Competition - Future Leaders 2017: Partners Analysis

In this chapter, 372 outstanding partners are included from over 200 firms across 45 different countries. Below we highlight the leaders in each jurisdiction. 


Most Highly Regarded
1. Rafique Bachour Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
2. Thomas Graf Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
3. Jordan Ellison Slaughter and May
4. Anna Lyle-Smythe Slaughter and May
5. Philipp Werner Jones Day

At JONES DAY four practitioners are highlighted.
Philipp Werner is a “fantastic competition lawyer” whom clients admire for being “extremely efficient and very pleasant to work with”. He is particularly well known for his expertise in merger control and state aid matters.
Yvan Desmedt is considered “a very smart competition lawyer with particular experience in telecoms matters". Clients value his “regulatory insights and responsive manner”.
According to one source, merger control specialist Serge Clerckx is “an outstanding competition lawyer with a detail-oriented and analytical approach”. His highly rated EU competition law practice has seen him act on a number of multi-jurisdictional mergers.
Charlotte Breuvart is commended for her broad competition practice that sees her advice on the full range of issues, from cartels and restraints to state aid. As one client notes, “Charlotte stands out as being one of the very best. She doesn’t waste time, she really understands the industry and it is extremely agreeable to work with her."

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER’s Brussels offering is home to three outstanding partners, including one of the most highly nominated individuals in our research.
Rafique Bachour has a reputation for being “always on the top deals and extremely reliable”. He is described as “one of the best lawyers in the competition space today in Brussels", and is particularly commended for his “incredible technical and commercial skills”.
“Current leader” Andreas von Bonin is regarded as “one of the top state aid lawyers in Brussels” thanks to his involvement on several significant cases. According to one respondent, “He is great at managing complex deals and coordinating a team of excellent lawyers. He has an outstanding ability of finding easy solutions for very complex issues."
Sascha Schubert enjoys widespread praise from market sources for his extensive experience handling merger review in the telecoms and network industries. One interviewee sums up market sentiment: “He has a great future ahead of him; I’m sure he’ll do many amazing things.”

At leading corporate heavyweight SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM & AFFILIATES, three partners are selected for inclusion.
Frederic Depoortere is described as “by far one of the most exceptional legal minds” in the industry. An expert in merger control, clients say he is “far-sighted and very perceptive” when handling complex matters.
Ingrid Vandenborre heads the firm’s Brussels office and splits her practice between investigations, merger control and transactional advice. Celebrated by peers and clients alike, one reports, “She is already a leader. Extremely smart and business-savvy: when you think of Skadden in Brussels, you think of Ingrid.”
Giorgio Motta is “highly skilled” and “always able to find the best solutions for clients”.

SLAUGHTER AND MAY sees two partners chosen for inclusion.
Jordan Ellison is known for his “formidable all-round practice”, having been “involved in most leading EU merger and antitrust investigations”. Respondents say he is “intellectually top class" with a “second-to-none client manner”. 
Anna Lyle-Smythe comes highly recommended by clients: “Anna’s superior intellect is matched with business acumen. She really understands our business which makes her a trusted adviser. She is also a great team player and has the ability to persuade and bring others along with her.”

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON’s highly rated Brussels offering is home to two of the jurisdiction’s top 10 partners.
Thomas Graf has an “excellent reputation”, particularly for his knowledge of competition issues relating to the technology sector. Possessing “a sharp mind”, he is described as “a brilliant and very complete lawyer with experience in complex, high-profile cases”.He is joined by Christopher Cook, who respondents “strongly recommend”. Peers consider him “an excellent merger control practitioner”, and he is particularly noted for “guiding global matters with calmness and care”.

LATHAM & WATKINS’ Brussels offering garners two entries in this section.
Luca Crocco is singled out for his considerable experience representing clients in merger review and cartel investigations. Respondents say, “He is an extremely diligent lawyer and his expertise spans across all areas of antitrust law.”
Sources describe Hector Armengod as "a very talented and knowledgeable antitrust lawyer”. He impresses clients by “always producing high-quality work in very short time frames”.

At QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN, two practitioners are identified.
According to market commentators, Stephen Mavroghenis is “very practical in his approach and has the ability to get straight to the issues very quickly”. He is “a smart lawyer” and many sources “would certainly recommend his inclusion” in the edition.
His colleague, Miguel Rato is commended for “striving to provide the best experience for clients” and known for delivering excellent results, especially in the high-tech industry.

BAKER MCKENZIE’s Gavin Bushell is known for his “energy and effective advocacy”. One respondent claims, “He thinks strategically when marshalling the details of the case and is able to clearly articulate his views in a compelling manner.”

Johan Van Acker at VAN BAEL & BELLIS is a prominent figure in the EU merger control space, handling some of the most significant phase II merger cases before the commission over the past few years. One peer described him as “a sharp, pragmatic and active lawyer”, while a client notes, “He does not just provide clients with the legal analysis but will ‘think with them’ resulting in practical, relevant advice and guidance."

SIDLEY AUSTIN’s Kristina Nordlander is known for her “strong skills when handling international work” particularly concerning pharmaceutical-related issues, and “consistently receives excellent feedback from clients”.

Susanne Zuehlke is one of two lawyers singled out from WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER’s Brussels office and is recognised for her impressive merger control practice. Respondents say that “she has an excellent grasp of competition law” and “not many people are more effective than her in merger control cases”.
Adrien Giraud is praised for “his excellent grasp of competition law” and his “serious, flexible and efficient manner”. He advises clients on a broad range of competition issues, including merger control, abuse of dominance and state aid matters.

At COVINGTON & BURLING, Peter Camesasca is “the top choice for all technology-related competition law issues.” He receives praise as “a very approachable practitioner with great communication skills”, and is particularly experienced handling merger control cartel cases.

HENGELER MUELLER’s Markus Röhrig focuses his practice on defending companies is cartel cases before the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel Office and other European and German courts. Respondents describe him as “a class act”.


Most Highly Regarded
1. Claire Jeffs Slaughter and May
2. Isabel Taylor Slaughter and May
3. Alastair Chapman Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
4. Simon Priddis Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
5. Nicole Kar Linklaters

SLAUGHTER AND MAY is one of two firms to stand out in the London market with an impressive five practitioners highlighted.
“Superstar” Claire Jeffs is described as “always impeccably prepared and one of the smartest people in every room”. In particular, she “combines first-class technical ability with superb client skills and commercial awareness”, making her the “first choice” for many blue-chip clients and US firms when handling EU-UK mergers.
She is joined by Isabel Taylor who is known to be “highly intelligent and extremely knowledgeable”. She receives praise for her state aid practice, and clients warm to her “very personable manner”.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is the other firm boasting five nominees.
Alastair Chapman enjoys excellent market standing for his “extraordinary technical skills”. Clients say he is “a talented and tireless advocate who is very responsive and client-oriented. No one works harder or delivers more for their clients”.
Simon Priddis particularly stand out as “a proven leader on a range of high-profile cases”. He is described as “a great team player and motivator who brings large and diverse groups of stakeholders together into an effective unit that delivers results”.
Respondents say James Aitken is “an excellent practitioner” who is “great to work with”. Praised for being “one of the brightest minds in European competition law,” he is known for his “considerable experience handling challenging multijurisdictional deals”.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT’s London offering is well represented in the following pages, with four partners selected for inclusion.
Mark Simpson is a key figure in London thanks to his experience handling both UK and EU competition law. According to one client, “He provides clear, succinct advice and his judgement on the risks was absolutely spot on. His drafting is clear and effective, and he is adept at getting on top of the facts."
Peter Scott, considered “one of the top 10 competition litigators in London” by one respondent, is “a knowledgeable, strategic and straightforward practitioner”.

LINKLATERSNicole Kar receives commendation for being “very clear-sighted and excellent at cutting through to the real meat of the matter very quickly”. She is “very strategic when dealing with clients” and has “impressive communication skills”.

Boris Bronfentrinker at QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN impresses with his “willingness to take risks and break new boundaries”. Respondents say he is “an energetic and talented competition litigation lawyer, who is at the top of his game”.

At HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS, Kim Dietzel is known as “a punchy litigator who is shrewd tactically, and able to judge client reaction well”. Market sources claim she is “experienced and reliable” and “particularly strong on follow-on litigation”.

KIRKLAND & ELLIS INTERNATIONAL is home to Sarah Jordan, who clients say they would “highly recommend” for being “a solution oriented lawyer and a very good strategist”.

ALLEN & OVERY’s Antonio Bavasso is dubbed “a current leader” by one respondent, while another maintains, “He combines insightful advice and both multi-sectoral and multijurisdictional experience to render approvals expeditiously.”

SHEARMAN & STERLING’s James Webber impresses interviewees with his “client-focused approach” and his “business-oriented advice”.

Rest of Europe

Most Highly Regarded
1. Olivier Billard Bredin Prat, Paris
2. David Mamane Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
3. Patricia Vidal Uría Menéndez, Madrid
4. Andrew Ward Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Madrid

BREDIN PRAT’s Paris offering is home to four highly rated partners.
Olivier Billard, one of the standout partners in our research, is regarded as a “a clear leader in the field” and “a well-established name in Paris”. Interviewees recommend him for being “technically excellent and business oriented”, and “particularly strong for state aid matters”.
Marie-Cécile Rameau receives nominations for being “extremely sharp, creative and pragmatic”. She is “a very good lawyer and a real fighter” when handling complex, cross-border litigation.

Outside of the Brussels and London markets, FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER boasts a further four listings across its Berlin, Düsseldorf and Madrid offices.
In Madrid, Álvaro Iza is regarded as “a very skilled and effective legal practitioner who is able to brilliantly coordinate multiple projects”. Clients value him for being “solution-oriented and always good-tempered”.
Uta Itzen is praised for her excellent reputation handling significant cartel cases. According to sources, she provides “a very high-quality service” and is “knowledgeable, experienced and helpful”.

URÍA MENÉNDEZ achieves three impressive inclusions in this section, including one of the most highly regarded partners in Europe.
The “technically brilliant and very intelligent” Patricia Vidal is described as “one of the best competition lawyers under 45” by respondents. An excellent all-round practitioner, she is “extremely hard working with a deep knowledge of the law”.
She is joined in the firm’s Madrid office by Alfonso Gutiérrez who is “an excellent lawyer”, known in the industry for his “responsiveness and detailed legal advice”.
Clients praise Antonio Guerra as “a top lawyer” who “stands out on the list” for being “particularly impressive technically”.

GLEISS LUTZ stands out in the German market with three nominees.
Ulrich Denzel is “without doubt a future leader”. With “considerable market visibility”, respondents say he is “a remarkable lawyer with extensive expertise in cartel and follow-on damage claims”.
Christian Steinle draws praise for his excellent track record in EU competition litigation and cartel work. Respondents consider him “strategic and competent” and he is known for providing “a high level of client satisfaction”.
Petra Linsmeier is also recognised as “a rising star” at the firm thanks to her proficiency in follow-on damages claims.

Florence Ninane is one of three lawyers selected from ALLEN & OVERY’s European offices. The Paris-based practitioner is described as “a talented and persuasive competition lawyer” who is “charismatic and to the point”.   

SCHOENHERR ATTORNEYS AT LAW is a leading firm in the Austrian market with pan-European coverage. We identify two partners at the firm.
Sources are particularly complimentary of Volker Weiss: “He is a great lawyer with a deep understanding of economic theory and business realities. It is always a pleasure to work with him.” Weiss’ practice covers cross-border merger filings and cartel investigations work.
Franz Urlesberger wins praise as a “very clear and sharp antitrust lawyer” with strong industry awareness in the oil and gas sector. According to sources, he is “a well-known expert in Austria with a business focus on merger control and compliance”.

German competition law boutique COMMEO achieves two listings in this section.
The “top-notch” Stephanie Pautke enjoys widespread praise for her insight into distribution law and vertical restraints. One source notes, “If you are looking into vertical restraint issues, she is the best you can get. Definitely a star.”
Dominique Wagener is described as a “personable, efficient case manager”. Her impressive practice covers cartel investigations, antitrust litigation and antitrust compliance.

Andrew Ward at CUATRECASAS GONÇALVES PEREIRA is “always very reliable” according to respondents. With “a deep knowledge and understanding of competition law across several jurisdictions” he is “extremely pragmatic and able to separate the noise from what needs to be addressed”.

At SCHELLENBERG WITTMER, David Mamane “stands out” for being “an excellent lawyer with great negotiating skills”. He is described as “the one and only in Switzerland; responsive, clear and knowledgeable” and “a key player in the market”.

HENGELER MUELLER’s Thomas Paul is one of the German market’s most promising competition partners. He is considered “one of the best litigators on the list” by sources who praise his economic insight.

Peers say they find Stefan Molin at DE BRAUW BLACKSTONE WESTBROEK “very impressive in the way he deals with complex matters”. He “provides precise advice” and is “definitely recommended” by those in the industry”.

At leading Nordic law firm ROSCHIER, two partners are selected.
The firm’s Helsinki office is home to Niko Hukkinen who is “well known internationally” as the “go-to-guy for merger control in Finland”.
In Stockholm, the “excellent” Kristian Hugmark heads the firm’s EU and competition practice in Sweden. He is a well-regarded practitioner known for his “very practical approach to advisory work and a thorough knowledge of how to deploy economics effectively in competition law”.   

NOERR’s Sebastian Janka is commended for his proficiency in cartel investigations and follow-on damages claims work. According to sources, he “possesses impressive in-depth knowledge” and “offers a really practical approach” to solving complex problems.
Fabian Badtke is also dubbed “a worthy inclusion” thanks to his wealth of experience in the healthcare sector.

At BONELLIEREDE in Rome, Francesco Anglani is “very well known and has a strong reputation” as a “very competent lawyer who is always on the case”.

LINKLATERS is home to Lucio D'Amario, who “knows competition law inside and out”. With a reputation for being “very dedicated and hardworking”, clients particularly praise his “broad knowledge of antitrust matters and complete and precise analysis”.

North America

Most Highly Regarded
1. Leah Brannon Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Washington, DC
2. Jeremy Calsyn Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Washington, DC
3. Deborah Salzberger Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
4. Logan Breed, Hogan Lovells Washington, DC
5. Daniel Bitton Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider, New York

Leading US firm LATHAM & WATKINS garners six entries across its Washington DC, New York and San Francisco offices.
In Washington DC, Amanda Reeves is considered “a rising star” who excels on the merger control side. According to one respondent, “She is really spectacular. She really gets to the heart of the issues.”
Jason Cruise draws high praise from a number of peers on the international stage. One source describes him as “a fantastic lawyer; a good, clear thinker and problem solver”.
San Francisco-based Joshua Holian is recommended for his strong track record representing technology companies in merger control proceedings before US and European antitrust authorities.

Fellow white-shoe firm JONES DAY follows closely behind in North America, seeing five impressive practitioners selected from four of its US offices.
Ryan Thomas out of the firm’s Washington DC office is a promising lawyer who sources regard as “eminently practical” and “very good in front of clients”. His antitrust expertise covers merger filings, regulatory investigations, cartels and distribution issues.
Kenneth Field is recommended for his proficiency handling major merger reviews in the healthcare sector. According to sources, “He is a collaborative and creative thinker.”

WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI’s impressive team are well known for advising clients in the technology, life sciences and growth industries. Four future leaders are selected from the firm’s complement in North America.
The “top notch” Scott Sher is highlighted for his vast experience handling merger clearance work for technology clients. One client maintains, “He grasps the issues quickly, thinks outside of the box highlighting issues not necessarily apparent and articulates his thoughts very well, both verbally and on paper."
In New York, former Deputy Chief at the New York Department of Justice Wendy Waszmer is recommended for her “versatile experience in public service and private practice”. She is considered one of the key names in the white-collar antitrust space.

At GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER’s Washington DC office, three attorneys are listed.
Eric Stock boasts a strong reputation in civil antitrust litigation and regulatory investigations. A former chief of the Antitrust Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s Office, he is described as “a high-profile name”.
The “superb” Adam Di Vincenzo is a prominent name in significant merger control cases.
Cynthia Richman, a proficient antitrust litigator known for her “impressive advocacy skills”, is described as “a very bright attorney” with a strong track record in important cases.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON’s Washington DC office is home to two outstanding partners.
Leah Brannon, one of the most highly regarded individuals in the US, has a “sterling reputation” in the market. An exceptional lawyer, respondents maintain she is “obviously in an exceptional class” and is “easily one of the best antitrust lawyers in Washington”.

Jeremy Calsyn is “sharp and perceptive” and known to be “a rising star in antitrust”. In particular, he “has developed a strong and prominent practice with a real depth of insight in dealing with complex defended cartel matters”.

At HOGAN LOVELLS in Washington DC, two practitioners are selected.
Logan Breed is a well-known name in the international antitrust arena known for his strength in complex merger control matters. He is also particularly impressive when advising on the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property law.
Leigh Oliver is recommended thanks to her extensive experience handling some of the more significant competition issues in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

At WACHTELL LIPTON ROSEN & KATZ in New York, two practitioners are recommended for their antitrust expertise.
David Schwartz, an “M&A powerhouse” according to one source, enjoys a wonderful reputation in the market. He is known for providing “experienced advice and solutions” for his clients.
The “outstanding” Nelson Fitts is described as “a pleasure to work with” and “great on his feet”.

Mary Lehner is one of two FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER partners selected from the firm’s Washington DC office. She is very highly regarded in the field thanks to her “excellent subject matter knowledge” and “great government experience”.
Thomas Ensign specialises in merger review work, as well as civil and criminal antitrust investigations. According to sources, “He quickly puts into practice what he learns and is a fantastic lawyer all round.”

AXINN VELTROP & HARKRIDER’s Daniel Bitton is described as a “gifted specialist” when handling high-profile, international mergers. One respondent claims, “He is undoubtedly a future star in Axinn’s practice. He possesses excellent analytical ability with strong client skills and commercial awareness.”

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON’s Toronto office is home to six impressive partners.
Deborah Salzberger is “only moving upwards” according to one source. The principal nominee in the Canadian market, she draws recommendations from many international sources, continuing to impress peers and clients alike: "She is very smart, efficient, excellent at managing expectations and keeping transactions moving.”
David Rosner boasts an excellent reputation in Canada and abroad. According to one source, “He is a great contributor and team player, tremendously smart and utterly fantastic."
Micah Wood is also recommended. Sources particularly praise his advocacy skills: “He provides eloquent, precise and well-structured analysis.”

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG’s strong competition law practice is home to three superb partners.
Anita Banicevic is a market leader who enjoys “a great deal of respect” in the Canadian market. A skilled competition lawyer, respondents were keen to emphasise her “sharp legal mind and personable client manner”.
Elisa Kearney is commended for her “excellent grasp of competition law and strong leadership skills”, while Charles Tingley “provides insightful and practical advice, and is very cognisant of our intricate issues,” according to clients.

MCMILLAN’s Casey Halladay enjoys praise from clients who say he is “an all-round antitrust expert”.   He “represents clients in the full range of antitrust matters” and is “very knowledgeable and really well liked by his colleagues”. 

Rest of the World

Most Highly Regarded
1. Barbara Rosenberg BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, Sao Paulo
2. Gönenç Gürkaynak ELIG Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul
3. Michael Han Fangda Partners, Hong Kong
4. Tamara Dini Bowmans, Cape Town

SHARDUL AMARCHAND MANGALDAS performs well in our research with five individuals listed. Harman Singh Sandhu is described by respondents as “clearly one of the future leaders of competition law in India”. Sandhu’s excellent reputation rests on his record of success in landmark enforcement and merger control cases in India. As one sources notes, “He is an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Naval Satarawala Chopra receives praise for being “a real authority” on competition issues. He is described by interviewees as an “exceptionally smart” attorney who “cuts to the chase” and provides “crystal-clear advice when handling complex issues”.
“Very impressive” merger control specialist Shweta Shroff Chopra is well thought of in the market for the high quality of advice she provides to clients.

MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS is home to Amadeu Ribeiro who clients describe as “one of the best competition lawyers in Brazil”. He is singled out for his extensive experience representing domestic and international clients in complex cases, as well as his “great technical expertise”.
Marcio Dias Soares is also recognised as one of the country’s future stars. According to sources, “he certainly knows his stuff in relation to merger control” and is “great with clients”.

At BMA - BARBOSA MÜSSNICH ARAGÃO, Barbara Rosenberg is “an absolute superstar” with “a very long and solid track record in most of the country’s significant cases”. She is well known for her expertise in merger reviews and regularly advises domestic and international clients under investigation by competition authorities.

Gönenç Gürkaynak at ELIG ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW is considered “undoubtedly one of the best around”. According to sources, he “has delivered great results in complex and challenging cases” and “knows the needs of clients perfectly”.

From FANGDA PARTNERS, Michael Han impresses market commentators with his “very sharp and concise analyses”. He has “extensive experience in merger control work and anti-competitive behaviour” combined with “specializised knowledge of Chinese competition practices”.

At BOWMANS, Tamara Dini stands out to clients who say, “Her commercial ability is a huge asset to us.” One source maintains, “She is extremely knowledgeable, very practical and a very easy person to work with.”

Ana Paula Martinez heads the antitrust practice at LEVY & SALOMÃO ADVOGADOS and is recognised as “one of the best competition lawyers in Brazil”. A former CADE official, she is commended for her “fantastic working knowledge” and “close ties” to the regulatory authority.

GILBERT + TOBIN’s Elizabeth Avery boasts an impressive reputation on the international stage. As one respondent concludes, “She is a very smart, talented and well-connected lawyer, and certainly one of the best in her jurisdiction.”

Takahiro Azuma from NISHIMURA & ASAHI impresses clients with his “thoughtfulness, carefulness and responsiveness in addition to his knowledge of antitrust regulations”.

At AZB & PARTNERS, practice head Samir Gandhi is known for his “great client management skills”. Clients say they choose him because he is “smart with a solid understanding of competition law and a business savviness that allows him to focus on the real issues”.

Etsuko Hara from ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE emerges as the most highly recommended partners active in Japanese competition law. She has a fantastic reputation as a “well-rounded lawyer” with “an excellent understanding of the business issues” affecting clients.

JUNHE’s Yingling Wei receives praise for her “intrinsic commercial awareness” and for displaying “high-level thinking in all aspects of her work”.

GRINBERG E CORDOVIL ADVOGADOS is home to Leonor Cordovil, who is described as “a superb competition lawyer”. Peers say they have “no hesitation in recommending her” for her “very hard-working and practical approach”.            

According to one interviewee, KIM & CHANG’s Kee-Hong Chun provides “really effective advice and clients absolutely love him”. He is recommended for his considerable experience in international cartel and cross-border merger cases.

Ziv Schwartz from FISCHER BEHAR CHEN WELL ORION & CO is one of Israel’s finest young competition lawyers. According to one client, “He is very experienced, very pragmatic and very good at navigating through complex issues. He really sees the big picture and it is always a pleasure to work with him."

DEMAREST ADVOGADOS’s Paola Pugliese is regarded as a “very fine practitioner” who is known for a “commercial mindset” and “solutions-oriented approach”.

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