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Global Guide

Competition/European Law — Belgium

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UK-qualified Nicholas Levy acts on high-profile mergers and investigations before both EU and UK authorities. He acted for Molson Coors on antitrust aspects of its USD12 billion acquisition of SABMiller's interest in MillerCoors. An impressed client gives the opinion that Levy is "the best merger control lawyer in the world," and continues: "Nick is the standard to which all attorneys should aspire," adding that "he is a delightful person to work with" and the lawyer of choice for "the most challenging work."

State aid expert Till Müller-Ibold assists clients in a range of sectors including energy, aviation and pharmaceuticals. He continues to advise Alcoa on allegations of state aid stemming from the setting of advantageous electricity tariffs by the Italian government.

Antoine Winckler is French-qualified and remains a popular choice for French multinationals. He assisted Hachette Livre with the EC's investigation into alleged abuse of dominance linked to 'most-favoured nation' clauses and Amazon's e-book distribution deals. Clients say he is a "likeable person" who is "easy to work with."

Maurits Dolmans is noted for his experience in the technology sector, being recently engaged in numerous high-profile investigations and litigations. He represented Huawei Technologies against ZTE in ECJ proceedings stemming from German litigation on standard-essential patents. Sources state that he is "well known and a very nice man," while others are "particularly impressed by his work in the field of IT and the intersection of IP and competition." 

Francisco Enrique González-Díaz is Spanish-qualified and frequently acts on Spanish-related mandates. His practice covers investigations, mergers and state aid. He advised Western Digital on its USD19 billion acquisition of Sandisk. One satisfied client reports that "he takes advantage of every opportunity he has to make the case for his client, and his arguments are so compelling and tightly constructed that they almost always win the day," before adding that "he throws his head and his heart into his clients' matters."

Robbert Snelders is particularly strong on cartels, abuse of dominance and litigation. He assisted ExxonMobil with proceedings before the European General Court, obtaining a EUR20 million reduction in a cartel fine imposed as a result of the paraffin wax investigation. Clients say he is "hugely experienced and able to guide us in a really good way."

François-Charles Laprévote acts on all aspects of EU competition law and is particularly well regarded in state aid. He advised BPI France and the French state on sovereign matters in connection with GE's USD12.4 billion offer to acquire the thermal power, renewable power and grid businesses of Alstom.

Romano Subiotto QC is a UK-qualified barrister who acts on a wide range of competition law mandates including high-profile mergers and litigation. He acted for Merck on the USD14.2 billion sale of its consumer care business to Bayer.

Christopher Cook is most frequently instructed on merger control. He assisted Dow Chemical with its USD130 billion all-stock merger with DuPont. A client says: "He is very knowledgeable, technically very good and he fitted into our team well."

Thomas Graf acts on distribution arrangements and behavioural investigations. He continues to advise Google on the EC's investigations into alleged abuse of dominance in both the Android and online search markets. He receives praise from peers for his work on the Google investigations and impresses sources with his "hard-working approach."

German-qualified Stephan Barthelmess splits his time between Frankfurt and Brussels. He advises on contentious and transactional matters before both European and German authorities. He recently acted for EDF on state aid litigation related to the sale of EnBW to Land BadenWürttemberg.

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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."

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Bernard Amory has a broad practice with particular expertise in the telecoms and media sectors. He acted for Monster Beverage on a USD2.15 billion series of transactions with Coca-Cola.

Alexandre Verheyden acts on all aspects of competition law before both Belgian and EU authorities. He is a noted expert in the telecoms sector. He was part of the team advising KPN International/BASE on litigation concerning alleged abuse of dominance in the mobile telecoms sector. He has a number of high-profile French clients. Sources describe him as "a great strategic thinker and litigator with very wide experience."

Mario Todino is a recent hire from Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners. He is Italian-qualified and advises on all aspects of competition law, most notably state aid and merger control. He has experience acting before EU and Italian authorities.

Philipp Werner is German-qualified and frequently advises on merger control and state aid at the EU and German levels. He advised the SIGNA Group on the EUR3 billion merger between department store chains Karstadt and Kaufhof.

French-qualified Charlotte Breuvart advises on mergers, behavioural mandates and state aid with a notable focus on the energy sector. Clients say she has a "very thorough and detail-oriented mind and delivers top-quality legal advice." She acted for Suez Environnement on its proposed EUR842 million acquisition of the Belgian waste management company Indaver from Delta.

Serge Clerckx covers all types of competition law within the consumer goods, technology and IT sectors. He continues to act for Procter & Gamble on numerous transactions including the USD12.5 billion sale of its beauty brands to Coty. Clients remark: "He has mastered the technical details of European competition law and he knows our company very well and is very sensitive to commercial realities; therefore, his advice is always very practical."

Yvan Desmedt is described by clients as "excellent in all aspects." He splits his time between Amsterdam and Brussels acting on Dutch domestic and EU-level mandates. He is part of the team that continues to advise Carlyle on its USD3 billion acquisition of TE Connectivity's broadband network and wireless business. 

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Sven Völcker is the co-chair of the global antitrust and competition practice. He is experienced in both mergers and behavioural mandates at the EU and German national levels and counts many prestigious German companies among his clients. He advised Avago Technologies on its USD37 billion acquisition of Broadcom. An interviewee states: "He is doing extremely well and consolidating himself as a market leader."

Lars Kjølbye is experienced in all aspects of EU competition law in a range of sectors including software, energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms. He was part of the team that advised Siemens on its USD7.8 billion acquisition of Dresser-Rand that was cleared unconditionally at Phase II.

Howard Rosenblatt is US-qualified and acts on all aspects of EU and US competition law. He assisted Live Nation with obtaining unconditional merger clearance of its acquisition of the resale ticketing company Seatwave, following a post-closing investigation. A client describes him as "brilliant and client-focused. He offers great service."

Javier Ruiz Calzado advises on a wide range of competition law matters before both EU and Spanish authorities. He was part of the team advising Toshiba America Electronics Components on its appeal before the EU General Court against the EC's decision on the optical disc drive cartel.

Spanish-qualified Héctor Armengod frequently advises on high-profile mergers at the Spanish national and European levels. He is described by sources as "phenomenal - a very strong lawyer." He was part of the team which assisted Siemens on obtaining unconditional Phase II merger clearance for its acquisition of Dresser-Rand.

Matteo Bay splits his time between Brussels and Milan. He is particularly well regarded in the field of cartels, where he represents clients before both Italian and EU authorities.

Luca Crocco advises on international cartels and mergers before both European and Italian bodies. He was recently part of the team acting for Neptune Orient Lines on its USD2.4 billion acquisition by CMA CGM. 

According to clients, Marc Hansen gives "practical advice and is always ready to assist." He is UK-qualified and advises on cartel defence before UK and European authorities.

Marguerite Sullivan recently joined the Brussels team from Washington, DC to develop the firm's European antitrust litigation practice. She has extensive litigation expertise in the USA, where she is qualified. One sources says: "She is one of the reasons we hold the firm in such high regard."

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Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke is highly experienced in all aspects of competition and EU law, including state aid. Widely respected by peers, he is lauded as a "very good specialist." His recent work has included advising on mergers, litigation and state aid related to the Belgian tax regime.

Gerwin Van Gerven advises on merger control as well as cartel investigations. He advised SABMiller on its GBP71 billion acquisition by AB InBev. Sources regard him as "simply one of the best European Commission lawyers, in particular for merger control. He has a wealth of experience which enables him to make the right judgement calls on strategic issues, even in difficult and risky situations."

Wolfgang Deselaers is particularly experienced in merger control and litigation. He is German-qualified and represents numerous German clients, recently acting for Deutsche Bahn on various appeals before the ECJ. Clients value his "know-how, experience, reliability and soft skills."

German-qualified Bernd Meyring is experienced in merger control as well as administrative proceedings, advising numerous high-profile German clients. He acted for Delhaize on its EUR26 billion cross-border merger with Ahold. One source says: "He produces top-quality, outstanding work. He makes himself available when necessary," and: "He is always able to find a solution to the client’s problems," before adding that "it is a pure pleasure to work with Bernd."

Global practice head Jonas Koponen is experienced in both transactional and contentious sides of competition law. He is Swedish-qualified and counts a number of leading Swedish companies among his clients. One impressed client describes him as "the most brilliant competition lawyer."

Italian-qualified  Annamaria Mangiaracina assists clients in the Italian national and European contexts with mergers, cartels and litigation. She frequently works with prestigious Italian firms. 

Erik Venot is German-qualified and advises clients on international mergers, behavioural investigations and litigation for both the EC and the Bundeskartellamt. He was part of the team advising SABMiller as an intervener on the merger between Rexam and Ball.

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Simon Baxter is highly respected in the field of merger control. He acted for Becton Dickinson on its USD12.2 billion acquisition of CareFusion. A source says that he is "a gentleman who approaches the most tough discussions with 100% calm and guides his clients through very sophisticated matters in a tremendously effective way."

Frederic Depoortere has a principally transactional practice. He acted for DuPont on its USD130 billion merger with Dow Chemical. He is described by a client as a "hard-working, committed person who displays all the features of someone with so much experience in merger control and you really want him on your side in discussions."

Ingrid Vandenborre draws praise from peers and clients, with one source noting that she delivered "a great job on a complicated case." She is experienced in merger control and leads the team's behavioural offering. She advised ABB on defending itself against the EC's allegations of a price-fixing cartel in the power cables sector.

Since publication, James S Venit has joined Dentons

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John Boyce is best known for his work on high-profile mergers and also advises on cartel investigations and litigation. He advised Cameron International on its USD14.3 billion takeover by Schlumberger. Impressed peers describe him as "one of the star players in Brussels." 

Jordan Ellison is experienced in acting on mergers and behavioural mandates before both UK and European authorities. He represented Coca-Cola Enterprises in its proposed USD31 billion merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke. A source says: "He has been superb, with regard to the quality of the advice provided, the willingness to find innovative solutions for the client and his responsiveness."

"Phenomenal lawyer" Anna Lyle-Smythe acts on merger control, cartel damages litigation and behavioural investigations in the UK and EU contexts. She is advising Ericsson on its strategic alliance with Cisco Systems. One client would "single her out for her incredible attention to detail. She is very good on big competition cases which are heavily driven by econometrics." 

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Jean-François Bellis advises on the full gamut of competition law but is particularly well reputed for his representation in court. He represented Japan Airlines in its appeal before the EU General Court against the EC's air freight decision. An impressed peer states that "he is your first choice for a tricky case in front of the court and the European Commission."

David Hull is particularly well regarded for his work on investigations and litigation in the life sciences sector. He continues to represent Xellia and Zoetis before the EU General Court in the Lundbeck reverse-payment patent settlement case. A client states: "He understands our business enormously. He really combines this with very thorough legal knowledge and a practical approach to matters."

Andrzej Kmiecik is experienced in all aspects of competition law, with a particular specialism in automotive sector distribution arrangements. Recently he has been advising clients on the EC's car parts cartel investigation. A source remarks that he is "absolutely excellent - a master of detail," while another client likes that he "constructively questions one's approach, taking us further in our development of projects and ideas."

Kris Van Hove advises on contentious and non-contentious competition law. He advised Mitsui Chemicals and SK Holdings on their USD1.5 billion joint venture in the polyurethane sector. Clients say: "He is very responsive, thoughtful and efficient. He is easy to work with and brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to bear on a variety of issues," and add that "he excels in quickly assessing and explaining how the law applies to complicated sets of facts."

Porter Elliott is a merger control expert. He acted for Halliburton on its proposed USD34.6 billion merger with Baker Hughes, which was subject to a Phase II investigation by the EC. One impressed interviewee says he has "excellent communication skills, presence and is willing to make the points strongly and in a very crisp manner in front of high-stakes audiences."

Markus Wellinger has a broad competition practice. He advised Fortum Group on the EC notification of its joint venture with LE Group for the development, construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in Lithuania. One source describes him as "technically very skilled."

Johan Van Acker is building a strong reputation in merger control, as well as behavioural mandates, through his active role in the teams acting for Halliburton, Japan Airlines and Mitsui Chemicals in recent cases. An interviewee states: "He is very bright and capable of solving difficult problems and analyses - I think he is a key player there."

German-qualified Katharina Bongs acts for clients before both European and German authorities. She is experienced in merger control and cartels as well as EU trade law.

Fabrizio Di Gianni is Italian-qualified and valued by clients for his "technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service capabilities." He acts on competition and trade law at the European and Italian national levels.

Stephanie Reinart was part of the team advising PPG Group on its acquisition of the automotive adhesives, sealants and dampers business of the AxsonRevocoat group. She is German-qualified and advises on EU and German competition and regulatory law.

Aldo Scalini is Italian-qualified and advises clients before the Italian and EU authorities. He acts on a wide range of competition and state aid mandates.

Italian-qualified Gabriele Coppo advises clients on EU and Italian competition, trade and customs law.

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Mark Powell heads the EMEA competition practice and is experienced in merger control and investigations. He advised Zimmer Holdings on the merger clearance notification for its EUR12.4 billion acquisition of Biomet. A source describes him as "by far the most brilliant competition specialist I have worked with: in giving advice he is very pragmatic and speedy."

Jacquelyn MacLennan is a renowned litigator with significant recent experience in cartel proceedings. She represented Toshiba in an appeal before the European General Court against the EC's imposing of a EUR61.4 million fine in its gas-insulated switchgear decision.

James Killick acts principally on behavioural litigation. He acted for Scandinavian Airlines on its appeal against the EC's EUR70.2 million fine imposed as a result of its air freight cartel decision. One source values that "he is very able to appreciate the level of risk which we must take and adapts his opinion accordingly," adding: "He is a nice guy, too, who is very responsive."

Assimakis Komninos is experienced in both Greek and European competition law, having previously worked at the Hellenic Competition Authority. He was part of the team that advised SOCAR on regulatory processes and investigations related to its acquisition of DESFA.

Swedish-qualified Pontus Lindfelt is described by clients as "very good and very commercial." He advises clients on the merger control aspects of mergers and private equity deals. He acted for Nordic Capital Fund VII on the acquisition of Sunrise Medical Group from Equistone Partners Europe.

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Dirk Arts heads the department and acts on both EU and Belgian competition. He has notable expertise in merger control and cartels. He advised Activision Blizzard on its USD5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital Entertainment. A source remarks: "He combines a deep, academic-level understanding of the law with a very pragmatic, no-nonsense approach. He can find original, innovative solutions and strategies."

Vanessa Turner is particularly experienced in merger control. Clients highlight her previous experience at the EC while an impressed peer describes her as a "stellar lawyer." She recently concluded Cargill's USD440 million acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's North American and European industrial chocolate business, successfully obtaining clearance for the transaction following a Phase II investigation.

Jürgen Schindler is German-qualified and advises on EU-level and German national competition mandates. He is experienced in the natural resources, transport and hi-tech sectors. He advised Svitzer, a subsidiary of Maersk, on a merger and concurrent cartel investigation.

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Luc Gyselen "is very experienced, knows the ins and outs of EU competition law and has excellent insight into the reasoning and decision-making of the European Commission," according to his clients. He advises on all aspects of competition law. He acted for VikingCo International as a third-party intervener on the EC's Phase II investigation of Liberty Global's acquisition of BASE.

Marleen Van Kerckhove has a broad competition practice with notable expertise in the life sciences and oil and gas sectors. She represented Cytec Industries in the merger control and antitrust clearance proceedings to approve the USD5.5 billion sale of the company to Solvay. One source says she "is technically excellent, has a lot of experience and is pragmatic." The same source "particularly likes her interface with the client, which is excellent."

Clients describe Axel Gutermuth as a "detail-oriented, practical, intelligent" lawyer who has a "tremendous amount of knowledge about antitrust law." He advises clients on merger control and behavioural mandates before both European and German authorities. He was part of the team that advised GE on competition aspects of the ultimately discontinued USD3.3 billion sale of its appliances business to Electrolux.

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Fiona Carlin is an expert in the full range of European competition law, with particular experience in the pharmaceuticals industry. She acted for the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations on the Lundbeck and Servier cases concerning reverse-payment patent settlements. Clients highlight her "overall strategic insight" on EU competition cases. 

Gavin Bushell is lauded by sources as "fantastic! Always one step ahead. A great communicator and pleasant to work with even under the greatest pressure." He advised Hon Hai Precision Industry on its USD5.9 billion acquisition of Sharp. He is particularly well regarded in the field of merger control and is most experienced in the pharmaceuticals and aviation sectors.

Bill Batchelor assisted Dyson with its challenge to EU labelling rules and regulations concerning the testing of vacuum cleaner technology. He is highly experienced in both behavioural and transactional competition law. Clients describe him as "proactive both in terms of being available so we never need to chase things, and in trying to come up with solutions."

German-qualified Werner Berg advises on both merger control and behavioural mandates before European and German domestic authorities. He acted for Nyrstar on its acquisition by Trafigura. One impressed source remarks: "Werner is a creative, excellent lawyer with deep, analytic skills providing business-minded advice that is tailored to the client's needs. Working with him is intellectually inspiring."

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Global head of antitrust Thomas Vinje is experienced across a wide scope of competition law, notably behavioural investigations and state aid. He is particularly well regarded for his work in the IT sector being described by a client as "someone you really want on a high-powered matter in the digital sector." He continued his representation of FairSearch Europe in the EC's Google investigations, as the main complainant in the Android investigation and as leading intervener in the online search investigation.

UK-qualified Tony Reeves acts on mergers and behavioural investigations before both European and UK authorities. He represented Staples in its USD6.3 billion proposed acquisition of Office Depot that was cleared by the EC following a Phase II investigation. One source states: "He understands our business very well and has a good way of making complex issues reasonably simple."

Counsel Frances Dethmers was part of the team that advised Pfizer on its proposed USD160 billion merger with Allergan. She has previously worked at the Dutch Competition Authority and is particular adept at the economics aspects of competition law. She is described as a "tremendously effective and committed person."

James Back is UK-qualified and frequently advises clients on behavioural investigations and mergers in the UK and EU contexts. One client says: "He is client-oriented and understands our business - he sometimes knows more about our products than our guys!" He is experienced in the pharmaceuticals sector having advised Pfizer on its USD130 million acquisition of two quadrivalent meningitis vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline.  

Anastasios Tomtsis is Greek-qualified and advises clients on competition and general EU law at the national and EU levels. He has noted expertise in the energy sector and recently advised Hellenic Petroleum and Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the EC's Phase II investigation into SOCAR's EUR400 million acquisition of 66% of DESFA.

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Co-head of the global competition group Johan Ysewyn is well regarded in all aspects of European and domestic competition law covering transactional and behavioural mandates. He also has an esteemed state aid practice. He advised the Luxembourg government on the implications of the EC's investigations into tax rulings in the context of LuxLeaks. One client states: "Johan is the real draw - personable, constructive, wise and quick to build relationships."

Miranda Cole is skilled in all aspects of European competition law and is notably experienced in the life sciences and technology sectors. She advised AstraZeneca on various acquisitions including its acquisition of Almirall's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease assets. An impressed source notes: "She has an uncanny ability to balance the needs of the client and the demands of the competition agency so as to defuse a potentially confrontational situation."

Peter Camesasca has broad competition law expertise in sectors including shipping, electronics and telecoms. He advises many high-profile Korean clients. He represented Samsung SDI in its appeal against its EUR150 million fine in the EC's cathode ray tube decision. One source says that "his responsiveness is second to none and he offers succinct advice" and he also draws praise for his "strategic overview in worldwide cartel litigation."

Andrea Zulli is described by sources as "very dedicated, very knowledgeable and hard-working." They add: "He is completely outstanding." He is Italian-qualified and advises on transactional and contentious competition law before Italian and EU authorities.

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Peter Alexiadis acts on mergers, behavioural mandates and vertical restraints. He acted for Schlumberger on its USD14 billion acquisition of Cameron International. He speaks Greek and has an extensive Greek client base. An impressed client dubs him "well connected and strategic."

David Wood acts on a broad range of competition mandates, but is particularly well regarded in cartel and abuse of dominance matters. He represented the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace as a complainant in the EC's investigation into Google's conduct in the online search market. One source notes: "He understands business necessities and is very responsive - he provides good work and high-quality output."

Spanish-qualified Andrés Font Galarza is described by clients as "brilliant, practical and perceptive not just from the legal point of view, but he realises the political situation." They add: "He is a pleasure to work with." He acts on all aspects of competition at the Spanish national and EU levels. He recently advised Estée Lauder on issues related to distribution and e-commerce throughout Europe. 

Pablo Figueroa is Spanish-qualified and frequently represents clients before the Spanish National Competition Authority. He recently produced a legal opinion for the Basque Competition Authority on the state aid implications of offering financial support to Basque football clubs.

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Christopher Thomas has particular expertise in competition cases with a technology or IP element. He acted for HTC on German court proceedings against Acacia Research concerning enforcement of patent rights against manufacturers. One source describes him as "delightful as a person, very bright and quick and with a nice sense of humour - he doesn't get ruffled by the inevitable challenges."

UK-qualified Matthew Levitt is particularly experienced in cartels and mergers in the maritime industry and frequently appears before both UK and EU authorities. He assisted Maersk Line with the formation and start-up of the 2M VSA container shipping alliance with Mediterranean Shipping Company. One interviewee describes him as a "very good lawyer and does very-high-level work."

Jean-Michel Coumes is French-qualified and advises on French and European competition law. He has a particular focus on merger control.

Italian-qualified Gianni De Stefano acts on Italian and EU mergers and investigations. Sources say he is "very sharp, extremely hard-working and able to master an incredible amount of detail." He is widely commended for his work setting up Antitrustitalia, an organisation of Italian competition lawyers in Brussels. 

Clemens Ziegler is German-qualified and frequently acts on merger control proceedings before the EC and the Bundeskartellamt.

German-qualified Falk Schöning recently relocated to Brussels from Munich. He advises on mergers and state aid and acts for numerous high-profile German clients. He recently advised Bertelsmann on its acquisition of Prinovis and its dissolution of its previous joint venture with Axel Springer.  

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Geert Goeteyn advises on merger control as well as cartels and abuse of dominance. He offers impressive experience of cases in the aviation industry and acted for Cargolux Airlines on its application to the General Court for an annulment of the EC's air freight decision. A client values that "in addition to being an expert on competition law, he is quick to grasp his client's business considerations, which allows him to provide very relevant, clear and practical advice."

Since publication, Stephen Mavroghenis and Miguel Rato joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

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Stephen Kinsella OBE has vast experience in competition law in the TMT and pharmaceutical sectors. He has been active recently on high-profile abuse of dominance matters. Splitting his time between the UK and Brussels, he is experienced in UK and European-level competition law.

Ken Daly acts on a wide range of competition mandates in the TMT, financial services and automotive sectors. He continued to act for Sigma Aldrich on its USD17 billion sale to Merck. An impressed source describes him as "really top-notch - just phenomenal to work with."

Managing partner of the Brussels office Stephen Spinks has broad competition law expertise and has been particularly active of late on cartel investigations. He was part of the team advising ECT on the competition, state aid and public procurement aspects of its container operations across Europe. One client states that he has "excellent technical skills, good business knowledge and a strong work ethic. He also provides practical and solution-oriented advice in a timely and responsive manner."

Clients regard Kristina Nordlander as "first class in every way. Very knowledgeable, experienced and service-oriented." She is particularly well regarded for her contentious expertise. She recently advised PayPal on competition law matters.

Maarten Meulenbelt is experienced in competition litigation with particular expertise in the life sciences sector. He acted for Union Nationale de la Propriété Immobilière on a complaint to the EC regarding EUR25 billion state aid to social housing in France. He is Dutch-qualified and advises before European and national competition authorities.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Denis Waelbroeck is a renowned litigator frequently acting before European courts on cartels and other behavioural matters. He is also highly regarded in state aid. He continued to represent UEFA in actions brought against its financial fair play rules. Clients note that he "combined a business-oriented approach with technical skills very well."

Alexandre Vandencasteele advises on transactions and investigations at the Belgian domestic and European levels. He represented Total Raffinage Marketing in its appeal against the EC's decision in the paraffin wax case.

Annick Vroninks is particularly well regarded for her work on behavioural mandates with recent experience in cartels and abuse of dominance. She acted for Electrabel on an EUR88 million damages claim brought by NMBS alleging abusive pricing. When discussing her strengths, clients highlight "her personal involvement in the matters, her efficiency and her very practical approach."

Denis Fosselard worked for many years in Italy, where he is qualified. He acts for many Italian clients on merger control and behavioural matters. He is described by sources as "technically very skilled and has an excellent pragmatic approach." He acted for Apax Partner on its EUR1 billion acquisition of EVRY.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Georg Berrisch is a skilled litigator as well as being experienced in transactional mandates. He recently advised on several high-profile EC investigations and merger control cases. One source remarks: "He knows our business very well and thinks and acts like a businessman."

Managing partner of the Brussels office Catriona Hatton is particularly well regarded in the field of merger control. She acted for Barrick Gold on its USD1 billion sale of its interest in a Chilean copper mine to Antofagasta. She is admired for her "tremendous experience in mergers" while clients also like that she is "very calm, personable and willing to discuss tough issues." 

Paul Lugard is appreciated by clients for being "thorough in his approach and a sophisticated thinker." He is skilled in merger control and frequently advises on ongoing operational mandates. He continued to advise Dresser-Rand on its EUR7.6 billion merger with Siemens which recently received Phase II clearance from the EC.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Italian-qualified Massimo Merola is an expert in all aspects of European and Italian competition law, with an excellent reputation for his work on state aid. He acted for Invitalia on the state aid aspects of the design of an incentive scheme for the deployment of smart grids in Italy. Impressed clients describe him as "efficient, available and very supportive to the client." 

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From the Chambers Global guide

Vincent Brophy is an experienced antitrust practitioner with notable expertise in the finance sector. His recent work includes high-profile cases involving an EC investigation into alleged cartels to prevent exchange trading of credit derivatives. He advises on both UK and European competition law. An interviewee describes him as a "nice individual with strong management skills." 

Since publication, Anne MacGregor has joined Dechert LLP

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From the Chambers Global guide

Kyriakos Fountoukakos is well regarded for his work on transactions, cartels and litigation. He represented Pilkington in proceedings before the General Court and the ECJ challenging the EC's car glass cartel decision. A client values his "straightforward approach, excellent knowledge of Brussels administration and good understanding of his client's interests."

Lode Van Den Hende is an expert in European law with a particular specialism in state aid. He represented the Belgian government in a Phase II state aid investigation into alleged aid given to thousands of Belgian farmers in relation to tests for BSE. According to clients, he offers "in-depth knowledge of the sector and clear and concise advice."

Managing partner of the Brussels office Craig Pouncey has a broad competition practice. He acted for Furukawa Electric on its appeal against the EC's power cables decision. Sources value that he "does not hesitate to think outside the box and find innovative solutions. In addition he is always good-humoured and a pleasure to work with."

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From the Chambers Global guide

The eminent Claus-Dieter Ehlermann continues to assist clients in the fields of EU, trade and competition law, including merger control, state aid and related international arbitration proceedings. He is a respected academic.

John Ratliff is experienced in a broad range of competition law, with notable expertise in the energy, metals, machinery, telecoms and financial services sectors. One client describes him as a "very seasoned lawyer who has a broad-based antitrust practice, covering mergers and litigation. He has an incredible knowledge of competition law and is extremely helpful when it comes to challenging issues."

Christian Duvernoy is active in transactional and contentious competition mandates. He focuses on hi-tech and network industries and clients appreciate his quiet but effective approach to matters.

Frédéric Louis advises on a wide range of competition mandates including cartels, state aid and mergers and also guides clients through contentious proceedings and litigation.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Senior competition counsel Götz Drauz was formerly deputy director-general at DG Competition and is experienced in the full-range of European competition law. He was part of the team that advised ÖBB and RCA on the EC's rail cargo cartel investigation.

Paul McGeown is particularly active in the field of merger control and is well respected by his peers. He is UK-qualified and acts for clients before both European and UK authorities. He assisted Mylan with its successful opposition to a USD40 billion hostile takeover attempt by Teva. 

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From the Chambers Global guide

José Rivas acts on all aspects of competition law and is renowned in the field of state aid. He continued to represent Jørgen Andersen in a successful appeal against the award of state aid to DSB. Clients value that he "grasps problems in a very efficient and quick manner, driving things in-house and following up in an intelligent way."

Anne Federle splits her time between Brussels and Düsseldorf, where she is qualified. She is an expert in EU and German merger control and acted for Deere & Company on its acquisition of Monosem. One impressed interviewee states: "She is outstanding - very personable, a quick thinker, pragmatic and solution-driven."

Efthymios Bourtzalas is Greek-qualified and frequently appears before national courts and the European Commission. He acts on all aspects of competition law, recently advising Public Power Corporation on its long-running dispute with Aluminium S.A. in relation to an electricity tariff that allegedly gives rise to unlawful state aid. One source appreciates that he is "detailed and careful in his analysis."

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From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the Brussels office Marc Pittie recently acted for Cofidis Participations on the EUR400 million acquisition of Banco Banif Mais from a number of sellers. He is qualified in both France and Belgium and advises on both transactional and contentious aspects of competition law at the French national and European levels. One client states: "He is responsive, practical and smart."

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From the Chambers Global guide

Frank Wijckmans has a principally contentious competition practice, being experienced in investigations and litigation. He represented Electrolux and Whirlpool Europe in their appeal against the EC's approval of restructuring aid to FagorBrandt. A source remarks: "Frank is a superb lawyer - a wonderful litigator," while a client describes him as "extremely knowledgeable but with a practical angle to everything he does."  

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From the Chambers Global guide

José Luis Buendía Sierra is highly regarded in state aid. He is Spanish-qualified and acts for a host of prestigious Spanish clients at the national and EU levels. He advised the Bank of Spain on the state aid aspects of the restructuring of the Spanish financial sector. One source says: "His advice is always sensible and he is excellent in litigation."

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From the Chambers Global guide

Stéphane Hautbourg is French-qualified and advises on both EU and domestic competition law. He acts on both behavioural and transactional mandates and recently advised Exeltium on antitrust and state aid aspects of its strategic partnership with EDF. Clients appreciate that he provides "excellent client service overall" and praise his "highly diplomatic attitude."

According to clients, Benoit Le Bret is "excellent in his grasp of the technical and political side of the challenges of EU and local issues." He has a broad EU regulatory practice. He assisted WESTbahn with its complaint to the EC relating to alleged abusive practices of ÖBB in the rail passenger market.

Dual-qualified Laurent Godfroid assists clients with French and EU competition law matters with a particular focus on the transport, TMT and agrochemical sectors. He continued to advise Twenga on the EC's investigation into Google's practices in the online search market. One source enthuses: "Laurent is not only a sharp, efficient and pragmatic lawyer, but is also personable and agreeable to work with."

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From the Chambers Global guide

German-qualified Ulrich Soltész has a broad European law practice and is especially well regarded in the field of state aid. He advises clients before both German and EU authorities, recently acting for the Bavarian Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forests on a state aid reclamation decision related to EUR55 million granted to dairies in Bavaria. Sources say that he "is doing fantastic work."

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From the Chambers Global guide

Hans-Jörg Niemeyer is German-qualified and advises on all aspects of EU and German competition law including state aid. He assisted Webasto with various EC cartel proceedings. He is hailed by sources as "very commercial and a good communicator with the client."

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From the Chambers Global guide

Chair of the European competition practice Riccardo Celli is experienced in all aspects of competition law and interviewees describe him as a "very experienced, strong character" who is "very well plugged into the European Commission." He advised Honeywell International on its USD5.1 billion acquisition of the Elster division of Melrose Industries.

Christian Riis-Madsen heads the Brussels office and has particular experience in hi-tech industries. He assisted ICAP with the EC's investigation into yen Libor. Sources say: "He has great attention to detail; he will get into the details and clients like this."

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第五等

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Wytinck has a principally litigious practice acting for clients at the EU and domestic levels on investigations and damages claims. He has acted on a series of valuable damages actions including those stemming from the elevators and escalators cartel. A client admires that "he knows what I am looking for and comes up with clear and practical advice."

Hendrik Viaene acts on the full range of EU and domestic competition law, being held in particular regard in the field of state aid. He advised on a state aid investigation by the EC into investments of over EUR100 million made by PMV and LRM into Ducatt. One source says: "Hendrik is a strategic thinker who combines his knowledge of the law with his detailed knowledge of our issues to achieve great results."

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From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the Brussels office Edurne Navarro Varona is Spanish-qualified and advises on all aspects of EU and Spanish competition and trade law. She advised Gamesa on its EUR5 billion merger with Siemens. One source remarks: "Edurne is our go-to Spanish antitrust lawyer," with others admiring her "excellent communication skills, quick and solid grasp of the business issues and excellent advice on legal strategy." 

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From the Chambers Global guide

Clients consistently describe head of the Brussels office David Anderson as "very client-oriented" and one adds that "his experience allows him to understand complex issues at both the EC and member state levels." He is particularly well regarded for his work on merger control and frequently advises the EC on the work of the International Competition Network.

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第六等

From the Chambers Global guide

Annabelle Lepiece acts on all aspects of competition law at the Belgian domestic and EU levels and is described by clients as "efficient, reliable and clear." She has a notable focus on state aid, particularly in relation to aviation. She advised Interreg on the European framework on state aid and how it applied to its interventions jointly financed by European and national funds.

Michael Bauer is German-qualified and advises on German and EU competition law. He has notable expertise in merger control and compliance programmes.

Robert Bosman is Dutch-qualified and manages the firm's EU and competition group. He is particularly noted in the field of competition litigation and has notable expertise in the energy, TMT and automotive sectors.

Edmon Oude Elferink is admitted to practice in the Netherlands and is well regarded in cartels, damages claims and state aid.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Sean-Paul Brankin is UK-qualified and an expert in all aspects of UK and European competition law, recently advising Carrier Corporation on a private cartel damages claim before the English High Court. One client states: "Sean-Paul has delivered first-class advice for highly complex, major projects."

Salome Cisnal de Ugarte has noted expertise in the consumer goods, energy and IT sectors. In the Spanish national and EU context she advises clients on distribution, state aid and the interface of IP and antitrust. She has represented Carbunión before the Spanish and EU authorities in state aid proceedings.

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From the Chambers Global guide

Bertold Bär-Bouyssière is an expert in the life sciences sector and frequently advises on antitrust investigations and litigation. He is German-qualified and frequently represents clients before German and European authorities. Clients describe him as a "very efficient, proactive and business-oriented lawyer who always makes himself available - brilliant."

Yoichi Shibasaki co-heads the firm's global Japan practice and is experienced in Japanese and European competition law. He is also a member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce's legal committee in Düsseldorf. The materials, chemicals and technology sectors are his areas of focus.

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第六等

From the Chambers Global guide

Julian Ellison is UK-qualified and advises on mergers, state aid and behavioural mandates in the UK and European contexts. He advised Ineos on antitrust aspects of its USD63 million acquisition of Axiall's phenol and cumene business.

German-qualified Jens Peter Schmidt heads the Brussels office and is particularly known for his work in merger control. He advised Albemarle on its sale of its mineral flame retardants and speciality chemicals business to Huber Engineering Materials. One client describes him as "very user-friendly" and said he "made things much easier for us by highlighting what we needed to focus on." 

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From the Chambers Global guide

Izzet Sinan has a broad practice advising on high-profile mergers and cartels. He speaks Turkish and sources recommend "bringing him on board in complicated Turkish cases," on which he frequently acts. One client says: "He knows the international business community and the legal areas in which we are concerned," while another reports that "he is extremely committed" and "very diligent."

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From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner of the Brussels office Brian Hartnett acts on a broad range of competition law matters. He continued to advise Kuraray on its USD453 million acquisition of DuPont's glass, laminating and vinyl business. One source says that "he has unrivalled experience in how things operate" and a "commanding presence at meetings and in negotiations."

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Senior Statesmen

WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

The eminent Claus-Dieter Ehlermann continues to assist clients in the fields of EU, trade and competition law, including merger control, state aid and related international arbitration proceedings. He is a respected academic.

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Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke is highly experienced in all aspects of competition and EU law, including state aid. Widely respected by peers, he is lauded as a "very good specialist." His recent work has included advising on mergers, litigation and state aid related to the Belgian tax regime.

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Senior Statesmen

Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

James S Venit of Dentons is vastly experienced in European competition law, most notably merger control and compliance programmes. He is experienced in a wide range of industry sectors.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Global guide

Simon Baxter is highly respected in the field of merger control. He acted for Becton Dickinson on its USD12.2 billion acquisition of CareFusion. A source says that he is "a gentleman who approaches the most tough discussions with 100% calm and guides his clients through very sophisticated matters in a tremendously effective way."

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Global guide

Jean-François Bellis advises on the full gamut of competition law but is particularly well reputed for his representation in court. He represented Japan Airlines in its appeal before the EU General Court against the EC's air freight decision. An impressed peer states that "he is your first choice for a tricky case in front of the court and the European Commission."

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers Global guide

John Boyce is best known for his work on high-profile mergers and also advises on cartel investigations and litigation. He advised Cameron International on its USD14.3 billion takeover by Schlumberger. Impressed peers describe him as "one of the star players in Brussels." 

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

UK-qualified Nicholas Levy acts on high-profile mergers and investigations before both EU and UK authorities. He acted for Molson Coors on antitrust aspects of its USD12 billion acquisition of SABMiller's interest in MillerCoors. An impressed client gives the opinion that Levy is "the best merger control lawyer in the world," and continues: "Nick is the standard to which all attorneys should aspire," adding that "he is a delightful person to work with" and the lawyer of choice for "the most challenging work."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Gerwin Van Gerven advises on merger control as well as cartel investigations. He advised SABMiller on its GBP71 billion acquisition by AB InBev. Sources regard him as "simply one of the best European Commission lawyers, in particular for merger control. He has a wealth of experience which enables him to make the right judgement calls on strategic issues, even in difficult and risky situations."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Global head of antitrust Thomas Vinje is experienced across a wide scope of competition law, notably behavioural investigations and state aid. He is particularly well regarded for his work in the IT sector being described by a client as "someone you really want on a high-powered matter in the digital sector." He continued his representation of FairSearch Europe in the EC's Google investigations, as the main complainant in the Android investigation and as leading intervener in the online search investigation.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Sven Völcker is the co-chair of the global antitrust and competition practice. He is experienced in both mergers and behavioural mandates at the EU and German national levels and counts many prestigious German companies among his clients. He advised Avago Technologies on its USD37 billion acquisition of Broadcom. An interviewee states: "He is doing extremely well and consolidating himself as a market leader."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Antoine Winckler is French-qualified and remains a popular choice for French multinationals. He assisted Hachette Livre with the EC's investigation into alleged abuse of dominance linked to 'most-favoured nation' clauses and Amazon's e-book distribution deals. Clients say he is a "likeable person" who is "easy to work with."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernard Amory has a broad practice with particular expertise in the telecoms and media sectors. He acted for Monster Beverage on a USD2.15 billion series of transactions with Coca-Cola.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Alec Burnside recently joined Dechert LLP. He advises clients on mergers and behavioural mandates and assisted Monsanto with competition issues related to its attempted USD47 billion acquisition of Syngenta. He frequently appears before both UK and European authorities and maintains a strong reputation among his peers. 

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Global guide

Frederic Depoortere has a principally transactional practice. He acted for DuPont on its USD130 billion merger with Dow Chemical. He is described by a client as a "hard-working, committed person who displays all the features of someone with so much experience in merger control and you really want him on your side in discussions."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Maurits Dolmans is noted for his experience in the technology sector, being recently engaged in numerous high-profile investigations and litigations. He represented Huawei Technologies against ZTE in ECJ proceedings stemming from German litigation on standard-essential patents. Sources state that he is "well known and a very nice man," while others are "particularly impressed by his work in the field of IT and the intersection of IP and competition." 

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Francisco Enrique González-Díaz

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco Enrique González-Díaz is Spanish-qualified and frequently acts on Spanish-related mandates. His practice covers investigations, mergers and state aid. He advised Western Digital on its USD19 billion acquisition of Sandisk. One satisfied client reports that "he takes advantage of every opportunity he has to make the case for his client, and his arguments are so compelling and tightly constructed that they almost always win the day," before adding that "he throws his head and his heart into his clients' matters."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Luc Gyselen "is very experienced, knows the ins and outs of EU competition law and has excellent insight into the reasoning and decision-making of the European Commission," according to his clients. He advises on all aspects of competition law. He acted for VikingCo International as a third-party intervener on the EC's Phase II investigation of Liberty Global's acquisition of BASE.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephen Kinsella OBE has vast experience in competition law in the TMT and pharmaceutical sectors. He has been active recently on high-profile abuse of dominance matters. Splitting his time between the UK and Brussels, he is experienced in UK and European-level competition law.

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Bredin Prat

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the Brussels office Marc Pittie recently acted for Cofidis Participations on the EUR400 million acquisition of Banco Banif Mais from a number of sellers. He is qualified in both France and Belgium and advises on both transactional and contentious aspects of competition law at the French national and European levels. One client states: "He is responsive, practical and smart."

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White & Case

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Powell heads the EMEA competition practice and is experienced in merger control and investigations. He advised Zimmer Holdings on the merger clearance notification for its EUR12.4 billion acquisition of Biomet. A source describes him as "by far the most brilliant competition specialist I have worked with: in giving advice he is very pragmatic and speedy."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

UK-qualified Tony Reeves acts on mergers and behavioural investigations before both European and UK authorities. He represented Staples in its USD6.3 billion proposed acquisition of Office Depot that was cleared by the EC following a Phase II investigation. One source states: "He understands our business very well and has a good way of making complex issues reasonably simple."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Robbert Snelders is particularly strong on cartels, abuse of dominance and litigation. He assisted ExxonMobil with proceedings before the European General Court, obtaining a EUR20 million reduction in a cartel fine imposed as a result of the paraffin wax investigation. Clients say he is "hugely experienced and able to guide us in a really good way."

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Trevor Soames recently joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, having previously been a partner in Shearman & Sterling's Brussels office. He has particular expertise in contentious competition law notably in the technology field. One client says: "He is very smart, very experienced and has very good judgement. He is extremely good at client relationships."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Marleen Van Kerckhove has a broad competition practice with notable expertise in the life sciences and oil and gas sectors. She represented Cytec Industries in the merger control and antitrust clearance proceedings to approve the USD5.5 billion sale of the company to Solvay. One source says she "is technically excellent, has a lot of experience and is pragmatic." The same source "particularly likes her interface with the client, which is excellent."

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Denis Waelbroeck is a renowned litigator frequently acting before European courts on cartels and other behavioural matters. He is also highly regarded in state aid. He continued to represent UEFA in actions brought against its financial fair play rules. Clients note that he "combined a business-oriented approach with technical skills very well."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-head of the global competition group Johan Ysewyn is well regarded in all aspects of European and domestic competition law covering transactional and behavioural mandates. He also has an esteemed state aid practice. He advised the Luxembourg government on the implications of the EC's investigations into tax rulings in the context of LuxLeaks. One client states: "Johan is the real draw - personable, constructive, wise and quick to build relationships."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Alexiadis acts on mergers, behavioural mandates and vertical restraints. He acted for Schlumberger on its USD14 billion acquisition of Cameron International. He speaks Greek and has an extensive Greek client base. An impressed client dubs him "well connected and strategic."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Georg Berrisch is a skilled litigator as well as being experienced in transactional mandates. He recently advised on several high-profile EC investigations and merger control cases. One source remarks: "He knows our business very well and thinks and acts like a businessman."

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Euclid Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Oliver Bretz of Euclid Law splits his time between Brussels and London. He is experienced in all aspects of competition law and has recently been active in the financial and energy sectors. One impressed source says: "He is very practical and very experienced, and his input really makes the difference."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Vincent Brophy is an experienced antitrust practitioner with notable expertise in the finance sector. His recent work includes high-profile cases involving an EC investigation into alleged cartels to prevent exchange trading of credit derivatives. He advises on both UK and European competition law. An interviewee describes him as a "nice individual with strong management skills." 

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Gavin Bushell is lauded by sources as "fantastic! Always one step ahead. A great communicator and pleasant to work with even under the greatest pressure." He advised Hon Hai Precision Industry on its USD5.9 billion acquisition of Sharp. He is particularly well regarded in the field of merger control and is most experienced in the pharmaceuticals and aviation sectors.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Fiona Carlin is an expert in the full range of European competition law, with particular experience in the pharmaceuticals industry. She acted for the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations on the Lundbeck and Servier cases concerning reverse-payment patent settlements. Clients highlight her "overall strategic insight" on EU competition cases. 

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Chair of the European competition practice Riccardo Celli is experienced in all aspects of competition law and interviewees describe him as a "very experienced, strong character" who is "very well plugged into the European Commission." He advised Honeywell International on its USD5.1 billion acquisition of the Elster division of Melrose Industries.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Miranda Cole is skilled in all aspects of European competition law and is notably experienced in the life sciences and technology sectors. She advised AstraZeneca on various acquisitions including its acquisition of Almirall's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease assets. An impressed source notes: "She has an uncanny ability to balance the needs of the client and the demands of the competition agency so as to defuse a potentially confrontational situation."

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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

French-qualified Jacques Derenne recently left Hogan Lovells to set up the EU competition team of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. He is experienced in all aspects of French and European competition law, with particular expertise in state aid. Sources describe him as "one of the foremost experts in state aid" and clients also support this view, saying: "He is very knowledgeable in terms of state aid - the advice he gives us is great." He acted for Viorel Micula and others before the General Court on a case related to state aid in the context of an arbitral award.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolfgang Deselaers is particularly experienced in merger control and litigation. He is German-qualified and represents numerous German clients, recently acting for Deutsche Bahn on various appeals before the ECJ. Clients value his "know-how, experience, reliability and soft skills."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Kyriakos Fountoukakos is well regarded for his work on transactions, cartels and litigation. He represented Pilkington in proceedings before the General Court and the ECJ challenging the EC's car glass cartel decision. A client values his "straightforward approach, excellent knowledge of Brussels administration and good understanding of his client's interests."

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Global guide

David Hull is particularly well regarded for his work on investigations and litigation in the life sciences sector. He continues to represent Xellia and Zoetis before the EU General Court in the Lundbeck reverse-payment patent settlement case. A client states: "He understands our business enormously. He really combines this with very thorough legal knowledge and a practical approach to matters."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Lars Kjølbye is experienced in all aspects of EU competition law in a range of sectors including software, energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms. He was part of the team that advised Siemens on its USD7.8 billion acquisition of Dresser-Rand that was cleared unconditionally at Phase II.

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrzej Kmiecik is experienced in all aspects of competition law, with a particular specialism in automotive sector distribution arrangements. Recently he has been advising clients on the EC's car parts cartel investigation. A source remarks that he is "absolutely excellent - a master of detail," while another client likes that he "constructively questions one's approach, taking us further in our development of projects and ideas."

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BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Italian-qualified Massimo Merola is an expert in all aspects of European and Italian competition law, with an excellent reputation for his work on state aid. He acted for Invitalia on the state aid aspects of the design of an incentive scheme for the deployment of smart grids in Italy. Impressed clients describe him as "efficient, available and very supportive to the client." 

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

German-qualified Bernd Meyring is experienced in merger control as well as administrative proceedings, advising numerous high-profile German clients. He acted for Delhaize on its EUR26 billion cross-border merger with Ahold. One source says: "He produces top-quality, outstanding work. He makes himself available when necessary," and: "He is always able to find a solution to the client’s problems," before adding that "it is a pure pleasure to work with Bernd."

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the Brussels office Edurne Navarro Varona is Spanish-qualified and advises on all aspects of EU and Spanish competition and trade law. She advised Gamesa on its EUR5 billion merger with Siemens. One source remarks: "Edurne is our go-to Spanish antitrust lawyer," with others admiring her "excellent communication skills, quick and solid grasp of the business issues and excellent advice on legal strategy." 

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

John Ratliff is experienced in a broad range of competition law, with notable expertise in the energy, metals, machinery, telecoms and financial services sectors. One client describes him as a "very seasoned lawyer who has a broad-based antitrust practice, covering mergers and litigation. He has an incredible knowledge of competition law and is extremely helpful when it comes to challenging issues."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

José Rivas acts on all aspects of competition law and is renowned in the field of state aid. He continued to represent Jørgen Andersen in a successful appeal against the award of state aid to DSB. Clients value that he "grasps problems in a very efficient and quick manner, driving things in-house and following up in an intelligent way."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Romano Subiotto QC is a UK-qualified barrister who acts on a wide range of competition law mandates including high-profile mergers and litigation. He acted for Merck on the USD14.2 billion sale of its consumer care business to Bayer.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Thomas has particular expertise in competition cases with a technology or IP element. He acted for HTC on German court proceedings against Acacia Research concerning enforcement of patent rights against manufacturers. One source describes him as "delightful as a person, very bright and quick and with a nice sense of humour - he doesn't get ruffled by the inevitable challenges."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

David Wood acts on a broad range of competition mandates, but is particularly well regarded in cartel and abuse of dominance matters. He represented the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace as a complainant in the EC's investigation into Google's conduct in the online search market. One source notes: "He understands business necessities and is very responsive - he provides good work and high-quality output."

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Berwin Leighton Paisner

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients consistently describe head of the Brussels office David Anderson as "very client-oriented" and one adds that "his experience allows him to understand complex issues at both the EC and member state levels." He is particularly well regarded for his work on merger control and frequently advises the EC on the work of the International Competition Network.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Dirk Arts heads the department and acts on both EU and Belgian competition. He has notable expertise in merger control and cartels. He advised Activision Blizzard on its USD5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital Entertainment. A source remarks: "He combines a deep, academic-level understanding of the law with a very pragmatic, no-nonsense approach. He can find original, innovative solutions and strategies."

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Bertold Bär-Bouyssière is an expert in the life sciences sector and frequently advises on antitrust investigations and litigation. He is German-qualified and frequently represents clients before German and European authorities. Clients describe him as a "very efficient, proactive and business-oriented lawyer who always makes himself available - brilliant."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner of the Brussels office Catriona Hatton is particularly well regarded in the field of merger control. She acted for Barrick Gold on its USD1 billion sale of its interest in a Chilean copper mine to Antofagasta. She is admired for her "tremendous experience in mergers" while clients also like that she is "very calm, personable and willing to discuss tough issues." 

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White & Case

From the Chambers Global guide

Jacquelyn MacLennan is a renowned litigator with significant recent experience in cartel proceedings. She represented Toshiba in an appeal before the European General Court against the EC's imposing of a EUR61.4 million fine in its gas-insulated switchgear decision.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner of the Brussels office Craig Pouncey has a broad competition practice. He acted for Furukawa Electric on its appeal against the EC's power cables decision. Sources value that he "does not hesitate to think outside the box and find innovative solutions. In addition he is always good-humoured and a pleasure to work with."

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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Isabelle Rahman recently joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP from Dechert. She has a broad competition practice with particular expertise in the aviation, food, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors. She is described by clients as "precise, to-the-point, focused and also very creative." She acted for Armacell International on its sale to Blackstone.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Howard Rosenblatt is US-qualified and acts on all aspects of EU and US competition law. He assisted Live Nation with obtaining unconditional merger clearance of its acquisition of the resale ticketing company Seatwave, following a post-closing investigation. A client describes him as "brilliant and client-focused. He offers great service."

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

German-qualified antitrust partner Michael Rosenthal joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in May 2017. He advises on the full range of competition law at both the European and German-national levels. One source says: "Michael stands out - he does a good job and is pleasant to work with."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Ruiz Calzado advises on a wide range of competition law matters before both EU and Spanish authorities. He was part of the team advising Toshiba America Electronics Components on its appeal before the EU General Court against the EC's decision on the optical disc drive cartel.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Annette Schild - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Global guide

Sole practitioner Annette Luise Schild has broad experience in a range of competition law matters, including merger filings and behavioural mandates.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Izzet Sinan has a broad practice advising on high-profile mergers and cartels. He speaks Turkish and sources recommend "bringing him on board in complicated Turkish cases," on which he frequently acts. One client says: "He knows the international business community and the legal areas in which we are concerned," while another reports that "he is extremely committed" and "very diligent."

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Global guide

Kris Van Hove advises on contentious and non-contentious competition law. He advised Mitsui Chemicals and SK Holdings on their USD1.5 billion joint venture in the polyurethane sector. Clients say: "He is very responsive, thoughtful and efficient. He is easy to work with and brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to bear on a variety of issues," and add that "he excels in quickly assessing and explaining how the law applies to complicated sets of facts."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Global guide

Ingrid Vandenborre draws praise from peers and clients, with one source noting that she delivered "a great job on a complicated case." She is experienced in merger control and leads the team's behavioural offering. She advised ABB on defending itself against the EC's allegations of a price-fixing cartel in the power cables sector.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexandre Vandencasteele advises on transactions and investigations at the Belgian domestic and European levels. He represented Total Raffinage Marketing in its appeal against the EC's decision in the paraffin wax case.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Annick Vroninks is particularly well regarded for her work on behavioural mandates with recent experience in cartels and abuse of dominance. She acted for Electrabel on an EUR88 million damages claim brought by NMBS alleging abusive pricing. When discussing her strengths, clients highlight "her personal involvement in the matters, her efficiency and her very practical approach."

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contrast

From the Chambers Global guide

Frank Wijckmans has a principally contentious competition practice, being experienced in investigations and litigation. He represented Electrolux and Whirlpool Europe in their appeal against the EC's approval of restructuring aid to FagorBrandt. A source remarks: "Frank is a superb lawyer - a wonderful litigator," while a client describes him as "extremely knowledgeable but with a practical angle to everything he does."  

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

"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.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Bill Batchelor assisted Dyson with its challenge to EU labelling rules and regulations concerning the testing of vacuum cleaner technology. He is highly experienced in both behavioural and transactional competition law. Clients describe him as "proactive both in terms of being available so we never need to chase things, and in trying to come up with solutions."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Cook is most frequently instructed on merger control. He assisted Dow Chemical with its USD130 billion all-stock merger with DuPont. A client says: "He is very knowledgeable, technically very good and he fitted into our team well."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ken Daly acts on a wide range of competition mandates in the TMT, financial services and automotive sectors. He continued to act for Sigma Aldrich on its USD17 billion sale to Merck. An impressed source describes him as "really top-notch - just phenomenal to work with."

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior competition counsel Götz Drauz was formerly deputy director-general at DG Competition and is experienced in the full-range of European competition law. He was part of the team that advised ÖBB and RCA on the EC's rail cargo cartel investigation.

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Global guide

Porter Elliott is a merger control expert. He acted for Halliburton on its proposed USD34.6 billion merger with Baker Hughes, which was subject to a Phase II investigation by the EC. One impressed interviewee says he has "excellent communication skills, presence and is willing to make the points strongly and in a very crisp manner in front of high-stakes audiences."

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Anne Federle splits her time between Brussels and Düsseldorf, where she is qualified. She is an expert in EU and German merger control and acted for Deere & Company on its acquisition of Monosem. One impressed interviewee states: "She is outstanding - very personable, a quick thinker, pragmatic and solution-driven."

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Spanish-qualified Andrés Font Galarza is described by clients as "brilliant, practical and perceptive not just from the legal point of view, but he realises the political situation." They add: "He is a pleasure to work with." He acts on all aspects of competition at the Spanish national and EU levels. He recently advised Estée Lauder on issues related to distribution and e-commerce throughout Europe. 

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Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner of the Brussels office Brian Hartnett acts on a broad range of competition law matters. He continued to advise Kuraray on its USD453 million acquisition of DuPont's glass, laminating and vinyl business. One source says that "he has unrivalled experience in how things operate" and a "commanding presence at meetings and in negotiations."

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Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Global guide

Stéphane Hautbourg is French-qualified and advises on both EU and domestic competition law. He acts on both behavioural and transactional mandates and recently advised Exeltium on antitrust and state aid aspects of its strategic partnership with EDF. Clients appreciate that he provides "excellent client service overall" and praise his "highly diplomatic attitude."

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Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christophe Humpe of Macfarlanes LLP splits his time between London and Brussels. He acts on transactional and contentious competition mandates at the UK and European level including recent investigations into an alleged abuses of dominant positions in the logistics sector. One client says: "He is extremely smart and has a sophisticated understanding of the law, which is a great asset both before the EC and before the courts. He is also very thorough and a hard worker."

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White & Case

From the Chambers Global guide

James Killick acts principally on behavioural litigation. He acted for Scandinavian Airlines on its appeal against the EC's EUR70.2 million fine imposed as a result of its air freight cartel decision. One source values that "he is very able to appreciate the level of risk which we must take and adapts his opinion accordingly," adding: "He is a nice guy, too, who is very responsive."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Global practice head Jonas Koponen is experienced in both transactional and contentious sides of competition law. He is Swedish-qualified and counts a number of leading Swedish companies among his clients. One impressed client describes him as "the most brilliant competition lawyer."

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Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Global guide

According to clients, Benoit Le Bret is "excellent in his grasp of the technical and political side of the challenges of EU and local issues." He has a broad EU regulatory practice. He assisted WESTbahn with its complaint to the EC relating to alleged abusive practices of ÖBB in the rail passenger market.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

UK-qualified Matthew Levitt is particularly experienced in cartels and mergers in the maritime industry and frequently appears before both UK and EU authorities. He assisted Maersk Line with the formation and start-up of the 2M VSA container shipping alliance with Mediterranean Shipping Company. One interviewee describes him as a "very good lawyer and does very-high-level work."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Lugard is appreciated by clients for being "thorough in his approach and a sophisticated thinker." He is skilled in merger control and frequently advises on ongoing operational mandates. He continued to advise Dresser-Rand on its EUR7.6 billion merger with Siemens which recently received Phase II clearance from the EC.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul McGeown is particularly active in the field of merger control and is well respected by his peers. He is UK-qualified and acts for clients before both European and UK authorities. He assisted Mylan with its successful opposition to a USD40 billion hostile takeover attempt by Teva. 

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Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Hans-Jörg Niemeyer is German-qualified and advises on all aspects of EU and German competition law including state aid. He assisted Webasto with various EC cartel proceedings. He is hailed by sources as "very commercial and a good communicator with the client."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients regard Kristina Nordlander as "first class in every way. Very knowledgeable, experienced and service-oriented." She is particularly well regarded for her contentious expertise. She recently advised PayPal on competition law matters.

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Riis-Madsen heads the Brussels office and has particular experience in hi-tech industries. He assisted ICAP with the EC's investigation into yen Libor. Sources say: "He has great attention to detail; he will get into the details and clients like this."

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Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

German-qualified Ulrich Soltész has a broad European law practice and is especially well regarded in the field of state aid. He advises clients before both German and EU authorities, recently acting for the Bavarian Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forests on a state aid reclamation decision related to EUR55 million granted to dairies in Bavaria. Sources say that he "is doing fantastic work."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner of the Brussels office Stephen Spinks has broad competition law expertise and has been particularly active of late on cartel investigations. He was part of the team advising ECT on the competition, state aid and public procurement aspects of its container operations across Europe. One client states that he has "excellent technical skills, good business knowledge and a strong work ethic. He also provides practical and solution-oriented advice in a timely and responsive manner."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Mario Todino is a recent hire from Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners. He is Italian-qualified and advises on all aspects of competition law, most notably state aid and merger control. He has experience acting before EU and Italian authorities.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Vanessa Turner is particularly experienced in merger control. Clients highlight her previous experience at the EC while an impressed peer describes her as a "stellar lawyer." She recently concluded Cargill's USD440 million acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's North American and European industrial chocolate business, successfully obtaining clearance for the transaction following a Phase II investigation.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexandre Verheyden acts on all aspects of competition law before both Belgian and EU authorities. He is a noted expert in the telecoms sector. He was part of the team advising KPN International/BASE on litigation concerning alleged abuse of dominance in the mobile telecoms sector. He has a number of high-profile French clients. Sources describe him as "a great strategic thinker and litigator with very wide experience."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Wytinck has a principally litigious practice acting for clients at the EU and domestic levels on investigations and damages claims. He has acted on a series of valuable damages actions including those stemming from the elevators and escalators cartel. A client admires that "he knows what I am looking for and comes up with clear and practical advice."

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McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Philip Bentley QC of McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP is well regarded for his expertise on European trade and competition law. One client states: "He is extremely bright and has a tremendous knowledge of EU antitrust law."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

German-qualified Werner Berg advises on both merger control and behavioural mandates before European and German domestic authorities. He acted for Nyrstar on its acquisition by Trafigura. One impressed source remarks: "Werner is a creative, excellent lawyer with deep, analytic skills providing business-minded advice that is tailored to the client's needs. Working with him is intellectually inspiring."

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sean-Paul Brankin is UK-qualified and an expert in all aspects of UK and European competition law, recently advising Carrier Corporation on a private cartel damages claim before the English High Court. One client states: "Sean-Paul has delivered first-class advice for highly complex, major projects."

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Camesasca has broad competition law expertise in sectors including shipping, electronics and telecoms. He advises many high-profile Korean clients. He represented Samsung SDI in its appeal against its EUR150 million fine in the EC's cathode ray tube decision. One source says that "his responsiveness is second to none and he offers succinct advice" and he also draws praise for his "strategic overview in worldwide cartel litigation."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian Duvernoy is active in transactional and contentious competition mandates. He focuses on hi-tech and network industries and clients appreciate his quiet but effective approach to matters.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Julian Ellison is UK-qualified and advises on mergers, state aid and behavioural mandates in the UK and European contexts. He advised Ineos on antitrust aspects of its USD63 million acquisition of Axiall's phenol and cumene business.

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Euclid Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Damien Geradin of Euclid Law is most active in the technology sector in which he advises on a broad range of competition and European law mandates. He is a noted academic.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Impressed sources say Rony Gerrits of Morrison & Foerster LLP "provides a fantastic service for a blue-chip client base: he is on hand at all hours to provide round-the-clock high-level advice and client care which he dispenses with excellent humour." He heads the department and acts on cartels, merger control and cases at the interface of antitrust and IP.

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Eubelius

From the Chambers Global guide

Litigator Hans Gilliams of Eubelius is well regarded by his peers and represents clients at both the EU and domestic levels. He also offers expertise in state aid law. He continued to represent bpost in its opposition to EUR39.7 million fines imposed on it by the Belgian Competition Authority and the postal regulator due to pricing practices in the postal sector.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Global guide

Dual-qualified Laurent Godfroid assists clients with French and EU competition law matters with a particular focus on the transport, TMT and agrochemical sectors. He continued to advise Twenga on the EC's investigation into Google's practices in the online search market. One source enthuses: "Laurent is not only a sharp, efficient and pragmatic lawyer, but is also personable and agreeable to work with."

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Geert Goeteyn advises on merger control as well as cartels and abuse of dominance. He offers impressive experience of cases in the aviation industry and acted for Cargolux Airlines on its application to the General Court for an annulment of the EC's air freight decision. A client values that "in addition to being an expert on competition law, he is quick to grasp his client's business considerations, which allows him to provide very relevant, clear and practical advice."

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Graf acts on distribution arrangements and behavioural investigations. He continues to advise Google on the EC's investigations into alleged abuse of dominance in both the Android and online search markets. He receives praise from peers for his work on the Google investigations and impresses sources with his "hard-working approach."

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Jacques-Philippe Gunther of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP splits his time between Brussels and Paris and advises on all aspects of European competition law. One impressed client "would recommend him as one of the best experts I have worked with in competition." He advised CMA CGM on its acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines.

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Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

German-qualified Alexander Israel of Noerr is an expert in German national and European-level mergers, cartels and litigation. He represented the EC in Brugg's appeal of the power cables cartel decision. He is described by an impressed client as "one of the most responsive, diligent and valuable outside counsel I have ever worked with."

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Keane Legal

From the Chambers Global guide

Benoît Keane of Keane Legal specialises in competition and European law matters in the sport sector. One source states: "He is very knowledgeable in the sport sector and the wider EU framework related to it and he is also smart, articulate and a very pleasant person to work with." He recently defended the International Skating Union against an investigation by the EC into its rules regarding the vetting of events funded by betting.

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White & Case

From the Chambers Global guide

Assimakis Komninos is experienced in both Greek and European competition law, having previously worked at the Hellenic Competition Authority. He was part of the team that advised SOCAR on regulatory processes and investigations related to its acquisition of DESFA.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

Frédéric Louis advises on a wide range of competition mandates including cartels, state aid and mergers and also guides clients through contentious proceedings and litigation.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Anne MacGregor recently joined Dechert LLP from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. She has particular expertise in merger control and one source says: "She works fast, she works hard and she is super easy to deal with." 

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephen Mavroghenis, who recently joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is lauded by interviewees as a "wonderful strategic thinker" and "a very sophisticated lawyer." He advises clients on the full range of competition law and is increasingly active in the field of state aid.

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Maarten Meulenbelt is experienced in competition litigation with particular expertise in the life sciences sector. He acted for Union Nationale de la Propriété Immobilière on a complaint to the EC regarding EUR25 billion state aid to social housing in France. He is Dutch-qualified and advises before European and national competition authorities.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Koen Platteau heads the department at Simmons & Simmons LLP and is described by sources as a "serious and reliable partner." He is active in multiple areas of EU and Belgian domestic competition law most frequently in the energy, life sciences and TMT sectors.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

German-qualified Jens Peter Schmidt heads the Brussels office and is particularly known for his work in merger control. He advised Albemarle on its sale of its mineral flame retardants and speciality chemicals business to Huber Engineering Materials. One client describes him as "very user-friendly" and said he "made things much easier for us by highlighting what we needed to focus on." 

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McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say Clive Stanbrook OBE QC of McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP has a "tremendous amount of knowledge and experience and his great strategic insights are what I would highlight." He is experienced in merger control and cartel proceedings.

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Schoenherr Belgium

From the Chambers Global guide

Volker Weiss heads the Brussels office of Schoenherr Belgium. He is Austrian-qualified and has a broad competition law practice. The CEE region is an area of specialism for him and he advises many clients from this area owing to his experience with national competition authorities in this region. A client says: "We had excellent support - in complex subjects he can explain and communicate in an easy and understandable manner." He recently acted for EVO Payments international on their strategic alliance with Raiffeisen Poland and Raiffeisen Czech Republic.

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Band 6

Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Global guide

Markus Wellinger has a broad competition practice. He advised Fortum Group on the EC notification of its joint venture with LE Group for the development, construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in Lithuania. One source describes him as "technically very skilled."

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Band 6

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Philipp Werner is German-qualified and frequently advises on merger control and state aid at the EU and German levels. He advised the SIGNA Group on the EUR3 billion merger between department store chains Karstadt and Kaufhof.

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Band 6

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Up and Coming

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

French-qualified Charlotte Breuvart advises on mergers, behavioural mandates and state aid with a notable focus on the energy sector. Clients say she has a "very thorough and detail-oriented mind and delivers top-quality legal advice." She acted for Suez Environnement on its proposed EUR842 million acquisition of the Belgian waste management company Indaver from Delta.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Serge Clerckx covers all types of competition law within the consumer goods, technology and IT sectors. He continues to act for Procter & Gamble on numerous transactions including the USD12.5 billion sale of its beauty brands to Coty. Clients remark: "He has mastered the technical details of European competition law and he knows our company very well and is very sensitive to commercial realities; therefore, his advice is always very practical."

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Counsel Frances Dethmers was part of the team that advised Pfizer on its proposed USD160 billion merger with Allergan. She has previously worked at the Dutch Competition Authority and is particular adept at the economics aspects of competition law. She is described as a "tremendously effective and committed person."

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers Global guide

Jordan Ellison is experienced in acting on mergers and behavioural mandates before both UK and European authorities. He represented Coca-Cola Enterprises in its proposed USD31 billion merger with Coca-Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke. A source says: "He has been superb, with regard to the quality of the advice provided, the willingness to find innovative solutions for the client and his responsiveness."

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Up and Coming

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Axel Gutermuth as a "detail-oriented, practical, intelligent" lawyer who has a "tremendous amount of knowledge about antitrust law." He advises clients on merger control and behavioural mandates before both European and German authorities. He was part of the team that advised GE on competition aspects of the ultimately discontinued USD3.3 billion sale of its appliances business to Electrolux.

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers Global guide

"Phenomenal lawyer" Anna Lyle-Smythe acts on merger control, cartel damages litigation and behavioural investigations in the UK and EU contexts. She is advising Ericsson on its strategic alliance with Cisco Systems. One client would "single her out for her incredible attention to detail. She is very good on big competition cases which are heavily driven by econometrics." 

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Miguel Rato joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in 2017 and is particularly experienced in unilateral conduct matters. One client says of him: "His knowledge of the law and understanding of business realities are matched only by his razor-sharp mind, strategic acumen and super written advocacy skills."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Global guide

Johan Van Acker is building a strong reputation in merger control, as well as behavioural mandates, through his active role in the teams acting for Halliburton, Japan Airlines and Mitsui Chemicals in recent cases. An interviewee states: "He is very bright and capable of solving difficult problems and analyses - I think he is a key player there."

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