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The following law firms are legal powerhouses in the global competition market, and feature experienced leaders in either counselling or litigating on merger control, cartels, and the abuse of dominance, and in many cases all three. 

1 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

2 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

3 Linklaters

4 Jones Day

5 Latham & Watkins

6 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

7 Clifford Chance

8 Allen & Overy

9 Herbert Smith Freehills

10 Hogan Lovells

11 Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

12 Sidley Austin

13 Gleiss Lutz

14 Covington & Burling

15 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

16 Arnold & Porter

17 Baker & McKenzie

18 White & Case

19 Slaughter and May

20 Baker Botts

 

Boasting a “dominant position” within the market, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer once again finds itself the recipient of our Competition Law Firm of the Year Award, marking the 12th time the firm has been recognised with this accolade. With more than 50 partners and 260 experienced competition lawyers situated across Asia, Europe and the US, the practice prides itself on its ability to offer clients expertise on a global scale. Restrictive practices, cartels and market dominance are just some of the areas of antitrust law that the practice handles.

Our Competition Lawyer of the Year for the seventh time, Frank Montag continues to impress with his “internationally renowned” antitrust practice. With over 25 years of experience in the field, he draws on his “unparalleled knowledge of competition law” to advise clients, who have recently included DB Schenker and Siemens, on European and multi-jurisdictional competition investigations. Alongside him in Brussels, Thomas Janssens leads the firm’s local competition and antitrust group. He is recognised for his “business-oriented” and “commercially minded” approach. The “extremely talented” Alan Ryan specialises in European competition law, and is known in the market for his “strong expertise” dealing with the aviation and high-tech industries. 

John Davies wins praise for the “strategic and effective counsel” that he delivers to clients, on multi-jurisdictional competition matters. The “sensational” Deirdre Trapp deals with both contentious and non-contentious competition issues, and is admired for her “invaluable experience” appearing before the UK Competition and Markets Authority and other antitrust agencies worldwide. Simon Priddis is managing partner of the firm’s antitrust, competition and trade practice in London, and is commended for the “astute and innovative legal advice” that he provides to clients on merger control, cartel investigations and EU regulations. 

The firm’s “phenomenal competition group” also has a strong presence in the US. In Washington, DC, Paul Yde runs “a brilliant practice” that focuses on representing clients before the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on antitrust-related joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and distribution. Robert Schlossberg is “an extremely bright and talented lawyer”, whose practice specialises in managing national and international transactions through antitrust review. 

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton runs a “fantastic competition practice” that boasts 190 practitioners and a strong global presence. The firm prides itself on the “exceptional expertise” of its lawyers, many of whom come from senior government regulatory positions, thus being able to provide clients with “well-informed counsel”. Recent highlights include advising the Dow Chemical Company on their all-stock merger of equals with DuPont, the combined market capitalisation of which is estimated to be approximately $130 billion. 

The firm’s Brussels office is a frontrunner in the market and is home to the “esteemed” Nicholas Levy who focuses his practice on EU and UK antitrust law, and is highly regarded among peers for his “intricate knowledge of the EU Merger Regulation”. Alongside him, Antoine Winckler’s “tremendous understanding of European and French competition law” makes him an “asset to clients” who require counsel on cartel investigations, merger control and market dominance. Francisco-Enrique González Díaz is “extremely well versed in complex European competition matters”, thanks to his previous experience in the European Commission’s merger task force. 

In Washington, DC, managing partner Mark Leddy specialises in both European and US antitrust law. He is renowned in the field for his “impressive roster of clients” including The Coca-Cola Company and ArcelorMittal. He is joined by the “incredibly talented” George Cary, who frequently advises clients on government investigations relating to mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust litigation. 

Linklaters possesses “world-class expertise” in merger control, market and sector investigations and abuse of dominance. With experts across Europe, China and the US, as well as alliances with leading law firms such as Allens in Australia and Webber Wentzel in South Africa, Linklaters provides clients with “a truly global service”. Recent highlights include advising on the £71 billion acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev. 

With over 25 years of experience in the competition space, Gerwin Van Gerven is considered “a consummate expert” in the field, particularly regarding merger control, anti-cartel enforcement and abuse complaints. The “exceptionally bright” Jonas Koponen is global head of the firm’s competition and antitrust practice. His clients include multinational companies across a range of industries including financial services, telecommunications and healthcare. In London, Sir Christopher Bellamy QC is chairman of the firm’s global competition practice, and is renowned in the field for establishing the Competition Appeal Tribunal, of which he was president from 1999 to 2007. 

Simon Pritchard runs a “distinguished practice” that encompasses a wide range of competition matters including merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel defence work. The “remarkable” Bernd Meyring regularly advises clients on EU and international competition law, and is experienced in litigating cases in both the German and European courts. Energy, retail, automotive and healthcare are just some of the industries covered by his “first-rate practice”.  

With a competition group of over 150 lawyers throughout 27 business centres across Europe, Asia and the Americas, Jones Day is well placed to provide its clients with “high-quality legal services” on a range of antitrust matters, from merger reviews to providing everyday counsel. Many of the group’s practitioners have previously held prominent positions in enforcement agencies, thus enabling them to deliver “insightful and effective advice” to clients around the world. The firm represents both large corporations and smaller companies from a range of industries, including telecommunications, transport, media and pharmaceuticals. 

Joe Sims is one of Jones Day’s most highly ranked antitrust lawyers in our research this year, and is well known for his “outstanding reputation in the market”, having handled high-profile cases for clients such as Chevron, General Motors, Essilor and Apple. He recently advised DirecTV on the antitrust aspects of its $67 billion acquisition by AT&T. The “terrific” Bernard Amory is based in the Brussels office, and has extensive experience representing clients before the European Commission, European courts and other competition authorities across the continent. 

The firm’s Washington, DC office is well represented in our competition research this year. Kathryn Fenton represents clients including Procter & Gamble and Liberty Media, on a spectrum of antitrust issues, such as merger reviews and government investigations. Alongside her, Phillip Proger’s practice specialises in mergers and cartel investigations, as well as antitrust litigation. He receives praise among peers for his “sharp intellect” and “keen attention to detail”. David Wales is the practice leader for the firm’s global antitrust and competition law practice, and is considered a “seasoned expert in competition matters”, particularly due to his previous experience at the FTC. 

Latham & Watkins’s antitrust and competition practice advises clients on both a domestic and international level on a broad spectrum of competition matters. Merger clearance, cartel investigations and competition-related litigation are just some of the practice group’s strengths. The firm’s worldwide platform and presence in many of the world’s major antitrust centres, provides clients with integrated, cross-border services.

In Brussels, Sven Völcker co-chairs Latham & Watkins’ global antitrust and competition practice, and focuses on EU and German competition law. With over 17 years of experience in the competition space, he is “well versed” in merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. He is joined by Lars Kjølbye, whose clients commend his “sensitive handling of complex antitrust cases”. 

The firm’s strong antitrust presence continues across the Atlantic. San Francisco-based Daniel Wall is recognised as a “true expert” in merger litigation, and is regarded as “the go-to lawyer” for antitrust issues pertaining to the technology sector. In Washington, DC, Abbott Lipsky Jr is revered for his “impressive international competition experience” that spans predominantly the US, the EU, Japan and Canada.

The “incredibly talented” Michael Egge specialises in antitrust issues concerning mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. With more than 35 years of experience in the field, Margaret Zwisler is regarded as “an outstanding antitrust litigator”, and is particularly known for her “world-class work” on class action cases. 

With 150 practitioners in offices across the US, Europe and Asia, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has one of the world’s leading antitrust and competition practices. The group has long-standing experience in cartel investigations, private antitrust litigation and government reviews of mergers and acquisitions, with many of its US antitrust team coming from senior positions within the DOJ and the FTC. Its competition practice also has a strong presence in Europe with offices in Munich, Brussels, London and Paris. 

In San Francisco, Gary Spratling co-chairs the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice group. Prior to entering private practice, he was a US DOJ prosecutor for 28 years dealing with cartel and other criminal investigations, and is therefore widely respected by peers for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of US antitrust matters”.

David Wood’s “revered practice” covers abuse of dominance, cartels, merger control and restrictive agreements and he is known for his particular expertise regarding EU antitrust policy. Daniel Swanson is “a formidable litigator”, whose global competition practice deals with class actions, criminal investigations and merger reviews. 

In Brussels, the “outstanding” Peter Alexiadis specialises in merger control and joint ventures, and wins praise for his “strategic and creative approach to cases”. In Washington, DC, Scott Hammond co-chairs the firm’s antitrust and competition practice group and delivers “first-rate advice” to clients from a range of industries, on antitrust compliance and government investigations. Alongside him, Jarrett Arp represents both companies and individuals in competition matters, and is known for his “strong expertise” regarding cartel investigations. 

Clifford Chance’s antitrust and competition practice is one of its core strengths, offering “top-tier expertise” on cases involving cartels, monopolisation, antitrust litigation, market investigations and sector inquiries. The team spans the US, Europe and Asia, providing clients with economic, regulatory and legal counsel on both a domestic and international scale. Recent highlights include representing Barclays in the Libor investigations carried out by the European Commission.  

Thomas Vinje runs a “superb practice”, which focuses on advising major corporations on EU competition law. He possesses “vast experience” before the European Commission and the European courts representing clients, many of whom belong to the communications and technology industries. The “brilliant” Tony Reeves is known for his “exceptional work” dealing with multi-jurisdictional abuse of market power, cartels and merger notification issues. Alastair Mordaunt is “extremely well versed” in UK, EU and US antitrust matters, and is commended for his “astute legal mind” and “innovative counsel”. 

The “excellent” Alex Nourry is considered a “standout practitioner” in the field, and regularly advises clients on market investigations, abuse of market power and control of mergers and joint ventures. He is joined by leader of the firm’s global antitrust litigation group, Elizabeth Morony, whose expertise in EU competition law is regarded by peers as “world class”. 

Allen & Overy’s competition law practice has developed “a fantastic reputation” for its ability to combine its extensive global presence with outstanding local expertise. The firm boasts 100 experts across Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, giving it one of the largest international footprints in the market. The team covers antitrust litigation, policies and regulation, and advises on merger control, abuse of dominance and sector regulation matters. 

With over 30 years of experience in European competition law, Michael Reynolds is considered “a master in the field”. His practice deals with a number of high-profile and complex legal cases on behalf of corporations from around the world. The “superb” Dirk Arts leads the firm’s Belgian competition law department, and is “hugely respected among peers and clients alike”.

Vanessa Turner is “a sophisticated and smart practitioner” who deals with cases from a wide range of sectors including financial services, air transport and IT. In London, Philip Mansfield is revered for his “excellent representation of clients” before the European Commission, particularly in cases concerning global cartel investigations. 

With offices across Europe, Asia and Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills delivers “exceptional legal counsel” on complex competition work. The firm’s extensive international reach matches the increasing globalisation of its clients, allowing it to provide them with multi-jurisdictional support on a range of antitrust matters including investigations, merger clearance and litigation. Recent highlights include advising Virgin Atlantic on cartel investigations into long-haul passenger fuel surcharges, and BSkyB on Ofcom’s pay-TV market investigation. 

Kyriakos Fountoukakos is a “trusted adviser” to clients, who praise him for his “no-nonsense approach” to cases. His practice covers a range of EU and UK competition matters, including merger control, cartels and antitrust investigations. Managing partner of the Brussels office, Craig Pouncey runs a “brilliant practice”, and has regularly acted on behalf of clients before the European Commission, European courts and the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is regarded as “a top-notch practitioner” by clients from a variety of sectors including telecoms and media, financial services, and e-commerce. 

London-based Kim Dietzel is “a star in the field” and focuses her practice on EU and UK competition issues. She is recognised by peers for her particular expertise in cartel cases and merger control. In Sydney, Paul Hughes co-chairs the competition, regulation and trade practice, and is a “sophisticated and smart practitioner, according to clients who include BHP Billiton, DP World and Warner Bros. 

With one of the largest global competition practices spanning 16 countries, Hogan Lovells is regarded is a standout firm in our competition research this year. The firm not only deals with high-profile competition work including cross-border mergers and joint ventures, abuse of dominance and cartel cases, but also helps clients to prepare and anticipate such problems through “continuous and exceptionally thorough counsel”. The end of 2015 saw the firm advise Alstom on a series of deals with General Electric, including the sale of its €12.4 billion energy business. 

In Washington, DC, Janet McDavid is considered “the go-to lawyer” for cases involving government investigations. She is known for her high-profile work, and has previously provided antitrust transition counsel to the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations. Alongside her, the “extremely intelligent” Joseph Krauss focuses on antitrust and economic regulation. He advises clients from a range of industries, including automotive, banking, telecommunications and health. Beijing-based Adrian Emch delivers “astute and innovative counsel” to clients on merger control, merger filings and cartel investigations, and is regarded as “a stand out practitioner in the field”. 

The firm’s presence in the European competition market is particularly strong. In Brussels, Matthew Levitt specialises in the contentious, transactional and advisory aspects of EU and UK competition law. He is “a highly sought after practitioner” by clients in the shipping and oil and gas industries, areas in which he possesses particular expertise. Suyong Kim in the London office is global co-head of the firm’s antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice. She is praised for providing “high-quality advice” on complex and high-stakes competition issues. 

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has a dedicated competition practice that represents clients across a range of industries. The firm delivers “first-rate legal counsel” on sophisticated and complex competition investigations, merger reviews and competition litigation in both developed and emerging jurisdictions. Skadden’s global presence enables it to provide clients with international and integrated services.

Simon Baxter heads the firm’s European antitrust and competition group and is “highly sought after” for his expertise in European and international competition law. His clients, who include American Express, General Electric and Yahoo!, praise him for his “calm demeanour” and “astute legal knowledge”. James Venit possesses “vast experience in the competition space” and is admired for his “effective and strategic counsel regarding compliance matters”. Brussels-based Frederic Depoortere runs “a distinguished practice” that encompasses merger control, cartels and dominance issues. 

The “accomplished” John Nannes has previous governmental experience as assistant attorney general of the antitrust division in the US DOJ. He delivers “pragmatic and insightful advice” to clients who admire him for his “invaluable experience”. Ingrid Vandenborre is a “top-tier lawyer”, whose practice covers merger control and cartel investigations. According to clients, she is a “force to be reckoned with”, and has substantial experience dealing with both the European general court and the European Commission. 

Sidley Austin has “a market-leading reputation” in the field of antitrust law, particularly regarding high-profile and complex matters. The firm prides itself on its ability to provide clients with integrated services with other internal departments, as well as cross-border services enabled by its presence across the US, Asia and Europe. Its practice is strengthened further through the background of its practitioners, many of whom have experience as regulators and prosecutors, and therefore possess “a deep and exceptional understanding of competition law”.

Stephen Kinsella OBE is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in our competition research, with clients praising his “impressive handling of complex antitrust matters”. Based in the Brussels office, he heads the firm’s European antitrust/competition group, and is “extremely knowledgeable” in all areas of EU competition law. He is joined by the “remarkable” Kristina Nordlander, who represents clients from a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, mining, technology and financial services. Also in Brussels is Jacques Bourgeois, who is recognised among peers as “a true authority on EU competition law”. With experience in both private practice and public service, he provides “bespoke and insightful counsel” to clients. 

Washington, DC-based William Blumenthal is a “top expert” in the competition space, and focuses his practice on monopolisation, predatory pricing and antitrust-related merger and acquisition matters. As a former deputy director of the bureau of competition at the FTC, Kenneth Glazer is “the first choice” for many clients, who admire his “tremendous expertise and experience”. 

Although Gleiss Lutz’s own offices remain in Europe, primarily in Germany, the firm’s network of close ties with law firms across the globe, including the US, Canada, Africa, Australia and the Middle East, allows it to position itself as a “one-stop shop” for multi-jurisdictional competition work. With more than 60 years of experience in the field, the firm possesses “an outstanding competition practice” that encompasses merger control, compliance and cartel investigations.

Ingo Brinker heads the firm’s competition practice, and is considered “a leader in the field of competition law”. His practice focuses on EU and German antitrust law, and specialises particularly in merger control investigations and litigation. The “hugely talented” Ulrich Soltész acts on behalf of German and foreign companies before national competition authorities as well as the European Commission. 

Ulrich Denzel represents both domestic and international clients on European and German competition matters. His “distinguished practice” encompasses merger control, cartel investigations and damages claims. Petra Linsmeier is “an impressive competition practitioner”, whose “straightforward and practical approach” to compliance issues and internal investigations makes her an asset to clients. 

Covington & Burling is recognised for its “prominent position in the competition market”, and prides itself on its “outstanding experience” in antitrust litigation, civil and criminal cartel issues, and abuse of dominance matters. The firm’s “exceptional lawyers”, many of whom have previous experience as regulators and enforcement officials, represent clients before US courts, the EU commission, European courts, and arbitral tribunals throughout the world. 

In Washington, DC, Deborah Garza co-chairs the firm’s antitrust and competition law practice group. She is recognised for her “sensitive handling of complex and high-profile cases” and has over 30 years of experience in the field, in both the private and public sectors.

Fellow co-chair Thomas Barnett runs “a prestigious practice” that focuses on global antitrust and competition matters. His previous experience in the justice department’s antitrust division has lead him to be considered “a consummate expert”. Alongside him, Theodore Voorhees Jr’s practice spans the e-commerce, chemicals and food and beverage industries. He is commended for his “resolute focus” and “analytical mind-set”. 

Brussels-based Johan Ysewyn heads the EU competition group, and is “a firm favourite” for clients who require counsel on international and European cartel investigations. The “widely respected” Peter Camesasca deals with a broad range of EU competition matters, with a particular focus on the IT and transport industries. 

Universally recognised by peers and clients as a distinguished firm in the legal marketplace, it is unsurprising that Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s competition practice performs strongly in our research this year. Based in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Brussels and Washington, DC, the team is well placed to deliver “first-rate legal counsel” on both US and international competition matters. The “high calibre” of the group’s expertise is evident in its “impressive roster of clients”, who include Google, Coca-Cola, Dell and Pixar.

Brussels-based Götz Drauz is a “tremendous lawyer” with great experience dealing with EU and German antitrust matters. Alongside him, Michael Rosenthal is a “superb lawyer”, known for his impressive representation of major international companies such as Dell and Chevron.

Jonathan Jacobson regularly deals with high-profile antitrust investigations and litigations. He wins praise for his “practical and measured approach to cases”. The “terrific” Susan Creighton co-chairs the firm’s antitrust practice and focuses on merger reviews, government investigations and antitrust litigation. Scott Sher gains recognition for his “brilliant work” on merger and acquisition-related antitrust issues. Paul McGeown is “an effective and creative practitioner”, according to sources, who also praise him for his “deep knowledge of European competition law”. 

Arnold & Porter’s “distinguished competition practice” is recognised for its “deep expertise” in the field. With over 90 practitioners across the US and Europe, the firm delivers “first-class counsel” on a full range of antitrust issues, including civil, criminal and cartel investigations, compliance and mergers. One of the practice group’s particular strengths lies in the experience of its practitioners, many of whom have previously held senior governmental positions in the FTC, the DOJ and the European Commission.

Marleen Van Kerckhove deals with merger control, price fixing, abusive conduct and antitrust litigation before the European courts. She is known for her “wealth of experience” advising on competition law in relation to the pharmaceutical sector. The “fantastic” Luc Gyselen is admired for his previous governmental experience in the European Commission, which enables him to provide clients with “effective and insightful advice”.

In London, Susan Hinchliffe’s “dedicated practice” encompasses the automotive, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries and she advises clients on merger control, compliance issues and cartel investigations. Tim Frazer has a “renowned” competition practice, and is particularly sought after for his assistance in obtaining merger clearance for high-profile deals.

 In Washington, DC, Jonathan Gleklen chairs the firm’s antitrust/competition practice, and wins praise for his “comprehensive understanding” of competition issues in relation to high-tech and network industries. Alongside him, Richard Rosen is noted for his “sector-leading advice”; he has previous experience in the US DOJ antitrust division. 

Baker & McKenzie’s competition practice boasts “a truly global team” of over 300 lawyers located across 54 offices. As the first law firm to successfully coordinate multi-jurisdictional merger filings, the firm has built on its market leading reputation and is now recognised for its “superb expertise” across a range of competition matters including dawn raids, criminal proceedings and compliance issues. As authorities across the world become stricter and penalties harsher, Baker & McKenzie is well poised to provide “exceptional support and counsel” to clients globally. 

Fiona Carlin, chair of the firm’s European competition law practice group, has “a terrific reputation” in the market for her work on cartel investigations, compliance programs and merger control. Samantha Mobley leads the firm’s global antitrust and competition practice group and is recognised as a “pre-eminent practitioner” particularly for her cartel work. In Chicago, the “extremely talented” Roxane Busey has over 30 years of experience advising multinational companies on antitrust and competition issues, and wins praise for her “distinctly client-oriented approach”. 

Gavin Bushell is the “first port of call”, according to sources, regarding merger control matters and EU competition law. He is “a favourite among clients” who commend him for his “calm demeanour” and “sharp intellect”. In Düsseldorf, the “brilliant” Christian Horstkotte heads the firm’s German antitrust practice, and gains recognition for his “careful handling” of complex competition cases. 

White & Case’s competition practice spans 23 offices, with over 180 lawyers dedicated to the practice area. The firm is widely recognised for its “impressive international reach”, as its competition team advises on legal requirements in over 70 countries, which has allowed it to cultivate a strong reputation in cross-border and international antitrust work. The end of 2015 saw the firm successfully bring an end to a European Commission antitrust probe into Bulgarian Energy Holding.

Mark Powell runs “a brilliant practice” that specialises in sector-related competition law in areas such as telecommunications, energy and transport. The “exceptionally bright” James Killick is known for his “strong grasp of complex European competition law”. He wins praise from clients for his “strategic and practical approach” to cases. Jacquelyn MacLennan is “a first-rate practitioner”, according to clients, who include multinational corporations, trade associations and governments.

New York-based Joseph Angland focuses on multi-jurisdictional antitrust law, and delivers “innovative counsel” to clients from a range of industries including automobile, pharmaceutical and financial services. Mark Gidley chairs the firm’s global antitrust/competition practice, and has previous experience in the US DOJ antitrust division. He gains recognition for his “top-tier work” on cartel cases and pharmaceutical antitrust matters. The “highly respected” Börries Ahrens focuses on EU and German competition law, and is commended for his “intricate knowledge” of antitrust compliance issues. 

Cartels, abuse of dominance and market investigations are just a few of the areas of competition law in which Slaughter and May’s practice group excels. The group is led by partners in London, Brussels and Hong Kong, and strengthens its global presence through close relationships with other leading firms around the world. Recent work includes advising GE on the potential sale of its equipment finance and receivable finance businesses in France and Germany. 

John Boyce is “a leading light” in the field of competition law, and is based in the firm’s Brussels office. He has “extensive experience” dealing with the European Commission, particularly with regards to cartel investigations, as well as the general court and court of justice in Luxembourg.

In London, Philippe Chappatte is “the top choice” for many who require counsel on EU and UK competition law. He is responsible for the firm’s global competition practice, and is considered to be “an outstanding lawyer”. Alongside him, Claire Jeffs runs “a brilliant practice”, and is renowned among peers for her “sensational work on high-profile merger cases”.

Bertrand Louveaux’s practice encompasses merger control, investigations and antitrust litigation. He frequently acts of behalf of clients before the European Commission and UK Competition Commission, and is known for his “superb counsel”. 

Hong Kong-based Natalie Yeung is rated highly by the international competition market, and gains recognition for her “stellar work” on cross-border merger and acquisition deals, as well as her “intricate knowledge of Hong Kong competition legislation”. 

Baker Botts boasts “an internationally renowned antitrust practice” that represents major global companies in cartel investigations, complex antitrust litigation and other competition proceedings involving international enforcement agencies. The firm works with clients from a range of industries, including life sciences, healthcare, telecommunications and energy. 

In Brussels, Catriona Hatton co-heads the firm’s global antitrust and competition law group. She delivers “first-rate counsel” to clients from a range of sectors, including mining, media and pharmaceuticals, and is recognised for her “tremendous understanding of European antitrust compliance issues”. Fellow co-chair John Taladay runs “a terrific practice” that covers criminal cartel investigations, merger approvals and civil antitrust litigation. 

The “esteemed” James Rill has previously served as assistant attorney general in the US DOJ’s antitrust division. Based in Washington, DC, he is regarded as “a true expert when it comes to merger challenges”. Paul Lugard possesses “strong expertise” in all aspects of competition law, particularly merger control proceedings. According to clients from a number of industries, including telecommunications and automotive, he is “a standout practitioner”.  

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