 million acquisition of Musgrave Retail Partners, comprising the Budgens and Londis businesses.

Significant clients Cinven, CVC, MasterCard, Morgan Advanced Materials, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Morony heads the antitrust litigation team and is experienced in investigations and follow-on damages litigation. She represented Barclays Bank in the EC's investigations into Euribor and Libor. Sources admire her "extraordinary sense of tactics and strategy."

Antitrust head Alex Nourry specialises in non-contentious antitrust matters. He has experience in the retail, financial services, healthcare and transport sectors. He acted for Just Retirement Group on its GBP1.7 billion merger with Partnership Assurance Group to create JRP Group, cleared unconditionally in Phase I.

Greg Olsen specialises in non-contentious competition matters, with a focus on the financial services, retail and media sectors. He acted for Barclays Bank on the CMA's investigations into personal current accounts and banking services to SMEs.

Jenine Hulsmann acts on mergers, investigations and state aid. She advised Deutsche Telekom and EE on BT's GBP12.5 billion acquisition of EE, which was cleared unconditionally in Phase II. Clients state: "She gets to the point quickly, is good at interacting with business people, is not too legalistic and quite commercial."

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Competition Law

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Band 2

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive competition litigation focus representing clients in regulatory disputes, damages actions and judicial review proceedings. Also experienced in providing counsel on cartels, state aid work and mergers.

Strengths "Herbert Smith Freehills have a strong team and resources, and a practical and efficient approach."

"The team is really strong and provides a Rolls-Royce service."

Work highlights Represented Pilkington in various mandates related to the car glass cartel decision, including follow-on damages claims and appeals and challenges before the European authorities.

Advised Inter City Railways, a joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin Trains, on its award of the GBP5 billion InterCity East Coast rail franchise, securing Phase I clearance with undertakings in lieu.

Significant clients AbbVie, Virgin Atlantic Airways, TUI Travel.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Wisking is well regarded in the field of competition litigation and has experience in media, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and energy. He acted for Sky on the EC's investigation into pay-TV services. Clients praise his "focused and analytical" approach.

Litigator Kim Dietzel has been active of late on private damages actions and cartel investigations. She has notable expertise in the aviation industry. A sources notes: "We were dealing with some complex legal and strategic issues and she could boil it down to practical and useable advice."

James Quinney heads the competition, regulation and trade group. Clients note that "he is always very accessible at very short notice, he understands issues quickly and we get to the nub of the issue in a short period of time."

Veronica Roberts advises on both merger control and investigations. She recently advised Telefónica on the GBP10.25 billion sale of O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, which is currently under Phase II review before the EC.

Susan Black focuses on merger control, investigations and behavioural advice. She acted for Hammerson on the merger control aspects of a number of real estate transactions, including the EUR640 million Via joint venture and the GBP268 million Cabot Circus development.

Consultant Elizabeth McKnight continues to advise the team on a wide range of competition issues. She has particular expertise in electricity, water and financial services.

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Hogan Lovells - Competition Law

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on a wide range of domestic and international mergers and investigations on behalf of clients in the financial services, industrial and technology sectors. Handles all manner of competition mandates, including complex litigation work.

Strengths "Hogan Lovells provides commercial and manageable advice. They get our style very well. You feel you're in safe hands, they're a good team."

"The team have done an incredible job of getting on top of things, it is an example of what a quality litigation team can do. It is a lesson in how to run a case."

Work highlights Acted for Ofgem on two appeals before the CMA in relation to price control decisions.

Represented Chubb in its USD28.3 billion acquisition by ACE Group.

Significant clients Google, Trinity Mirror, Anschutz Entertainment Group, EY, Mars.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Heaton is an expert in antitrust litigation, acting frequently on damages actions. He represented Air Canada in the UK follow-on damages actions stemming from the EC's air cargo decision.

Global co-head of competition Suyong Kim acts on all types of contentious and non-contentious competition law. She acted for Alstom on the EUR12.4 billion sale of its power business to GE and its USD800 million acquisition of GE's signalling business.

Susan Bright acts on competition litigation and merger control with particular focus on financial services, insurance, transport and consumer goods. She was part of the team advising SABMiller on its USD104 billion acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Mark Jones acts on the full range of UK and EU competition law including state aid. He advised ARRIS Group on its USD2.1 billion acquisition of Pace. Sources remark that "he combines great analytical skills with a client-friendly manner."

Angus Coulter advises on merger control, investigations and commercial arrangements. He assisted AXA UK with its acquisition of the private medical insurance business of Simplyhealth. An impressed client states: "You always come out confident that you've found the right solution - he's got a good intellect and business acumen and makes good judgement calls."

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Baker McKenzie - Competition Law

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 17 associates

What the team is known for Impressive international practice representing clients from the utilities, financial services and TMT sectors in multi-jurisdictional competition work under UK and EU law. Assists with both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Strengths "Baker & McKenzie understand our business well and take a very commercially minded approach. They are responsive, quite flexible and easy to talk to."

"The team does very high-quality work for us - very analytical and thorough."

Work highlights Acted for Mitsubishi Electric on its appeal against the EC decision on the gas-insulated switchgear cartel.

Represented Panalpina in its appeal against the EC decision on the freight forwarding cartel.

Significant clients BAT, Rio Tinto, Carlsberg, British Airways, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

Samantha Mobley heads the EU competition practice and advises on both merger control and behavioural mandates. She has been active of late advising blue-chip clients on compliance and regulatory appeals.

Keith Jones has a broad competition practice and frequently advises clients in the healthcare and energy sectors. He acted for EDF on the CMA's investigation into the energy market. Sources describe him as "a class act."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Competition Law

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particular expertise in competition work arising in the highly regulated industries space, including financial services and transport. Strong disputes presence bolstered by increasing activity in claimant-side follow-on damages litigation.

Strengths "We appreciate their good understanding of our sector and our business - and their thought leadership on market issues."

"Norton Rose Fulbright are excellent - they have a really standout practice."

Work highlights Acted for HSBC on the EC investigation into Euribor.

Advised Reckitt Benckiser on its USD340 million acquisition of the K-Y brand from Johnson & Johnson.

Significant clients Delta, Stena, BP, Orange, Schneider Electric.

Notable practitioners

Peter Scott is an expert in contentious competition matters, acting for both defendants and claimants. He represented Vodafone as claimant in follow-on damages litigation stemming from the smart chips cartel. Sources remark that he is "strategic, incisive and insightful - and a very nice chap to work with."

Ian Giles acts on mergers and cartel investigations. He advised First Utility on the CMA's investigation into the energy sector. Clients note his "creative thinking" and "extremely responsive" approach as his strengths.

Martin Coleman is lauded by interviewees for his "gravitas and credibility." He has vast experience in the full range of competition law, notably in the aviation and financial services sectors.

Caroline Thomas acts on a range of contentious and non-contentious competition law matters including mergers and investigations. She was part of the team advising HSBC on CMA market studies into credit cards, mortgages and asset management.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP - Competition Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on a series of damages actions on behalf of both claimants and defendants as part of a healthy litigation practice. Expertise also includes advising on significant investigations and mergers.

Strengths "Berwin Leighton Paisner are very helpful and approachable - they are good communicators."

"The team is very prompt to respond. They are keen on clarity and they don't complicate things."

Work highlights Represented BCA Marketplace in the CMA's investigation into its acquisition of SMA Vehicle Remarketing.

Advised Arcadia on its response to the EC's e-commerce sector inquiry.

Significant clients AIG, Heathrow Airport, Investec, Sage, Tesco.

Notable practitioners

Department head Andrew Hockley acts on mergers, investigations and litigation. He acted for National Grid and ScottishPower on their GBP150 million follow-on damages claim against the power cables cartelists. Clients appreciate that he provides "excellent advice and support."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Competition Law

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What the team is known for International team offering expertise both across Europe and in the USA. Clients benefit from the London practice working alongside the Brussels office to provide representation in a wide variety of domestic and EU competition mandates.

Strengths "Cleary Gottlieb have a very strong contentious regulatory enforcement team."

Work highlights Assisted Google with the CMA's call for information on the use of consumer data.

Represented Hospital Corporation of America International in its appeal before the CAT against the CMA's package of remedies, including the divestment of hospital facilities, set out as a result of its private healthcare market investigation.

Significant clients Allergan, Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline, Lafarge, Ryanair.

Notable practitioners

The "exceptional" Maurits Dolmans is particularly well regarded for his expertise on the interface of competition and IP. He advised Google on antitrust litigation brought by Foundem and Streetmap before the English High Court.

Rising star Paul Gilbert acts on mergers, litigation and investigations. He was part of the team advising Hewlett-Packard on a market review of IT procurement.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Competition Law

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists clients from the retail, energy, automotive and TMT sectors among others on the full range of merger matters and competition disputes. London team works closely with the wider firm's UK offices on nationwide mandates.

Strengths "The team's commitment has been 100% - they have worked slavishly around the clock to produce a first-rate response. It was first-class on the technical side and stylish on content."

"We go to Eversheds for their experience, expertise, quality and cost-effectiveness."

Work highlights Represented the Dairy Crest Group in the GBP80 million sale of its dairies business to Müller Wiseman, which was cleared in Phase I.

Significant clients The London Clinic, Compass Group, Association of British Insurers, Cobham, Roche Products.

Notable practitioners

Ros Kellaway heads the competition team and is described by clients as "one of a kind - calm and collected in crisis situations and can cut through a lot of information and get to the crux of the issue." She specialises in cartels and investigations and has a varied client base in the financial services, food, utilities and automotive sectors.

Lesley Farrell focuses on competition litigation and in addition acts on mergers and investigations. Clients admire her "excellent written advice. She distilled a complex area of the law to perfection. Also, very timely responses and good practical guidance."

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Latham & Watkins - Competition Law

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enviable client base in the transport, life sciences and technology sectors, benefiting from an international presence in Brussels and across the USA. Active in mergers with additional strength in cartel damages work.

Work highlights Advised Aviva on its joint venture with Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada to invest in real estate in London.

Advised Actavis on its GBP306 million acquisition of Auden Mckenzie.

Significant clients London Metal Exchange, The Cooper Companies, Neptune Orient Lines, Sumitomo Electric Industries.

Notable practitioners

John Colahan acts on the full range of competition law. He was part of the team acting for GTCR on its GBP135 million acquisition of Gorkana Group, which was cleared in Phase I with remedies.

John Kallaugher has a broad competition practice with a focus on the transportation sector. He was part of the team representing Singapore Airlines as a Part 20 defendant in the air cargo litigation before the UK courts. Sources admire his "compendious knowledge."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Competition Law

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a wide range of integrated expertise, with the firm's IP practice advising on the interface of competition and IP law, as well as cartel matters utilising the wider expertise of the crime and investigations group. Works alongside its Brussels office to assist with EU competition issues.

Strengths "The team displays responsiveness, good value, a good international network, excellent individual specialist partners and very personable lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Cheyne Capital on the state aid aspects of the launch of the GBP300 million Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund.

Significant clients Orkla, Schlumberger, Ofgem.

Notable practitioners

Tony Woodgate is well regarded in both transactional and contentious competition law and focuses on the life sciences, technology and energy sectors. He has much experience working on IP-related competition law.

Charles Bankes acts on mergers and cartel investigations and litigation, and has been active of late in the financial services sector. He also recently advised Nippon Electric Glass on EUR267 million follow-on damages claims stemming from its participation in the CRT glass cartel.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Competition Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Works closely with the firm's offices across the UK to provide a nationwide competition service. Represents clients from a range of sectors including financial services, retail and telecoms in market investigations, private enforcement and mergers.

Strengths "The team offers personable colleagues who seek to understand our market."

"Addleshaw Goddard are brilliant."

Work highlights Advised JT Global on its proposed acquisition of the Airtel mobile telecoms business in the Channel Islands from the Bharti Group and the related acquisition by the Bharti Group of a stake in JT Global.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, William Hill, HolidayExtras, South East Water.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Kilpatrick advises on merger control and behavioural investigations. He acted for Tate & Lyle on the restructuring of its Eaststarch business. Sources describe him as "very intelligent, questioning, very thoughtful and good at focusing on what matters. He is charming and pleasant as well."

Rona Bar-Isaac has a broad practice and is particularly experienced in the retail, water and financial services sectors. An impressed client describes her as "strong in her technical knowledge, commercially aware and effective."

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DLA Piper LLP - Competition Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service practice active of late in mergers, investigations, damages actions and appeals of regulatory decisions. Works closely with the firm's offices across the UK and worldwide.

Strengths "DLA Piper have done well in understanding us and getting tangible benefits."

Work highlights Advised Synergy Health on its USD5.2 billion acquisition by STERIS.

Significant clients FA Premier League, British Horseracing Authority, Discovery Communications, Akzo Nobel, Hain Celestial Group.

Notable practitioners

Sam Szlezinger recently joined the firm from Dentons. He advises on the full range of competition law including state aid. He has recent experience in the media, sport, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

Alexandra Kamerling advises on mergers, distribution arrangements and abuse of dominance. She acted for Celesio as owner of Lloyds Pharmacy on its GBP125 million acquisition of 271 in-store pharmacies from Sainsbury's. One client describes her as "at the top of her game and commercial too."

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Nabarro LLP - Competition Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particular strength in behavioural cases and market investigations. Noted expertise in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and automotive sectors. Also advises on state aid and merger control.

Strengths "The team is clear, concise and pragmatic. They take a risk-based approach and are personable and good to deal with."

"Nabarro are excellent in this field."

Work highlights Continued to advise Hospital Corporation of America on its appeal against the CMA's decision forcing it to divest hospital facilities in London.

Continued to represent GlaxoSmithKline in the CMA's investigation into reverse patent settlements in relation to paroxetine.

Significant clients Thomson Reuters, Mercedes-Benz, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, United Biscuits, Brookfield Utilities UK.

Notable practitioners

Cyrus Mehta is particularly well regarded for behavioural mandates and market investigations. He is highly experienced in the healthcare sector. Sources remark: "He has a very pleasant operating style that combines clarity and firmness with charm."

Brian Sher acts on both behavioural instructions and merger control. He has particular expertise in abuse of dominance cases. A client notes: "He is very pragmatic in his advice, which I value greatly. He is also responsive and manages client expectations very well."

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Pinsent Masons - Competition Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Represents clients across all areas of competition law. Continues to develop strength in the field of competition litigation and well regarded for expertise in state aid. Works closely with the firm's offices across the UK.

Strengths "Pinsent Masons are very efficient, knowledgeable and have a good understanding of commercial needs. They have a good strategic sense of how to get the client where they want to be."

"The team is an excellent set of competition lawyers, deeply committed to delivering great outcomes for clients."

Work highlights Continued to represent E.ON UK in the CMA's market investigation into retail energy.

Significant clients Saint-Gobain, European Commission, Hanson, Ferrovial, DCC.

Notable practitioners

Guy Lougher heads the EU and competition group. He advises on mergers as well as market investigations. He acted for Groupe Eurotunnel on its merger control litigation against the CMA that reached the Supreme Court. Clients describe him as "an excellent competition lawyer who is always available to provide quick advice."

Alan Davis has particular expertise in criminal cartel investigations as well as advising on merger control, investigations and state aid. Clients describe him as an "excellent lawyer and a strong relationship builder."

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RPC - Competition Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Wins plaudits for advising on high-profile competition litigation. Acts for both claimants and defendants on follow-on damages actions. Also advises on behavioural investigations and mergers with a broad client base including prestigious companies in the insurance, retail and TMT sectors.

Strengths "From a client relationship perspective they were fantastic and the work product was stellar."

"They have been outstanding and this has allowed me to pursue these matters with confidence."

Work highlights Represented RSA in the CMA's private motor insurance market investigation.

Advised Snap-on UK Holdings on the compatibility of its franchise agreements with competition law.

Significant clients Sports Direct International, Daily Mail & General Trust, Johnson Controls, PizzaExpress, Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Notable practitioners

Lambros Kilaniotis in London leads the firm's competition practice.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Competition Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 of counsel
- 1 counsel
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A good choice for multi-jurisdictional mandates, drawing strength from the firm's Brussels and US offerings. Acts on all aspects of competition law including state aid. Experienced in the chemicals, healthcare, financial services and TMT sectors.

Strengths "Shearman & Sterling are very responsive, proactive, thoughtful, very knowledgeable of the wider environment and our arrangements and structure."

Work highlights Advised Liberty Global on its GBP3.5 billion bid for Cable & Wireless Communications and its USD195 million acquisition of a 3.4% stake in Lions Gate Entertainment.

Acted for HeidelbergCement on the sale of its North American and UK building products business to an affiliate of Lone Star Funds for USD1.4 billion.

Significant clients Viacom, BMI Healthcare, Dow Chemical, Anglo American, Cargolux Airlines.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Readings acts on the full range of EU and UK competition law, with a focus on the financial services industry. He represented Intercontinental Exchange on its USD650 million acquisition of Trayport. One source notes: "I am impressed with his clear technical knowledge and his ability."

James Webber advises clients in the financial services, TMT and healthcare sectors on mergers, behavioural mandates and state aid. He acted for Albemarle on its USD6.2 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings. An impressed client states: "He was a star in running our case."

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Senior Statesmen

Christopher Bellamy

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christopher Bellamy is highly respected in all areas of competition law and remains well regarded by his peers. He has been active of late on multinational mergers.

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Senior Statesmen

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Coleman is lauded by interviewees for his "gravitas and credibility." He has vast experience in the full range of competition law, notably in the aviation and financial services sectors.

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Senior Statesmen

Elizabeth McKnight

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Consultant Elizabeth McKnight continues to advise the team on a wide range of competition issues. She has particular expertise in electricity, water and financial services.

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Eminent Practitioner

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Esteemed practitioner David Aitman has vast experience in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of competition law.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Rod Carlton as "really outstanding - an extremely bright partner, someone who can think outside the box." He advises principally on merger control and investigations, recently advising BT Group on its GBP12.5 billion acquisition of EE, which was cleared after a Phase II CMA review.

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Philippe Chappatte

Slaughter and May

From the Chambers Europe guide

Global competition head Philippe Chappatte has vast experience in mergers and investigations. He acted for Booking.com in relation to investigations into online hotel booking platform MFNs conducted by numerous national competition authorities. One source remarks: "He is clearly one of the top competition lawyers in Europe; the regulators clearly have respect for him."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Cutting is an expert in competition investigations, with notable experience in the regulated utilities sector. He advised Pennon Group on its GBP100.3 million acquisition of Bournemouth Water from SembCorp, which was cleared in Phase II. Clients value that he has "extensive experience of competition law, and is a good team player and a pragmatic adviser."

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Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stephen Kon of Macfarlanes LLP is a renowned expert in all aspects of competition law including transactional and litigious advice. He has advised clients in the TMT and pharmaceuticals sectors. One impressed source remarks: "His advice is invaluable and has been instrumental in our company's success."

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Bertrand Louveaux

Slaughter and May

From the Chambers Europe guide

Praised by sources as "stunningly good," Bertrand Louveaux is skilled in all aspects of competition law before both UK and EU regulators. He advised Nationwide Building Society on the CMA's retail banking market investigation.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Global head of competition Nigel Parr is skilled in the full range of contentious and non-contentious competition mandates. He acted for Lloyds Banking Group on the CMA's market investigations into personal current accounts, business current accounts and the provision of finance to SMEs. A client remarks: "Nigel is a genuine heavy hitter in the field, but never comes across as aloof. Instead he describes things very clearly and works through practical examples to come up with properly tailored advice to suit our business."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Deirdre Trapp principally focuses on non-contentious competition mandates. She advised InterContinental Hotel Group on a number of investigations by national competition authorities into the use of most-favoured nation (MFN) clauses by Booking.com and Expedia. Interviewees say: "She is excellent - first-class - a very trusted source of advice."

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Christian Ahlborn

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Ahlborn has notable experience in mergers, abuse of dominance and state aid, and is lauded by clients as "very clear, articulate and hard-working." He was part of a team advising numerous investment banks on the FCA's investigation into investment and corporate banking.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-head of global antitrust Antonio Bavasso acts on the full range of competition law mandates. He advised VimpelCom on the USD11.8 billion merger between VimpelCom subsidiary WIND and 3 Italia. A client notes: "He has a very good understanding of our business and therefore his advice is always tailored to the industry we work in."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Davies acts on investigations and high-profile mergers, recently acting for Anheuser-Busch InBev on its GBP71 billion acquisition of SABMiller. Sources value that "he is an antitrust lawyer who can take a position in difficult circumstances - excellent at telling the board what they need to do from an antitrust perspective."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "exceptional" Maurits Dolmans is particularly well regarded for his expertise on the interface of competition and IP. He advised Google on antitrust litigation brought by Foundem and Streetmap before the English High Court.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Friend heads the London antitrust group and advises on all aspects of competition law, most notably in relation to regulated industries. He assisted Berkshire Hathaway with its proposed USD37.2 billion acquisition of Precision Castparts. Sources admire his "very sensible, thoughtful and strategic advice."

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marc Israel of Macfarlanes LLP of White & Case LLP acts on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious competition law. He acted for Exor on its acquisition of Pearson Group's GBP469 million stake in The Economist Newspaper. Clients say: "He is clearly in command of his area and he has great experience."

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers Europe guide

Claire Jeffs acts on both behavioural investigations and high-profile mergers. She acted for Ball on its GBP4.3 billion acquisition of Rexam, which was cleared with remedies at Phase II. Sources describe her as "very able and a good all-rounder."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicole Kar advises on merger control and utilities regulation and has notable expertise in cartels and regulatory investigations. She acted for Barclays Bank on the FCA market study into the credit card market.

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ros Kellaway heads the competition team and is described by clients as "one of a kind - calm and collected in crisis situations and can cut through a lot of information and get to the crux of the issue." She specialises in cartels and investigations and has a varied client base in the financial services, food, utilities and automotive sectors.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruce Kilpatrick advises on merger control and behavioural investigations. He acted for Tate & Lyle on the restructuring of its Eaststarch business. Sources describe him as "very intelligent, questioning, very thoughtful and good at focusing on what matters. He is charming and pleasant as well."

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Europe guide

Global co-head of competition Suyong Kim acts on all types of contentious and non-contentious competition law. She acted for Alstom on the EUR12.4 billion sale of its power business to GE and its USD800 million acquisition of GE's signalling business.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Duncan Liddell acts on merger control, investigations and litigation. He assisted Virgin Media with its Article 101 complaint in relation to the arrangements by which the Premier League sells its TV rights.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Samantha Mobley heads the EU competition practice and advises on both merger control and behavioural mandates. She has been active of late advising blue-chip clients on compliance and regulatory appeals.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antitrust head Alex Nourry specialises in non-contentious antitrust matters. He has experience in the retail, financial services, healthcare and transport sectors. He acted for Just Retirement Group on its GBP1.7 billion merger with Partnership Assurance Group to create JRP Group, cleared unconditionally in Phase I.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Simon Priddis advises on the full range of competition mandates. He advised Müller UK & Ireland Group on its acquisition of Dairy Crest Group, which was cleared at Phase I. A client remarks: "His technical knowledge was excellent and his commercial awareness and strategic planning for how to approach the process were very impressive."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simon Pritchard has experience in mergers and behavioural investigations. He acted for Greene King on its GBP774 million takeover of Spirit Pub Company, which was cleared in Phase I with remedies.

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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paula Riedel of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP heads the department at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, having recently joined from Linklaters. She acts on the full range of competition law across various industry sectors. Clients say: "She has a very calm demeanour - not fazed by anything - just massively experienced and pragmatic."

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Nicholas Spearing

Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicholas Spearing of Davis Polk & Wardwell London LLP advises on merger control and behavioural mandates at the EU and UK level.

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Bristows LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pat Treacy of Bristows LLP is described by clients as "a fantastic lawyer: she has a good understanding of business dynamics, is always calm and collected and provides advice in a digestible way." She acts on a broad range of competition law mandates, with particular expertise in matters at the intersect of IP and competition law.

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Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tom Usher of Macfarlanes LLP has broad expertise on all aspects of competition law with noted focus on financial services and IP-heavy sectors. Clients describe him as "extremely bright, knowledgeable and business-friendly. He is excellent at strategising and always looks to the bigger picture."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alasdair Balfour acts on a broad range of merger control and behavioural mandates, with notable experience in mergers that have gone to Phase II or involved complex remedy packages. He acted for Tullett Prebon on its GBP1.11 billion merger with ICAP.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Charles Bankes acts on mergers and cartel investigations and litigation, and has been active of late in the financial services sector. He also recently advised Nippon Electric Glass on EUR267 million follow-on damages claims stemming from its participation in the CRT glass cartel.

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Europe guide

Susan Bright acts on competition litigation and merger control with particular focus on financial services, insurance, transport and consumer goods. She was part of the team advising SABMiller on its USD104 billion acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Euan Burrows is particularly strong in behavioural mandates including cartel investigations and litigation. He advised Pirelli on the defence of cartel follow-on damages litigation stemming from the power cables cartel. A client values that he "is willing to be pragmatic and to help steer us on more strategic issues. His responsiveness on major issues has been second to none."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alastair Chapman is experienced in both mergers and investigations in sectors including financial services, private equity and mining. He assisted Yandex with its formal complaint to the EC regarding the investigation into Google's behaviour in relation to the Android mobile operating system. Sources state: "He is very astute and good at prioritising what the key points are."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Colahan acts on the full range of competition law. He was part of the team acting for GTCR on its GBP135 million acquisition of Gorkana Group, which was cleared in Phase I with remedies.

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Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alan Davis has particular expertise in criminal cartel investigations as well as advising on merger control, investigations and state aid. Clients describe him as an "excellent lawyer and a strong relationship builder."

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lesley Farrell focuses on competition litigation and in addition acts on mergers and investigations. Clients admire her "excellent written advice. She distilled a complex area of the law to perfection. Also, very timely responses and good practical guidance."

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

From the Chambers Europe guide

Davina Garrod of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld advises clients in the financial services, energy and TMT sectors on the full range of competition law. Impressed clients describe her as "very energetic, very motivated and always trying to be proactive."

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Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Harrison of Mayer Brown International LLP recently joined Mayer Brown International LLP from Berwin Leighton Paisner and advises on a wide range of competition mandates. Sources say: "He knows his stuff and is very thoughtful about how to use economics on a case."

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Jones acts on the full range of UK and EU competition law including state aid. He advised ARRIS Group on its USD2.1 billion acquisition of Pace. Sources remark that "he combines great analytical skills with a client-friendly manner."

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Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Guy Lougher heads the EU and competition group. He advises on mergers as well as market investigations. He acted for Groupe Eurotunnel on its merger control litigation against the CMA that reached the Supreme Court. Clients describe him as "an excellent competition lawyer who is always available to provide quick advice."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philip Mansfield advises on cartels, mergers disputes and market studies, with notable expertise in the technology sector. He represented Hitachi in an EC investigation into alleged cartel behaviour in relation to a range of automotive parts. One interviewee states: "I have been very impressed with Philip Mansfield. He is on the ball, very pragmatic and keeps us up to date - he is someone I like to work with."

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cyrus Mehta is particularly well regarded for behavioural mandates and market investigations. He is highly experienced in the healthcare sector. Sources remark: "He has a very pleasant operating style that combines clarity and firmness with charm."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frances Murphy of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP acts on a range of competition disputes and investigations. She advised Sainsbury's on its follow-on damages claims against Visa and MasterCard stemming from the charging of interchange fees. Clients describe her as "clear-sighted, pragmatic and personable - she is good in a crisis."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ali Nikpay heads the department at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and acts on all aspects of competition law, with particular expertise in mergers. Clients value his experience at the OFT and say: "He is brilliant strategically and tactically, and is a great advocate."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Greg Olsen specialises in non-contentious competition matters, with a focus on the financial services, retail and media sectors. He acted for Barclays Bank on the CMA's investigations into personal current accounts and banking services to SMEs.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

James Quinney heads the competition, regulation and trade group. Clients note that "he is always very accessible at very short notice, he understands issues quickly and we get to the nub of the issue in a short period of time."

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matthew Readings acts on the full range of EU and UK competition law, with a focus on the financial services industry. He represented Intercontinental Exchange on its USD650 million acquisition of Trayport. One source notes: "I am impressed with his clear technical knowledge and his ability."

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Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nigel Seay of Travers Smith LLP is a "very skilled, solution-driven lawyer" according to sources. He has a broad competition practice and recently acted for Renesas on a damages claim brought by Vodafone following on from the EC smart chips cartel decision.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Brian Sher acts on both behavioural instructions and merger control. He has particular expertise in abuse of dominance cases. A client notes: "He is very pragmatic in his advice, which I value greatly. He is also responsive and manages client expectations very well." 

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Tuppers Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stephen Tupper of Tuppers Law specialises in competition and regulatory law in the utilities sector. He recently assisted Tribune Group with setting up its international distribution system. A source says: "Stephen was very quick in understanding everything and did a fantastic job in crafting a legal strategy."

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HFW

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anthony Woolich of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP is described by a client as "affable and approachable," and as someone who is "thoughtful and doesn't rush to judgement."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

James Aitken acts on mergers, investigations and litigation. He advised CK Hutchison on its proposed GBP10.3 billion acquisition of Telefónica's O2 business. Sources highlight the value of his experience working at the CAT.

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Timothy R.W. Cowen

Preiskel & Co LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timothy Cowen recently joined Preiskel & Co LLP from Sidley Austin. His expertise covers the full range of competition law, with a particular focus on the telecoms sector. He acted for Streetmap on its abuse of dominance damages claim against Google.

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Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cameron Firth of Macfarlanes LLP is particularly skilled in investigations and litigation. Clients value his "good legal knowledge of competition law and his really good ability to describe it to non-legal people."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tim Frazer of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP acts on all aspects of competition law, principally for clients in the pharmaceuticals sector. He advised Mondelēz International on its USD7 billion joint venture with D.E Master Blenders 1753, which was cleared by the EC at Phase II. Sources say: "He is truly excellent in all areas - technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service."

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Andrew Hockley acts on mergers, investigations and litigation. He acted for National Grid and ScottishPower on their GBP150 million follow-on damages claim against the power cables cartelists. Clients appreciate that he provides "excellent advice and support."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say Marjorie Holmes of Reed Smith LLP "has a talent of getting to the point without neglecting other issues which may be important at a later stage." She has recently advised clients in the retail, shipping and media sectors.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jenine Hulsmann acts on mergers, investigations and state aid. She advised Deutsche Telekom and EE on BT's GBP12.5 billion acquisition of EE, which was cleared unconditionally in Phase II. Clients state: "She gets to the point quickly, is good at interacting with business people, is not too legalistic and quite commercial."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Keith Jones has a broad competition practice and frequently advises clients in the healthcare and energy sectors. He acted for EDF on the CMA's investigation into the energy market. Sources describe him as "a class act."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Kallaugher has a broad competition practice with a focus on the transportation sector. He was part of the team representing Singapore Airlines as a Part 20 defendant in the air cargo litigation before the UK courts. Sources admire his "compendious knowledge."

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicholas Pimlott of Fieldfisher acts on the full range of competition law including state aid and public procurement. He advised Pearson VUE on its acquisition of the computer-based testing business of learndirect. Clients describe him as "extremely clever and hard-working."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Veronica Roberts advises on both merger control and investigations. She recently advised Telefónica on the GBP10.25 billion sale of O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, which is currently under Phase II review before the EC.

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Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jeremy Robinson of Watson Farley & Williams recently moved to Watson Farley & Williams from Hill Dickinson. He advises on the full range of competition law in the aviation, transport, energy and utilities sectors. Clients appreciate his "exceptional, in-depth understanding of our industry," and also his "outstanding interpersonal skills."

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Rodriguez of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP heads the EU competition department at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and has particular experience in high-value mergers, recently acting for ZF Friedrichshafen on its USD13.5 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings. He also acts on cartels and state aid.

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Ince & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Ruttley of Ince & Co heads acts on the full range of competition law, with a focus on the shipping and aviation sectors. He has recently been acting on numerous investigations.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Mark Sansom is "phenomenally intelligent and at the top of his game." He has recently been highly active in the field of cartel damages, including being part of the team acting for Infineon on its defence against a follow-on claim brought by Vodafone stemming from the EC's decision in relation to smart card chips.

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe John Schmidt of Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP as "phenomenal - a really high-quality and assured competition adviser." He is particularly experienced in abuse of dominance and follow-on cartel damages litigation. He advised Teva on the CMA's investigation into pay-for-delay agreements in relation to paroxetine.

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Bristows LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stephen Smith of Bristows LLP has a broad competition practice. One source notes he is "enthusiastic about his clients and one of the most commercial lawyers I have worked with: practical, efficient, always willing to take a view and come to a workable solution."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gillian Sproul recently joined Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP from Mayer Brown. She advises on mergers, cartels and litigation. A source says: "Gillian is exceptional - a very experienced competition lawyer. She is very knowledgeable about our industry and she has a great analytical brain."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tony Woodgate is well regarded in both transactional and contentious competition law and focuses on the life sciences, technology and energy sectors. He has much experience working on IP-related competition law.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rona Bar-Isaac has a broad practice and is particularly experienced in the retail, water and financial services sectors. An impressed client describes her as "strong in her technical knowledge, commercially aware and effective."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Susan Black focuses on merger control, investigations and behavioural advice. She acted for Hammerson on the merger control aspects of a number of real estate transactions, including the EUR640 million Via joint venture and the GBP268 million Cabot Circus development.

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Howard A Cartlidge

DWF LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Howard Cartlidge of DWF LLP recently joined DWF LLP from Olswang and focuses on investigations and litigation, especially in the TMT and life sciences sectors. Of late he has been highly active on mergers. Clients say: "His pragmatic approach to things is very helpful."

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tobias Caspary of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises on mergers and cartels. He acted for KKR on its acquisition of a minority interest in Marshall Wace. Sources say: "He is an excellent lawyer and has very good judgement."

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers Europe guide

Angus Coulter advises on merger control, investigations and commercial arrangements. He assisted AXA UK with its acquisition of the private medical insurance business of Simplyhealth. An impressed client states: "You always come out confident that you've found the right solution - he's got a good intellect and business acumen and makes good judgement calls."

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Winston & Strawn London LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Crowther heads the EU competition practice at Winston & Strawn London LLP and acts on all aspects of competition law. Interviewees remark that he is "pragmatic, responsive and team-oriented."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicholas French has a principally transactional practice. He splits his time between London, Hong Kong and Beijing, where he co-heads the China antitrust, competition and trade practice.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ian Giles acts on mergers and cartel investigations. He advised First Utility on the CMA's investigation into the energy sector. Clients note his "creative thinking" and "extremely responsive" approach as his strengths.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philipp Girardet of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's expertise spans the full range of competition law in the FMCG, telecoms, financial services and e-commerce sectors. Clients admire that he "doesn't sit on the fence and is willing to give punchy advice."

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Alexandra Kamerling

DLA Piper LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandra Kamerling advises on mergers, distribution arrangements and abuse of dominance. She acted for Celesio as owner of Lloyds Pharmacy on its GBP125 million acquisition of 271 in-store pharmacies from Sainsbury's. One client describes her as "at the top of her game and commercial too."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Douglas Lahnborg of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is "very experienced, organised, good at strategy and planning as well as being proactive," according to commentators. He acts for clients in sectors including technology, telecoms and healthcare.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adrian Magnus of Dentons heads the department at Dentons having recently joined from Berwin Leighton Paisner. He advises on mergers, behavioural mandates, investigations and litigation.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Becket McGrath of Cooley LLP heads the competition department of Cooley LLP. He is experienced in litigation and behavioural investigations particularly in the TMT sector.

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Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simon Neill of Osborne Clarke LLP heads the competition department of Osborne Clarke LLP. He has particular expertise in merger control, most notably in the retail, transportation and technology sectors. A source states that he has "good knowledge of and insight into our business."

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Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Ajal Notowicz of Dickson Minto WS "is technically excellent and is able to communicate complicated issues in a straightforward manner." He advises on merger control as well as behavioural mandates. He acts for a range of clients from private equity houses to SMEs.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Potter advises on both high-profile mergers and cartel investigations. He assisted D.E Master Blenders 1753 and its shareholder JAB Holding on the creation of a joint venture between D.E Master Blenders 1753 and Mondelēz International, which was cleared with commitments after an abridged Phase II review.

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Rees of Squire Patton Boggs advises on mergers as well as behavioural investigations and litigation. He acted for Cathay Pacific in the air cargo litigation including the follow-on damages claim and a judicial review of the EC decision.

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Diarmuid Ryan of Squire Patton Boggs acts on the full range of competition law. Impressed sources say he offers "very good output all round." He assisted Poundworld with representations made to the CMA in relation to Poundland's merger with 99p Stores.

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Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Stone of Charles Russell Speechlys is experienced in all aspects of EU and UK competition law. Clients say he is "good at taking the complex and making it comprehensible and commercially applicable."

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DLA Piper LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sam Szlezinger recently joined the firm from Dentons. He advises on the full range of competition law including state aid. He has recent experience in the media, sport, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, Isabel Taylor "is a joy to work with - she has absolutely superb judgement, an unmatched determination and is utterly unflappable throughout." She combines expertise in competition and regulatory law, and acted for Northern Powergrid on its appeal against Ofgem's price control.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kate Vernon of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is experienced in all aspects of competition law. Recently she has been active on investigations and pay-for-delay litigation.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Robert Vidal of Taylor Wessing LLP advises on mergers and investigations. He acted for Ranbaxy Laboratories on its appeal to the General Court against the EC decision in the Lundbeck case regarding reverse payment patent settlements. Clients describe him as a "consummate problem solver."

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Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Malcolm Walton of Macfarlanes LLP advises on mergers, cartels and abuse of dominance. He advised Vision Capital and Pork Farms on Pork Farms' acquisition of the chilled savoury pastry business of Kerry Foods, which was cleared at Phase II. A source remarks: "He gave us clear and detailed guidance."

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Chauncy & Co ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philip Wareham of Chauncy & Co ltd is an expert in state aid and procurement. Sources admire his expertise in the transport industry and his "practical, no-nonsense approach."

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Charles Whiddington

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Charles Whiddington of Fieldfisherheads the competition and EU regulatory group at Fieldfisher. He advises on the full range of competition law, with noted experience in regulated sectors such as energy, life sciences and transport.

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Up and Coming

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rising star Paul Gilbert acts on mergers, litigation and investigations. He was part of the team advising Hewlett-Packard on a market review of IT procurement.

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Bristows LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sophie Lawrance of Bristows LLP advises on contentious and non-contentious competition law in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. She was part of the team assisting Google with UK litigation brought by Foundem related to alleged abuse of dominance. Sources describe her as "very practical, dedicated and hard-working, and she always gets back to you with sensible advice promptly. She is a pleasure to work with."

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Up and Coming

Francesco Liberatore

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francesco Liberatore of Squire Patton Boggs is a noted expert in the telecoms sector and acts on mergers as well as behavioural mandates. An impressed source describes him as "extremely efficient and helpful throughout."

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Up and Coming

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Louisa Penny of Taylor Wessing LLP advises on both contentious and transactional competition mandates. Sources say: "She will be a superstar. She never drops the ball and is great with clients."

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Up and Coming

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

James Webber advises clients in the financial services, TMT and healthcare sectors on mergers, behavioural mandates and state aid. He acted for Albemarle on its USD6.2 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings. An impressed client states: "He was a star in running our case."

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Associates to watch

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Markham of CMS advises on cartels, abuse of dominance and merger control in a range of industry sectors from life sciences to financial services. Sources describe him as "very capable and very pleasant to deal with."

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Associates to watch

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Caroline Thomas acts on a range of contentious and non-contentious competition law matters including mergers and investigations. She was part of the team advising HSBC on CMA market studies into credit cards, mortgages and asset management.

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