Leading competition lawyer Alec Burnside has joined the Brussels office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.
He joins from Linklaters where he served for 26 years in several roles including managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office and global head of antitrust.
Burnside concentrates on EU competition law across a wide range of fields representing global industries, governments and leading corporations.
Currently he is acting on behalf of Deutsche Börse in its merger with NYSE Euronext, a matter on which he will continue to work with Linklaters. He also previously advised Microsoft in its purchase of Yahoo!’s search function.
“Alec is recognised as one of the leading competition lawyers in Europe. His attraction to Cadwalader and our investment in him and the opening of an office in Brussels reflect a mutual commitment to fielding the finest global antitrust team practising today,” said W Christopher White, chairman of Cadwalader and Wickersham & Taft.
Burnside adds, “As I have talked with Cadwalader I’ve been impressed by the remarkable talent in the firm in every group from financial services, reorganisation and capital markets to investigations and antitrust. I am excited about this new chapter in my career and my new affiliation with Cadwalader.”
A representative from Linklaters says the firm has no immediate plans to replace Burnside and wish him all the best in his new role.
Burnside is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists.