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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Competition 2021

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

David Mamane is “second to none in Switzerland” for international and domestic competition matters. He combines an “extensive international network” with a “strong knowledge of EU competition law”.  

Questions & Answers

David Mamane is the head of Schellenberg Wittmer’s competition group in Zurich and Geneva. David Mamane regularly advises clients in proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission and is experienced in all aspects of Swiss and EU competition law, including national and multi-jurisdictional merger control procedures, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, dawn raids, internal investigations, compliance and leniency procedures. Furthermore, he advises on all aspects of public and administrative law, energy and telecommunications law, as well as distribution agreements.

What do you enjoy most about your role as a competition lawyer? 

I enjoy the variety of work! Our team is active across all fields of competition work from transactional advice and merger control procedures, to representations in investigations and internal investigations, as well as compliance work, in many different industries. Diving into new markets and products keeps the work very diversified and interesting. Together with my teaching position at the University of Lucerne, this is very rewarding.

As head of the firm’s competition practice in Zurich, what are your priorities for its development over the next five years? 

We are strategically expanding and growing the competition and antitrust team across both the Zurich and Geneva offices to continue providing competitive resources on the increasing quantity of large, cross-border case mandates. 

The use of new and innovative technology tools (e-discovery tools, e-learning, knowledge management, artificial intelligence, practice management software) to promote wider efficiency across client work and internal processes will also be heavily invested in over the next few years. We look to train and develop team members to have strong expertise and ability in these areas, allowing us to readily adapt to changes foreseen in the competition law market. Additionally, to promote a growing innovative mind-set, the competition team is continuously seeking ways to improve its business model and services to clients to be more efficient.

What challenges does covid-19 pose to your practice and to competition law, and how are authorities tackling them? 

The covid-19 situation was first of all an organisational topic. To protect our team members, we were able to quickly move our activities to a home office set-up. Keeping in regular contact with our team members, as well as clients and international colleagues was of key importance. Similarly, the Swiss competition authority swiftly moved into home office mode, which was essentially preventing any kind of direct personal interaction. On the procedural side, the authority quickly alleviated procedural rules in order to allow merger control notifications via simple e-mails. However, we have not seen any specific covid-19 case examples. 

What is the most important quality for a competition lawyer to have?

Every competition lawyer needs to have a lot of curiosity to fully immerse themselves in the product and business world of their client. Only by fully understanding the business is it possible to assess the relevant competition law questions and advise clients on potential competition law issues. It is also important to stay on top of international legal developments in the field of competition law. Many new concepts develop on an international level and are transposed by national competition authorities into their own practice.

What have you not yet achieved in your career that you would like to in the next decade?

To bring a case to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge procedural aspects. The quasi-criminal nature of competition law fines calls for better protection of the rights of the incriminated parties. 

In your opinion, where does the future of competition law lie? 

On the one hand, some of the work will become more global, in particular with regards to merger control work and international cartel investigations, which is also driven by increased cooperation amongst national competition authorities. On the other hand, we will also have more legal work, as the Swiss competition authority continues to develop its own practice, which is in some instances different to the practice in the EU.

What piece of advice would you pass on to aspiring competition lawyers?

First, enjoy what you are doing. You can only excel in a field in which you have a true interest and passion. Second, follow competition law developments across other countries. Concepts and problems outside your jurisdiction may be similar and can inspire your practice. Third, connect with other lawyers on an international level. Having an international relationship network is crucial in assisting your clients.

Global Leader

Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

David Mamane 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.  

Peers and clients say:  
"David is strongly recommended and a very smart, thoughtful and practical lawyer."
"He offers outstanding expertise in all competition matters and has an extensive international network."
"Mr Mamane is one of the most prominent lawyers in his jurisdiction."
"He is a very intelligent guy and a fast thinker, and he has good knowledge of EU competition law."
"David is second to none in Switzerland for competition issues."

Biography

David Mamane is a partner and head of Schellenberg Wittmer's competition and antitrust group in Zurich. His main areas of practice are competition and antitrust law, national and international merger control procedures, as well as telecommunications and energy, public procurement, licence and distribution agreements.

His recent expertise includes advising Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Basel, Switzerland, one of the world's leading providers of forwarding and logistics services, on all transactional competition law questions, as well as co-coordinating the international merger control procedure in more than 12 jurisdictions. He also regularly advises Swiss and international companies (eg, Husqvarna, Bucher Landtechnik, Olympus, etc) in investigations by the Swiss competition authoritiy regarding their distribution systems.

David is recognised as a "most highly regarded" individual by Who's Who Legal: Competition, as Competition Lawyer of the Year at the WWL Switzerland Awards 2020 and Global Competition Review (GCR).

David lectures on competition law at the University of Lucerne and has authored publications on Swiss and European competition law. He is a member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht eV, and the International Bar Association's competition committee merger working group. He is the former president of the International Association of Young Lawyers' antitrust commission. He is also a co-founder of the European Competition Lawyers Association (ECLA; www.competitionlawyers.org).

David studied law at the University of Basel (lic iur, 1997) and the College of Europe in Bruges (LLM, Master of European Law, 2003). Between 2000 and 2008, he was an associate of leading international and Swiss law firms, as well as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe.

National Leader

Switzerland - Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

David Mamane is “second to none in Switzerland” for international and domestic competition matters. He combines an “extensive international network” with a “strong knowledge of EU competition law”.  

Biography

David Mamane is a partner and head of Schellenberg Wittmer's competition and antitrust group in Zurich. His main areas of practice are competition and antitrust law, national and international merger control procedures, as well as telecommunications and energy, public procurement, licence and distribution agreements.

His recent expertise includes advising Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG, Basel, Switzerland, one of the world's leading providers of forwarding and logistics services, on all transactional competition law questions, as well as co-coordinating the international merger control procedure in more than 12 jurisdictions. He also regularly advises Swiss and international companies (eg, Husqvarna, Bucher Landtechnik, Olympus, etc) in investigations by the Swiss competition authoritiy regarding their distribution systems.

David is recognised as a "most highly regarded" individual by Who's Who Legal: Competition, as Competition Lawyer of the Year at the WWL Switzerland Awards 2020 and Global Competition Review (GCR).

David lectures on competition law at the University of Lucerne and has authored publications on Swiss and European competition law. He is a member of the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht eV, and the International Bar Association's competition committee merger working group. He is the former president of the International Association of Young Lawyers' antitrust commission. He is also a co-founder of the European Competition Lawyers Association (ECLA; www.competitionlawyers.org).

David studied law at the University of Basel (lic iur, 1997) and the College of Europe in Bruges (LLM, Master of European Law, 2003). Between 2000 and 2008, he was an associate of leading international and Swiss law firms, as well as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe.

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