Andreas von Bonin has a broad practice but is particularly well regarded for his work on state aid, most notably with regard to national tax regimes. He recently advised Atlas Copco on its challenge to the EC's decision that Belgian 'excess profit' tax rulings were illegal state aid. A client states: "Mr Von Bonin is most effective - he brings strategic insight combined with discipline and rigour."
Brussels and London-based John Davies is an expert in merger control and has recent experience advising on behavioural investigations in the financial sector. He acted for AB InBev on its USD108 billion acquisition of SABMiller. Sources say that his "strong point is strategy."
Chair of the Antitrust Lawyers’ Association for Germany, Austria and Switzerland Frank Montag acts on complex mergers and behavioural investigations. He has an enviable client base including many German industrial companies. He represented Siemens in the EC's Phase II investigation of its USD7.6 billion merger with Dresser Rand. Clients say: "He is very good at talking to high-level management and providing a good sense of comfort."
The "excellent" Onno Brouwer splits his time between Brussels and Amsterdam. He is a renowned litigator with much experience in behavioural matters. Cartel damages litigation is an increasing part of his practice in which he has received numerous instructions including representing ABB in damages claims stemming from the switchgear cartel.
Praised by sources as an "extremely strong lawyer," Thomas Janssens heads the Belgian competition team and practises at the EU and Belgian domestic levels. He is particularly experienced in merger control, recently advising Boehringer Ingelheim on its EUR22 billion asset swap with Sanofi.
David Broomhall co-heads the firm's antitrust, competition and trade group. He advised Rosneft on the competition and regulatory aspects of various proposed high-value global trading structures. Clients value that "he is articulate and writes very well," adding: "When there is a complex case he is able to help us deal with it in a way that is digestible for non-lawyers."
Andrew Renshaw's recent activity has included mergers and behavioural investigations. He advised Partnership Assurance Group on its GBP1.8 billion merger with Just Retirement Group. Sources note his "technical knowledge and years of experience combined with strategic advice."
Laurent Garzaniti acts on mergers and cartels at both the EU and Belgian domestic levels. He recently acted for Solvay on its EUR5.5 billion acquisition of Cytec Industries. He is described by clients as "exceptional, very skilful and going far beyond just legal advice."
Alan Ryan specialises in merger control and recently assisted Hewlett-Packard with its separation into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. A commentator says he is "very practical, he really knows his subject and he impressed me."
"Superstar" Rafique Bachour is described by clients as "very smart, pragmatic and client-friendly." He has a busy practice focused on mergers and behavioural investigations. He successfully represented NEC in the EC's optical disc drives investigation resulting in the client being dropped from proceedings.
Thomas Wessely boasts particular experience of challenging mergers in the telecoms sector, recently acting for CK Hutchinson on the EC's Phase II investigation of its EUR21.8 billion joint venture with VimpelCom. He is German-qualified and advises on both EU and German domestic competition law.
Sascha Schubert acts primarily on mergers and recently represented Telenet in the EC's Phase II investigation of its USD1.3 billion acquisition of BASE. Clients value that "he is very quick to get into a case and understand the detail, the mechanics and competitive landscape of a case. He is committed, responsive and in a personal sense nice to work with."