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Analysis: Competition

Competition 2018

The 19th edition of WWL: Competition is more comprehensive than ever before, covering a total of 1,069 lawyers, including 76 EU-based state aid experts. The lawyers selected advise and defend clients in internal, regulatory and criminal investigations as well as assisting with merger filings, civil and criminal litigation and cartel matters.

The USA is home to the most lawyers, followed by Belgium and the UK; together these three jurisdictions make up more than 40 per cent of the total listings worldwide. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer once again stands out as a dominant force in Europe, with 40 of its 50 listed lawyers worldwide based there, followed by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton with 18. In the US, Latham & Watkins and Gibson Dunn both have 12 listings, while Anderson Mori & Tomotsune leads the way in the Asia-Pacific region with seven individuals listed.

The leading firms and lawyers in each region are profiled below.

Competition 2018: Economists

This year we identify 360 competition economists from 144 firms and institutions across 32 countries considered to be the best consultants, expert witnesses and advisers in the world. They are highlighted for their provision of expert knowledge and testimony in complex antitrust matters, alongside the superb advice they provide to lawyers and clients on intricate matters of competition economics.

Competition 2018: Plaintiff Lawyers

We list 126 standout lawyers based in the USA and Europe who specialise in representing plaintiffs in complex competition litigation, including class actions as well as opt-out cases. Litigation boutique Hausfeld is a dominant force on both sides of the Atlantic, while Boies Schiller Flexner and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are major players in the US and UK respectively.

Competition - Future Leaders 2018

For the second time, we shine the spotlight on the leading individuals whom the market identifies as the future leaders of competition law. In this chapter, we identify 241 partners and 230 non-partners aged 45 and under at the end of 2018, who stand out for their competition law expertise. European countries dominate the listings this year, and are home to 57 per cent of our total listings, with London and Brussels standing-out as the main centres of competition law expertise.

Across our total listings, elite law firms headquartered in London are particularly prominent in our research, with magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer once again emerging as the leading firm in the area, with 41 outstanding lawyers recognised as future leaders. Linklaters and Baker McKenzie also perform well, achieving 25 and 18 inclusions respectively. A number of Asia-based outfits also impress this year, including prominent South Korean law firm Kim & Chang and leading full-service Indian firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, whose members receive plaudits for their excellent work in the competition space.

Competition - Future Leaders 2018: Economists

This year we identify 53 competition economists from 30 firms and institutions across 16 countries. The featured economists are considered the future leaders in the space. They are highlighted for their provision of expert advice and testimony in complex antitrust matters, alongside the superb advice they provide to lawyers and clients on intricate matters of competition economics.

Competition 2017: Analysis

WWL: Competition 2017 is our most extensive look at the competition world yet, covering a total of 1,176 lawyers across 62 jurisdictions. The three major centres of competition expertise – the USA, Brussels and London – are home to more than half of our listed lawyers this year, while Germany, Canada, Australia and Brazil all feature more than 30 leading names. This year’s edition includes new listings for State Aid, highlighting highly regarded lawyers whose practice features a significant focus on EU rules surrounding governmental interference with competition. Additionally, we have expanded our Plaintiff listings to include plaintiffs’ lawyers from outside of the USA for the first time.

The editorial below features the lawyers who secured the most nominations and votes in our research for Competition this year. It also covers the leading practitioners listed for State Aid.

Competition 2017: Economists Analysis

Who’s Who Legal’s Competition Economists chapter covers 342 of the best consultants, expert witnesses and advisers on economics in the world. They are hired for their work on complex mergers, investigations and disputes. In total, 142 firms have practitioners listed, but three firms stand apart in this area, with more than 20 practitioners listed each: Compass Lexecon, Charles River Associates and RBB Economics. Between them, their practitioners comprise over 25 per cent of those listed in the chapter. The individuals scoring highest in our research are mentioned below.

Competition 2017: Trends & Conclusions

The competition market has remained strong this year, with a number of high-profile deals subject to scrutiny. Meanwhile, the European Commission continues to be vocal on crucial competition matters. In addition, increasing levels of enforcement from authorities, and the recent rise in class action damages litigation, have resulted in a high demand for legal services. However, the market has also experienced significant challenges, most notably with the UK voting to leave the European Union in 2016, causing substantial uncertainty in both the UK and the EU. That said, practitioners we spoke to were wary of suggesting that the competition legal market would be adversely affected by such developments.

Competition - Future Leaders 2017: Partners Analysis

In this chapter, 372 outstanding partners are included from over 200 firms across 45 different countries. Below we highlight the leaders in each jurisdiction. 

Competition - Future Leaders 2017: Non-Partners Analysis

In this chapter, 207 impressive non-partners are identified from 105 different firms across 43 different countries. Below we highlight the leaders in each jurisdiction. 

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