WWL has once again collaborated with Global Competition Review to produce the 21st edition of WWL: Competition, featuring 1,089 lawyers from over 55 jurisdictions who stand out as the foremost legal practitioners in the competition space. We also identify 92 state aid specialists for their market-leading expertise in the area.
Those featured are recognised for their exceptional work on a spectrum of related matters including merger control, abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations, state aid matters and high-stakes antitrust litigation.
Below we recognise the top lawyers and firms across a range of jurisdictions.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research. We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Frank Montag emerges as one of Europe’s foremost competition lawyers, described as “hugely impressive” and “one of the best lawyers in town”. He is “someone whom you can always rely on when you seek well-thought-through advice and insights”.
Thomas Janssens is “truly a leader in his field, and his guidance to clients in the most difficult merger cases is appreciated by many”, say respondents. They stress that he is “a role model even for practitioners in other jurisdictions with his in-depth knowledge and experience”.
The “excellent” Rafique Bachour earns acclaim for being “very knowledgeable in the merger control area and is an absolute pleasure to work with”. One peer in the space effuses that he “one of the very best lawyers I have ever met in the field”.
Andreas von Bonin is identified as “among the top lawyers in state aid matters”. Sources tell us that he is “always ready to engage in discussions whenever there is a new issue requiring close coordination in multi-jurisdictional merger cases”.
Thomas Wessely is “a highly esteemed practitioner” who remains “on the top of all matters that he is involved in and supervises, especially when his experience and in-depth knowledge of antitrust issues are required”.
Sascha Schubert is lauded by practitioners as “an outstanding lawyer” who is “very good on merger control matters”. He is well versed in complex multi-jurisdictional German and European competition and antitrust cases.
Michael Bo Jaspers “is always pleasant to work with and a very efficient coordinator when it comes to major global transactions”, particularly matters involving merger control coordination in numerous jurisdictions.
Thomas Graf is a top competition practitioner who impresses with his “excellent strategic inputs from a multi-jurisdictional perspective, great work in complex article 102 cases, and grasp of technology issues”.
Peers say that Antoine Winckler is “a brilliant antitrust lawyer” with “enormous experience and lots of diplomatic skills”, making him “great to work with on competition matters”.
Christopher Cook is considered “an excellent merger control specialist”. He has over 20 years of experience with international matters spanning abuse of dominance and cartel issues.
Romano Subiotto QC secures recommendations for his “in-depth competition experience” and “very smart practice”, with peers deeming him “excellent to work with”.
As a former head of an EU Commission merger enforcement unit and part of the Commission’s legal service, Francisco Enrique González-Díaz brings considerable experience and insight to his competition practice, which focuses on EU and Spanish mergers, abuse of dominance and state aid issues.
Robbert Snelders is “a very well-known figure in the market” who is “extremely competent, collegial and intelligent”. He is experienced with international merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations.
The “excellent” Sven Völcker is considered “a superstar” by peers, and wins endorsements as “an excellent coordinator, which often requires genuine interest and a quick understanding of issues relevant to other jurisdictions”.
Lars Kjølbye earns acclaim as “a terrific and smart practitioner” and “an excellent antitrust lawyer when it comes to issues in the tech sector, particularly in article 102 cases”.
Luca Crocco is considered “a rising star of the market” by commentators. He has “significant expertise in EU state aid law” and is “an effective coordinator and supervisor of multi-jurisdictional merger cases involving complex issues or challenging timelines”.
Peers effuse that Hector Armengod has “amazing energy” and “is a greatly experienced and knowledgeable counsel”. A source adds, “I can always rely on him for simple answers to very complex questions requiring insight”.
Marc Hansen is a well-regarded figure in with an impressive track record in antitrust investigations, litigation proceedings and state aid matters.
John Boyce is “one of the best lawyers in Brussels”, and a highly respected figure across the European market whose “in-depth experience” makes him a go-to for merger clearance and cartel investigations.
Anna Lyle-Smythe is a key name in the EU when it comes to competition matters. Peers state that she is “one of the best lawyers in Brussels” who “does a magnificent job in the space” and provides “tailored and targeted advice with great interpersonal skills”.
Jordan Ellison is a favourite among peers and clients, who recommend him for his “in-depth experience and interpersonal skills”. He is sought after for his experience with high-profile merger matters, as well as his cartel and behavioural expertise.
Kerry O’Connell enjoys a standout reputation in the European market, with sources noting that she is “doing a fantastic job in the field”. Her broad practice spans merger, antitrust, state aid and regulatory issues.
Gerwin Van Gerven is recognised as “a statesman of the field” and “one of the best lawyers in town for phase two merger control cases”.
Jonas Koponen is an acclaimed competition expert in Brussels, earning recognitition as “a very good and hands-on merger specialist”.
Bernd Meyring wins praise as “a very approachable and professional competition lawyer, with a very interesting practice”. He advises domestic and international corporations, banks and institutions on the full range of competition matters before the EU Commission.
Philipp Werner is “a very talented and dynamic lawyer”, considered “efficient in his approach to matters, especially for state aid cases” and valued for his strong client relationships.
Respondents highlight Bernard Amory as “a very good antitrust lawyer in many areas of competition law”. He represents clients in the technology, financial services and automotive sectors in merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance matters.
Serge Clerckx is lauded as “a very knowledgeable competition lawyer” with over 15 years of experience advising clients in the aerospace, technology and ICT sectors.
Mario Todino is a enthusiastically praised as a “great lawyer” who “truly knows the European commission”.
Jean-François Bellis is “a pillar in the competition community” and “one of the all-time greats in competition practice”. He is “especially well known for merger filings” while also possessing “a very good track record on complex cartel investigations and leniency applications”.
David Hull is “a very good, knowledgeable practitioner regarding pharma competition issues” and “a great lawyer with particular expertise in the life sciences antitrust and merger control spaces”.
Kris Van Hove is highlighted as “an excellent competition lawyer who ranks among the best”. Commentators note, “He takes into consideration practices and culture of not only the EU but also other jurisdictions when giving advice.”
Porter Elliott is “an outstandingly good merger specialist, who knows the Commission well”. He has experience in cases involving the aerospace, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and steel sectors, among others.
Andrzej Kmiecik heads the firm’s competition practice and is well regarded for his experience with merger control, cartels, distribution and licensing matters.
Other leading individuals
Kyriakos Fountoukakos at Herbert Smith Freehills is “a powerhouse in EU merger matters”. He “is sought after by many clients for his expertise, and exerts a positive influence on others around him with his seemingly everlasting energy”.
The “excellent” Ulrich Soltész of Gleiss Lutz comes highly recommended for his state aid expertise pertaining to the technology sector. He has “deep knowledge about the criteria and rules to be observed and is highly agile”.
Catriona Hatton with Baker Botts is “a very strong and experienced antitrust lawyer who always suggests practical solutions” and provides “good merger analysis and strategic thinking”. She is also praised for being “hands-on and very practical with her advice”.
Antitrust Law Schild’s Annette Luise Schild is “a brilliant, very experienced competition lawyer” whose “very sharp brain” is a superb asset for clients.
Luc Gyselen at Arnold & Porter is “a go-to lawyer for any competition law queries”. He is highlighted as “very thorough” and “amazing for complex cases”.
Axel Gutermuth “has significant expertise across a broad sweep of competition matters”, with peers stipulating that he is “quick to understand unique aspects of different jurisdictions” and “very experienced in merger control”.
Kristina Nordlander of Sidley Austin is considered “nothing short of brilliant – very articulate, committed and a great role model”. In particular, she is said to be “very good in digital industry issues”.
Frederic Depoortere with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is “a top name” in the space, recognised as “a super-talented and smart practitioner who can handle the most complex merger matters with grace and confidence”.
Ingrid Vandenborre is “a star practitioner with a deep understanding of antitrust transactional and litigation matters”, who is endorsed by peers as “a very knowledgeable and competent lawyer, but most importantly an inspiring leader in her field who is down to earth and pragmatic”
Marc Reysen at Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy secures praise as “an excellent lawyer with an impressively performing competition boutique firm”. He is “admired for his deep expertise in this field, and for meeting client expectations with ease”.
Trevor Soames of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is “a superb advocate and orator” with over 30 years of experience across a range of merger, cartel, abuse of dominance and state aid matters.
Clifford Chance’s Thomas Vinje is considered “a smart lawyer who has extensive knowledge in competition matters”, as well as a “creative advocate with excellent strength in abuse of dominance cases”.
Alec Burnside at Dechert is lauded as “an astute strategist whom every company would like to have on its team for its most difficult cases”. He provides “very good strategic view, and considers political aspects very well”.
Silvio Cappellari of SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz gains praise as “an outstanding expert in mergers and energy-related antitrust issues”. His expertise lies in German and EU merger control matters.
Jürgen Schindler with Allen & Overy is “a very bright and effective counsel, who is capable of spotting clients’ needs and interests”. He co-heads the firm’s global competition practice, and advises on merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance issues in a variety of sectors.
Dirk Arts enjoys a reputation as “a really outstanding lawyer in the field” who is “highly regarded both as a practitioner and as a professor”. He is well versed in advising clients in the energy, media, chemical, retail and automotive sectors on cartel and merger control issues.
Fiona Carlin at Baker McKenzie “is an authority on competition law in the pharma sector”. She is admired for her “hands-on approach” and is deemed “very practical in terms of merging client expectations with prevailing local laws”.
Gavin Bushell “has an amazing knowledge of the latest developments in EU competition law and an uncanny ability to explain the most difficult concepts very easily to clients”. His “passionate and knowledgeable approach” and his “strong commercial understanding” make him a go-to name in the area.
Massimo Merola of BonelliErede is a favourite among peers for competition matters, and is here identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader for his outstanding experience and expertise in state aid matters.
Jacques Derenne with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton is recognised as “a Belgian statesman” of the competition market and “a very good state aid lawyer”.
Hengeler Mueller’s Hans-Jörg Niemeyer earns impressive recommendations for his practice. His skills in state aid matters mark him out as a specialist in this area.
Peers single out Kai Struckmann at White & Case as one of Brussel’s foremost authorities on state aid matters. He also advises on antitrust litigation and cartel investigations.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Peers say that Claire Jeffs is “one of the top UK lawyers” in the field and “is simply magnificent in her advice”. She comes highly recommended as “a very strong practitioner in merger control”.
Philippe Chappatte is considered “a master of the field” with “a wealth of experience”. He heads the competition group and is an authority on merger control, cartels, behavioural issues and other litigation proceedings in the UK and EU.
Isabel Taylor is “very strong in general, and is particularly accomplished in state aid matters”, report interviewees. She is “a highly intelligent lawyer who can handle very difficult antitrust aspects”.
Bertrand Louveaux earns recognition as “a great litigator in antitrust matters, as well as in damages claims”, with sources also acknowledging that he is “very knowledgeable generally in the competition field”.
Jackie Holland is “a very good lawyer with in-depth experience”. She has over 20 years’ experience of competition and regulatory issues.
Lisa Wright is “well informed on energy market issues”, report commentators. She has a broad competition practice that spans merger control, market investigations, state aid and public procurement matters.
Christopher Wright is identified as a key name in the UK’s competition market. His brings notable experience in the energy, water, transport and communications sectors.
Richard Swallow is a respected name in the space, and co-heads the firm’s global investigations group. He is well versed in high-value competition litigation proceedings.
William Turtle is a keystone of London’s competition market, and “a very knowledgeable practitioner”, say peers. He is engaged on significant cartel matters and global antitrust investigations in the EU and UK.
Robert O’Donoghue QC is one of the Bar’s foremost names in competition practice, with peers describing him as “a very experienced and reliable silk who is active in many of the biggest cases”. David Bailey is praised as “a bright and user-friendly barrister” with “an encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law”.
James Flynn QC is a stalwart figure at the Bar with an impressive reputation among peers in the competition space. He has over 40 years of experience with competition damages and cartel matters before UK and EU courts.
Mark Hoskins QC is highlighted as “a leading silk in the market” and “very highly regarded competition practitioner”. He has experience in competition proceedings in both Europe and Asia.
Kelyn Bacon QC secures extensive recommendations from peers for her competition practice, which specialises in state aid and pharmaceutical regulations. She is experienced at representing clients before the UK Supreme Court, competition appeal tribunals and EU courts.
Marie Demetriou QC is singled out as “a phenomenal advocate and highly experienced litigator” in the competition space.
Daniel Jowell QC is “absolutely first class”, with one peer stating, “In my opinion he is the leading competition litigation QC and is our first pick if we can get him for major cases.” He is “always responsive and clear in his advice, and very bright”.
Helen Davies QC is a first-rate competition litigator in the market, with nearly 30 years of experience before competition appeal tribunals, as well as domestic and European courts, in a wide variety of competition damages and state aid cases.
Sir Nicholas Forwood QC is a titan of the Bar when it comes to competition matters. He has 40 years of experience with cartel, abuse of dominance, merger control and state aid issues.
Sarah Ford QC is a well-regarded silk at the Bar for competition proceedings. She is sought after for her expertise in follow-on damages and abuse of dominance matters.
Daniel Beard QC is considered a “star performer” by market commentators, with one peer effusing that he is “the best QC I have worked with”. He has a diverse practice that encompasses damages actions, merger investigations and competition appeal tribunal matters.
Jon Turner QC is a formidable competition specialist at the Bar who receives extensive recommendations for his practice. He focuses on abuse of dominance and cartel damages proceedings.
Anneli Howard is “an excellent choice for competition matters”, with expertise in matters relatd to cartels, leniency, abuse of dominance, state aid and online restriction.
The “excellent” Josh Holmes QC wins an impressive number of endorsements for his diverse competition practice, which encompasses the full spectrum of UK and EU competition matters.
Meredith Pickford QC is a highly accomplished competition barrister in the market, winning widespread recommendations for his competition and regulatory expertise in the telecoms sector.
Ronit Kreisberger QC is “a seriously clever, strong and clear advocate” who is “commercially aware and tactically astute”. She is admired for her “new and innovative approaches to funding litigation proceedings”.
Paul Harris QC is “a fantastic advocate” and “leading name at the Bar” who manages to be “brilliant, dynamic and very easy to work with”. He is also known for his ability to “see practical points very easily” and for his “pragmatic approach to cases”.
George Peretz QC is a respected advocate on competition issues with expertise handling state aid matters pertaining to the financial services sector, as well as cartel issues in the aviation sector.
Deirdre Trapp is held in high esteem by peers, who recognise her as “one of the top competition lawyers in the UK”. Her practice spans both contentious and non-contentious competition matters in the retail, financial services, media and energy sectors.
Alastair Chapman secures international acclaim from market commentators for his competition expertise, which features a focus on merger control and regulatory issues in the technology and financial services sectors.
James Aitken wins recommendations for his “thoughtful approach and great judgement”, with peers effusing that he is “one of the most impressive competition lawyers you can encounter”.
Simon Priddis gains recognition for his “leading competition practice” and his “work on a number of major claims”. He is well versed in merger control, cartel investigations and article 101 and 102 issues.
Rod Carlton is lauded by respondents as “a talented lawyer and true gentleman”. He has over 20 years of experience advising financial institutions, corporate clients and government bodies.
Alex Potter’s work is “always of the highest calibre” say peers. He has “evident subject matter expertise, and takes the time to really understand businesses and build strong relationships with clients”.
David Aitman is described as “a truly outstanding lawyer” with “an impressive breadth of knowledge”. He covers EU and UK competition matters in the energy, media, retail transport and telecommunication sectors.
Peers say that Bea Tormey is “one of the best competition lawyers” in the market. Her practice focuses on representing clients in antitrust and regulatory investigations in the UK and Europe.
Nicole Kar is “extremely commercial in her approach”, with respondents stating, “Her insights into the CMA at a strategic level are extremely valuable.” She is recognised as “one of the smartest and most commercial lawyers in London”.
Simon Pritchard is known for being “very experienced in CMA merger control issues” and is “great at using his experience as a regulator to guide complex cases“. Peers stress that he is “a delight to work with, and has a very fine legal mind”.
Christopher Bellamy QC is “exceptionally well regarded in the market” and perceived as “a leading authority on competition law in the UK”. Sources say, “His impact in front of the CMA is very impressive and makes a real difference.”
Christian Ahlborn is “a well-respected competition lawyer among clients”. He has over 20 years of experience advising international corporations, banks and financial institutions on merger control, abuse of dominance and state aid matters.
Other leading individuals
Paula Riedel at Kirkland & Ellis International is “a great lawyer” who “leads from the front and is always on top of her merger filings”. She is recommended as “an extremely calm, strategic, knowledgeable lawyer” who is also “very pragmatic and gains the trust of clients easily”.
Sarah Jordan is “great in merger control matters” and provides “deep understanding of competition issues, keen insight and great instincts” in a variety of competition-related issues.
Nicholas Levy of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is “a top-notch strategic thinker” and “pre-eminent lawyer in the market for EU merger control matters”.
Maurits JFM Dolmans is “a statesman of the market and an absolutely great leader”. Sources recognise him as “one of the key lawyers in the Google competition proceedings”.
Kim Dietzel with Herbert Smith Freehills is endorsed as “a calm litigator” with “outstanding technical skills across a large number of sectors”. She “gives commercially focused advice featuring creative ideas, which make a key difference in complex matters”.
Stephen Wisking is “an extremely bright practitioner, who understands complex economic issues, and communicates clearly to clients”. Sources add that he is “great strategically” and “a pleasure to work with”.
Addleshaw Goddard’s Bruce Kilpatrick is “at the top of his game, especially on complex mergers” and has “brilliant judgement and responsiveness that clients value enormously”.
Samantha Mobley of Baker McKenzie is “admired for her deep expertise in this field and is known for her long-standing presence in this market”. She comes highly recommended for her expertise in merger control and cartel investigation matters.
Ashurst’s Nigel Parr is lauded as “a truly significant figure in the sector” who is “very strong on merger matters”. He leads the firm’s competition and antitrust practice, and also advises on cartel issues and abuse of dominance matters.
Becket McGrath at Cooley earns an impressive number of recommendations for his competition practice, with respondents noting that he is “very knowledgeable on all things digital”.
Juan Rodriguez of Sullivan & Cromwell is “an outstanding lawyer and a leader in EU competition matters”. Sources highlight that his “in-depth knowledge, experience and insights are well recognised and appreciated by many clients”.
Pat Treacy with Bristows is considered “a leader in the field” and “a terrific lawyer who is savvy, experienced and practical”. She has 40 years of experience in the full range of competition issues.
Macfarlanes’ Cameron Firth is “a strong merger clearance practitioner who is great to work with” and “a go-to for a number of companies in the pharma sector”, as well as being “excellent on antitrust enforcement and litigation”.
Peers say that Andrew Hockley of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is “extremely smart, commercial and highly personable”, and is “completely on top of all important developments in follow-on damages litigation and competition law more generally”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Martin Klusmann is a top name in the European competition market, with commentators describing him as “probably still Germany’s number-one lawyer for cartel investigations”.
Uta Itzen is “a remarkable practitioner” and “a truly bright and impressive competition partner”. Her practice is geared towards large cartel investigations and follow-on litigation proceedings, as well as merger control matters.
Tobias Klose is “extremely quick in understanding clients’ needs and businesses, then delivers very effective, practical advice”. His expertise lies in merger control, cartel issues and follow-on litigation.
Thomas Lübbig is recommended by respondents in Europe as a “first-class state aid lawyer”. He leads the firm’s Austrian competition group, and also handles other complex antitrust and merger control issues.
Peter Niggemann is an acclaimed competition specialist in the German market. He is sought after for his skill with European and German international cartel investigations and follow-on damages matters.
Frank Röhling is singled out as one of Germany’s most impressive competition specialists by peers. He specialises in global merger investigations across various industries and competition authorities.
Gerhard Wiedemann is lauded as “a fantastic lawyer in the field”. His practice encompasses merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance matters.
Winfred Knibbeler is endorsed by peers as “the best merger control lawyer in the Netherlands”, and “one of the very seasoned competition lawyers in the market and always a good pick”.
Helmut Bergmann is a favourite among peers and clients for his experience and expertise in German, European and international competition law. He focuses on mergers, cartels and abuse of dominance matters.
Onno Brouwer secures endorsements as “a very skilled, tough litigator”. He has over 30 years of experience with EU and Dutch competition law.
Jérôme Philippe is “a welcoming lawyer who also provides economic expertise” in his cases. He advises on state aid, cartel and abuse of dominance matters before French and EU courts.
Ulrich Scholz is “an outstanding competition practitioner” with an expansive practice involving the energy, chemicals, retail and manufacturing sectors.
Gian Luca Zampa is a distinguished competition lawyer in the Italian market, sought after for his skill in merger control and state aid matters, as well as cartel investigations, before the EU Commission and the Italian Competition Authority.
Francisco Cantos is well regarded by peers in the European competition market, securing impressive recommendations for his work on behalf of some of the world’s largest international corporations before the Spanish and EU competition authorities.
Álvaro Iza is a respected name in Spain’s competition arena. He focuses on merger control, behavioural issues and state aid proceedings before the EU Commission and Spanish authorities.
Alfonso Gutiérrez is praised by peers as “an outstanding competition law attorney”, with over 20 years of experience in merger matters, abuse of dominance proceedings, and state aid cases.
Antonio Guerra is "an impressive figure in the competition market”, with a practice bolstered by six years of experience as a director of the Spanish Competition Tribunal.
Jaime Folguera is recognised by peers as “the senior statesman of the field in Spain”. His practice focuses on EU and Spanish mergers across the banking, insurance, energy, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors.
One peer effuses that Edurne Navarro Varona is “the best Spanish competition lawyer in town” and an “extremely knowledgeable, smart, strategic thinker with vast experience, who speaks five or six languages fluently”.
Patricia Vidal is recognised as “an impressive competition law attorney”, with over 20 years of experience in competition litigation proceedings before Spanish and EU courts.
Ingo Brinker is “one of the best German competition lawyers”, credited with “a can-do attitude while being very plugged in to the regulatory environment”.
Wolfgang Bosch is recommended as “an intellectually brilliant lawyer” who is also “very knowledgeable and charming”. He is sought after for his expertise in merger control and antitrust issues.
Ulrich Denzel has “a very strong hold over complex multi-jurisdictional matters” and “very good relationships with clients”. Respondents note his “impressive track record, particularly in international merger control and private litigation cases”.
Petra Linsmeier is “very knowledgeable and friendly”. She heads the firm’s antitrust practice, and advises domestic and international clients on cartel issues, mergers and abuse of dominance matters.
Christian Steinle is lauded as “a brilliant competition lawyer, who is extremely experienced in cartel investigations”, and is “a pleasure to work opposite”.
Martin Raible is endorsed as “a standout competition lawyer”. He is experienced in merger control, cartel issues and antitrust litigation proceedings.
Matthias Karl is a well-regarded figure in Germany’s competition space with considerable experience in merger control and distribution issues.
Yelena Trifounovitch is widely tipped as a name to watch in Europe’s competition space. She is engaged by clients for her outstanding expertise in cartels, abuse of dominance, merger control and state aid matters.
Marie-Cécile Rameau is “a fantastic lawyer, who is very reasonable and offers sound advice”. She specialises in high-profile competition litigation proceedings before EU courts.
Pierre Honoré is a highly respected competition specialist in the European market, with clients coming to him for merger control, state aid and abuse of dominance advice in France and the EU.
Hugues Calvet enjoys an impressive reputation in the EU for competition issues, and regularly represents clients in antitrust litigation proceedings, with a cartel and abuse of dominance focus.
Valérie Landes is effusively described as “a grande dame of competition law in the European market”. She has “vast experience, is very smart and a pleasure to work with”, say peers.
Olivier Billard is “extremely practical, gives great advice, and has strong knowledge of the field”. He offers clients a “profound understanding of EU and French competition laws, and is both proactive and fast in merger control work”.
Thorsten Mäger is “an excellent lawyer” and “one of Germany’s leading competition names”. He has “an impressive track record” when it comes to merger control proceedings, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations, as well as follow-on damages litigation.
Alf-Henrik Bischke is recognised by respondents in the market as a “well-respected merger control specialist”.
Markus Röhrig is “a top-drawer lawyer who is also very collaborative” say peers. His practice is geared towards defending companies in cartel proceedings before the EU Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office, as well as the courts.
Jan Bonhage gains extensive endorsements for his competition practice from peers across Europe, and is selected as Global Elite Thought Leader for his state aid expertise. He specialises in advising clients in the energy sector.
Johanna Kübler is one of the top competition lawyers in the domestic market, and earns recognition as “a very strong competition lawyer” who is “pragmatic and good in cartel damages matters”.
Dominique Wagener emerges as one of the best competition practitioners Germany has to offer, and is selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader. Peers note her flair for competition litigation as a particular strength.
Stephanie Pautke impresses market commentators with “her speed and agility as well as her quick thinking”. They add, “She can instantly apply court rulings and other decisions that may have an effect on the specific matter, and always keeps a good balance between providing theoretical legal advice and finding practicable solutions.”
Other leading individuals
Günter Bauer at Wolf Theiss is lauded by peers as “a very responsive, calm, sensible and experienced lawyer” with “strong universal competition expertise”.
Franz Urlesberger of Schoenherr Attorneys At Law is “the best of the best in the market, especially in the merger control space”. One respondent effuses that they “consider him the go-to person for merger control”.
Robert Neruda with Havel & Partners is “a leading name in the market”. His practice encompasses cartel and merger investigations, as well as state aid and abuse of dominance matters.
Gorrissen Federspiel’s Martin André Dittmer is a keystone of the Danish competition market. He heads the firm’s competition practice and focuses on merger control issues in Denmark and the EU.
Jens Munk Plum at Kromann Reumert is championed as “a one-man army” for competition matters. He is sought after for his skill in abuse of dominance issues.
Niko Hukkinen of Frontia Attorneys is a preeminent name in the Finnish market, endorsed as “an experienced and analytical lawyer”. He has over 20 years of experience advising private equity and industrial clients on merger control matters at a domestic and EU level.
Markus Wirtz with Glade Michel Wirtz is “an excellent lawyer” who is “very smart” and “understands perfectly the economics driving a case”. He is credited with “an impressive track record, particularly in merger control cases”.
Silke Möller is singled out by respondents as “a really strong competition lawyer”, with one source effusively dubbing her “my first choice for merger control in Germany.”
Clifford Chance’s Marc Besen is recognised as “a very pragmatic merger control expert” who peers enjoy working with. He also advises on cartel, abuse of dominance and compliance matters.
Thomas Funke at Osborne Clarke is a favourite among peers, who praise his “strong experience in damages claims and automotive matters” and call him “an excellent litigation specialist”.
Alexander Birnstiel of Noerr comes highly recommended as “a superb cartel litigation lawyer” and “a real heavyweight in the market who knows his trade”.
Daniela Seeliger with Linklaters is “one of the most respected competition lawyers in Germany”. Sources dub her “pragmatic”, “extremely reliable” and “very good in digital industry issues”.
Carsten Grave has impressive competition expertise, and is endorsed as “a very sharp merger control expert”. He also advises clients on antitrust litigation, cartels and state aid matters.
Latham & Watkins’ Michael Esser is known among peers as “a great lawyer with a strategic can-do mindset”. He has over 20 years of experience with contentious antitrust and merger matters, especially phase II mergers.
Christian Horstkotte at Baker McKenzie is a lawyer who “deserves credit, as he has had big success on cases”. Commentators are quick to point out that he is “excellent in cartel litigation”.
Anna Blume Huttenlauch of Blomstein is “a fantastic and pragmatic lawyer” who has helped to make her firm “a remarkable success story”. She is well versed in merger control issues, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance proceedings at German and EU levels.
Sebastian Janka with Luther is “very quick and efficient, often managing to get the Federal Cartel Office’s clearance as quickly as within three to five days”. He has “top legal skills in competition law, a quick understanding and an ability to focus on the core aspects”.
BonelliErede’s Claudio Tesauro is a standout name in Italy for competition work, and secures extensive recommendations for his practice. He is engaged by clients for his expertise in abuse of dominance and restrictive covenants.
Maurizio Pappalardo is admired by peers as “a pioneer in the field and an excellent lawyer who is held in the highest regard”. He represents clients in merger, cartel abuse of dominance and state aid matters.
Francesco Anglani wins recommendations as “a very fast and proactive lawyer who provides strong advice. and is well known for his merger work”.
Cristoforo Osti at Chiomenti is a keystone of the Italian competition market. He represents domestic and multinational corporations at EU and domestic levels in antitrust, state aid and abuse of dominance matters.
One peer calls Jolling de Pree at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek “fantastic; one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with”. He is “a keen negotiator with a great legal mind” and “someone who spots the issues immediately”.
Rein Wesseling of Stibbe is “very clever and has strong analytic skills”. Noting his work on large cases, peers call him “astute, knowledgeable and one of the most seasoned lawyers on competition law in the Netherlands”.
Yvan Desmedt with Jones Day is “an extremely insightful and capable practitioner with excellent experience of the global coordination of merger control cases”. With his “tailored advice and great interpersonal skills”, peers “expect him to go far”.
Krzysztof Kanton with Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak sits among Poland’s finest competition lawyers. He represents clients in high profile-cartel investigations and merger control issues.
ALRUD Law Firm’s Vassily Rudomino is a prominent name in Russia’s competition space, recognised for his impressive international clientele. His expertise spans merger control and cartel investigations.
Derek Lotter at Bowmans is “great to work with and a leading lawyer in South Africa”, say peers. He co-heads the firm’s competition practice, and advises on competition matters across several African jurisdictions.
Pedro Callol of Callol Coca & Asociados is endorseed by peers as “insightful, responsive and very committed to his cases”. He has 20 years of experience in merger control issues.
Andrew Ward with Cuatrecasas is “an experienced and affable lawyer”, recommended for his merger work and regulatory advice.
Roschier Advokatbyrå’s Kristian Hugmark is “an energetic and experienced lawyer” who achieves many recommendations from peers. He head’s the firm’s EU and competition practice in Sweden, and is well versed in all competition and state aid matters.
Stefan Pervan Lindeborg at Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå is a top name in Sweden for competition matters. He has over 20 years of experience with merger control and competition litigation proceedings before the European Commission and Swedish courts.
Olle Rislund of Bokwall Rislund Advokatbyrå is “one of the best lawyers in the market” and “a true expert” in the field. He has 20 years’ experience and broad competition law expertise at EU and domestic levels.
David Mamane with Schellenberg Wittmer is highlighted as “very active in the international scene” and “a strong competition lawyer with excellent expertise”. He focuses on merger control, cartel investigations and compliance issues in the Swiss market.
Marcel Meinhardt at Lenz & Staehelin is highlighted by peers as a “professional, reliable and speedy” practitioner “with the highest expertise” and a “profound knowledge of the field”.
Nicolas Birkhäuser of Niederer Kraft Frey “is a real antitrust expert with a lot of enthusiasm and a fighting spirit”. His strengths include “his cordial and professional style of communication and his capacity to provide tailor-made solutions to clients’ specific needs”.
Gönenç Gürkaynak with ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law “considers the topic not only on a legal basis but also from a business standpoint”, report impressed sources. They add, “He understands what clients need, and combines his fundamental academic skills with his commercial experience while drawing his conclusions.”
Ukraine Sayenko Kharenko’s Maksym Nazarenko is “efficient, quick at answering and well connected with the regulators, and takes a pragmatic approach”. With his “excellent legal skills and knowledge about the merger process”, he is destined for “a bright future”.
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Paul Yde is a top name in the American competition market, identified as “one of the stars among antitrust attorneys”. He is well versed in representing clients through merger issues before the DOJ and the FTC.
Thomas Ensign “quickly grasps the actual issues presented, and provides solid, useful advice”. One client says, “He understands our business at a deep level, which aids his ability to be cost and time-efficient and knowledgeable in providing counsel.”
Eric Mahr has an “exquisite understanding and depth of knowledge regarding the relevant law, issues and facts, as well as terrific interpersonal skills”. He provides “the exact amount of toughness when needed but also adapts to the client and their needs”.
Peers say Mary Lehner is “a star in our area” and “very easy to work with”. She has “an impressive capacity to learn the dynamics of an industry and rapidly raise the most important antitrust and competition matters”.
Robert Schlossberg is a stalwart of the north American competition market with over 30 years of experience representing clients before the FTC and the DOJ in the full spectrum of antitrust matters.
The “fabulous” Elizabeth Prewitt comes highly recommended as “a talented criminal antitrust lawyer with strong presence”.
Amanda Reeves is held in high esteem by peers as “one of the young stars of the market”, as well as “a top-notch lawyer and a leader in the field” who is “smart and fun to work with”.
Michael Egge is “a hard worker and extremely smart”, credited with a “business-minded approach” as well as “a commitment to finding innovative solutions, responsiveness and exceptional quality”. He is further praised for his “extraordinary strategic know-how”.
Richard Parker is “a very skilled litigator” and “the dean of the antitrust bar”, named by one source as “the best litigator in our field”.
Scott Hammond co-chairs the firm’s antitrust and competition group, and is singled out as a top flight practitioner in the space. His expertise lies in cartel investigations and litigation proceedings.
Daniel Swanson enjoys “a great reputation” among competition practitioners in the USA. He is known for his skill in advising on merger review, regulatory matters and competition policy issues.
Rachel Brass is “an enthusiastic lawyer who is good at spotting issues and suggesting solutions”. She is a litigator with impressive experience in cartel investigation and merger clearance.
Jeremy Calsyn is a star of the US competition market and is accordingly selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader. He represents clients in high-profile merger matters, cartel investigations and litigation in federal and state courts.
David Gelfand provides “strong analysis and a practical approach” in cases and is “a true gentleman at the antitrust bar”. He has over 25 years of experience in merger review matters and contentious antitrust issues.
Leah Brannon is identified as a name to watch in the north American competition space. She has a diverse practice that includes monopoly litigation, merger clearance and investigations conducted by the FTC, the DOJ and the European Commission.
Mark Leddy is a stalwart of the domestic market, and has over 30 years of experience in competition law. He brings 14 years of experience at the DOJ to his practice, which spans merger issues and federal competition investigations.
George Cary is “a senior statesman of the bar” and “one of the best litigators in the country”. Clients come to him for counsel on international mergers and monopoly litigation.
Scott Sher is an important figure in north America’s competition market, praised as a “creative thinker”. He represents some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and technology companies on merger issues and contentious antitrust matters.
Mark Rosman is considered “one of the leading members of the competition group of his firm”, earning praise as “a quick learner”.
Susan Creighton enjoys a “strong reputation” among her peers. Her excellent competition practice, which focuses on advising large technology companies, is bolstered by her previous experience as FTC director in the Bureau of Competition.
Jason Gudofsky is “the best in the field by far” and “a star performer” according to peers, who describe him as “tenacious and capable of taking bold positions then defending them strongly”. They add, “His approach to mergers is a real asset to his clients.”
Deborah Salzberger “is a superb lawyer: on top of the law, and a strong advocate who has made a positive impression on multiple matters”. She is recognised for her “super-responsive approach and market knowledge”, and for “executing work without a single mistake”.
Oliver Borgers is acclaimed as “very bright and knowledgeable”, as well as being “practical, thoughtful and very responsive”. One client effuses, “His knowledge and guidance saved us time, money and headaches, which was critical in this case.”
Casey Halladay is roundly recommended as “an excellent and accomplished practitioner in cartel matters”. He also advises clients on merger control and litigation proceedings.
Brian Facey “is one of the top members of the bar and heads a very strong group”. He is said to be “highly focused on strategy, even in difficult transactions”.
Navin Joneja is appreciated for “his high intellect and strong expertise”. He regularly advises domestic and international clients on multinational mergers, cartel issues and abuse of dominance matters.
The “outstanding” Julie Soloway is engaged on some of Canada’s highest-profile cross-border mergers. She specialises in advising clients in the technology, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Robert Kwinter is a prominent name in the Canadian competition market, widely endorsed by his peers. He is well versed in the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious competition matters.
Micah Wood is a well-regarded name in the domestic market, with an impressive practice that focuses on advising multinationals on merger issues and regulatory matters, as well as civil and criminal investigations.
Deborah Garza is described by peers as “a pleasure to work with” and championed for her “sound practical approach” to competition work. She has over 25 years of experience in the public sector as an assistant attorney general.
Thomas Barnett is “one of the greats currently practising” according to respondents, who add that he is “very smart and well organised, and knows DOJ staff very well”. He is lauded for his “strong analysis and strategic thinking”.
The “first-class” Phillip Warren “is one of the leading members of his firm’s competition group”, and “a diligent and dependable lawyer”. He has over 30 years of experience at the DOJ’s antitrust division.
Theodore Voorhees Jr is a respected figure in the north American competition space, with considerable expertise and experience representing clients in the e-commerce, chemicals, agricultural and food sectors.
Anita Stork is a well-regarded name in the USA for competition litigation. She co-chairs the firm’s antitrust litigation group, and is extremely knowledgeable across the full spectrum of antitrust litigation proceedings.
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One source states that Paul Collins at Stikeman Elliott “has extensive contacts in the Competition Bureau, is highly knowledgeable technically, and I would place him among the top members of the bar in Canada”.
Susan Hutton earns recognition as “a leading competition litigator in the country” who is “effective in narrowing issues, and highly congenial with co-counsel and opposition”.
Katherine Kay is “a leader in litigious matters”, and a go-to for her competition and regulatory expertise before Canada’s courts.
Omar Wakil of Torys “is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and widely respected, and takes a balanced and measured approach to issues”. Peers dub him “a great client lawyer”.
Linda Plumpton is “a highly respected litigator” in the Canadian market, well versed in representing clients in competition litigation before the jurisdiction’s highest courts.
Randal Hughes with Bennett Jones is appreciated by clients as “a guiding light along treacherous paths”. He earns praise for his “responsiveness and impressive knowledge of the Canadian class action system”.
Deborah Feinstein at Arnold & Porter has “an incredible command of the factual record and details, and a great relationship with FTC staff”. Peers laud her as “one of the best in the business” and a “super lawyer in merger analysis”.
Jonathan Gleklen earns endorsements as “a very bright practitioner and an expert when it comes to antitrust and IP issues”. He focuses on advising clients in the technology and network industries.
Ilene Knable Gotts of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz is considered “the best of premerger review practitioners” and “a tour de force antitrust deal lawyer”.
John Taladay co-chairs the antitrust practice at Baker Botts and wins extensive recommendations for his practice, which focuses on merger matters, criminal cartel investigations and antitrust litigation proceedings.
Morrison & Foerster’s Roxann Henry is a force to be reckoned with in the north American competition market. She is renowned for her expertise in damages litigation, merger investigations and behavioural issues.
David Wales at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is “fun to work with, smart and a good tactician”. He has over 25 years’ experience of advising domestic and international clients on merger, licensing and dominance issues.
Christine Varney of Cravath, Swaine & Moore is praised as “a strong advocate for her clients, with a very connected practice”. She chairs the firm’s antitrust practice, and brings considerable experience as a former commissioner of the FTC and assistant attorney general.
Melanie Aitken with Bennett Jones is “very knowledgeable, responsive, and great on analysis and strategy”. Sources appreciate his “practical solutions to complex problems” and “great knowledge of regulatory approaches”.
John Harkrider of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider is a “truly terrific lawyer” in receipt of recommendations from market commentators across north America and Europe for his diverse antitrust practice.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Youngjin Jung “is a market leader in the competition space in Korea” and “a go-to lawyer for issues before the KFTC”. He brings “100 per cent dedication to his clients and openness to taking advice from other jurisdictions”, while remaining “a very sophisticated operator with a deep knowledge of antitrust regimes around the world”.
Jung-Won Hyun “is the best for merger control matters” in the market, say peers, and is appreciated for her “quick responses and very stable work quality, despite her heavy workload”.
Gene Oh Kim is “very prudent with good knowledge and experience”, and has “the ability to deliver polished work in a timely fashion, all while keeping clients updated”.
Jay Ahn “is extremely responsive and meticulous” with an impressive ability to “delve into the smallest details and effectively advise on broad strategy on short notice”. He “takes an extremely thoughtful approach, and cuts through a lot of noise and detail to distil the key principles”.
Kyung Taek Jung is a respected and widely recommended name in the Korean market. He has 40 years of experience advising clients in the IT, pharmaceutical and energy sectors on competition matters.
Elizabeth Avery offers “smart advice about how to best engage with the ACCC on complex and significant competition law issues”, as well as “top-level knowledge of the law and best practice in competition matters”.
Luke Woodward gains recognition as a “clever litigator” and “a strong strategic thinker”. One client is “impressed with his ability to bring to bear years of relevant experience and advise on strategies that allow us to approach our matter with confidence”.
Gina Cass-Gottlieb is an “outstanding competition practitioner,” always ready to advise on contentious merger clearance matters in Australia and New Zealand.
Peter Waters is a well-respected figure in the Australian market among peers. His practice encompasses a range of competition and regulatory matters across the financial services, data and technology sectors.
Yusuke Nakano is praised as “a very good antitrust specialist” and “one of the leading members of the competition group at the firm”. Sources recommend him as “a very diligent and reliable practitioner when someone is seeking advice under Japanese antitrust law”.
Atsushi Yamada earns acclaim for his “can-do attitude” and formidable experience in competition litigation. He is praised for being “plugged into the regulatory environment”.
Etsuko Hara “is intelligent and much experienced in advising on Japanese antitrust law”. Interviewees namecheck him as an “excellent competition lawyer who is both knowledgeable and practical”.
Shigeyoshi Ezaki “is very responsive, shows impressive work ethic and is a great coordinator”. He is well versed in international cartel issues, abuse of dominance matters and merger control proceedings.
Pallavi Shroff is described by peers as “a top-tier competition lawyer”. She has nearly 40 years of experience as a litigator, and is sought after by international and domestic clients for her advice on competition issues in India.
John Handoll emerges as one of the top competition specialists in the Asia-Pacific market. He has over 35 years of experience with European competition law.
Harman Singh Sandhu earns acclaim as “a great competition lawyer” and “a future star of India’s competition circle”. He advises on contentious and non-contentious matters in the telecommunication, transport, steel, aviation and banking sectors.
Shweta Shroff Chopra is praised as “an excellent competition lawyer” who is “extremely sensible in her approach”. She has 15 years of experience advising on cartels, abuse of dominance and merger control matters.
Janet Hui is endorsed as “a first choice in the market, who is client-focused, offers clear advice and has strong expertise”. One peer pegs her as “a reliable source for Chinese antitrust law and practice”.
Yingling Wei is a key name in the Chinese market, and head of the firm’s antitrust practice. She has nearly 25 years of experience in antitrust, and focuses on merger control filings, cartel issues and distribution matters.
Audrey Chen has an impressive profile in China’s competition market, and secures extensive endorsements for her practice. She has over 20 years of experience in the retail, pharmaceutical, media and technology sectors.
Xiaohua Sara Chen is identified as a top-notch competition lawyer in China. She advises international clients on merger control matters and antitrust filings.
The well-regarded George He Zhu is sought after for his accomplished representation of multinationals, financial institutions and private equity funds on various matters.
Kirsten Webb is a go-to name in Australia’s competition market. Her practice encompasses antitrust litigation, merger clearance and investigations by the ACCC.
Linda Evans is lauded by peers as “an excellent practitioner” with “a very good international perspective”. She is renowned for her merger clearance work, as well as her expertise with contentious competition proceedings and cartel enforcement.
Michael Corrigan is a stalwart of Australia’s competition space, and wins impressive recommendations for his practice. He has over 20 years of experience advising on litigation proceedings, cartel issues and distribution agreements.
Bruce Lloyd is a favourite among peers and clients alike, and is endorsed for his expert advice to public and private sector clients on mergers, restrictive trade practice and cartel issues.
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Ashurst’s Peter Armitage has “great judgement and client-handling skills”, say peers. He is frequently engaged by clients in merger clearance and competition investigations carried out by the ACCC.
Jacqueline Downes at Allens stands out for “the leadership and management of her team, her client management, her commercial application of competition law, and the insight she offers clients”. Respondents say, “She has an interest in people as well as issues, which makes her formidable.”
The “superb” Michael Han of Fangda Partners is “at the top of the field”. He “well understands clients’ needs and is very effective in advising on solutions”.
Susan Ning with King & Wood Mallesons is “a pleasure to work with, given her extensive experience and insights on Chinese antitrust law”.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Ninette Dodoo “has vast experience in the region and in-depth knowledge of antitrust issues, and is sought after by many clients”. Sources add,“she is an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Nicholas French “is a very bright, intelligent counsel with a gentle yet convincing manner”. He is very experienced at advising clients in the financial services sector on cartel, mergers and regulatory investigations.
Natalie Yeung, managing partner at Slaughter and May, is recognised by market commentators as “a very experienced and responsive practitioner”. She specialises in merger control matters.
Alastair Mordaunt of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sits among Hong Kong’s foremost competition practitioners. He has over 15 years of experience with competition investigations and merger reviews.
Marc Waha with Norton Rose Fulbright is a distinguished competition practitioner in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He is sought after for his skills in multi-jurisdictional merger filings and cartel investigations.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Mark Jephcott is “masterful” for merger matters. One client effuses, “He correctly predicted what was going to happen at each step along the way and made sound, sophisticated arguments. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again for a major merger.”
Vivek Agarwal at DMD Advocates impresses with “his commitment and quality of work”, as well as “his domain knowledge and ability to deal with complex issues”. He is “a subject-matter expert and is able to offer practical solutions”.
Samir Gandhi of AZB & Partners is lauded as “a counsel of choice” by commentators in the Asia-Pacific market. He is well versed in litigation proceedings, behavioural issues and merger control matters.
Vinod Dhall with Platinum Partners is a storied name in India’s competition market. He brings a wealth of experience in the field as a former chairman of the CCI, and is sought after for his merger, cartel and abuse of dominance expertise.
Khaitan & Co’s Manas Kumar Chaudhuri is highlighted as “a very strategic thinker with deep knowledge of the views of the CCI”. One client reports, “Manas is one of the Indian competition lawyers I consider my go-to in India.”
Avaantika Kakkar at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is highlighted by peers as “a well-recognised name and a standout competition lawyer”. She heads the firm’s competition practice and has impressive experience with merger control matters.
Kenji Ito at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is “a reliable source for advice on any Japanese antitrust law issues”, say peers.
Hideki Utsunomiya is a respected name at the firm, described as “a very effective advocate for his clients’ needs” thanks to “his extensive knowledge in competition and antitrust law”.
Tsuyoshi Ikeda, founding partner of Ikeda & Someya, is one of Japan’s top competition lawyers. He brings extensive experience at the JFTC to his practice, and is well versed at advising on international cartel issues, merger filing and distribution issues
Setsuko Yufu with Atsumi & Sakai is “very client-oriented” and “able to meet client expectations with ease”. One client effuses that she “gave us practical advice to maximise our benefits and minimise our risks”, adding that she offers “rich experience in competition law cases and a broad network”.
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Eriko Watanabe is “sought after by many clients for her insightful advice based on in-depth knowledge and experience of Japanese antitrust law”.
Kozo Kawai at Nishimura & Asahi earns recommendations as “one of the smartest lawyers” in the market and “among the biggest names at the firm”. He is sought after for his leniency application and international cartel expertise.
Daren Shiau of Allen & Gledhill secures a spot among Singapore’s most prominent competition lawyers. He is well versed in antitrust litigation, international cartel issues and merger control matters.
Kala Anandarajah with Rajah & Tann Singapore earns high praise from peers, who identify him as “extremely dynamic, inspiring, and sharp”, and “a lawyer who knows everything and is extremely well prepared”.
Drew & Napier’s Lim Chong Kin is a respected figure in Singapore’s competition space. He focuses on matters pertaining to the telecoms, media and postal industries.
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Miguel del Pino at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal is considered “among the best of the best in Argentina” for competition expertise. He has over 20 years of experience with merger control and cartel investigations.
Julian Peña of Allende & Brea is recognised by market commentators as a key name in Argentina when it comes to competition matters. He brings excellent government experience to his merger control and antitrust mandates.
Marcelo den Toom with Bomchil leads the competition and foreign trade group at the firm, and is well versed in defending mergers and anticompetition cases.
Beccar Varela’s Agustín Waisman has strong expertise in matters pertaining to the banking, telecoms, pharmaceutical and mining sectors.
Barbara Rosenberg at BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão is “one of the best in Brazil” when it comes to competition law. She is considered “extremely responsive, with lots of experience”.
Ana Paula Martinez of Levy & Salomão Advogados sits among Brazil’s most prominent competition minds, and is hailed by market commentators as “a smart and experienced lawyer”.
Mariana Tavares de Araujo is a standout in the Brazilian competition market who comes “strongly recommended for multi-jurisdictional defence in cartel matters”.
Leonor Cordovil with Grinberg e Cordovil Advogados is a prominent competition practitioner who “has proven herself to be able to handle very complex cases”.
Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto at Pereira Neto | Macedo Advogados “is among the top competition lawyers in Brazil”, with “particular expertise in issues related to the digital economy”.
Marcelo Calliari of TozziniFreire Advogados is a well-regarded lawyer with “extensive experience in leniency negotiations”, and is “recommended for cartel work”.
Maria Eugênia Novis with Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados wins praise from peers as “an excellent lawyer who is quite pragmatic and sensible”.
Tito Amaral de Andrade is “a go-to lawyer in Brazil” and comes “highly recommended for his excellent work” in the competition space.
Marcio Dias Soares at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados “has a special ability to understand and represent his clients”, and is commended by peers for his merger expertise.
Paola Pugliese of Demarest Advogados wins acclaim from peers for his competition practice, which focuses on cartel investigations, merger control, abuse of dominance and compliance issues.
Bruno de Luca Drago is valued as “an efficient and creative lawyer” and “a natural negotiator” with “a great set of legal abilities”.
Ignacio Larraín Jiménez at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is “a real star individual” and “excellent in competition litigation”. One client states, “Ignacio devotes himself to the case, always putting the interest of the client first.”
Lorena Pavic of Carey “is an outstanding practitioner in the field”, and is identified as “a very knowledgeable and effective lawyer who has acted on important cases”.
The “outstanding” Juan Cristóbal Gumucio with Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos & Cia is highlighted by respondents as “an excellent competition lawyer who is very commercial in his approach”.
Claro y Cia’s Cristóbal Eyzaguirre B is “known for his effectiveness and creative thinking”. Peers confirm, “He is an outstanding practitioner in the field.”
Alejandro García at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados is “a go-to competition lawyer” in Colombia, praised for having “knowledge, clarity and the ability to explain complex points to clients”.
Diego Cardona of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría “has practical views, is very professional, and provides excellent legal advice”.
Mauricio Serralde Rodríguez at Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC is a prominent figure in Mexico for competition matters, with impressive experience of investigations and administrative issues before the authorities.
Luis Gerardo Garcia Santos Coy comes recommend by clients as “smart, hardworking and well-connected”, and is considered excellent in cartel and merger matters.
Amilcar Peredo Rivera of Basham Ringe y Correa is a top-drawer competition lawyer in the Mexican market, with impressive expertise in antitrust and merger issues.
Fernando Carreño with Von Wobeser y Sierra is praised by sources for his “very practical” approach. He has over 20 years of experience with complex merger reviews and investigations, as well as litigation proceedings and cartel matters.