Competition 2016: Analysis

The latest edition of Who's Who Legal: Competition features over 1,000 leading competition lawyers from 62 countries, as well as over 100 of the best US plaintiffs' lawyers.

In this section we highlight the most highly regarded lawyers and law firms in our worldwide research.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
EU Law
Frank Montag Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Nicholas Levy Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
Gerwin van Gerven Linklaters, Brussels
Stephen Kinsella OBE Sidley Austin, Brussels
Jean-François Bellis Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
John Boyce Slaughter and May, Brussels
Antoine Winckler Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels
Thomas Janssens Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels
Thomas Vinje Clifford Chance, Brussels
Sven Völcker Latham & Watkins, Brussels
North America
Ilene Knable Gotts Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York
Gary Spratling Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, San Francisco
Mark Leddy Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Washington DC
Brian Facey Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Kevin Arquit Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York
Richard Parker O’Melveny & Myers, Washington
George Cary Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Washington
Deborah Garza Covington & Burling, Washington
Janet McDavid Hogan Lovells, Washington
Paul Denis Dechert, Washington
Rest of the World
Barbara Rosenberg Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão, São Paulo
Daren Shiau Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
Philippe Chappatte Slaughter and May, London
Gönenç Gürkaynak ELIG Attorneys at Law, Turkey
Ingo Brinker Gleiss Lutz, Munich

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer leads our global research with an unparalleled 43 listings in this year’s publication, nearly a quarter of whom are based in Brussels. They are led by Frank Montag, a six-time winner of WWL's Competition Lawyer of the Year Award (as the most highly nominated individual in the global research) and “absolutely at the pinnacle of the profession”. He is joined by  David Broomhall, co-head of the firm's antitrust, competition and trade group. He is a "stellar lawyer at the head of an elite practice; it is difficult to think of anyone more impressive". John Davies is “operating at the very highest level" and sought after for his "peerless strategic counsel" and "exemplary advocacy", while "everybody knows Laurent Garzaniti, and everybody loves him". Thomas Janssens is one of the leading figures in our worldwide research, and his dedication and "great mind" were commended to researchers. Clients also spoke in glowing terms of Andrew Renshaw, saying: “If you can get him, make sure you do – he is the best around at what he does". His colleague Alan Ryan also attracted praise: according to sources there is "nobody better for aviation-related competition work". Andreas von Bonin was repeatedly recommended for the "undeniable quality" of his state aid practice and Thomas Wessely garnered praise for his merger control, contentious and dominance related work. Rafique Bachour stands out for the quality of his work on behalf of multinational clients in a range of industries. “He is absolutely excellent,” according to one interviewee who dubs him “the future of Freshfields”. 

In London, Deirdre Trapp is "head and shoulders above the rest", and interviewees praised her UK and EU-related expertise. Simon Priddis’ past experience at the UK regulator helps to make him a "tremendously effective" asset to his clients. Jon Lawrence is a major player in the UK competition scene and "is able to find solutions that others just don't see", and David Aitman is "client-oriented" and "easy to deal with", and recognised for his ability to deal effectively with regulatory agencies. Rod Carlton is recognised across the market for the quality of his work and of his client list, and James Aitken is "tremendously impressive" and admired for his calm demeanour, collaborative approach and insightful advice. Alastair Chapman is commercially minded and "immaculately skilled", and Mark Sansom garnered praise both for his "formidable" contentious practice and his "superb" advice to clients.

The firm is very strong in Germany. Martin Klusmann was praised as "extremely responsive", and his compliance-related expertise is much in demand; meanwhile Thomas Lübbig is considered one of the foremost competition litigators in the country. Helmut Bergmann has a client list that is "second to none" and is internationally recognised for the quality of his work in this sector, and Tobias Klose is a "very sophisticated thinker" and a highly rated advocate before EU and domestic regulators and courts. Peter Niggemann was commended to researchers as proactive and commercially aware, while “brilliant operator” Burkhard Richter is praised for his merger control and cartel work, as well as for his "insightful" writing in this area. Michael Esser is praised for his German and EU competition expertise, particularly in the media and telecoms sectors, and Uta Itzen is deemed a "diligent, focused and extremely intelligent" merger control and cartels specialist. Frank Röhling is highly praised for his work on German, French and EU competition law, and Gerhard Wiedemann is an eminent figure, recognised as a thought leader by his local peers.

The firm’s European delegation extends to four further countries. Jérôme Philippe is one of France's leading experts, and impresses clients with his dual qualification as both lawyer and economist, while in Italy Tommaso Salonico is "steeped in competition knowledge" having previously worked at the regulator, and is also a renowned academic in this field. Multiple interviewees picked out Gian Luca Zampa as someone they enjoy working with, and clients say he "really understands how the local law works". The “excellent” Winfred Knibbeler is one of the Netherlands' highest-profile cartel and dominance experts; he is listed alongside Onno Brouwer, a "very impressive operator” known across Europe for his strategic planning and persuasive litigation skills. Francisco Cantos “is my counsel of choice whenever I have a Spanish matter", said one impressed interviewee, while the breadth of Álvaro Iza’s  expertise is "incredibly comprehensive" and he is very highly rated by his clients.

Alexander Viktorov was praised to researchers as "magnificent" and is one of the leading experts in Russia, while the high-profile Ninette Dodoo is similarly well regarded in China; indeed, his reputation is strong throughout Asia. Akinori Uesugi is extremely well respected in the Japanese market as a former Secretary General of the Fair Trade Commission. Alastair Mordaunt is a very well-respected former director of a dedicated competition enforcement team at the UK’s Office of Fair Trading, and a recent high-profile recruit to the firm’s office in Hong Kong. Four nominees are selected in the US. Paul Yde was described to researchers as a "sensational lawyer", recognised for his skilful representation before the DOJ, FTC and State Attorneys General. Robert Schlossberg is renowned throughout the US and beyond as one of the leading practitioners in the field. Terry Calvani’s unrivalled expertise and background in government is a major asset to the firm and its clients, and Thomas Ensign is viewed as a "very fine lawyer" who received recommendations from across a wide range of industry sectors.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton sees 23 of its lawyers selected for inclusion, including some of the practice area’s foremost exponents worldwide. Nicholas Levy is “as good as it gets”, and has worked on some of the highest-profile cases of recent years. He is “unbelievably skilled in all facets of the law”, and the quality of his published works was also commented upon to researchers. Antoine Winckler is a “leader of the profession” and commended as a pre-eminent authority on cartel matters, while Francisco-Enrique González Díaz is a “renowned expert” in both European and Spanish competition law. Robbert Snelders is “tremendously well respected” for merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as for his dispute resolution skills across a range of forums. Romano Subiotto QC is “a pleasure to work alongside”, and Thomas Graf is much in demand for his competition, regulatory and IP work. Mark Leddy is the managing partner of the firm and divides his time between the Washington DC and New York offices. He is said to be “one of the finest antitrust lawyers in the US”, a view borne out by the overall number of votes he received, and he has worked on some of the most high profile cases of recent years. George Cary’s merger expertise and “hugely impressive” antitrust litigation abilities were also commended to researchers. Leah Brannon is a “spectacular antitrust litigator”, while Mark Nelson impressed our sources with his work on US and EU competition matters. The firm is very strong in Italy with five nominees selected, led by the “legendary” Mario Siragusa. Dirk Schroeder and Romina Polley in Cologne are both very highly rated, as is François Brunet in Paris. 

Linklaters earns 21 places in this year’s edition across 10 countries. Gerwin Van Gerven is a “big name” and “one of the stars in this sector worldwide”, with market-leading experience that encompasses merger control, abuse complaints, anti-cartel enforcement and investigations. Jonas Koponen, global head of the practice, is “everything you could possibly want from a competition lawyer”. Sir Christopher Bellamy QC is of counsel to the London office and universally respected for his work in this field: he set up what is now the Competition Appeal Tribunal and was president from 1999 to 2007. Simon Pritchard is one of the most highly rated lawyers in the City, and internationally renowned for his UK and EU merger control and antitrust practice. Carsten Grave is based in Düsseldorf and is one of the foremost experts in our German research, while Anne Wachsmann holds a similarly elevated position in France. The firm’s China practice is represented for the first time with the inclusion of the “outstanding” Fay Zhou, and Jeffrey Schmidt is well known in the Washington DC market. He previously served as the director of the Bureau of Competition of the US Federal Trade Commission and "did a very nice job on some complex pharma deals we worked on".

Jones Day increases its presence in this year’s edition to 21 listings, with nearly half of these based in the US. Joe Sims is of counsel to the DC office and revered as a “grandee” by his fellow practitioners. Kathryn Fenton is a “major industry player” and a former chair of the American Bar Association section of antitrust law; her representative clients include Bayer, Procter & Gamble and Chevron. David Wales has a great reputation amongst his peers, who describe him as "very experienced, thoughtful, effective and likeable." In Brussels, Bernard Amory “should be on any list of the best” and Thomas Jestaedt is “one of Europe’s foremost cartel lawyers” as well as regular competition law adviser to SAP. Philipp  Werner is “one of the leaders of the new generation of competition experts”. Johannes Zöttl is described as a “brilliant operator” in Germany, and Eric Morgan de Rivery is similarly well regarded in Paris.

Nineteen nominees are selected from Allen & Overy, hailing from 12 countries. Michael Reynolds in Brussels is one of the most widely recognised names in the market worldwide and a "terrific ambassador for the firm and for the practice of law". Dirk Arts is "incredibly bright" and was fêted for his cartel and merger control work, while Vanessa Turner is internationally recognised for the breadth of her experience that includes prestigious in-house and authority positions. Practitioners spoke highly of Jürgen Schindler; “he is a future leader of the profession, if he isn't one already" according to impressed peers. Philip Mansfield in London is a top merger lawyer, and also well regarded for his cartels expertise, while respondents spoke well of Antonio Bavasso, asserting that "you want him on your side" for behavioural investigations and antitrust litigation. Mark Friend is "one of the best and the brightest", and his energy sector knowledge particularly impressed our sources. Three nominees are selected in the Netherlands. Paul Glazener is "absolutely my first choice for complex regulatory issues", while Tom Ottervanger is "incredibly learned and knowledgeable" and an "eminent figure in the Dutch competition bar". Kees Schillemans scores highly – "I am always impressed by him,” said one interviewee – and his reputation as a leading figure in the Dutch bar continues to grow. The firm is strong throughout Europe. Florence Ninane is excellent for both French and EU competition law and highly recommended by energy clients, and Ellen Braun in Germany was commended to researchers as "extremely client-friendly" and "very skilled". Tibor Szanto is an impressive expert with valuable experience from working at the local regulator in Hungary, while Marta Sendrowicz is a leading expert across the full range of Polish competition law. Valentin Berea in Romania is very well regarded by his peers and praised for his "superb insight", while Antonio Martínez in Spain is a "superb merger control lawyer" who also stands out for his private competition expertise. François Renard in Beijing is one of Asia's leading experts and has "very valuable" experience with the Chinese regulator, while Peter McDonald in Australia was very highly praised for the quality of his work across a range of industries; according to sources, "Clients love him." Elaine Johnston gives the firm a valuable presence in the US as a very highly rated antitrust litigator with a strong profile in New York.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher sees 16 of its lawyers selected. Gary Spratling is one of the pre-eminent experts in the field worldwide and co-chairs the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice group. Daniel Swanson in California is an “incredible litigator”, while Scott Hammond also co-chairs the group from DC and is “spectacular in all that he does”. Jarrett Arp is praised as "very skilful" and "totally effective", and is much respected by his peers in DC. David Wood in Brussels is an “absolute star” for all types of competition work, including cartels, merger control, abuse of dominance and private enforcements. Peter Alexiadis is partner-in-charge of the Brussels office and “knows everything there is to know about telecoms law”. Ali Nikpay heads the competition and antitrust practice in London and is widely respected for his work both in private practice and at the regulator – he was previously the senior director for cartels and criminal enforcement at the UK competition authority. 

Fifteen lawyers from Clifford Chance appear in the following pages. Thomas Vinje in Brussels “has done great work on competition and data”, and is regarded as “one of the foremost authorities in the tech space”. He is joined by Tony Reeves, a “thoughtful, clever and effective lawyer” known for his merger, abuse of market power and cartel expertise. In the UK, the “always-effective” Alex Nourry heads the London antitrust practice. Elizabeth Morony leads the global antitrust litigation group and is “without question one of the finest litigators in the field”, while Greg Olsen was repeatedly commended to researchers as “a joy to work with”. The firm’s representation extends to nine countries in this edition, with two nominees selected in France, Germany and Russia. Dave Poddar is one of the leading experts in Australia, and Miguel Odriozola is similarly well regarded in Spain.

Latham & Watkins has 15 nominees selected in this edition and a particularly strong US presence. Abbott (Tad) Lipsky is internationally recognised for his qualities across all disciplines and for his background in government and in-house as former chief antitrust lawyer for The Coca-Cola Company. Daniel Wall has litigated more than 80 antitrust cases and advised on 50 mergers in the antitrust process, while Michael Egge stands out for his work on multi-jurisdictional competition matters. Peggy Zwisler is very highly respected in the market; she was described as "phenomenal" and "top of the marquee". John Kallaugher is strongly recommended in London, and five further nominees are based in Brussels. Sven Völcker was described by one interviewee as “probably the best lawyer I have worked with" and is fêted for his EU and German competition practice. He is joined by the “fantastic” Lars Kjølbye, praise for his work across a wide range of industries.

Herbert Smith Freehills garners 13 listings this year. Kyriakos Fountoukakos in Brussels is a "trusted adviser" to his clients and places among the highest-placed nominees in our research. His background includes experience working at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition’s Merger Task Force. Craig Pouncey is a longstanding leader in Belgium, recognised for his adept handling of complex European and UK cases. In England, Kim Dietzel is regarded as a “clever and strategic operator", praised for her cartels and litigation practice, and Stephen Wisking is equally highly rated for both his contentious and non-contentious work in this sector and said to be a "very impressive operator". James Quinney is "creative and solutions-driven" and much in demand as a result, while Sergio Sorinas “runs a fantastic Paris practice" according to our sources.

Hogan Lovells also scores 13 listings in this edition. Janet McDavid is one of the leading practitioners in the field worldwide and among its most highly nominated. She was universally praised in our research, both for her “incredible legal ability” as well as for her “commercial understanding and exceptional ability to communicate”. In New York, Rachel Brandenburger’s background in private practice and government make her unique in the field, and she "knows everything there is to know about competition law". Suyong Kim in London is “always impressive”, and Adrian Emch in Beijing is one of China’s foremost specialists.

White & Case performs well once again this year with 11 nominees selected, including four in Brussels. Mark Powell is “world-class in all aspects of his practice”, and he appears alongside the “formidable” James Killick. Jacquelyn MacLennan is "top-drawer for all types of EU regulatory law", while Assimakis Komninos is a foremost authority on Greek competition law, and also strongly recommended for his EU expertise. In the US, J Mark Gidley is recognised as an "outstanding lawyer who heads up a tremendous team" and he is selected alongside highly rated litigator Robert Milne, who was described as "difficult to beat, both literally and metaphorically" for pharma-related work in particular. Further nominees in Germany, Russia, Hungary and Mexico underline the breadth of the firm’s expertise in this sector.

Samantha Mobley leads the global antitrust and competition practice group at Baker & McKenzie and is “quite brilliant” according to one interviewee, who states: “She is incredibly clever and I always learn something from working with her.” In Brussels, Fiona Carlin chairs the firm’s European competition law practice and stands out as one of the most highly rated lawyers in the market, while Gavin Bushell stands out for his competition, state aid and aviation work in particular. Christian Horstkotte in Germany is praised for his "rigorous and effective" representation of clients in cartel cases before domestic and EU authorities and courts. Roxane Busey stands out as one of the leading experts in Chicago, and the firm has further skilled nominees in Hungary, South Africa, Argentina and the Czech Republic.

Ten nominees are selected from Sidley Austin, evenly divided between Brussels and the US. In the former, Stephen Kinsella OBE was described to researchers as "one of the best in Brussels, indeed one of the best in the world", a verdict borne out by his standing in our research. Kristina Nordlander is "just fantastic" and ranks in the very top tier of the Brussels competition bar, while Jacques Bourgeois was a "major addition to the firm" when he joined in 2015, when Sidley gained "one of the world's foremost competition and trade experts". Stephen Spinks is "always responsive and absolutely on top of all the issues – his attention to detail is incredible" and Ken Daly “is doing great work" according to our interviewees. "I would look to hire him in a heartbeat," says one. In the US, William Blumenthal is an"eminent figure" in the market with "unassailable credentials", and he is joined by Kenneth Glazer: a "thoughtful and insightful" lawyer who impresses clients and peers alike with the quality of his work. Joel Mitnick impresses all who work with him, and is described as "extremely professional and immensely determined". David Giardina is rated as a "compelling" litigator and is one of Chicago's foremost experts, and John Treece is an experienced and successful antitrust trial lawyer whose life sciences related expertise particularly impressed our interviewees.

The nine nominees from Covington & Burling include one of the most highly nominated individuals in our research overall. Deborah Garza is praised as "thoughtful, highly experienced and careful" and she is listed alongside Thomas Barnett, who is renowned for his criminal antitrust enforcement work. Johan Ysewyn leads the firm’s trio of Brussels -based nominees and is very highly rated by clients and peers alike.

Susan Ning of King & Wood Mallesons is internationally recognised as a worldwide leader on China related competition matters, and is one of nine nominees selected from the firm. Stephen Kon in London is said to be a "great pioneer" and a “technically excellent, highly commercial and expert with dealing with regulators". Sharon Henrick is one of four well-regarded nominees in Australia, underlining the firm’s eminence in this market.

Morrison & Foerster performs well with four nominees in the US complemented by further inclusions in Japan and Brussels. Roxann Henry is “the best there is at what she does" and is universally respected by the US bar, while David Meyer is "undeniably impressive" and highly rated "by all who see his work". Tom McQuail in Brussels is vastly experienced and similarly effective, his merger control work is "second to none", while in Japan Kei Amemiya received votes from sources internationally for the quality of his work across the full breadth of competition matters, and Kentaro Hirayama "always responds quickly and gets to the root of the problem, giving a clear answer that can be understood by the business".

Slaughter and May also sees seven nominees selected this year. John Boyce in Brussels is "one of the key people in the practice of competition law worldwide", and he is listed alongside Anna Lyle-Smythe who was praised for her "extensive experience in merger control cases and is a great co-counsel". Claire Jeffs is a high-profile and universally respected lawyer and "one of the leading lights in London". She is joined by Philippe Chappatte, internationally recognised for his high-profile competition work and leader of the firm’s "outstanding" global practice. Bertrand Louveaux “gets straight to the key points but is willing to provide commercial context to his views", and Isabel Taylor is "always excellent", with her regulatory practice in particular very highly regarded. Natalie Yeung is among the standout lawyers in Hong Kong and "one of the world's foremost experts” on local competition legislation.

Paul Denis is one of seven nominees from Dechert and, according to an interviewee, “one of the finest merger experts I have ever seen”. He is listed alongside one of the sector’s leading litigators in Paul Friedman, as well as further high-profile nominees in New York and Paris.

Hengeler Mueller is one of Europe’s pre-eminent competition firms with six nominees selected in this edition. Hans-Jörg Niemeyer is based in Brussels and is a very well-respected member of the competition bar. He is listed alongside the “absolutely fantastic” Markus Röhrig, who one source "would choose every time". In Germany, Jochen Burrichter is recognised for his vast experience and tremendous insight in this area, while Alf-Henrik Bischke is rated as a first-class cartels and merger control specialist. Thorsten Mäger was commended to researchers for the quality of his judgement and advice to clients, and Christoph Stadler is a pre-eminent figure in the German market and very highly rated by our sources.

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York has six very highly rated nominees selected. Ilene Knable Gotts was described as "absolutely world-class" and is among the most highly regarded nominees in our research overall. She is joined by Michael Byowitz, a "real ambassador for the practice area" who impresses our contacts for the quality of his work and for his speaking in this sector. David Schwartz has an "encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law and is able to apply it in a commercial way", while Damian Didden is "pragmatic, timely and insightful – I couldn't ask for more". Joseph Larson is recognised as an "invaluable ally to his merger clients" and Nelson Fitts is a "clever and thoughtful young antitrust lawyer".

Shearman & Sterling is another firm with six well-respected nominees to our research. In Brussels, "there is no-one better in the tech space" than Trevor Soames, and his high-profile work for Microsoft and Samsung Electronics is widely admired across our global research. Stephen Mavroghenis heads the "world-class competition practice" and is also among the most highly recommended lawyers in our EU research. Miguel Rato “is making some real waves in Brussels" and draws admiring comment from clients and peers in Europe and beyond. Christopher Bright in London "combines tremendous regulatory insight with a first rate commercial understanding", while in the US Beau Buffier is a "smart, careful and very effective antitrust lawyer" and Wayne Dale Collins was described by one interviewee as "the best merger lawyer in America", and was also characterised as a "deep thinker and an aggressive advocate for his client".

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is one of the leading firms in Canada for this work, and sees six nominees selected. George Addy is a "very eminent figure " and a former head of the Canadian Competition Bureau and universally respected, while Anita Banicevic "is very skilled in all that she does" and earned praise for her work across a wide range of industries. John Bodrug “manages to combine a very broad experience with a depth of understanding across the board that never ceases to impress" our sources, while Adam Fanaki is "absolutely first-class" and was spoken of in universally glowing terms by all interviewees, including one who says, "I just love working with him." Mark Katz is a "key member of a hugely impressive team” and was commended to researchers as a "trailblazer", while Elisa Kearney is very well known for her work on behalf of some of the biggest clients in the market, and is "tough to beat in all senses".

Six nominees also appear from Blake Cassels & Graydon, including Brian Facey, one of the most highly recommended lawyers in North America and a "very bright, experienced and effective antitrust lawyer". Jason Gudofsky “stands comparison with any lawyer in the country”, and Robert Kwinter was also hailed as “exceptional”.

McMillan also scores highly in Canada. A Neil Campbell drew admiring comment from our interviewees: "There are few who can match his knowledge and experience of competition regulations and enforcement." Casey Halladay was fêted for his analytical abilities and his "confident and impressive" representation of clients in regulatory investigations, while James Musgrove was praised by interviewees from a range of industries for exceptional client handling.

Stikeman Elliott is home to four well-respected nominees. Paul Collins has an excellent reputation in Canada for his work at the regulator, as well as for his private practice. Lawson Hunter "knows all there is to know about Canadian competition law", while Susan Hutton is regarded as supremely well qualified and "always of the highest quality". Katherine Kay is an "accomplished and tenacious" litigator who "impresses all who see her work".

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is another highly rated Canadian firm. Peter Franklyn is the counsel of choice for some of the world's leading corporations and is among the country’s leading practitioners. Peter Glossop is praised for his extensive experience, "clear strategic vision" and high levels of client service, while Michelle Lally chairs the "spectacular" competition group and is a leading figure in the market.

At Torys, Dany Assaf is a "real star" who was praised for his work on behalf of clients, both domestic and international, across a range of issues. Omar Wakil is a "superlative lawyer", and the quality of his writing on this subject was also acknowledged.

Subrata Bhattacharjee at Borden Ladner Gervais is very popular with clients and peers alike and is among the most highly nominated experts in Canada.

Van Bael & Bellis is one of the leading competition firms in Brussels. Jean-François Bellis “is someone we all look up to", report interviewees. "They don't come any better than him.” Porter Elliott is a "very experienced competition partner" who impresses clients and peers alike, while David Hull is described by one source as "one of the best pharma-related competition lawyers I have ever come across". Andrzej Kmiecik is commended for his high-profile merger control and cartel work, and is also recognised as the "go-to guy" for pharma and automotive clients. Kris van Hove’s "advice is very precise and credible because it is based on his deep knowledge and experience in the area".

O’Melveny & Myers’ five nominees are split between the US and Brussels. In the former, Richard Parker in Washington DC places among the most highly recommended litigators in the US overall, and is said to be "highly effective" and "great to watch". Michael Tubach scores very highly in this edition, and is recognised for the quality of his antitrust and criminal work especially where they overlap. Kenneth O'Rourke is one of California's foremost litigators, praised for both his competition and IP expertise. In Brussels, Riccardo Celli is a mainstay of the bar who "always thinks several steps ahead"; meanwhile Christian Riis Madsen is "building a real reputation for himself" and is viewed as a "real star" by his fellow practitioners in Brussels and beyond.

The five lawyers selected from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett includes former general counsel of the FTC and the director of its Bureau of Competition, Kevin Arquit. Based in New York, he was described by one interviewee as “the best of the best”. He is joined by highly rated colleagues in Washington and London, where David Vann is a "smart effective competition lawyer ".

Norton Rose Fulbright sees five nominees selected. Martin Coleman is one of the foremost competition experts in the UK and "held in the highest esteem" by his peers, while James Modrall in Brussels is a respected EU expert with a valuable US background. Layne Kruse is much admired in the competition community for his market leading practice in Texas, while Marc Waha in Hong Kong is in demand from Asia-based clients for his local and international work. Heather Irvine is one of the foremost practitioners in our South Africa research.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas is the leading firm in our India research, and sees five nominees selected. Pallavi Shroff is one of India's foremost lawyers, and sources declare that “they simply don’t come any better than her”. Naval Satarawala Chopra is a "high-class" practitioner who excels in all facets of competition law, and John Handoll is regularly sought out by both domestic and multinational clients for his first-class counsel. Harman Singh Sandhu is an experienced and highly rated practitioner who is "fantastic" for cartel work in particular, and Shweta Shroff Chopra is praised for her work across the full spectrum of competition issues and for clients from a wide range of industries.

Four highly rated US lawyers are selected from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. "You don’t see many better in the courtroom" than Moses Silverman, according to his peers, who credit him with "an incredibly quick mind". Aidan Synnott is well known for his extensive trial experience as well as for his "responsive and insightful" counselling in relation to government investigations. Kenneth Gallo in DC is a "very experienced and always influential trial attorney", and Joseph Simons is revered in the market both for his antitrust work and for his "impeccable credentials" in enforcement.

Roschier scores very highly in Scandinavia. Christian Wik is described as "simply outstanding" and is among the most highly rated experts in Europe. Kristian Hugmark is also highly regarded. "I find him to be excellent," said one interviewee. "Always completely prepared and clearly understands our business". Niko Hukkinen is picked out as "very bright" and "fantastic to work with", and he is listed alongside Lars Johansson who is widely regarded as one of Sweden's finest lawyers in this field and praised for his work across the full spectrum of competition law.

Also in Sweden, Johan Carle at Mannheimer Swartling is "superb" for merger control and dominance work according to multiple sources both domestic and international. Tommy Pettersson is a tremendous competition litigator who "always gets results".

The US is home to some of the world’s leading experts. Stephen Axinn of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider is a  "legendary figure", universally respected throughout the country, while his colleague John DeQ Briggs is a veteran of some of the sector's highest-profile cases and "held in the highest esteem by the entire antitrust bar". John Harkrider is an "excellent litigator", known for his "unassailable commercial acumen" and the quality of his contentious and transactional work.

Baker Botts has four highly rated US lawyers, including the highly rated John Taladay, and the equally esteemed Sean Boland who is "everything you want in a lawyer: responsive, thoughtful and really knows our business". Alongside them is James Rill, one of the most repected lawyers in the market who has "seen it all and done it all". They are complemented by a further two highly rated individuals in Brussels, including the “very busy and always impressive” Catriona Hatton.

Baker & Miller is a highly rated boutique in DC. Donald Baker is tremendously respected by his peers and very highly rated by his clients, and Todd Miller is "always great to work with" and drew admiring comment from peers both in the US and internationally. William Cavanaugh at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York is said to be "always impressive in front of a jury" and is rated as one of the US's premier antitrust litigators. James Backstrom at his own firm in Philadelphia was described to researchers as "informed, responsive and great to work with". The two nominees from Hunton & Williams are also very well regarded. Bruce Hoffman was "very highly respected when he was at the FTC, and even more so now he is in private practice", and Thomas Slater Jr is a "superbly gifted litigator" and a major player in this sector. Lisl Dunlop at Manatt Phelps & Phillips in New York impresses clients and peers alike as a "smart and energetic lawyer"; and Elai Katz at Cahill Gordon & Reindel is internationally renowned for his ability to lead transactions through the review process, with sources describing him as "solutions-oriented and very effective".

The research identifies further leaders across the world. Chris Charter of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is “absolutely first-class” and rates as one of South Africa’s foremost experts on all aspects of competition law. Vani Chetty at Baker & McKenzie is one of the most high profile experts in Africa, and was described as "extremely skilled and always great to work with".

Percy Billimoria of AZB & Partners is among the most highly regarded experts in our India research, where he stands out for his "formidable" work before the  Competition Appellate Tribunal. He is joined by Samir Gandhi who is "always well prepared to discuss and present issues before any fora (Commission or presentation to business) and gave us comfort when handling our case". Anand Pathak of P&A Law Offices is one of the masterminds of Indian competition law. Suchitra Chitale of Chitale & Chitale Partners was described as "very experienced and undeniably impressive", she is the counsel of choice for many domestic and international clients.

In Japan, five nominees are selected from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. Kenji Ito is one of the most highly nominated experts in all of Asia, and Tsuyoshi Ikeda is an "intelligent and highly knowledgeable" practitioner. Hideki Utsunomiya was described as "both persuasive and practical", he is much in demand from Japanese and international clients.

Four highly nominated lawyers are featured from Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. Shigeyoshi Ezaki was commended to researchers: "I have worked with him and found him to be excellent," said one client. "I will certainly turn to him again." Etsuko Hara is the first port of call for many international clients for all issues relating to their cross-border transactions, and Yusuke Nakano is one of Japan's leading experts on cartels and merger control. Vassili Moussis was also repeatedly commended for the quality of his practice.

Kimitoshi Yabuki of Yabuki Law Offices in Tokyo "is always able to find a commercially viable solution and that is a valuable skill", and Seiichi Yoshikawa of Koga Partners is an intelligent and highly knowledgeable expert on the Japanese market.

In Korea, Hoil Yoon of Yoon & Yang is “always timely in his advice and flawless in his attention to detail", and John Choi of Shin & Kim is “very well respected in the market for his "resourcefulness and significant work in this field".

In China, two nominees from AnJie Law Firm appear. Michael Gu is one of the forefathers of Chinese competition law and an acknowledged expert on merger control and antitrust investigation, while Hao Zhan is a "real asset to clients" with merger filing, cartels, compliance or private antitrust litigation issues. Liyong Jiang at Gaopeng & Partners is a "star" with "impeccable technical skills".

In Singapore, Daren Shiau at Allen & Gledhill is “tremendously impressive”, and was commended for his work on all facets of competition law. Chong Kin Lim at Drew & Napier is "very well versed in the subject matter; he has excellent client relationship skills and his response time is also very quick".

Rikrik Rizkiyana at Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is Indonesia's most highly nominated competition expert.

Several international market leaders are based in Latin America. Barbara Rosenberg at Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão "is top of my list in Brazil," said one client. "In fact she is top of my list, full stop." Leonor Cordovil at Grinberg e Cordovil Advogados is one of the foremost experts in the region and received votes from sources worldwide. Two lawyers appear from Levy & Salomão Advogados. Ana Paula Martinez is praised for her commercial acumen and her first-rate ability to interface with clients, while Mariana Tavares de Araujo is an outstanding professional with "invaluable understanding of the regulator". Tercio Sampaio Ferraz Jr at Sampaio Ferraz Advogados is a "thought leader" in Latin American competition law. Guilherme Ribas at Mundie e Advogados was selected by several sources as their top choice in Brazil. Jose Del Chiaro Ferreira da Rosa at Advocacia José Del Chiaro is very highly rated by his peers in the Brazilian market: "We all look up to him," said one. Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto at Pereira Neto Macedo Advogados is "very pragmatic, always responsive and reachable,” say sources, who also describe him as “always business-oriented and extremely capable". Joyce Honda at Souza Cescon Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is "first class for cartel work" and picked up recommendations from domestic and foreign clients worldwide.

In Chile, clients are impressed by the "clear vision, commitment and intelligence" of Julio Pellegrini Vial at Pellegrini & Cía, as well as his "well-informed and also practical advice", while Ricardo Riesco E of Philippi Prietocarrizosa & Uría was simply described as "one of the best lawyers in Chile" by our interviewees. Eduardo Wiesner at Wiesner & Asociados Abogados is one of Colombia's foremost competition lawyers. Gabriel Castañeda of Castañeda y Asociados is internationally recommended as one of Mexico's premier competition lawyers.

A number of further experts were picked out across Europe for the quality of their work in this sector. Nigel Seay of Travers Smith in London is a "very talented guy", praised for his ability to "distill complex information while still retaining a commercial context".

Gleiss Lutz is one of the leading competition firms in Germany, its six listed lawyers led by the “masterful” Ingo Brinker. His merger control work is “second to none”. He is joined by the "very professional and knowledgeable" Ulrich Soltész in Brussels. Noerr also performs very strongly with three nominees selected. Alexander Birnstiel is "nothing short of outstanding" for German and EU competition matters and was praised across a range of sectors, while Karsten Metzlaff was praised for the "extraordinary breadth and depth of his expertise"; he is also recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Franchise as one of the world's foremost practitioners in that discipline. Kathrin Westermann is impressive in all that she does; in the words of one interviewee, she is "always the best lawyer in the room". Martin Buntscheck of Buntscheck Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is a very highly rated merger control and cartel expert who is among the country’s most nominated individuals. Albrecht Bach at Oppenländer was described as "hugely intelligent" with interviewees praising his legal skills and technical ability, while Thomas Funke at Osborne Clarke is the "go-to guy" for German antitrust litigation and all types of competition work in the motor vehicle sector. Silke Heinz at Heinz & Zagrosek Partner was praised by her clients as "very responsive – a true expert for antitrust matters", and Ulrich Schnelle of Haver & Mailänder was recognised for his cutting-edge industry knowledge and the quality of his service to clients. Markus Wirtz of Glade Michel Wirtz is "peerless" according to our sources, who praised his skills across the full spectrum of competition work. Harald Kahlenberg at CMS Hasche Sigle is a “master of competition law in all its forms”, and was praised for his work with EU and German regulators.

Marc Reysen of Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy in Brussels was described to researchers as “dedicated, focused and flexible”, and the quality of his merger and cartel work before EU and German regulators was very highly praised. Silvio Cappellari of SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts is a "very bright individual" and received recommendations from clients and peers alike.

In Switzerland, Reto Jacobs at Walder Wyss is a first-class practitioner for contentious, filing and compliance related work, and Philipp Zurkinden of Prager Dreifuss is a "real expert" in cartels and one of the major figures in Swiss competition law. At Lenz & Staehelin, clients praise Benoît Merkt for his “hands-on” approach and "understanding of our business". Patrick Sommer at CMS von Erlach Poncet is a "merger control guru" and stands out as one of the foremost experts in the country. 

Ziv Abramovich at Lapidot Melchior Abramovich & Co is a major figure in Israeli competition law, with an impressive regulatory background and a highly rated practice. Tal Eyal-Boger at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co is very highly rated by all who see her in action: "She has a superb reputation, and rightly so". Hagai Doron of S Horowitz & Co is the "premier choice for dealing with complex and challenging antitrust matters in Israel". Eytan Epstein of M. Firon & Co "impresses everyone who does business with him", while David Tadmor of Tadmor & Co Yuval Levy & Co is “incredibly smart" and "always effective". He appears alongside Shai Bakal, who is rated as "eloquent, insightful and perfectly prepared" and is very well respected in the market.

Ricardo Oliveira at PLMJ is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in our Portugal research, Mario Marques Mendes at Gómez Acebo & Pombo is said to be a "big name in Portuguese competition law" who was repeatedly recommended to researchers by sources worldwide. Gönenç Gürkaynak of ELIG Attorneys at Law is internationally recognised as one of the foremost practitioners in Turkey across a range of areas. In France, Jacques Buhart of McDermott Will & Emery is universally well regarded by his peers, one of whom says: "I love to work with him.” He is a very experienced and highly rated expert, while Yann Utzschneider at Gide Loyrette Nouel "deserves every accolade that comes his way", particularly for his work in the banking sector. Rino Caiazzo of Caiazzo Donnini Pappalardo & Associati in Italy garnered praise for his counsel to clients, and is also "first-class writer and speaker on competition topics". Fredrik Ottesen of Advokatfirma Ræder in Norway is a "rising star of European competition law", and Jonn Ola Sørensen of Wikborg, Rein & Co. Advokatfirma also scored highly: “If I need someone in Norway,” said one interviewee, “He's the first person I call." Bahadir Balki of ACTECON Danışmanlık in Turkey is a "very fine lawyer", praised by clients and peers alike, and clients speak of Bora İkiler at Moroğlu Arseven in glowing terms: "He balances strong technical knowledge with a warm approach – he is a great person to work with." In Cyprus, Pantelis Christofides of L Papaphilippou & Co is an outstanding lawyer for all facets of competition law, and his colleague Stephanos Mavrokefalos was picked out for his "impressive breadth of experience" and the "consistently high quality" of his counsel. Carmen Peli of Peli Filip is "a class apart" and is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in Romania.

US Plaintiffs

Our research into the US market for plaintiff-side specialists in this sector picks out 101 individuals. Boies Schiller & Flexner is the leading firm with eight nominees selected. Chairman of the firm David Boies was described as "the biggest name and the best", and his reputation for excellence extends across the globe. William Isaacson is renowned throughout the market for the quality of his litigation practice, and Donald Flexner is an “absolute giant of the antitrust bar”. The “incomparable” James Denvir III also stands out from the field.

Stephen Susman of Susman Godfrey is one of the most successful plaintiff’s lawyers in history, and leads a contingent of five nominees from his firm. Barry Barnett is “magic in the courtroom”, and Marc Seltzer also stands out in terms of the number of recommendations he received.

Berger & Montague also sees five of its lawyers selected. Eric Cramer stands out as a “trailblazer for the plaintiffs bar”. Laddie Montague Jr is president of the firm and the chairman of the antitrust department and, according to one interviewee, “someone we all look up to”.

Stephen Cannon is chairman of Constantine Cannon and one of five nominees from this “first class firm”. He is “all you could want in a lawyer and more”. Matthew Cantor was praised across a wide range of sectors, and Gordon Schnell is “always effective and never less than impressive” in his appearances before federal and state enforcement agencies including the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.

Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel also appears five times in this section. Michael Nemelka is famed for his work on In re Urethane Antitrust Litigation, one of the few antitrust class actions to go to trial, and he picked up votes from both sides of the bar. Stephen Benz is “formidably experienced” and was recommended repeatedly. Joseph Hall was picked out as "an absolutely fantastic litigator" and scored highly with our sources across the US.

Michael Hausfeld is a “legend”, and the firm that bears his name appears three times in this chapter. His colleague Megan Jones in San Francisco is hugely valued by her clients, and Brent Landau is selected for the first time in this edition as someone who “is making waves in the market”. 

Two lawyers from Scott+Scott are picked out in this year’s research. David Scott is “the one you want when the stakes are highest", and interviewees from around the US spoke of his quality and effectiveness. Sylvia Sokol is "fantastic" and recognised for her outstanding courtroom abilities and "wonderful technical mind".

Joseph Saveri at his own firm is rated as one of California's premier litigators, and his reputation extends nationwide.

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