Competition 2017: Analysis

WWL: Competition 2017 is our most extensive look at the competition world yet, covering a total of 1,176 lawyers across 62 jurisdictions. The three major centres of competition expertise – the USA, Brussels and London – are home to more than half of our listed lawyers this year, while Germany, Canada, Australia and Brazil all feature more than 30 leading names. This year’s edition includes new listings for State Aid, highlighting highly regarded lawyers whose practice features a significant focus on EU rules surrounding governmental interference with competition. Additionally, we have expanded our Plaintiff listings to include plaintiffs’ lawyers from outside of the USA for the first time.

The editorial below features the lawyers who secured the most nominations and votes in our research for Competition this year. It also covers the leading practitioners listed for State Aid.


Thought Leaders
1. Frank Montag Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
2. John Boyce Slaughter and May
3. Jean-François Bellis Van Bael & Bellis
4. Gerwin Van Gerven Linklaters
5. Nicholas Levy Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
6. John Davies Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
7. Thomas Janssens Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.


Leading Firms

Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER remains a dominant force in the Brussels competition sphere (as it does around the world), and is home to 11 top practitioners, including three of our prestigious thought leaders.
“Star name” Frank Montag is widely considered a pre-eminent name in EU law. Sources add that he is “one of the best; someone who instils great confidence”.
Fellow thought leader John Davies draws nominations from a host of leading market figures around the world for his near-unrivalled expertise in UK and EU competition law.
The “truly great” Thomas Janssens is a “real favourite” of clients and is praised for his deep experience in complex cross-border matters. He has particular expertise in the healthcare and TMT sectors.
Sources are left “very impressed” by Rafique Bachour, with peers particularly identifying his “practical, solution-based approach” as a key strength. He handles both behavioural and transactional competition across industries such as chemicals and automotives.
US and UK-qualified practitioner Alan Ryan has wide-ranging and high-level antitrust expertise, with particular experience in sectors including technology and aviation.
Andrew Renshaw is noted as “one of the best there is” by impressed sources who note the quality of advice he provides to clients on diverse matters such as mergers, cartels and joint ventures.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON has eight exceptional lawyers from its Brussels office featured in this year’s guide.
Nicholas Levy “does tremendously well” when it comes to competition work, according to sources who pick out his work for Google in the EU investigation into Android as a major highlight.
Antoine Winckler is regarded as a titan of competition law, particularly in relation to cartel and market dominance investigations, and has over 30 years’ experience in the area.
Thomas Graf is “worth every penny” say sources, who highlight him as a “future star” with “unparalleled knowledge of the key players within the EC”.
Romano Subiotto QC is acknowledged as “among the very best” by peers, who see his experience before the EC and domestic authorities across Europe as integral to his brilliant practice.
Robbert Snelders is another of the firm’s top-class team who has handled a comprehensive range of competition matters during his 25 years at the firm.
Francisco Enrique González Díaz is a “brilliant” lawyer whose assertive approach makes him a client favourite. He is well known for his work in abuse of dominance matters as well as merger clearance.

LINKLATERS has five top competition lawyers listed in Brussels.
Thought leader Gerwin Van Gerven is described by one peer as “the best lawyer in town”, while others praise him as “fantastic in merger control”. He handles matters across the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors.
Bernd Meyring is another of the firm’s superb team, with vast expertise in anti-cartel work and merger control matters. Among his major highlights was advising SABMiller in relation to its merger with AB InBev.
Jonas Koponen is global head of the firm’s competition practice and a well-known name in Brussels and internationally. He handles the full range of merger reviews, investigations and cartel matters.

At SLAUGHTER AND MAY, three practitioners are listed, including the “extraordinary” John Boyce who is a titanic figure in European competition law. Sources note him as “a great counsel who is always to the point”, and describe him as “a top choice for acquirers”.
Anna Lyle-Smythe has “great expertise in merger cases” and regularly acts for blue-chip clients in relation to their biggest deals. Interviewees call her a “very clear and insightful” lawyer with “superb ability”.
Jordan Ellison is identified as “an obvious future leader of the competition bar”, with commentators calling him “tenacious, calm and creative; definitely someone you want on your side of any battle”.

At SIDLEY AUSTIN, Stephen Kinsella OBE continues to be regarded as an “outstanding” figure who is “exceptional on the policy side”. He has deep experience in the gamut of competition issues, with notable sector expertise in technology and pharmaceuticals.
Kristina Nordlander is a “dynamic” practitioner who particularly stands out for her “superb reputation” in pharmaceutical-related competition issues.

VAN BAEL & BELLIS’s Jean-François Bellis is considered “one of the stars of the field” and sources place him among the foremost competition practitioners in the world. He is hugely respected by peers and clients alike for the depth of his experience in the area.
Kris van Hove is an eminent name in the market and is recognised for his outstanding performance in merger control matters and cartel defence proceedings. One source describes him as a “rising star in the Van Bael & Bellis practice”.

LATHAM & WATKINS has five Brussels-based practitioners listed.
Sven Völcker is described by one impressed peer as “the best lawyer I have worked with”, thanks to his wide-ranging experience before EU courts and advising on merger control cases.
Lars Kjølbye is cited by clients for his “experience and realistic viewpoint which gives you the feeling that your case is in very professional hands”. He handles competition matters across an array of sectors and industries including telecommunications, transport and electronics.

At SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM LLP & AFFILIATES, Frederic Depoortere is a longstanding name in Brussels and an “excellent and hardworking” practitioner who has acted on a number of major merger control matters during the course of his career.
Head of European competition Simon Baxter is praised as “a brilliant lawyer” by our interviewees. He has more than 25 years’ experience in M&A-related antitrust.
Ingrid Vandenborre is a “powerhouse in the Skadden office in Brussels”, according to sources, who also call her “beyond good” thanks to her “unerring ability to identify the best legal solutions for her clients”.

COVINGTON & BURLING has four lawyers listed, including Johan Ysewyn, who is a “superb, seasoned practitioner” whose practice includes notable expertise in cartel leniency and abuse of dominance cases.
Miranda Cole is known as “a rising star for pharmaceutical cases”, while her sector expertise also covers technology, media and aviation.

BONELLIEREDE features three Brussels-based practitioners in this year’s edition.
Massimo Merola is “a state aid star” whose “deep knowledge” in the area is widely recognised by leading names in the market. Clients add: “Massimo is very professional and is able to convey a practical message while giving us an understanding of the regulatory elements.”
Of counsel Maurizio Pappalardo is a highly regarded lawyer who proficiently handles the full range of competition law issues, including cartels, abuse of dominance and merger-related work.
Aurelio Pappalardo is also recognised for his depth of expertise in the area.

ALLEN & OVERY has four listed lawyers in Brussels.
Sources “would definitely recommend” Dirk Arts for his extensive knowledge of Belgian and EU competition law.
Clients praise Vanessa Turner’s “pragmatic” approach and ability to “balance good results and efficiency.”
Michael Reynold’s longstanding presence in the market and involvement in landmark European cases has gained him status as an “international reference in the antitrust community”.
The “meticulous” Jürgen Schindler is a highly regarded practitioner with a strong competition practice and prowess in complex cartel, merger control and dominance cases.

At ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER, three attorneys are listed.
Luc Gyselen is an “exceptionally good lawyer” whose experience at the Directorate-General for Competition within the EC is identified by sources as a key aspect of his practice.
Marleen Van Kerckhove is a prominent lawyer who is well known for her skilful handling of EU complex competition issues, with particular experience in the pharmaceutical sector.
Axel Gutermuth is also recommended.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.

At HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS, Kyriakos Fountoukakos has extensive experience in EU and UK competition law where he is "a rainmaker who creates excellent relationships at all levels".
The outstanding Craig Pouncey is a prominent name in the market, known for his top-quality advice in multi-jurisdictional merger issues and cartel investigations.
Bo Vesterdorf is also listed for his competition prowess.

Silvio Cappellari of SZA SCHILLING ZUTT & ANSCHÜTZ RECHTSANWALTS focuses his practice on German and EU competition law, and is regarded as one of the best when it comes to complex merger control matters.

At BREDIN PRAT, Marc Pittie is a “very strong” and “highly recommended practitioner” who is well known for his expertise in Belgian competition matters as well as EU issues.
Valérie Landes is a highly regarded counsel at the firm with a fine reputation for her work in both litigation and merger work in the competition arena.

Edurne Navarro Varona of URÍA MENÉNDEZ is a highly experienced practitioner who is identified by our research as among the leading competition lawyers in Brussels. She acts for a wide range of global clients in sectors such as energy, transport and telecoms.

Two excellent lawyers from HENGELER MUELLER are listed.
Markus Röhrig is a “class act” who possesses “fantastic knowledge and a practical approach” to complex competition law issues. He is particularly well known for his extensive expertise in cartel matters.
Standout practitioner Hans-Jörg Niemeyer is highlighted by sources for his proficiency in state aid cases and also possesses deep expertise in cartel, merger control and abuse of dominance cases.

Trevor Soames at QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN is described as “an amazing lawyer” by impressed sources for his skilful handling of contentious competition cases, with sector expertise in diverse areas such as technology and aviation.

Catriona Hatton of BAKER BOTTS is a “truly excellent” lawyer and “a standout practitioner at the firm”. She was part of the team representing Halliburton in its aborted US$28 billion merger with Baker Hughes.

GLEISS LUTZ’s Ulrich Soltész is noted as a “hands-on and responsive” practitioner who is regarded as “an excellent state aid expert” by multiple peers. He also handles a wide range of other competition matters, including merger control issues.

At CLIFFORD CHANCE, Tony Reeves is lauded by sources as “an experienced, seasoned veteran who really knows his stuff”. He is particularly recommended for his “very strategic and far-sighted approach”.
Interviewees commend Thomas Vinje as a “very fine lawyer” who is a real standout in matters involving the technology space.

David Wood at GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER earns plaudits for his broad expertise in both UK and European competition issues, particularly in the technology and transport arenas.

The “excellent” Götz Drauz of WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI “has been a recommended lawyer for the past 40 years”, according to one source. He uses his exceptional experience of the European Commission to advise clients on high-level issues.

DECHERT’s Alec Burnside is a “truly amazing” lawyer and “long-time favourite” of interviewees who is regularly seen on prominent matters involving the technology space.


Thought Leaders
1. Philippe Chappatte Slaughter and May
2. Claire Jeffs Slaughter and May

Leading Firms

SLAUGHTER AND MAY is a leading player in UK competition law, according to our research, with an impressive seven lawyers listed.
Philippe Chappatte is our top-ranked lawyer in England this year. He is described by sources as a “fast and smart lawyer” who is “recommended for his excellence in merger control work”.
Claire Jeffs is another of the firm’s thought leaders; a “really impressive” lawyer who “manages difficult situations beautifully” and is praised for being “very creative, driven and insightful”.
Bertrand Louveaux is regularly sighted on some of the most significant M&A deals and cartel investigations in the UK, including Royal Dutch Shell’s purchase of BG Group, worth around US$52 billion.
Isabel Taylor is highly rated by interviewees, who describe her as “simply amazing”, adding: “She is totally cool and calm in any situation with a relentless desire to succeed for her clients.”
Richard Swallow is a widely respected leading dispute resolution specialist who has been regularly instructed on complex competition matters, such as the air cargo investigation.
Lisa Wright is another of the firm’s highly sought-after lawyers in the competition space. She handles merger control work and major investigations, including acting for Google in the EC’s business practice investigation.
Christopher Wright is a well-known name who is particularly recommended for his work in the energy and water sectors. Commentators call him “the undisputed king of regulated utilities in the UK”.

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS has an impressive 14 barristers listed in our guide this year.
Robert O’Donoghue QC is “an all-round EU competition law authority” as well as “a clear expert in Article 102 cases”, according to sources.
James Flynn QC “would be in many people’s top 10” for competition issues, according to peers. Sources also praise his groundbreaking practice in the area, commenting: “James doesn’t just cite the precedent, often he is the one who actually created it!”
Kelyn Bacon QC is widely recognised as “the top QC on state aid; extremely well known and highly respected in that area”. Sources additionally describe her as “a very smart, forceful drafter who is great to work with”.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER leads the pack in terms of solicitors’ firms in the UK, with nine leading practitioners listed.
Deirdre Trapp is a “seriously impressive” figure in competition, with wide-ranging experience in both UK and European law. Among her areas of sector expertise are energy, transport and retail.
Simon Priddis’s “excellent practice just goes from strength to strength”, say sources, who add that “his time at the Office of Fair Trading really gives him an understanding of the regulator’s perspective”.
Jon Lawrence is a “very professional and reactive” lawyer who is “particularly knowledgeable in the defence and settlement of cartel claims”. He is particularly recommended for his work in follow-on cartel damage litigation.
Former firm managing partner David Aitman continues to be recognised as a leading name in UK and EU competition law, with particular experience in the energy, telecoms and retail sectors.
Alastair Chapman is widely praised by sources, who note his willingness to “go to incredible lengths for his clients” and highlight his ability to “synthesise complex information and distil it into clear advice” as a key strength of his practice.
Rod Carlton is an “incredibly knowledgeable” lawyer who stands out as “client service-oriented as well as very practical and pragmatic”.

LINKLATERS has six UK-based lawyers in this year’s edition.
The “simply amazing” Nicole Kar is a “go-to merger control expert” who is “excellent on detail, drafts well and has enormous energy”, say interviewees.
Christopher Bellamy QC is an “incredibly experienced” competition lawyer who possesses “ a lot of insight of the workings of different competition authorities, which enables him to provide a great deal of strategic guidance”.

Other Leading Individuals

At MONCKTON CHAMBERS, Daniel Beard QC is “an excellent advocate who is very smart and rightly in demand”, according to one solicitor. He is the leading barrister according to our research this year.

Maurits Dolmans of CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON has over 30 years’ experience in competition, with deep expertise in technical fields such as technology and IP.

Ali Nikpay at GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER emerges as a leading London-based competition lawyer, with comprehensive expertise in UK and EU competition matters. He frequently acts for major clients in retail, banking and technology.

Samantha Mobley at BAKER MCKENZIE is an experienced lawyer with a standout reputation for her competition law expertise. Among her recent matters was acting for Three UK in connection with the merger review of EE’s merger with BT.

ADDLESHAW GODDARD’s head of competition Bruce Kilpatrick is noted by interviewees as “an excellent all-round competition lawyer” who is “a pleasure to work with or to encounter on the other side”

Marc Israel at WHITE & CASE adeptly handles merger, litigation and cartel work in the competition field in both the UK and EU, and is among the top UK competition lawyers in our research.

Stephen Kon of MACFARLANES is an “immensely clever” practitioner with exceptional experience in the competition arena.

The “excellent” Nigel Parr at ASHURST gains international recognition for his impressive expertise across UK and EU law.

Kim Dietzel at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is “a very strong litigator” known for her “excellent work handling some of the trickiest damages cases out there”.

Rest of Europe

Thought Leaders
1. Alf-Henrik Bischke Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Christoph Stadler Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
3. Gönenç Gürkaynak ELIG Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul

Leading Firms

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER has an unparalleled 18 lawyers listed across its French, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Spanish offices.
Martin Klusmann has been “a leading figure in the Freshfields practice for many years” and is widely regarded as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Germany. He regularly handles follow-on litigation and is also highly experienced in cartel cases.
Thomas Lübbig in Berlin is a “really excellent competition lawyer and litigator”, say interviewees. He is a superb name for state aid matters as well as transactional competition.
Helmut Bergmann is a “leader in Freshfields in Germany”, according to commentators and one of the best-known competition lawyers in the country.

HENGELER MUELLER impresses with three lawyers in its German offices listed, including two thought leaders.
Alf-Henrik Bischke is a hugely impressive lawyer who receives nominations from as far afield as Chile, Japan and India this year. He is particularly noted for his skill in EC merger control matters.
Christoph Stadler is an “exceptional” lawyer who is praised for his abilities in corporate antitrust matters, including some of Germany’s most significant recent transactions.
Thorsten Mäger is regarded as “one of the leading antitrust practitioners in Germany” by sources, while other interviewees comment that he is a “great guy who provides clients with a superb quality of service”.

URÍA MENÉNDEZ has seven excellent lawyers from Spain and Portugal in the edition this year.
Alfonso Gutiérrez is our top-ranked lawyer in Spain and a “very pragmatic and detailed lawyer” with “standout technical skills”. He has notable expertise in pharmaceuticals and energy.
The “excellent” Antonio Guerra is a “very reasonable and easy to work with lawyer” who is widely praised for his skill in antitrust mandates.
Sources “highly recommend” Jaime Folguera as a “very knowledgeable” lawyer with deep expertise in state aid matters in addition to collective abuse cases.
Patricia Vidal is a “very, very smart” attorney who is “very visible in the most important international cases”. She acts before domestic and EU authorities on a range of mergers, state aid cases and abuse of dominance proceedings.
In Portugal, Joaquim Caimoto Duarte is “one of the best lawyers around” according to our research. Sources call him “a very pragmatic attorney who advises a range of important clients”.
Managing associate Tania Luisa Faria is described as “part of the new generation of talents in Portgual” by peers, who note that “she is already highly skilled and experienced”.
Edurne Navarro Varona is also recommended for her wide-ranging skills in cartel and merger control cases.

GLEISS LUTZ boasts six lawyers in its German offices.
Ingo Brinker is praised as being “a leading name” and “one of the most respected” competition lawyers in Germany. Sources highlight the “great outcomes” that he achieves for clients.
Christian Steinle is “a leader in antitrust litigation”. He is particularly well known for his work in follow-on cartel litigation, where he is considered a “brilliant” lawyer and “very, very thorough” in his approach.
Petra Linsmeier is “extremely thorough and creative” according to sources, and is another of the firm’s lawyers highly rated for follow-on damages claims.
Ulrich Denzel is an “extremely prominent lawyer” in the cartel arena who is lauded for “his outstanding abilities in multi-jurisdictional cases”. He produces “perfect work and high levels of  client satisfaction”, comment interviewees.
Wolfgang Bosch is a “traditional yet inventive German antitrust counsel” who stands out for his “creative solutions, while Matthias Karl is a “very strong practitioner who gives practical advice”.

BREDIN PRAT has five listed lawyers based in France.
Hugues Calvet has “an outstanding reputation in the Paris market” and always leaves clients “feeling that we are in good hands”. One peer says: “He is clearly the number one in France.”
Robert Saint-Esteben is a “star” for competition and a hugely experienced litigator, with over 40 years spent practising in the area.
Olivier Billard also stands out according to peers as a “strategically superb” lawyer in the competition arena. He handles state aid, merger clearance and litigation.
The “brilliant” Marie-Cécile Rameau is another of the firm’s standout lawyers, described as “a true current leader in competition law”.
Also recommended is Pierre Honoré, who is “an excellent lawyer with very good pleading skills”.

Leading Dutch firm DE BRAUW BLACKSTONE has five practitioners recommended in this year’s guide.
“Best in the Netherlands” Martijn Snoep is a “brilliant lawyer with a very sharp mind” who is “perceptive and decisive in making judgement calls in complex merger control issues”, say peers.
Erik Pijnacker Hordijk is a “very bright” and highly experienced competition litigator who particularly stands out for his understanding of complex state aids issues.
“Active and precise lawyer” Jolling de Pree has 25 years’ experience in Dutch and European competition law. He is particularly recognised for his skilful handling of merger control cases and cartel investigations.
Bart de Rijke is another of the firm’s highly regarded names. According to interviewees: “Bart is a seasoned antitrust specialist who has deep understanding of the merger control regime. He is great on his feet and flexible.”
The “excellent” Stefan Molin is also recommended for his depth of expertise in the competition field, and is well known for his cartel leniency expertise.

Other Leading Individuals


In Austria Günter Bauer of WOLF THEISS is a “pleasure to work with”, according to commentators, who also praise him as “a sharp lawyer who knows his stuff”. His expertise covers a broad range of competition issues and he is known as “superb at vertical restraints issues”.

Hanno Wollmann at SCHOENHERR ATTORNEYS AT LAW is an “obvious inclusion” who is “almost like a professor, he’s so knowledgeable” and is “great for complicated cases”.
Sources praise Franz Urlesberger for the “great quality and service” he provides. One peer comments, “If I have a filing in Germany or Austria, I go to Franz.”


Leading Danish attorney Martin André Dittmer of GORRISSEN FEDERSPIEL is a “standout for merger control” who provides “very reliable” advice in the competition field.


Christian Wik at ROSCHIER ATTORNEYS is undoubtedly “Finland’s number one” for competition, say interviewees.


The “brilliant” Alexander Birnstiel at NOERR is an “impressive attorney” whose competition practice features broad sector experience in areas such as media, pharmaceuticals and financial services.
Karsten Metzlaff is one of Germany's most esteemed competition experts and has a longstanding reputation as an excellent lawyer.

GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ’s Markus Wirtz, a prominent figure in the country’s competition law space, impresses sources with his “sharp legal mind”.

The “sharp-minded and professional” Albrecht Bach of OPPENLÄNDER RECHTSANWÄLTE is considered among peers to be “one of the leading lawyers in the field”.

Dominique Wagener of COMMEO is “very pragmatic, efficient and pleasant to work with”, comment sources, who conclude that she is “excellent for German competition law”.

At CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON, the “outstanding” Dirk Schroeder is described as “a leader in the German antitrust community” and an “elder statesman of the area”.


In Ireland, Vincent Power at A&L GOODBODY is a “market leader” who is widely cited by interviewees for the strength of his antitrust practice. He stands out in our research for his state aid expertise.


Exceptional practitioner Claudio Tesauro of BONELLIEREDE deservedly emerges as the top-ranked Italian lawyer in this year’s research. His broad competition experience covers abuse of dominance and restrictive agreements.
Francesco Anglani is also recommended at the firm as a “valuable partner” for complex competition matters.


Christof Swaak at STIBBE provides “pragmatic, to-the-point and legally sound advice”, according to clients. He is one of the Netherlands’ most knowledgeable attorneys in Dutch and EU competition law.


With an “impressive list of clients and cases”, sources describe the “very experienced and pragmatic” Ricardo Oliveira of PLMJ as “one of the top” practitioners in the field.


Cani Fernández at CUATRECASAS GONÇALVES PEREIRA in Spain “has been one of the best for many years”, say interviewees. She is particularly well known for her merger clearance expertise.


ALRUD LAW FIRM’s Vassily Rudomino is an extremely well-known name in the Russian market whose practice covers the gamut of cartel and transactional issues.


Johan Carle of MANNHEIMER SWARTLING ADVOKATBYRÅ receives international praise for his excellent antitrust practice, and regularly counsels clients on the whole gamut of competition matters including cartel litigations, abuse of dominance and merger control.


Franz Hoffet at HOMBURGER is regarded by multiple peers as “one of the best” in Switzerland for competition issues. Hoffet is able to “deliver clients high-quality advice in a short period of time”.
Marcel Dietrich is a “first-tier” practitioner who is “dedicated” to his clients and regularly seen on major matters.

LENZ & STAEHELIN’s Marcel Meinhardt is renowned for his record in competition and merger control; peers would "strongly recommend him”, adding: “He's excellent."

David Mamane at SCHELLENBERG WITTMER is a “brilliant mind and a strategic thinker” for competition who “has an impressive network and is always reliable and up to date”.


Gönenç Gürkaynak of ELIG ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW “dominates the market” and is “clearly the best in Turkey”. He has an “excellent client focus”. As one peer puts it: “Gönenç delivers.”

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Neil Campbell McMillan, Toronto
2. Ilene Knable Gotts Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York
3. Mark Leddy Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Washington, DC
4. Brian Facey Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
5. Kevin Arquit Weil Gotshal & Manges, New York

Leading Firms

GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER achieves the most listings in North America this year, boasting a superb 12 lawyers.
The legendary Gary Spratling is “the antitrust world reference”, says one source, while his reputation as a “criminal defence expert” remains unrivalled.
Daniel Swanson is a leading competition litigator whose “economics PhD is part of what makes him an outstanding attorney”, according to peers. He handles a wide range of litigation including class actions and appellate matters.
Scott Hammond is another “very highly regarded” lawyer at the firm whose background at the Department of Justice (DOJ) makes him a popular choice for clients.

DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL’s strong practice features seven lawyers in this year’s edition.
Ronan Harty is one of the top competition litigators in the US according to our research. He is regularly hired to advise on the most complex and significant cases and transactions, including assisting Emerson Electric with its recent acquisition by Platinum Equity Advisors for US$4 billion.
The Menlo Park-based Christopher Hockett is a “very strong antitrust lawyer”, according to prominent peers. He is particularly well known for his experience in technology, media and telecommunications-related matters.
Superb litigator Arthur Burke frequently assists clients with high-profile, multibillion-dollar transactions, including, of late, NBCUniversal’s US$3.8 billion purchase of Dreamworks Animation.

WACHTELL LIPTON ROSEN & KATZ is well known for its transactional expertise but provides a broad antitrust offering to clients. Six of its attorneys are listed.
Nelson Fitts is recognised as a leading antitrust practitioner in the transactional space, with sources describing him as "a great advocate for clients and in a class of his own".
Thought leader Ilene Knable Gotts is one of the most highly respected antitrust practitioners in the USA, with a superb record on transactional matters across her 35-year career.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON impresses with five lawyers recommended.
Mark Leddy is a “great lawyer” and “one of the top names”, according to multiple sources. His broad-based practice features vast expertise and experience in both European and US antitrust matters.
Leah Brannon is a “very thoughtful lawyer” who “really has a good understanding of antitrust arguments, and really digs into the issues and the substance of them”. Commentators praise her equal talent in both litigation and transactional matters.
George Cary is regularly sighted by interviewees on mergers and litigation involving sophisticated competition issues. He has more than 40 years of private practice and agency experience to draw upon.

COVINGTON & BURLING has six listed attorneys.
Deborah Garza is both highly experienced and highly regarded for her antitrust prowess, featuring notable expertise in sectors such as transportation, energy and technology. She undertakes the gamut of complex issues in the area.
The “outstanding” Thomas Barnett is a “leading guy” in the antitrust arena, say peers, thanks in part to his experience as assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s antitrust division, giving him a superb understanding of the US regulatory framework.

Five of FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER’s top antitrust attorneys are featured this year.
Paul Yde is “technically so strong” and “very skilled, particularly before the US antitrust agencies”, interviewees comment. They also describe him as “a really dedicated practitioner who is a pleasure to work with”.
Robert Schlossberg is a seasoned attorney with a superb reputation for his ability to handle the highest-profile competition issues facing corporate clients, with experience in sectors including pharmaceuticals, energy and consumer goods.

WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI is another fine firm for antitrust with five lawyers listed.
Scott Sher is commended as “a standout in tech antitrust” by sources, who also highlight his detailed knowledge of economic concerns. Among his recent representations, he is acting for FanDuel in is proposed merger with Draft Kings.
Jonathan Jacobson is “truly a great antitrust thinker”, say interviewees, who add, “He is a tremendous strategist who is a strong advocate for his clients.”
The “top-notch” Susan Creighton is described as “a real star” in antitrust by peers for her experience in technology-related investigations and transactions.

In Canada, BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON is one of the leading firms in the research, with six top practitioners listed this year.
Thought leader Brian Facey is “simply the best” according to one source and is praised for his his “top-notch quality” in competition matters. Among his recent representations is acting for Agrium in its pending merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, potentially worth US$36 billion.
“Great lawyer” Jason Gudofsky is cited by peers as “an efficient and strategic thinker who shows dogged determination in advancing client interests”.
The “exceptionally bright and experienced” Robert Kwinter is praised by interviewees for “the great depth that he brings to the Blakes practice” in the competition arena.
Julie Soloway is a “very personable and authoritative” attorney who is particularly noted for her experience in Investment Canada Act matters.

Other Leading Individuals


DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG has seven lawyers listed, including the “fantastic” George Addy,  who is internationally renowned as a top-tier antitrust practitioner and “a leader in the field”.

 “Seasoned practitioner” Neil Campbell of MCMILLAN stands out for his “advanced academic background in competition law”, and is considered by peers to be “one of Canada’s leading counsel”.
Casey Halladay is "superb” and “a rising star" according to sources, who also describe him as “a great writer who is particularly well regarded for cartel work”.

Omar Wakil at TORYS is a strategic and “very bright” adviser with broad expertise across the complete range of competition law issues, including abuse of dominance, cartels and transactional matters.

Calvin Goldman QC at GOODMANS is described as “one of the very best in Canada” and “the single most recognised practitioner in the country” by sources. He is a former director of the Canadian Competition Bureau.

“Extremely strong lawyer” Lawson Hunter QC of STIKEMAN ELLIOTT is picked out by sources for his vast agency experience, which makes him a top choice for clients needing representation and regulatory advice.


Interviewees call LATHAM & WATKINSDaniel Wall a “top antitrust trial litigator”. He handles a wide range of investigations, merger reviews and high-profile litigation.

PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON’s Charles (Rick) Rule is lauded for his “truly stunning intellect” by leading international peers. He acts for a host of major international clients across industries including pharmaceuticals, technology and financial services.

AXINN VELTROP & HARKRIDER’s name partner Stephen Axinn is “a terrific lawyer, great scholar and is absolutely fantastic when it comes to dealing with clients.”
John Harkrider is one of the USA's most prominent antitrust litigators, with an unrivalled corporate practice as well as deep expertise in litigation and agency investigations.

Richard Parker of O’MELVENY & MYERS is a top name in the market, commended for his vast litigation experience and eminent reputation as a “great trial lawyer”.

Roxann Henry at MORRISON & FOERSTER is a top choice for clients when it comes to competition-related litigation. Her extensive experience in the area covers the aerospace, life sciences and telecommunications sectors among others.

Janet McDavid at HOGAN LOVELLS is a “really great technically strong lawyer”, according to interviewees, who also note her “great insight in pharmaceuticals” as a key strength of her practice.

Kevin Arquit of WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES is a leading name for competition, with one peer unequivocally calling him “the best lawyer in the country”. He is highly experienced acting before the FTC and DOJ on merger clearances and in complex litigation.

CRAVATH SWAINE & MOORE’s Christine Varney is an “obvious inclusion” and is cited as “one of the leading thinkers in the field” by interviewees. She is sought after by clients due to her experience has head of the DOJ’s antitrust division.

John Taladay of BAKER BOTTS is “a top legal mind but is still relatable”, say sources, while others are quick to comment on his “excellent antitrust instincts, particularly before the US agencies”.

Jonathan Gleklen at ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER is the firm’s antitrust chair and is “just outstanding”, according to commentators. His wide-ranging experience covers litigation, transactions and major government investigations.

William Kolasky of HUGHES HUBBARD & REED is among the most experienced figures in Washington, DC for antitrust matters and continues to be sought after for sophisticated and high-profile matters.

DECHERT’s Paul Denis is a prominent and highly regarded figure in the antitrust community and a first port of call for many leading clients in the retail, transportation and food and beverages sectors.

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Janet Hui JunHe, Beijing
2. Daren Shiau Allen & Gledhill, Singapore
3. Barbara Rosenberg BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
4. Naval Satarawala Chopra Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Leading Firms

KIM & CHANG stands indisputably at the top of the Korean listings, with an exceptional 11 lawyers listed.
Sources praise Youngjin Jung for his creativity and the quality of solutions that he provides. He has handled prominent transactions in the technology sector.
Sung Eyup Park is noted for his deep experience assisting the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) and his exceptional representation of clients in complex matters.
Sung Joo Yoon has a superb international competition practice and is commended for his extensive experience in the aviation and IT industries.
Jay Ahn utilises his agency experience to adeptly advise clients on cartel and unfair business practice cases. He is lauded for the breadth of his industry expertise.
Kee-Hong Chun stands out for his “proactive communication” as well as his “dedication to building a sound relationship with the client and his expertise and knowledge in the field”.
Luke Shin comes “highly recommended” by international peers, who praise him in particular for his “exceptional contacts at the competition authorities”.
Head of the antitrust practice Kyung Taek Jung has vast experience in the competition field and is a respected leader in the Korean antitrust market.
Gene Oh Kim has outstanding knowledge of complex antitrust issues and is credited by sources for the clear advice he provides to clients.
Kyung Won Choi’s experience as a public prosecutor makes him a strong choice for clients seeking representation in criminal and civil antitrust litigation.

ANDERSON MORI & TOMOTSUNE impresses with six lawyers listed in Japan.
The “diligent and sincere” Yusuke Nakano is praised for his “deep knowledge” and “excellent international practice”.
Etsuko Hara is a recognised authority for corporate clients on transactional competition issues. Peers describe her “perfect handling of work” as well as her “impressive work ethic and great coordination”.
Shigeyoshi Ezaki is a powerhouse in corporate competition and regulatory law with nearly 20 years’ experience.
Vassili Moussis stands out for his wide-ranging international experience, having previously practised in Brussels and London, and is noted for his understanding of EU competition law.
“Senior lawyer” Hideto Ishida is a “leading name in the market” who handles complex competition issues for a range of domestic and international clients, including investigations and merger clearance matters.
Hiroki Kodate is also recommended for his corporate-focused competition experience.

SHARDUL AMARCHAND MANGALDAS is the leading Indian firm this year, with five lawyers listed.
Naval Satarawala Chopra is described as a “rising star in the antitrust field and merger control in particular”. He stands out for his “creative solutions” and as a “highly effective communicator”.
“Top name” Pallavi Shroff is a high-profile and experienced competition lawyer who is regarded as among the most knowledgeable practitioners in the area in India.
Shweta Shroff Chopra is described as a “very knowledgeable and responsive” lawyer who is “absolutely commended” by peers for her merger control expertise.
Harman Singh Sandhu is a “brilliant competition lawyer with an extensive background in EU and UK law”, say impressed peers.
John Handoll is credited by interviewees for his depth of experience and his outstanding expertise relating to the EU competition landscape.

JUNHE’s Chinese competition practice is among the most complete in the region. We feature five of its best practitioners this year.
Thought leader Janet Hui is regarded as a market expert and "an outstanding competition lawyer". She emerges as our top-ranked lawyer in Asia in this year’s research.
“Key member of the competition group” Yingling Wei is lauded for her “strong, intrinsic knowledge of clients and business” and her “high-level thinking in all aspects of work”.
Audrey Chen has wide-ranging sector expertise within the competition field and frequently handles sophisticated cases involving pharmaceuticals, energy and media.
Xiaohua (Sara) Chen is a merger control expert who also proficiently handles investigations by government agencies, while George He Zhu has extensive regulatory experience involving major infrastructure projects.

One source describes Susan Ning at KING & WOOD MALLESONS’ competition practice as “the best in China at the moment”, while others note her as an active and busy presence in the market.

Other Leading Individuals


Julian Peña at ALLENDE & BREA is “undoubtedly” a leading figure in Argentina who is cited as “a great influencer in Latin America for his work on competition law”.

MARVAL O'FARRELL & MAIRAL’s Miguel del Pino is “extremely clear and responsive” according to interviewees, who also praise him as “practical, knowledgeable and efficient”.


Gilbert + Tobin boasts some of Australia’s top competition lawyers according to our research and has five lawyers listed in total.
Elizabeth Avery is “the go-to lawyer in Australia” for clients and is well known in the market for “her in-depth knowledge of competition law.”
Practice head Luke Woodward enjoys a wonderful reputation on the international stage as one of the country’s premier competition experts.
Gina Cass-Gottlieb is “a clear leader” in the Australian market and is a prominent expert on regulatory matters in the competition sphere.

Dave Poddar of CLIFFORD CHANCE is widely regarded as one of Australia’s top competition lawyers. He is particularly noted for his skilful handling of major mergers and joint ventures.

The “exceptional” Peter Armitage of ASHURST wins praise for his “depth of experience” as well as his “considered, measured and professional” approach to cases.


Barbara Rosenberg at BMA - BARBOSA MÜSSNICH ARAGÃO is a worldwide leader for antitrust and “go-to in Brazil” who has “a great presence on the international scene”. She boasts “really impressive technical knowledge” and is “efficient, analytical and practical”.

Ana Paula Martinez at LEVY & SALOMÃO ADVOGADOS is “a star of the Brazilian bar” who is renowned for her "fantastic knowledge of the workings of the regulators” and her “outstanding international presence”.

Marcelo Calliari of TOZZINIFREIRE ADVOGADOS is “a leading name in the market” who is noted for his extensive agency background, having previously been a commissioner of the Administrative Economic Defense Council (CADE).

Amadeu Ribeiro at MATTOS FILHO VEIGA FILHO MARREY JR E QUIROGA ADVOGADOS has an “outstanding international reputation” and the garners praise for the “unparalleled quality” of advice he provides and his “great abilities on cross-border matters”.

Leonor Cordovil of GRINBERG E CORDOVIL ADVOGADOS is commended by clients as a “very dedicated” lawyer who “demonstrated high levels of business knowledge and the flexibility to fulfil our expectations”.

Mariana Tavares de Araujo at LEVY & SALOMÃO ADVOGADOS is a “top lawyer” with outstanding litigation skills and specialist expertise in M&A and investigations.


Martín Carrizosa of PHILIPPI PRIETOCARRIZOSA FERRERO DU & URÍA in Colombia is one of the region’s top competition lawyers with deep experience in transactional and litigation matters.
Diego Cardona is a “very active Colombian antitrust counsel” who is “practical and efficient” in his advice.


Michael Han at FANGDA PARTNERS has “extensive experience in merger control work and a specialised knowledge of Chinese competition practice”, say impressed sources.

With nearly 30 years’ experience, John Yong Ren of T&D ASSOCIATES is a well-reputed “go-to lawyer” on Chinese competition law.

Hong Kong

SLAUGHTER AND MAY’s Natalie Yeung is a star in Hong Kong, described by one client as “my first port of call on any competition issues”. She is praised as a “client-focused lawyer who is bright, energetic and deeply knowledgeable”.


At MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO, Kenji Ito is "a key figure in the competition practice" and is recognised for his distinguished work with the Japan Fair Trade Commission.
Tsuyoshi Ikeda is called upon for his expertise in multi-jurisdictional competition matters where he is "the go-to person".


The “smart and efficient” Daren Shiau of ALLEN & GLEDHILL is Singapore’s top competition lawyer. Sources describe Shiau as “a strong communicator who effectively leads merger transactions and has a deep understanding of the nuances and subtleties of the topic”.


Thought Leaders
David Boies Boies Schiller & Flexner, New York
• Michael Hausfeld Hausfeld, Washington, DC
• William Isaacson Boies Schiller & Flexner, Washington, DC
• Roberta Liebenberg Fine Kaplan & Black, Philadelphia
• Laddie Montague Berger & Montague, Philadelphia

HAUSFELD leads our research this year, with 12 lawyers listed in the USA, Belgium, Germany and England.
Firm chairman Michael Hausfeld is described as “the best in the US” by one source for his high-quality competition expertise. He is a hugely experienced civil litigator who frequently handles some of the most complex class action cases in the country.
Competition specialist Megan Jones is widely commended for her high level of skill acting for claimants in litigation following cartel investigations.
Brent Landau is another of the firm’s prominent names for plaintiff antitrust work and has acted on some of the most significant class actions in the US in recent years, including the air cargo and vitamin C litigations.
In the UK, interviewees regard Anthony Maton as “a pre-eminent plaintiff lawyer” and “the best plaintiffs’ competition lawyers in the UK”.
Hilary Scherrer, Michael Lehmann and Christopher Lebsock are also highly recommended.

BOIES SCHILLER & FLEXNER is synonymous with plaintiff litigation and its antitrust team features some of the best-known attorneys in the USA. In total, 11 lawyers are recommended.
Thought leader David Boies is a litigation titan who continues to be known as one of the world’s top lawyers. He is frequently hired to lead the most significant antitrust class actions and has acted for a host of blue-chip clients.
“Superb trial lawyer” William Isaacson is another of our thought leaders and a civil litigation specialist with deep experience handling complex class actions for plaintiffs.
Donald Flexner is similarly highly regarded for his vast antitrust experience and extensive agency experience.

BERGER & MONTAGUE has five excellent attorneys listed.
Laddie Montague is one of the most experienced plaintiffs’ lawyers in the USA, with nearly 55 years’ experience in the area. He has secured major settlements and awards in some of the largest cases in US history.
The outstanding Eric Cramer is the firm’s managing shareholder and a well-known figure at the plaintiffs’ bar. He has notable experience in class certification.
David Sorensen also stands out for his superb expertise.

Eric Fastiff heads the antitrust department at LIEFF CABRASER HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN and is a renowned and highly experienced name in the market with wide-ranging sector expertise.
Brendan Glackin is a key figure at the firm for plaintiff litigation. He was part of the team acting for software engineers in the high-tech employees antitrust class action suit.
Dean Harvey is commended for his broad antitrust expertise and his well-regarded plaintiffs’ practice.

At SUSMAN GODFREY, Steve Susman is commended as “the best plaintiffs’ lawyer in Texas” by impressed peers, with extensive experience handling complex antitrust cases.

At FINE KAPLAN & BLACK, Roberta Liebenberg is an “amazing attorney” and a thought leader in our research. She has over 40 years’ experience handling complex class actions, including the urethane and capacitors litigations.
Matthew Duncan is also recommended for his high-quality representations in class action cases.

QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN’s Boris Bronfentrinker is a “fierce litigator who fights brilliantly for his client’s interests”, according to peers. He is also praised as an “incisive, decisive and energetic lawyer” by clients.

San Francisco-based Judith Zahid of ZELLE is a competition expert who has handled major cases for plaintiffs including the TFT-LCD antitrust litigation. She also acted for UnitedHealthcare Services in its case against Cephalon concerning the drug, Provigil.

Daniel Gustafson of GUSTAFSON GLUEK is nominated by peers across the USA for his prowess in class action suits involving antitrust issues. He has experience in areas such as pharmaceuticals, technology and medical devices.

Hollis Salzman at ROBINS KAPLAN is an outstanding antitrust litigator who is particularly well known for her work in cartel cases and follow-on civil litigation. She has acted in numerous prominent cases including the air cargo and autoparts litigations.

Bruce Simon at PEARSON SIMON & WARSHAW is a “widely recognised star” and a leading figure at the California bar. Among his major current cases are the CRT and lithium ion batteries antitrust litigations.

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