Competition - Future Leaders 2017: Non-Partners Analysis

In this chapter, 207 impressive non-partners are identified from 105 different firms across 43 different countries. Below we highlight the leaders in each jurisdiction. 


Most Highly Regarded
1. Gianni De Stefano Hogan Lovells International, Brussels
2. Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo Garrigues, Brussels
3. Leonardo Armati BonelliErede, Brussels
4. Richard Pepper Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Brussels

A wealth of talent is located in the Brussels market, with FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER achieving an impressive seven listings in the research this
Sources consider Angeline Woods “undoubtedly one of the strongest and most effective senior associates in this jurisdiction”. According to one peer, “She is responsive with great technical skills and extremely knowledgeable.” 
Angélique de Brousse isextremely good with clients” who describe her as "hard-working, personable and knowledgable". She is also commended for her “great energy-sector experience”.
Foad Hoseinian has “unique experience” having worked at the European court for six years. He impresses a number of market commentators with his advocacy skills: “He is concise, clear and just outstanding at giving oral evidence powerfully without losing any credibility."

LINKLATERS follows closely behind with four listings listings in the jurisdiction, out of a total of 18 listings overall in this chapter.
Nikolaos Peristerakis is “very experienced in complex multi-jurisdictional projects.” Peers praise him for being “thorough, knowledgeable and responsive", as well as “able to deal quickly with very complex issues raised by significant cases”.
Sibel Yilmaz has a reputation for “going the two extra miles for outstanding results”. Respondents say she is a “dynamic and talented lawyer” with “extensive experience in the pharmaceutical sector”. She regularly takes a leading role in high-profile EU merger cases.

Leading Italian-headquartered full-service firm BONELLIEREDE fares well in our research this year, with two entries from its Brussels offering.
Leonardo Armati is an internationally renowned lawyer with a fantastic reputation in the market. Respondents say he is “smart and thoughtful” as well as “a hard worker”.
Omar Diaz receives recommendations across Europe for his outstanding work, particularly handling state aid and international merger cases in the energy, aerospace and transport sectors.

CLIFFORD CHANCE is home to two excellent practitioners.
Frances Dethmers is known for her “extraordinary experience in merger controls”. An economist as well as a lawyer, interviewees say she is a “great asset to have on your team” thanks to her “very bright and clear mind” and “the ability to make complex things easy”.
The “approachable” Anastasios Tomtsis is commended for his “deep knowledge of state aid issues and multijurisdictional merger control work”.

Two practitioners from QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN are recommended.
“Emerging leader” Marixenia Davilla draws heavy praise from interviewees: “She has great depth of knowledge and understanding, an indefatigable work ethic, and sharply refined client-relations skills.”
Mark English completes the firm’s complement and is recommended for his “unmatched strength in IT filings and IT industry-related matters”.

Gianni De Stefano from HOGAN LOVELLS INTERNATIONAL is one of the most highly nominated individuals in our research. One market source describes him as “devoted to and passionate about competition law", while another says “he is absolutely one to watch” thanks to his “strong research skills and ability to find pragmatic solutions to problems”.

GARRIGUESAlfonso Lamadrid de Pablo is one of the premier non-partners active in the Brussels market. Sources regard him “a clear future leader” as he is “great at digital work and up to date with the policy – he has great ideas and delivers them in a simple but effective manner".

At CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON, “star in the making” Richard Pepper is recommended for his “astute and commercial understanding of antitrust concepts". Respondents say he has “excellent command of the detail of a case but doesn't lose the big picture”.

Iberian independent URÍA MENÉNDEZ is home to Ana Raquel Lapresta. Market commentators claim she has “exceptional technical and communication skills” which make her “stand out from the crowd”. She is particularly commended for her handling of merger control matters, with clients saying, “The quality of her work is excellent.”

Clients say Tomas Nilsson from LATHAM & WATKINS is “a pleasure to work with” and “always provides to-the-point advice with an extraordinary high service level.”

Attila Borsos of GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER is considered “one of the best senior associates in Brussels” thanks to his “his practical and no nonsense approach combined with technical excellence”.

BAKER BOTTSDavid Cardwell is recommended for his “fantastic understanding of legal concepts” and his “ability to take on very complex issues”. 



Most Highly Regarded
1. Michael Engel Sullivan & Cromwell, London
2. Tim Blanchard Slaughter and May, London
3. David Little Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, London
4. Kerry O’Connell Slaughter and May, London

Slaughter and May leads the way in this jurisdiction with seven practitioners identified by our research for their outstanding work in this field.  
Tim Blanchard comes “highly recommended” particularly for his “expertise in regulatory investigations and competition litigation". Respondents say he “also has a good all-round competition practice” and is “a worthy inclusion as a very impressive lawyer.”
Kerry O’Connell has a reputation for “producing very high-quality antitrust work; she combines both knowledge and the sort of pragmatism that usually comes with years of experience.” She is praised for her handling of “big-ticket merger control”. 
Camilla Louise Sanger is known internationally for her remarkable competition practice, handling complex advice and litigation for major clients both in England and before other major competition authorities.
Naomi Burgoyne receives praise for being “extremely sharp and quick”. Respondents say she is “hugely intelligent and a once-in-a-generation lawyer”.
Aurora Luoma impresses clients and peers alike, receiving nominations for her work from as far afield as Chile, India and North America.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER follows closely behind with six listings, demonstrating the wealth of talent on offer at the firm’s London office.
Nicholas Frey is considered “a future leader in competition litigation” who “makes running large and complex litigations look easy”. According to one source, “He is thorough, conscientious, hard-working and meticulous”.
Deba Das wins praise for being “hard working, knowledgeable and loved by clients and colleagues”. He is also considered “very commercially astute with an amiable client-friendly style”.
Sorcha O’Carroll is "an excellent competition lawyer". Market sources describe her as “bright and highly versatile, with a track record of handling large and complex cases with multiple work streams”.

Marie-Claire Strawbridge wins praise for her practice, which comprises all aspects of EU and UK competition law, and has been involved in numerous major EU antitrust and abuse of dominance investigations.
Mary Wilks has a reputation as an “excellent lawyer” who “plays a leading role on a range of high-profile cases”. According to sources, “She is always fully on top of the detail but also able to pull out the most important points for the case.”
Michele Davis is known as an “experienced and personable” lawyer. Described as “one of the strongest senior associates in London”, she is “very good at explaining complex concepts in a user-friendly way".

From LINKLATERS two exceptional practitioners are highlighted for their abilities.
Nicholas Scola is “very diligent” and a “true merger-control specialist”. One source maintains, “He knows the UK regime inside out and is very pleasant to work with.”
Alongside him Neil Hoolihan is a “very thorough and pragmatic lawyer” with an impressive international competition law practice. Described as “concise and practical”, he “has the enviable ability to make the very complex extremely simple.”

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s London offering sees two non-partners selected for inclusion.
Highly rated senior associate Samantha Ward draws high praise from clients: “She is an excellent communicator at all levels of business, and she is commercial in the provision of her advice. She is an extremely trustworthy pair of hands, and she has been front of our mind whenever we are considering new instructions on new matters."
Petra Carey is considered “a highly dedicated lawyer” who is commended for providing “clear and practical ‘real world’ advice”.

At SULLIVAN & CROMWELL, Michael Engel is known for “his superb business and intellectual skills when steering mergers in Europe and in jurisdictions outside of Europe”. Described as “a very fine competition lawyer”, clients add, “It is a great pleasure working with him.”

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON’s David Little draws praise for his significant experience and is calm and composed under pressure”. Respondents praise him for being “diligent and pragmatic” with a reputation for proving “crisp and practical advice, quickly and efficiently”.

Étienne Renaudeau at SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT is considered “excellent in all aspects: industrious, responsive and technically brilliant”.

At ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER, Mark Gardner is recognised for his proficiency handling complex international merger filings. Sources describe him as “intelligent, practical and very responsive”.

Rest of Europe

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel Zimmer Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Bart de Rijke De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV, Amsterdam
3. Tomás Arranz Uría Menéndez, Madrid

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is the premier pan-European competition offering in the research this year. The firm boasts 15 inclusions across eight offices.
In Berlin, Bertrand Guerin is praised for his ability to “combine legal expertise with in-depth business understanding”. He is known for having “excellent analytical skills and can identify key information which relevant for the appropriate application of competition principles”.
In Amsterdam, Paul van den Berg is “a good communicator with lots of experience in the antitrust area”. Clients commend him for his “ability to effectively manage complex cases in multiple jurisdictions”, and “keep calm in high pressure situations.”
Alongside him Nima Lorjé wins praise from clients for being “very responsive and trustworthy”. They add, “He sets out the strategy, executes it and reports back to the client in a timely manner.”
Vienna’s Maria Dreher is recognised for her impressive practice covering cartel investigations and enforcement, competition litigation and merger work. One client maintains, “She is a brilliant strategist with a deep understanding of client needs and our business. Maria combines outstanding legal know-how with a knack for pragmatic solutions; she builds up a strong trust relationship."

LINKLATERS achieves 10 recommendations from its offices in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Madrid and Paris.
Jérémie Marthan out of the firm’s Paris office is described as "simply one of the most secure and meticulous lawyers around”. Clients recommend him for being technically adept and very business-oriented”.
Nicolas Zacharie is “very reliable and very good” according to clients. He impresses market commentators with his “accurate business knowledge, responsive nature and professional manner” which allows him to adeptly handle high-profile transactions involving multiple jurisdictions.
Clara Robert-Heidmann “has excellent expertise in competition law” and “maintains good client relationships”. She is known to be “very meticulous and focused”, with clients adding that she “does not leave any stone unturned”.
Sabine Thibault-Liger is praised for being “very pragmatic, smooth and efficient”. Clients commend her “highly responsive and very professional” approach, combined with “a high level of technical ability”.
Düsseldorf’s Ingo Klauß is applauded by a client as “one of the best competition law experts I have ever met”. He is also considered “great to work with” with “broad expertise in merger control and abuse cases”.
Fredrik Lowhagen in Madrid is recognised for his “vast expertise in state aid” and his “approachable, practical manner”.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON garners four entries across its Paris and Cologne offices.
In Paris, Frédéric de Bure is a notable name with an excellent reputation on the international stage. His impressive practice sees him handle significant merger control cases, as well as cartel investigations.
Tilman Kuhn out of the firm’s Cologne office is described as “one of the leading young competition lawyers in Germany”. One interviewee considers him “dedicated, easy to work with and a talented thinker”.

CLIFFORD CHANCE’s María Begoña Barrantes “extremely detailed-oriented” and “knows how to manage the client's expectations well”. Respondents claim she “does not miss any legal implications of a given situation and foresees issues well in advance”.

URÍA MENÉNDEZ sees two further nominees selected for inclusion from its offices across the Iberian Peninsula.
Senior associate Tomás Arranz out of the firm’s Madrid office emerges as one of the top choices in the Spanish market. One source describes him as “a very responsive and a brilliant lawyer”.
Lisbon’s Tania Luisa Faria acts for clients across the financial, energy and pharmaceutical sectors, among others, and receives international praise for her competition practice which includes both EU and Portuguese competition law. 

At HENGELER MUELLER, Daniel Zimmer has “profound knowledge of the relevant law including case law and on-going cases”. He receives praise for being “very sharp and thorough in what he's doing”, combined with “excellent inter-personal skills”.

Bart de Rijke of DE BRAUW BLACKSTONE WESTBROEK comes “highly recommended” as “an excellent all-round lawyer with first-class technical skills”. He is known for his “high-quality work” and is described as “very nice to work with”.

BONELLIEREDE’s Sara Lembo out of the firm’s Rome office is considered “a definite inclusion” by peers for her “broad experience in the antitrust sector.”

K&L GATESMarcin Trepka is known as “a very talented and highly skilful lawyer”. Sources say that “his knowledge of competition and consumer law is outstanding” and he is “exceptionally proactive with a strong business approach”.

DENTONS René Grafunder commands praise as a “good and hard-working lawyer”. Described as an “energetic and determined adviser,” he is “incredibly client-friendly and shows a keen interest in global issues beyond the domestic market”.

North America

Most Highly Regarded
1. Farrell Malone Latham & Watkins, Washington DC
2. Richard Snyder Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Washington DC
3. Daniel Sokol Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington DC

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER’s international coverage is further highlighted with four nominations in the US.
Richard Snyder is known as "a rising star within the antitrust practice”. He receives praise from one respondent as “one of the best antitrust lawyers I have met, providing sound and solid advice not only on US antitrust laws, but on other jurisdiction's laws too”.
The “excellent” Jennifer Mellott draws praise for her “great client manner,” as well as her “global experience, dedication and common sense”.

Noted academic and lawyer Daniel Sokol from WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI is “a leading luminary in the world of antitrust law”. He is “a really talented lawyer” who is “very practical” and described as “a great resource” by clients.
One source deems Joshua Wright “a tremendous force” who is “in a class of his own”. A senior of counsel at the firm, as well as an economist, Wright has experience serving as a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

LATHAM & WATKINS is home to the “highly intelligent” Farrell Malone. He is described as “very smart and hard-working”, and wins praise for his experience handling “a large number of complex, global transactions”.

WACHTELL LIPTON ROSEN & KATZ’s Franco Castelli is a “very impressive” lawyer who “can really manage a whole project from start to finish”. He has a strong track record on domestic and cross-border merger control.

KING & SPALDING’s Brian Meiners is praised for his “thoughtful approach to problems and ability to communicate and explain complex theories”.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT’s Toronto office is home to two excellent competition lawyers.
Ashley Piotrowski is commended for her ability to “contribute at both a strategic level and a granular level to merger control matters”. She is known to be “organised and driven to get results”.
Michael Laskey is a transactional specialist who sources describe as “really excellent; clear and precise; personable, friendly, responsive and knowledgeable”.

BENNETT JONES boasts Emrys Davis who clients say “is both very smart and very practical”, adding: “He knows how to get things done in the most efficient way possible without putting his client through unnecessary burden.”

OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT’s Kaeleigh Kuzma is “a highly respected practitioner” with a well-developed practice focusing on the competition law aspects of mergers, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Rest of the World

Most Highly Regarded
1. Rohan Arora Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Central Delhi
2. German Zakharov Alrud Law Firm, Moscow
3. Mihkel Wilding Clayton Utz, Sydney

Leading Indian full-service firm SHARDUL AMARCHAND MANGALDAS garners three listings in the following pages, including one of the most highly regarded individuals in our research.
Rohan Arora has “significant experience in abuse of dominance cases”. He is praised for “providing practical solutions suited to the business environment and commercial reality”, combined with “great client management skills”. 
Gauri Chhabra is a merger specialist with an international profile. His impressive competition practice involves advising on key merger filings before the CCI.
The “excellent” Yama Verma is considered “an expert in cartel and abuse cases”. He is “always ahead of the curve and is definitely a future leader".

CYRIL AMARCHAND MANGALDASAnisha Chand is also recognised as one of the future leaders in the Indian competition law space. According to one source, “She is not only thorough in her work but equally hard-working and sincere. Her knowledge of competition law is exceptional and she certainly stands out from the competitors in the field.”

German Zakharov stands out in Russia at ALRUD LAW FIRM, and is "definitely one of the future leaders in Russia". He has a “significant presence in the international community of cartel practitioners”, and clients say he is their “go-to guy” for his ability to “offer effective and practical solutions to difficult issues”.

GOLTSBLAT’s Vitaly Dianov receives praise for combining “a proactive approach” with “strategic thinking”. In particular, clients praise him for his “flexibility and very friendly attitude to clients in sensitive situations such as during dawn raids”.

Maksym Nazarenko from SAYENKO KHARENKO has “great knowledge and understanding of competition law and of the regulators”. Sources say, “He understands how to solve problems in the best and more efficient way,” and “there is no one better for competition advice in Ukraine”.

At leading Chilean firm PHILIPPI PRIETOCARRIZOSA FERRERO DU & URÍA, Ignacio Larraín Jiménez has a reputation as a “strategic” lawyer who “provides great client service”.

Mihkel Wilding is one of four attorneys recommended at Australian market leader CLAYTON UTZ. He is described by sources as “a definite future leader” due to being an “outstanding lawyer and great with clients”.

Camilla Paoletti at BMA - BARBOSA MÜSSNICH ARAGÃO comes “highly recommended” for her “excellent guidance”. Sources say she is “able to quickly grasp very complex portfolios” and “shows terrific attention to detail”.

BOWMANSShakti Wood regularly handles some of the more significant competition mandates in the South African market. According to peers, “She has an enviable work ethic” and “thrives on complexity due to her 'can-do' approach to matters”.

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