Competition - Future Leaders 2018

For the second time, we shine the spotlight on the leading individuals whom the market identifies as the future leaders of competition law. In this chapter, we identify 241 partners and 230 non-partners aged 45 and under at the end of 2018, who stand out for their competition law expertise. European countries dominate the listings this year, and are home to 57 per cent of our total listings, with London and Brussels standing-out as the main centres of competition law expertise.

Across our total listings, elite law firms headquartered in London are particularly prominent in our research, with magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer once again emerging as the leading firm in the area, with 41 outstanding lawyers recognised as future leaders. Linklaters and Baker McKenzie also perform well, achieving 25 and 18 inclusions respectively. A number of Asia-based outfits also impress this year, including prominent South Korean law firm Kim & Chang and leading full-service Indian firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, whose members receive plaudits for their excellent work in the competition space.


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


Europe - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thomas Paul Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Hector Armengod Latham & Watkins LLP, Brussels
3. Yelena Trifounovitch Bredin Prat, Paris
4. Johan Van Acker Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
5. Serge Clerckx Jones Day, Brussels
6. Adrien Giraud Latham & Watkins LLP, Brussels

Leading Firms

Baker McKenzie 

A multinational law firm that stands out as a leader in the field of competition law, with six partners from its offices in Germany, England, France, Russia and Hungary recognised for their expertise.
Nicolas Kredel is “excellent on complex antitrust matters” according to commentators, who describe him as "a pleasure to work with". He is highly regarded for his expertise handling German and EU competition law matters.
Christian Burholt has a wealth of experience representing German and international clients on the full spectrum of competition law matters, including antitrust, merger control and abuse of dominance cases.
Francesca Richmond is “a fantastic lawyer”, say sources, who praise her strong track record advising clients across an array of sectors, including financial services, consumer products and broadcasting.
Anton Subbot is “a top litigator on competition cases” and impresses peers with his specialist knowledge of Russian competition law matters. One interviewee describes him as “one of the smartest lawyers I have worked with in Russia”.

Hogan Lovells

Competition and antitrust work is at the core of this leading firm’s practice. This year five outstanding partners are recognised from across the firm’s European offices.
Falk Schöning is “doing extremely good work” in the European competition arena, thanks to his “entrepreneurial, creative and business-focused approach”. He regularly undertakes high-profile merger work for international clients.
Sources describe Mark Jones as “an exceptional lawyer with a very thorough knowledge of competition law”. Clients are consistently “impressed by his pragmatism and commercial approach”, adding: “It is always a pleasure to work with him.”
The “fantastic” Christoph Wünschmann is a leading lawyer in the space, and wins praise for his “excellent work on cartel matters”. One respondent describes him as “one of the top antitrust lawyers in Germany”.

Clifford Chance

This international law firm is widely recognised as having a top-tier competition law practice. This year, four partners have been highlighted by our research.
Nelson Jung is “a very experienced transactional lawyer” who is “brilliant on merger control issues”, according to commentators. Peers note that “he is a pleasure to work with”.
Dieter Paemen has more than 15 years’ experience advising Belgian and international companies on a range of competition matters, including merger clearance procedures and antitrust investigations.
In Brussels, Anastasios Tomtsis is heralded as “an excellent lawyer”, and is highly regarded as a specialist in merger control and state aid matters.
Katrin Schallenberg focuses her first-rate practice on French and European competition law and is frequently called upon to assist prominent companies in the IT, energy and banking sectors that are subject to large-scale antitrust investigations.


Two partners are selected for inclusion at this leading European full-service firm.
The “outstanding” Alexander Israel draws praise from sources, who consider him “fast, reliable and very well connected”. He regularly advises domestic and international companies on the full spectrum of competition law issues.
Fabian Badtke is noted by respondents for being “really impressive for merger filings”. He is also well known for his strong antitrust practice, receiving international endorsements for his work on complex cartel damages claims.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Two leading partners at the firm are recommended this year.
Katrin Gaßner is “a true force when it comes to handling large-scale mergers,” say sources, who praise her wide-ranging experience in the field.
Nicholas Frey is “clearly a future leader” according to commentators, who call him “very sharp, dependable and meticulous”. He is highly sought after thanks to his expert handling of large, complex competition litigation.

Other Leading Individuals


Hector Armengod at Latham & Watkins has “built up a fantastic practice” and is internationally regarded as “an excellent competition lawyer”. He boasts “vast experience in both cartel and merger cases”, lending him a strong reputation in the market.
The “outstanding” Adrien Giraud has “huge experience” in the competition law space, offering expertise on a range of matters including merger control, abuse of dominance and state aid. Clients note: “He is a very pragmatic lawyer who always delivers business-oriented advice.”

Johan Van Acker at Van Bael & Bellis is “a very skilled and talented lawyer” who is recommended as a “top competition expert”. He is popular among clients for his “efficient and proactive” approach to handling sophisticated mergers.

Serge Clerckx at Jones Day is internationally recognised as “an expert on merger control matters in global M&A transactions”. He is “an outstanding competition lawyer” and receives plaudits for being “incredibly practical in his advice and skilfully guiding clients through complicated situations”.

Sources “would really recommend” Scott McInnes at Bird & Bird thanks to his “unrivalled expertise in payment systems”. He is “one of the best experts in Europe on competition law and regulation in the financial services sector” according to commentators.

Jérémie Jourdan at White & Case is “a brilliant lawyer” who has “shown his strength on a number of high-profile investigations in the pharmaceutical and banking sectors”. He is also noted for his expertise in merger control reviews before the European Commission.

Stéphane Hautbourg at Gide Loyrette Nouel enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market thanks to his considerable experience handling high-profile merger control issues.


Sources name Daniel Barry at Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab “a skilled litigator and expert”, and rate him highly for his “strategic thinking and deep insight into competition economics”.

Jonathan Clark at Slaughter and May is a standout litigator who is recommended for his expansive experience handling complex antitrust litigation.


Yelena Trifounovitch at Bredin Prat is “a brilliant, talented lawyer” who has a stellar reputation in the market thanks to her “phenomenal technical skills”. Her “dedication to the client” and her “skill for finding practical solutions” cements her strong international standing.

Bastien Thomas at Racine stands out for his “excellent ability to work on any kind of competition law matter”. He is “well-respected by peers and clients alike” thanks to his “technical expertise and great collaborative attitude”.


The “excellent” Thomas Paul of Hengeler Mueller ranks prominently in our research thanks to his expertise handling complex antitrust litigation. One commentator remarks: “He is one of the brightest lawyers in this space.”

Sources are “really impressed” by Patrick Bock of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, who is widely regarded as a leading antitrust specialist. He is “a very pragmatic, commercial practitioner” who “really understands his clients’ needs”.

Max Klasse at Blomstein is “an outstanding competition lawyer” with expertise spanning antitrust, merger control and state aid. He advises clients from a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food and consumer products, transport and telecoms.

Sascha Dethof at Fieldfisher is “a very prominent antitrust lawyer” who is applauded for his expertise handling complex cartel investigations both at the German and European level.

Europe - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel Zimmer Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Thomas Wilson Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
3. Paul van den Berg Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Amsterdam
4. Gianni De Stefano Hogan Lovells International LLP, Brussels
5. Tim Blanchard Slaughter and May, London

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Internationally renowned for its members’ competition law expertise, the firm sees an impressive 32 lawyers at the associate and counsel level highlighted.
The “extremely good” Thomas Wilson is highly recommended for his “vast experience and knowledge in the field of global merger control”. He also boasts “deep knowledge of cartel and state aid matters, particularly relating to the banking sector”.
Paul van den Berg is noted as “a super-effective practitioner, who coordinates multi-jurisdictional competition work with excellence”. He is a well-known specialist in merger control cases and “stands out for the extensive knowledge and the great experience he brings to cases”.
Angeline Woods is “an exceptionally talented practitioner” who is greatly admired for her work in complex merger control matters. One impressed peer effuses: “She combines a fine legal mind with strategic creativity, commercialism and top-drawer advocacy.”
Nima Lorjé receives widespread acclaim for always providing “excellent and practical competition law advice”. He is highly sought after thanks to his “versatile approach and excellent coordination skills”.
Angélique de Brousse is “an expert in energy-related competition law matters”, and has vast experience handling complex cases. One interviewee comments that they “would recommend her to any client for her sharp mind and balanced approach”.
Elske Raedts is described by sources as a “diligent and knowledgeable lawyer” with a wealth of expertise in the field. She is noted by respondents for being “engaging, proactive and razor-sharp in identifying the crux of key antitrust issues whilst retaining a commercial focus”.
Alvaro Pliego Selie is a top name, recommended for his “pragmatic and straightforward approach”. He is held in high regard by international sources thanks to his “excellent understanding of market and stakeholder sensitivity”.


Across its European offices, 19 standout practitioners are selected for inclusion.
Sibel Yilmaz is “a real star of multi-jurisdictional merger work”, and is considered a “very open-minded and efficient specialist with innovative outlook” by interviewees. She also wins praise for her “outstanding work on abuse of dominance cases”.
Nikolaos Peristerakis is “a great lawyer” who stands out for his expertise handling complex merger control deals. He is “knowledgeable and insightful” according to one commentator, who considers him “an impressive sparring partner on contentious issues”.
“Excellent competition lawyer” Nicolas Zacharie boasts “impressive experience” in the field, and garners widespread recommendations for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of state aid”.
Juan Passás stands out for his strong experience advising companies in a wide range of industries, including energy, retail and healthcare. One interviewee effuses: “He is the perfect choice for any kind of competition matter.”
Charlotte Colin-Dubuisson is “one of the most talented lawyers of her generation” and has “built up a strong reputation in the antitrust space”. She has a “deep knowledge of competition law” and consistently impresses clients with her “efficiency and great technical skills”.
In the Netherlands Maikel Van Wissen is named a “highly adaptable and very knowledgeable” lawyer with expertise across the full range of competition law matters, including merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance.

Slaughter and May

This elite magic circle firm achieves an impressive nine listings in this years’ edition.
Tim Blanchard comes “highly recommended” thanks to his “expertise handling regulatory investigations and competition litigation”. Sources consider him “a real standout”.
Camilla Louise Sanger is building an international reputation in the competition market. She is a favourite among clients who appreciate her “straightforward advice and proactive approach”.
Murray Reeve “impresses with his energy and client-focused approach”, and is regarded as “a very creative lawyer”. He is praised for his expert handling of complex merger control matters for big-ticket clients.
Naomi Burgoyne is recommended for the way she effortlessly “cuts through difficult issues”. She is an “extremely intelligent” competition lawyer with extensive experience in the field.
Aurora Luoma also emerges as a key figure in the market, and enjoys a fantastic reputation for her ability to keep “very cool under pressure”.

Sullivan & Cromwell

Garnering six entries from its Brussels and London offices, this US-headquartered firm also performs well in our research.
Foad Hoseinian is “very well regarded for his tremendous litigation skills and fantastic eye for transactional work”, earning him a reputation as “an outstanding competition lawyer”.
Michael Engel "is recommended as a pragmatic and talented competition lawyer" by corporate counsel across the globe. He boasts "great expertise in complex cartel damages litigation" and provides "excellent guidance in merger control matters", thanks to his "sharp legal mind".
Sources say Axel Beckmerhagen is “outstanding from a merger control perspective”. He has “a brilliant mind”, putting him at a commercial advantage in merger notifications.

Uría Menéndez

Two highly rated practitioners also stand out in the market.
“Leading” lawyer Tomás Arranz receives international endorsements for his “top-tier” competition law practice. One source notes: “He's always very prepared and comes across brilliantly.”
Ana Raquel Lapresta “really stands out” in the market. Sources consider her “one to watch” thanks to her vast knowledge of Spanish and EU competition law matters and excellent client manner.

Other Leading Individuals


The “really excellent” Gianni De Stefano at Hogan Lovells is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research. He is “a delighted to work with” according to peers, who praise his “amazing energy” and “fantastic analytical skills”.

Tomas Nilsson at Latham & Watkins is “a highly skilled and hands-on practitioner” who is “very knowledgeable” around EU competition law issues. Sources describe him as “an outstanding merger control expert”.

Leonardo Armati at BonelliErede is one of the leading names in market when it comes to handling complex EU and domestic antitrust issues. He regularly advises clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, transport, telecommunications and energy.


Daniel Zimmer at Hengeler Mueller is a top name thanks to his “impeccable expertise in complex cartel damages litigation”. Sources consider him “a very bright and effective lawyer” who is “certainly on track to becoming a leading figure in Germany”.

The “brilliant and thorough” Michael Mayr at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has “strong knowledge of EU and German competition law”, and garners recognition for his “significant experience in complex EU merger control proceedings”.


Sources praise Felix Prümmer at Lenz & Staehelin for being “a brilliant and no-nonsense lawyer with great analytical skills”. He is “one of the most experienced lawyers in the field,” according to interviewees, who effuse that “his client manner is exceptional”.


The “absolutely fantastic” Maksym Nazarenko at Sayenko Kharenko is a merger control specialist who is applauded for his “pragmatism and efficiency”. One source remarks that it is “really excellent to see him in action”.


North America - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel Bitton Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, New York
2. Wendy Huang Waszmer Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, New York
3. Eric Stock Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York
4. Micah Wood Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
5. David Rosner Goodmans LLP, Toronto

Leading Firms

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider

A “market-leading firm” with four partners recognised for their expertise.
Daniel Bitton impresses with his “practical approach and in-depth knowledge” of competition law, which he combines with “strong client skills and excellent commercial awareness”. One international source notes: “His handling of the multi-jurisdictional antitrust filings in Dell-EMC was the most efficient that I have seen.”
Nicholas Gaglio “brings exceptional skill and insight to his work”, and is applauded for his ability to be “exactly what his clients need”. He counsels clients on the full range of competition issues, including cartel investigations, merger control and antitrust litigation.
Jeny Maier is “a great competition lawyer” who is celebrated for her “knowledge and ability to provide clear and prescient insight into recent developments” in the field.
Rachel Adcox is another of the firm’s outstanding practitioners, who impresses with her “deep knowledge of US antitrust practice”.

Blake Cassels & Graydon

This top Canadian business law firm is home to four standout names in the field of competition law.
Micah Wood is a “very impressive” practitioner who wins praise for his prowess in the retail sector. He advises domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of competition law matters, including merger control, antitrust investigations and compliance issues.
Cassandra Brown has “an impeccable knowledge of merger review” according to commentators, who admire her winning combination of industry experience and commercial expertise.
Joshua Krane is “highly recommended” for his comprehensive experience advising clients across a range of industry sectors on the competition law aspects of complex transactions.
Kevin MacDonald is “a pleasure to work with” say peers, who note that his “experience of competition law is top-notch”. One international respondent describes him as “a real support and trusted adviser to have on your side”.

Jones Day

Well known for its robust antitrust practice, the firm has five partners from its North American offices highlighted.
One impressed peer describes the “excellent” Margaret (Peggy) Ward as “an all-star” in the competition space. She offers clients an exceptional depth of regulatory expertise, thanks to her experience at the antitrust division of the DOJ.
Kenneth Field “brings the perfect combination of client service and government experience”, effuses one peer. He is noted for his brilliant merger defence work in the healthcare sector.
Clients “really like working with” Michael Gleason, and consider him a very “sharp and diligent lawyer”. He has 10 years’ experience in the area and has been involved in many high-profile transactions involving antitrust agencies.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Four future leaders are identified this year’s research for their strong antitrust practices across North America.
“Fantastic competition practitioner” Wendy Huang Waszmer is particularly noted for the quality of her cartel defence work. One impressed client effuses: “Her knowledge of antitrust law is extraordinary.”
Jamillia Ferris has “an excellent combination of strong legal skills, brilliant interpersonal skills and high-level government experience”, making her a “very effective” competition law specialist.
Jeff VanHooreweghe receives plaudits for his “extensive industry knowledge” and is particularly well regarded for his work advising prominent companies in the IT industry on antitrust issues.
Franklin Rubinstein is also recognised for his first-rate antitrust practice, and is widely recognised as a specialist in complex antitrust investigations in a variety of sectors.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Two top-tier partners from this global law firm are recognised.
Eric Stock is “a terrific litigator” who wins praise for his work representing clients in an array of multi-jurisdictional proceedings. He is recognised for being a “very intelligent and commercially minded” practitioner.
“Superb lawyer” Cynthia Richman boasts “an outstanding reputation” for handling complex antitrust matters, advising clients from a range of sectors including technology, pharmaceuticals, travel and music.

Other Leading Individuals


Sources describe David Rosner of Goodmans as “a sharp thinker with great analytical capabilities”. Commentators are also quick to highlight him for his “straightforward practical advice”.

Nikiforos Iatrou at Weirfoulds boasts a “leading competition litigation practice” and garners praise for his “excellent practical experience” from his time working at the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Emrys Davis at Bennett Jones is an “experienced and knowledgeable” practitioner who is “emerging as a leader” for his work on private competition litigation.


Commentators “certainly recommend” Heather Tewksbury at WilmerHale as “a leader among the cartel defence bar”, calling her “a terrific and well-respected lawyer” and “a real fighter”.

Sara Razi at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett “stands out in the market” as “an extremely smart and pragmatic lawyer”. She is widely recognised for her antitrust practice and regularly represents clients before the FTC.

The “excellent” Andrea Agathoklis Murino at Goodwin enjoys a fantastic reputation for her “strong expertise and deep business knowledge”. Sources are quick to highlight her as a “great advocate”.

Leigh Oliver of Hogan Lovells is “a wonderful lawyer” who is widely considered to be an expert in merger defence work in the healthcare sector. She is recommended for being “very sharp, articulate and client-friendly”.

Joseph Matelis at Sullivan & Cromwell is “a sophisticated lawyer” who is highly sought after to handle the most complex merger cases. Sources say: “He embodies what every good antitrust practitioner should be: practical, focused on the law and providing top-notch client service.”


North America - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Fedele Baker McKenzie, Washington DC
2. Richard Snyder Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington DC
3. Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington DC
4. Joshua Wright Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington DC

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Performing well in the North American market in addition to its strength in Europe, the firm sees five leading practitioners recognised from its offices in Washington DC and New York.
Richard Snyder is “a star at the competition bar” according to one commentator, who notes that he is “very well-liked by clients”. He particularly stands out for his excellent work handling complex merger defence matters.
Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum is a leading competition lawyer whose is greatly appreciated by clients who commend his “invaluable insight and experience”.
Jan Rybnicek is a strong antitrust practitioner who has “done some fantastic work” in the space. Peers applaud him as “a very bright lawyer with excellent client skills”.
Jennifer Mellott is a US merger control and review specialist who stands out for her work handling multijurisdictional matters. She is also recognised for her “deep knowledge of international enforcement matters”.
Hiram Andrews is internationally recognised for his brilliant work in the competition space, and draws praise for his “proactive service and diligence”.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Two leading individuals are recognised for their expertise handling complex competition law matters.
“Excellent competition lawyer” and “strong academic” Daniel Sokol is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience handling some of the most complex mandates in the US. One commentator notes: “The measure of the energy he puts into his antitrust work is unmatched.”
Joshua Wright “really stands out” as “one of the foremost antitrust lawyers” in the country. As well as being considered “a brilliant lawyer”, he is renowned as a “sharp, thoughtful and insightful” economist.

Stikeman Elliott

This elite Canadian business firm achieves also achieves two listings in this years’ edition.
Michael Laskey “displays excellent judgement and intelligence”, often taking a central role in complex proceedings. He wins plaudits from sources internationally for his analytical mind and skilful approach to handling merger control matters.
The “excellent” Ashley Piotrowski is commended for her impeccable knowledge of Canadian competition law matters. She is also recognised as a seasoned litigator.

Other Leading Individuals


Farrell Malone at Latham & Watkins “is an excellent lawyer”, say sources, who praise his “amazing ability to be practical and to really understand his clients’ needs”.

The “fantastic” Franco Castelli is a top competition law expert who regularly advises on an array of competition law matters, including antitrust and cross-border merger control matters.

"Leading, go-to guy" John Fedele is praised by sources for his "never-ending patience" and "ability to provide quick, accurate and reliable information on the US merger control regime". He is noted for his deep understanding of the US antitrust agencies and regulatory landscape.

Asia-Pacific - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Aparna Mehra Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, New Delhi
2. In Sang Kim Kim & Chang, Seoul
3. Kyung Yul Lee Kim & Chang, Seoul
4. Manika Brar Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, New Delhi

Leading Firms

Kim & Chang

This renowned Korean law firm stands out as the leading Asia-Pacific firm in our research, with four top-tier partners listed.
In Sang Kim has developed “in-depth industry knowledge” through handling a range of complex antitrust cases. Clients are consistently impressed by his “superb communication and case management skills”.
Kyung Yul Lee is a “go-to lawyer for complex competition law cases” and is considered “one of the firm’s most knowledgeable lawyers in the field of IP and antitrust”. He is noted for his adaptive nature and for being “tremendously perceptive”.
Richard Lee has “top-level knowledge in antitrust law” according to sources, who consider him to be “extremely dedicated lawyer with creativity and deep commercial insight”.
The “excellent” Tae Kyu Kang is highlighted for his merger control expertise, and draws respect for his “well-balanced and professional” approach.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Two highly rated partners stand out in the Indian market for their expertise handling competition law matters.
Aparna Mehra “has done some exceptional work in the competition space” according to interviewees, who praise his work on merger control cases. She is particularly well regarded for her hands-on approach and clarity of thought”.
Manika Brar also ranks prominently in our research and has a reputation as “one of the best for matters related to competition law”.

Baker McKenzie

Achieving five listings across its offices in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia, this international powerhouse ranks prominently in our rankings.
Junya Ae is commended by sources for his “thorough knowledge and wide experience in the competition law field” and is rated by clients for his “strategic thinking and superb analytical skills”.
Belgian-admitted lawyer Kurt Haegeman in the firm’s Tokyo office is a leading competition law specialist who is well known for his expertise in cartel investigations.
Stephen Crosswell leads the competition group in Hong Kong and is widely endorsed for his broad practice. He is appreciated for his “thoughtful and insightful perspectives” on complex mandates.

Other Leading Individuals


Simon Muys at Gilbert + Tobin is "an excellent competition lawyer" who boasts "unparalleled experience in matters involving access to essential pieces of infrastructure".


Takeshi Suzuki at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is described as “one of the most sophisticated practitioners in the field of competition law in Japan”, receiving plaudits for his “extensive experience and excellent track record”.

Yoshitoshi Imoto at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu comes “highly recommended” as a “very responsive, clear and practical” lawyer. His expert knowledge of Japanese competition law is complimented by “an excellent understanding of US and EU issues”.

Kagenori Sako at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is renowned for his “fantastic communication and coordination skills”, which he applies to an array of domestic and international competition law questions.


Asia-Pacific -  Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yaman Verma Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, New Delhi
2. Rohan Arora Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, New Delhi

Leading Firms

Kim & Chang 

This premier Korean law firm co-leads our research, with three top-tier practitioners highlighted.
Seung Hwan (Miles) Chung “excels at presenting his views on complex issues to clients in a clear and succinct manner”, according to sources, who appreciate him for his “in-depth understanding of the law and experience in handling complex multi-jurisdictional matters”.
Maria Hajiyerou is “a key member of the antitrust and competition law field” with extensive experience handling complex cross-border merger cases. She is widely considered to be a “go-to lawyer for timely, clear, and thorough responses”.
Tae Hyuk Ko is a “client-oriented and knowledgeable” practitioner, whose innovative approach to tackling complex mandates secures “remarkable and exceptional results”. He uses his “outstanding management capabilities” to excel across the board.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Three standout lawyers from this full service Indian law firm are also recognised.
Yaman Verma ranks prominently in our research and stands out for his “depth of competition law knowledge”. He is noted for his excellent management of complex merger control work.
Rohan Arora is “an excellent competition lawyer” who impresses commentators with his “ability to articulate his arguments in exemplary manner”. He is widely recommended for his “in-depth knowledge, passion and commitment”.
Gauri Chhabra is “an expert and a brilliant lawyer” who is much-admired for her “expansive knowledge of competition-related laws”.


Latin America - Partners

Leading Individuals


Santiago Del Rio at “leading firm” Marval O'Farrell & Mairal is “an emerging star” in the Argentinian market who is widely recognised as a “very pragmatic and knowledgeable professional”.


Ana Bátia Glenk at Machado Meyer Sendacz E Opice Advogados is a “pragmatic and technically brilliant” lawyer who receives wide-ranging endorsements for her “deep expert knowledge” of international merger control work.

Michelle Marques Machado at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr E Quiroga Advogados shows “excellent expertise in the merger control field”, and impresses commentators with her proactivity. She is also widely acknowledged for her skill handling complex global cartel investigations.


Pedro Rencoret Gutiérrez at Pellegrini & Cía is well known for his “sound and deep understanding of antitrust law”. He is recognised as an expert who impresses clients with his “commitment and intelligence, and the perfection of his work”.


Latin America - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ignacio Larraín Jiménez Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Santiago

Leading Individuals


Ignacio Larraín Jiménez at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero Du & Uría is “a key player in Chile” according to sources, who appreciate his “knowledge and experience in antitrust”. He is well regarded by clients thanks to his “pragmatic approach and realistic analyses”.


Jorge Kargl at Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza Y Enríquez comes “highly recommended” for his expertise in competition law. Sources describe him as “a talented, diligent and open-minded practitioner who always achieves results”.


Africa - Non-Partners

Leading Individuals

South Africa

Xolani Nyali at Bowmans is a highly experienced practitioner who is noted for his “vast experience in African competition law and regulation”. He is an “extremely knowledgeable” practitioner who is appreciated for his ability to “think outside the box in order to come up with creative ways to achieve his client’s goals”.

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