All three arrive from Howrey LLP.
“We are delighted to welcome these highly regarded antitrust lawyers to the firm,” said Rohan Weerasinghe, Shearman & Sterling’s senior partner. “These partners come to our firm with an outstanding reputation and a track record of first-rate client service.”
Aviation specialist Trevor Soames covers the whole range of antitrust matters including mergers, monopolisation, state aid and cartel investigations in Europe and the United States. He has experience across a range of sectors from the automotive to the telecommunications industries.
Soames previously co-chaired Howrey’s worldwide antitrust practice and was managing partner of its Brussels office. He has represented major technology companies Qualcomm and Microsoft in the European Commission investigations and was also counsel to United Airlines in its tie-up with Continental.
Götz Drauz brings to over 30 years of competition experience to Shearman having spent 25 years at the European Commission before joining Howrey in 2006.
His recent achievements include representing EDF in its acquisition of British Energy; advising pharmaceutical company Schering-Plough in its merger with Merck and advising digital map provider NAVTEQ, in the competition authorities’ assessment of Nokia’s acquisition of the organisation.
Geert Goeteyn has represented a large number of clients in various industries with a particular focus on the aviation sector. He advises on all aspects of EU and UK antitrust and regulatory law and counsels clients on complex mergers, joint ventures, alliance arrangements and dominance issues.
In a joint statement, the new partners said, “Shearman & Sterling’s global reach and reputation gives us a top-class and stable platform to provide our clients with continued legal counsel and support on their most important international matters and work with our new colleagues to develop, yet further, Shearman & Sterling’s excellent antitrust practice and client base.”
Kenneth Prince, practice leader of Shearman & Sterling’s global antitrust group has said that the new partners will strengthen Shearman’s highly regarded EU and US antitrust team. “With the addition of these market-leading antitrust partners, we envision a great opportunity to provide unsurpassed transatlantic and global client service and thought leadership.”
Soames and Goeteyn feature in The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers and Soames and Drauz feature in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists.