Competition 2019: Lawyers

WWL has once again collaborated with Global Competition Review to produce the 20th edition of WWL: Competition, featuring 1,068 lawyers from over 400 firms across 55 jurisdictions who stand out as the foremost legal practitioners in the competition space. We also identify 79 state aid specialists for their market-leading expertise in the area.

Those featured are recognised for their exceptional work on a spectrum of related matters including merger control, abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations, state aid matters and high-stakes antitrust litigation.

Below we recognise the top lawyers and firms across a range of jurisdictions.

Methodology

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.
 
The Global Elite 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.
 

Brussels

Competition

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Frank Montag Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
2. John Boyce Slaughter and May, Brussels
3. Gerwin Van Gerven Linklaters LLP, Brussels
4. Thomas Janssens Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
5. Antoine Winckler Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels
6. Rafique Bachour Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
7. Anna Lyle-Smythe Slaughter and May, Brussels
8. Thomas Graf Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels
9. Jordan Ellison Slaughter and May, Brussels
10. Jean-François Bellis Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
11. Catriona Hatton Baker Botts LLP, Brussels
12. Sven B Völcker Latham & Watkins LLP, Brussels

Competition - State Aid

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Massimo Merola BonelliErede, Brussels 
2. Hans-Jörg Niemeyer Hengeler Mueller, Brussels 
3. Philipp Werner Jones Day, Brussels  
4. Andreas von Bonin Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
5. Ulrich Soltész Gleiss Lutz, Brussels 
6. Till Müller-Ibold  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

This global powerhouse is a dominant force in the Brussels market and sees 10 lawyers highlighted here.
The “outstanding” Frank Montag remains one of the foremost names in Brussels and is “a top lawyer for the very tricky cases” effuse market sources, who add that he is “very intelligent and strategic”.
Global Elite Thought Leader Thomas Janssens is “a strategic lawyer” with “in-depth knowledge and experience of antitrust law”. He stands out for his “impressive” work on transactional and behavioural matters.
Rafique Bachour is a “smart and dynamic” lawyer who is “great to work with” say peers. His practice spans competition regulation, investigations and litigation.
Andreas von Bonin draws high praise from peers who consider him a standout name for merger control and anti-competitive behaviour investigations, as well as state aid for which we recognise him as a Global Elite Thought Leader.
Thomas Wessely is “very strong in merger control” adulate sources, who consider him a go-to name for remedies-related work and Phase II investigations.
Alan Ryan is “a super smart lawyer” according to market commentators, who note he is “very experienced” when it comes to European competition regulation.
Laurent Garzaniti is a well-recognised figure in the Brussels competition market, where he impresses with his top-tier handling of related merger work and behavioural investigations.
Sascha Schubert is “a fantastic lawyer” and “a rising star” in the antitrust space according to peers. He is particularly commended by sources for his expertise across the telecoms industry. 

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

This international firm has a strong competition practice, from which eight lawyers are recognised here.
Antoine Winckler has “been on a number of big cases” say sources. He frequently advises on proceedings relating to market dominance and merger control.
Thomas Graf is “an outstanding lawyer” who sits “at the very top” of the Brussels market. He draws effusive praise from peers, one of whom considers him “a genius” while another states, “He is absolutely the best lawyer I have worked with.”
Till Müller-Ibold is a leading figure in the Brussels competition market who is considered a top name for state aid-related matters.
Francisco Enrique González-Díaz impresses market sources who consider him a go-to name in Brussels. His expertise spans abuse of dominance and merger-related matters, as well as state aid law.
Christopher Cook is “an outstanding counsel” who “will do whatever it takes with impressive efficiency” for his clients. A respondent effuses, “He is one of the finest draftsmen around.”
Romano Subiotto QC is hailed by peers as “a great litigator”. He focuses his practice on European and national competition law and possesses considerable experience handling related litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Robbert Snelders enjoys a great reputation among peers who consider him “one of the best in Brussels” when it comes to EU competition law, including merger control and regulatory investigations.

Latham & Watkins

This full-service outfit sees eight lawyers from its Brussels office listed this year.
Sven Völcker enjoys a stellar international reputation as “one of the very best” in the market when it comes to handling sophisticated merger control proceedings.
Lars Kjølbye is held in high regard by peers who note they are “impressed with his economic insight”. One source adds, “He is very good at applying economic theory in competition cases.”
Luca Crocco stands out as “a great lawyer” who is “a very hardworking, diligent and smart guy”. One source effuses: “He is a great strategist and has vast experience in complex antitrust cases.”

Slaughter and May

This impressive firm sees three lawyers from its Brussels office recognised as Global Elite Thought Leaders in the field.
John Boyce is “one of the top competition lawyers in Brussels” who is singled out for his “long-standing excellence” in the field. He is “exceptionally knowledgeable of the area and extremely well connected”, applauds one source.
Anna Lyle-Smythe is “a very well-regarded lawyer” who is “first-rate with clients” and is considered “the person to go to for aviation matters” by sources. One peer commends Lyle-Smythe’s “outstanding commercial awareness”, citing her as “one of the strongest of a new generation of partners at Slaughter and May”.
Jordan Ellison is “an exceptional competition lawyer” who is endorsed by peers for his “formidable all-round practice”. He is “intellectually top class” and “involved in most leading EU merger and antitrust investigations”. 

Linklaters

This firm sees four highly regarded lawyers recognised here for their excellence in competition law.
Gerwin Van Gerven is a “top market player” who is “very well respected” among peers and clients alike. According to market commentators, he is “a star on mergers”.
Jonas Koponen is “just brilliant”, laud sources, who note he is “clearly at the top” of the competition space and add: “He is technically strong and great to work with.”
Bernd Meyring is a “very knowledgeable” lawyer whose expertise encompasses cartel investigations and merger control proceedings. One respondent says: “He is a master at both strategy and risk assessment."
Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke is widely recognised in the Belgian market for his extensive experience handling sophisticated antitrust and state aid matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Jean-François Bellis at Van Bael & Bellis is “very strong” in the competition space, where he enjoys a superb market reputation for his work on abuse of dominance and cartel cases.

Catriona Hatton at Baker Botts is a first-rate competition expert who is considered “extremely knowledgeable” when it comes to EU merger filings and merger control proceedings.

BonelliErede’s Massimo Merola ranks as a Global Elite Thought Leader in our state aid category, an area in which he possesses an international reputation as a leading name thanks to his decades of experience.

Hengeler Mueller’s Hans-Jörg Niemeyer ranks prominently in the state aid arena, standing out for his impressive handling of complex proceedings before various European tribunals.
Markus Röhrig is singled out as “one of the stars in Germany and Brussels” by impressed peers. They affirm he is “certainly one of the best” for competition matters, praising his “clear and hands-on approach”.

Jones Day’s Philipp Werner is recognised as “an intellectual and very knowledgeable lawyer” who is “excellent for state aid” matters, and earns credit for his “business-oriented approach”.

Ulrich Soltész at Gleiss Lutz is “a talented lawyer” with “a strong market presence in state aid work” say sources. They commend his “pragmatic and hands-on advice” as well as his “deep legal knowledge”.

Arnold & Porter’s Luc Gyselen is a “highly skilled” lawyer who is applauded for his “very useful experience at the European Commission”. Sources further commend his “strong practice in multinational mergers and Article 101 cases”.

At Clifford Chance, Thomas Vinje is renowned for his “strong tech practice”, with sources commenting he “is doing a lot of work with the high-tech space”. His practice encompasses abuse of dominance, cartel investigations and merger control matters.

Ingrid Vandenborre at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom stands out to our respondents as “a brilliant practitioner with a deep understanding of antitrust transactional and litigation matters”. She is further singled out for her “ability to get to the detail” of a case, as well as her “dedication and practical approach”.
Frederic Depoortere possesses “a wealth of practical knowledge” in the competition arena, where he is hailed for his “solution-oriented approach” when it comes to merger and dominance cases.

Allen & Overy’s Jürgen Schindler is described by sources as “highly experienced and well connected” in the competition space. He is “an excellent practical adviser” who is “really impressive, extremely knowledgeable” and “fast to get to the issues” of a case.

Marc Reysen at Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy is “very strong in dominance cases” say market commentators who add he is “very experienced” when it comes to handling EU and German competition law matters.

Sidley Austin’s Kristina Nordlander is lauded as a “brilliant and smart” lawyer who enjoys a strong reputation in the market for her work on competition regulation and investigations.
Stephen Kinsella OBE is “a very bright guy” say peers, who highlight his leading expertise in competition matters pertaining to the media and technology sectors.

Kyriakos Fountoukakos at Herbert Smith Freehills is “one of the most experienced and well-respected competition law professionals” in the Brussels market. He is recognised as “a big name” who stands out for his “in-depth expertise, thorough knowledge and strong business acumen”.

At Antitrust Law Schild, Annette Luise Schild is “a really top practitioner” effuse respondents, who praise her “strong practice, particularly in the manufacturing and process industries”.

Trevor Soames at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is managing partner of the Brussels office. He enjoys a stellar international reputation as a key name in the Brussels market, possessing profound knowledge of EU competition regulation, and is widely recognised in the market for his extensive experience dealing with cartel and merger cases.

 

London

Competition

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Claire Jeffs Slaughter and May, London 
2. Philippe Chappatte Slaughter and May, London 
3. Daniel Beard QC Monckton Chambers, London 
4. Nicole Kar  Linklaters LLP, London 
5. Nicholas Levy  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, London 
6. Bruce Kilpatrick  Addleshaw Goddard LLP, London 
7. Paula Riedel  Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London 
8. Deirdre Trapp Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London 
9. Bertrand Louveaux  Slaughter and May, London 
10. Simon Priddis  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London
11. Kim Dietzel Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London 
12. Jon Turner QC Monckton Chambers, London

Competition - State Aid

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Isabel Taylor Slaughter and May, London
2. George Peretz QC Monckton Chambers, London

Leading Firms

Slaughter and May

This Magic Circle firm has a renowned competition offering and sees 10 lawyers from its London office recognised in this edition.
Claire Jeffs is hailed as “a recognised leader in the field and one of the very top competition lawyers in London” by sources. She is “strong across all practice areas” and “combines first-class technical ability with superb client skills and commercial awareness”.
Philippe Chappatte leads the firm’s competition group and is celebrated by sources for his profound ability when it comes to merger control, behavioural cases and related litigation proceedings.
Bertrand Louveaux is a Global Elite Thought Leader in the competition space. His world-class practice runs the gamut of related matters from merger control to European Commission and CMA investigations.
Isabel Taylor comes “highly recommended” by market commentators who highlight her as “one of the top lawyers in London for state aid and regulatory matters”.
Jackie Holland has “a very high profile” in the London market where she stands out among peers for her exceptional work advising clients on complex competition regulation and compliance matters. 

Brick Court Chambers

A leading set at the UK Bar that sees 15 eminent barristers commended for their excellence in the competition arena.
Robert O’Donoghue QC is “a truly outstanding talent” say market sources who add he is “superb in court”. He enjoys a stellar reputation among peers as “an excellent communicator” who is “above all, superbly sharp”.
Mark Hoskins QC is “a very good advocate” who many respondents consider their “go-to counsel”. One source says, “Mark is excellent on abuse of dominance matters.”
Kelyn Bacon QC is “an outstanding barrister”, say impressed respondents who distinguish her as “very smart and great in oral hearings”.
Daniel Jowell QC is “a very bright, clear-thinking and strategic advocate” say market commentators, who applaud his “outstanding legal knowledge and impeccable client service”. One source adulates, “Daniel is absolutely first-class – in my opinion he is the leading competition litigation QC, and our first pick if we can get him for major cases.”
James Flynn QC is “top of the list” when it comes to competition-related matters, say respondents. He possesses considerable experience handling contentious matters at the intersection between competition and IP law.
David Bailey is a “very bright” advocate who is “known to have one of the sharpest minds and some of the most encyclopaedic knowledge among competition juniors”. 

Monckton Chambers

A top-tier set at the UK Bar that sees 12 barristers identified here for their expertise.
Global Elite Thought Leader Daniel Beard QC is “the best out there”, effuse sources who add he stands “head and shoulders above the rest”. They consider him a “clever and effective” advocate and praise his “amazing” work on matters such as damages actions and appeals.
Jon Turner QC sits among “the best of the Bar”, say sources who consider him “one of the very best advocates in the field”. He is “in high demand” for his profound ability in abuse of dominance and collusion cases.
George Peretz QC is a prominent figure for state aid work, where he stands out for his remarkable work advising public and private sector clients.
Josh Holmes QC is “a very skilled barrister” who sources “would certainly instruct”. He is credited with an “encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law”.
The “excellent” Anneli Howard is a well-established figure in the competition sphere who enjoys a strong reputation for her handling of complex matters involving both EU and UK regulations.
Meredith Pickford QC is a “favourite” among market commentators. He is “a top-flight competition QC” who excels when it comes to damages actions and regulatory appeals proceedings.
Kassie Smith QC is a “terrific and well-thought of” advocate who stands out for her work on complex competition damages actions, and for her “strong grasp of competition economics”.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

A global full-service outfit that sees 10 lawyers recognised here for their first-class work in competition law.
Simon Priddis is one of the foremost competition law experts in the London market. He receives high praise from sources who note he “really knows his stuff” when it comes to merger control and cartel investigations.
Deirdre Trapp is hailed by sources as “one of the leading lights of the antitrust bar”. Her expertise spans advisory and contentious matters across the UK and Europe.
Rod Carlton is a “terrific” lawyer who “finds pragmatic, commercial solutions” when advising on merger clearance and competition regulatory issues.
Alastair Chapman draws effusive praise from market sources who consider him “an invaluable sounding board for determining strategic and tactical approaches” to cases. They add he is “very quick to grasp the essential points at issue”.
James Aitken is held in high esteem by sources who say he is “as good as it gets” in the competition space. He is commended for his “exceptional knowledge and good judgement” when handling merger control and enforcement matters.
David Aitman is “an excellent antitrust lawyer” and an “all-time star” in the field. “He is outstanding,” compliment sources who praise “his ability to cut quickly to the heart of the issue”.

Linklaters

This Magic Circle firm sees four impressive lawyers recognised here.
Nicole Kar is one of the most prominent competition lawyers in the London market. She “has a particularly strong merger control practice”, say sources who commend her “sensible approach” to cases.
Simon Pritchard is a “standout” figure in the competition space where he is recognised by peers as “an excellent and extremely hardworking lawyer”.
Christopher Bellamy QC enjoys a strong international reputation for his work in the competition arena, which spans EU regulation, strategic advice and appeals proceedings.
Christian Ahlborn is looked upon with enormous favour by respondents who endorse him as “among the very best competition lawyers in Europe”, and add that he is “extremely pleasant to work with”. 

Other Leading Individuals

Nicholas Levy at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton “really stands out” in the UK market for his leading expertise in merger control proceedings, an area in which peers highlight him as “very impressive”.
Maurits Dolmans is rated as “an absolute star on European law” by sources who applaud his “exceptional work” in relation to technology and IP matters.
Paul Gilbert also gains recognition here for his impressive handling of EU and UK competition law matters.

Addleshaw Goddard’s Bruce Kilpatrick stands out as “a real thinker and intellectual” who is “a delight to work with” and is considered “an excellent strategist”. One peer notes, “Bruce is very bright and really understands his area of expertise.”

Paula Riedel at Kirkland & Ellis is well thought of among sources who applaud her sweeping knowledge of competition regulation, compliance and state aid law, and note she is “well liked by clients”.
Sarah Jordan is highlighted for her excellent work on merger-related competition matters by peers who regard her as “very calm and easy to work with”.

Kim Dietzel at Herbert Smith Freehills draws high praise from market commentators who consider her “a very pragmatic competition lawyer who is solution-focused and a pleasure to work with”.
Stephen Wisking is “a standout name” in the UK market, say sources who “really respect him” for his deep understanding of merger control, abuse of dominance matters and cartel investigations.

At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Andrew Hockley is complimented for the “pragmatic commercial advice” that he delivers to clients on abuse of dominance, mergers and cartel issues. One client effuses: “He is very bright and knows how to apply his intellect to suit our style.”

Ashurst’s Nigel Parr is an “excellent” competition expert, say peers who “highly rate” his leading expertise on dominance cases and investigations.

Samantha Mobley at Baker McKenzie is a well-recognised name in the European competition market where she is much respected for her expertise in merger control proceedings and cartel investigations.

Ali Nikpay at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is “a strong lawyer” who “is doing a great job” according to sources. His practice spans the gamut of antitrust and merger-related matters.

Cooley’s Becket McGrath is “very good for media work” say peers, one of whom considers him “a fantastic colleague with a very impressive practice”.

Pat Treacy at Bristows is “amazingly good” applaud peers who consider her “clearly one of the leading practitioners” in the competition market. According to one source, she is “one of the go-to competition counsel in Europe for IP and innovation-related matters”.

At Allen & Overy, Antonio Bavasso is “a very good practitioner” who “has to be on the list” according to peers who commend his work on merger and behavioural cases.

 

Rest of EMEA

Competition

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Gönenç Gürkaynak ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul 
2. David Mamane  Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Zurich 
3. Thorsten Mäger  Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
4. Ingo Brinker  Gleiss Lutz, Munich
5. Christof Swaak Stibbe, Amsterdam
6. Jolling de Pree  De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV, Amsterdam
7. Markus M Wirtz Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf
8. Alexander Birnstiel Noerr LLP, Munich
9. Dominique S Wagener Commeo LLP, Frankfurt am Main
10. Axel Reidlinger  Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna

Competition - State Aid

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Edurne Navarro Varona  Uría Menéndez, Madrid
2. Olivier Billard  Bredin Prat, Paris 
3. Jaime Folguera  Uría Menéndez, Madrid 

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

This international powerhouse sees 17 lawyers from across its regional offices highlighted in this edition.
Martin Klusmann is recognised as “a very good lawyer and an excellent litigator” who excels on significant cartel investigations across Germany and the rest of Europe.
Onno Brouwer is “strategically very good” praise sources, one of whom considers him “the best litigator before EU courts”. According to one peer, he has “so much experience, he can pull a rabbit out of a hat”.
Tobias Klose is a “go-to lawyer” in the German market, particularly when it comes to handling cartel investigations and merger control matters at national and European levels.
Winfred Knibbeler stands out as “the best for merger control” in the Netherlands, according to impressed peers. His leading expertise runs the gamut of competition matters from abuse of dominance cases to cartel investigations. 

Uría Menéndez

A leading Iberian law firm that sees eight lawyers from across its Spanish and Portuguese offices recognised here.
Edurne Navarro Varona is recognised as “one of Spain's leading competition lawyers and a highly respected name in Brussels” in our research this year. She is “thorough and intellectually strong” and focuses her practice on cartel matters, merger control and state aid.
Jaime Folguera leads the firm’s competition law practice and has over 25 years of experience in the field. He impresses market commentators with his exceptional work in the state aid arena as well as his skill in transactional mandates.
Patricia Vidal comes “highly recommended” by market sources who consider her an “impressive and confident” lawyer with “first-rate client skills”. They add, “She gives practical and usable advice in a timely manner.”
Alfonso Gutiérrez is an EU and Spanish competition law specialist who draws high praise for his skilful handling of dominance and Article 102 cases. 

Gleiss Lutz

This leading German firm sees six practitioners recognised in this edition.
“Highly recommended” Global Elite Thought Leader Ingo Brinker ranks as one of the pre-eminent figures in European competition law in our research this year. He is well acquainted with advising clients on a spectrum of related issues from merger control to compliance.
Petra Linsmeier receives considerable praise from respondents for her first-class practice, which includes cartel cases, vertical restrictions and compliance issues on a German and European level.
Ulrich Denzel is highlighted by peers as “an excellent lawyer” who has “top-class clients”. They add that Denzel is “a very experienced and committed colleague who seeks to find practical solutions” and is “a real pleasure to work with”.
Christian Steinle is celebrated as “an outstanding lawyer who is particularly strong in internal investigations”. One source says, “He is a great antitrust lawyer with great clarity on the subject.”

Bredin Prat

This prominent French firm sees six individuals listed this year.
Olivier Billard is lauded as “an outstanding lawyer” who is “very efficient” and possesses “great technical skills”. He is well versed in handling competition litigation and state aid matters.
Hugues Calvet is “one of the stars of the French competition market” where he enjoys a strong reputation for his expertise in cartels, dominance and related litigation.
Marie-Cécile Rameau is a top-notch litigator who impresses market commentators with her standout abilities before national and EU competition authorities.
Pierre Honoré is “an excellent lawyer” who is “much appreciated by his clients” say sources. One peer adds, “He is pleasant to work with and very effective.”

Hengeler Mueller

This German outfit receives four listings for its competition offering here.
Thorsten Mäger is praised as “the leading antitrust lawyer in Germany” and wins commendations from sources for the “hands-on advice” he provides to clients. One peer notes, “He is one of the best in the market and a great person to work with.”
Alf-Henrik Bischke enjoys a prominent profile in the competition market, where he is considered a go-to figure for transactional antitrust matters.
Christoph Stadler comes “highly recommended” by market sources who praise his expert handling of significant merger control proceedings.
Jan Bonhage draws praise from international peers for his excellent work advising clients on complex state aid and public law matters. 

Commeo

This competition law specialist sees four well-recognised lawyers highlighted here.
Dominique Wagener receives plaudits from peers across Europe and Latin America in our research this year who note she is “very pragmatic and always responsive”. One peer adds, “She is a pleasure to work with – as if we were part of the same law firm.”
Stephanie Pautke is highly thought of among respondents, one of whom notes, “She is my first choice in Germany for antitrust issues.” She is well versed in competition law and “very strong in vertical and distribution cases”.
Johanna Kübler is “an excellent lawyer”, say sources who applaud her “ability to provide specific and practical advice, look into the details and meet deadlines, even in cases of high urgency”.
Jörg-Martin Schultze is “the best to go to” for competition issues adulate respondents, crediting him with “top advice” and a “hands-on, business-minded” approach. 

Other Leading Individuals

Austria

At Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte, Axel Reidlinger is “highly recommended” by sources who consider him “a very seasoned and experienced lawyer” with “an excellent network across Austria and the Baltics”.

Günter Bauer at Wolf Theiss is a “highly effective” competition lawyer. He is endorsed by widespread peers who say it is “a pleasure to work with him”, adding: “He is always available and has a strong team.”

Volker Weiss at Schoenherr Attorneys at Law enjoys a stellar reputation among peers for his work on high-profile transactions. He is regarded as “an excellent competition lawyer with deep economic understanding”. 

Czech Republic

At Havel & Partners, Robert Neruda is a must for inclusion, say peers who “really like working with him”. He is applauded for his “knowledge of the relevant local peculiarities”.

Denmark

Gorrissen Federspiel’s Martin André Dittmer is “strongly recommended” by market sources who note he is “excellent with merger filings” and consider him “one of the best in competition law in Denmark”.

Finland

At Roschier, Christian Wik is “certainly a senior statesman of competition law in Finland” according to sources. He is known for his vast experience advising on merger filings, dominance claims and cartel investigations.

Germany

At Glade Michel Wirtz, Markus Wirtz is “a top lawyer” recognised for his “very commercial and responsive” approach to competition matters including cartel investigations across a range of industries.

Alexander Birnstiel at Noerr has “an excellent reputation” in the German market where he is renowned for his impressive work on abuse cases, merger control and state aid matters.
Sebastian Janka is a “goal-oriented and efficient” practitioner who stands out among peers for his “pragmatism, quick understanding and focus on the relevant aspects” of a case.

Marc Besen at Clifford Chance is “a very experienced and committed lawyer who seeks to find practical solutions”, says one impressed peer. Another interviewee adds, “He is very visible, widely known and respected” in the market for his expertise, most notably on merger-related matters.

Osborne Clarke’s Thomas Funke is “a great lawyer” who comes highly recommended by peers, one of whom notes, “He is one of our biggest competitors in the competition litigation space.”

Italy

BonelliErede’s Claudio Tesauro is a top name in the Italian competition market who focuses his excellent practice on restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance claims.

Netherlands

Stibbe’s Christof Swaak is held in high esteem by market commentators who consider him “a specialist in cartels” matters. He leads the firm’s competition and regulation practice and stands out for his considerable experience in the field.
Rein Wesseling is recommended as “an extremely talented and well-versed competition lawyer” who is known for his “excellent” work handling cartel investigations, dominance cases and state aid law.

Jolling de Pree of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is “a very knowledgeable and seasoned adviser” praise peers, who also note that he is “commercially very sharp” and “a leader in damages cases”.
Bart de Rijke is well regarded among sources, one of whom effuses: “He is a lawyer with profound knowledge of competition law.”

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Onno Brouwer is “strategically very good” when it comes to complex competition matters, with sources adding that he is “among the best litigators before the EU courts”.

Houthoff’s Weijer VerLoren van Themaat is well recognised in the Dutch competition market, where sources note that he is “strong in healthcare matters”.

Poland

At WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr, Aleksander Stawicki is “a very experienced competition lawyer” and “a mainstay of the Polish antitrust bar”. He is lauded by sources as “the go-to competition lawyer in Poland”, particularly for merger control matters.

Krzysztof Kanton at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak stands out as “an extremely responsive and pragmatic lawyer” who is well acquainted with handling complex merger cases. 

Russia

At ALRUD Law Firm, German Zakharov is singled out as a “go-to Russian counsel” who “does a lot of work for multinationals”. He has “a fantastic command of antitrust issues” and is praised as “one of the best merger control specialists in Russia”.
Co-founder Vassily Rudomino impresses market sources with his profound ability when it comes to advising on merger clearance and antimonopoly proceedings.

South Africa

At Bowmans, Derek Lötter is “a very prominent practitioner” in the South African market who sources consider “the first go-to person” for sophisticated competition and regulatory issues.

Spain

Pedro Callol at Callol Coca & Asociados is a leading figure in the Spanish market who is endorsed for his extensive experience advising on damages claims, merger control and antitrust litigation.

Andrew Ward at Cuatrecasas is “a proactive, intelligent and client-friendly lawyer” who is deemed “the go-to counsel in Spain”. Sources note he is “very pleasant to work with and gets the job done”.
Cani Fernández draws high praise from peers who “really respect her” for her considerable experience in cartel cases and abuse of dominance proceedings across a wide array of sectors.

Sweden

At Roschier Advokatbyrå, Kristian Hugmark is “a very smart and hardworking lawyer” known for his “in-depth knowledge and extremely practical advice”. He is “a standout in the market” who has the “ability to see a matter from all different angles”. 

Switzerland

Global Elite Thought Leader David Mamane at Schellenberg Wittmer possesses “excellent expertise in all competition matters” say peers. He is recommended as “one of the most prominent lawyers in his jurisdiction”, and “second to none in Switzerland”.

Homburger’s Marcel Dietrich is a “very experienced competition lawyer” known for the depth of his expertise when it comes to merger control and antitrust litigation.
Franz Hoffet is a leading figure in the Swiss competition market where he is renowned among peers for his excellent work on merger control and compliance matters.

At Lenz & Staehelin, Marcel Meinhardt is “clearly an expert in antitrust law” praise respondents who note he “provides advice which not only considers the legal side but also the business side of the issue”.

Turkey

Gönenç Gürkaynak at ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is an “outstanding” competition lawyer recognised for his “excellent network and fantastic know-how”. He continues to be widely considered a pre-eminent practitioner in the region.

Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko’s Vladimir Sayenko “is an authority when it comes to competition law in Ukraine” comment sources. His expertise spans an array of competition matters, including transactional mandates.

Igor Svechkar at Asters is “truly impressive”, opine sources, who consider him “the gold standard for Ukrainian antitrust matters”. He possesses “impressive knowledge of the local practical aspects of enforcement practices”. 

 

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Christine A Varney Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York 
2. Ilene Knable Gotts Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York 
3. Thomas O Barnett  Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC 
4. Jason Gudofsky  McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto 
5. Brian A Facey  Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
6. Jeremy J Calsyn  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Washington, DC 
7. Subrata Bhattacharjee  Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto 
8. Deborah A Garza  Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC 
9. John Taladay  Baker Botts LLP, Washington, DC 
10. Paul Yde  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington, DC
11. Kevin J Arquit  Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, New York 
12. David I Gelfand  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Washington, DC

Leading Firms

Latham & Watkins

This full-service powerhouse sees 13 lawyers recognised for their excellence in the competition space.
Daniel Wall receives widespread plaudits from international peers in our research this year. He impresses with his profound ability when it comes to merger reviews, conduct investigations and antitrust litigation.
Managing partner of the DC office Michael Egge is a widely recognised figure in the US market, where he stands out for his expert handling of FTC and DOJ antitrust investigations.
Amanda Reeves draws high praise from peers who consider her “very smart, dynamic and experienced”. Her expertise spans antitrust matters industries including life sciences and technology.
Niall Lynch is held in high regard by market commentators who consider him “a cartels expert” who “certainly belongs on the list”.
Elizabeth Prewitt comes “highly recommended” by respondents for her “excellent” work when it comes to handling complex cartel investigations and related litigation.
Margaret Zwisler possesses over 40 years of experience in the antitrust arena, where she enjoys a stellar reputation for her work in complex litigation proceedings.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

This full-service firm sees 11 leading competition lawyers recognised here.
Gary Spratling is a long-standing fixture and a guru in the US antitrust market who continues to be lauded for his pioneering work in the cartel space.
The “excellent” Scott Hammond co-chairs the firm’s antitrust and competition practice group and is well known among peers for his impressive work relating to cartel enforcement and related investigations.
Daniel Swanson is a highly respected name in the US market who is recognised for his “superb” work when it comes to unilateral conduct cases and cartel investigations.
Richard Parker is “a great lawyer” who commands respect among market commentators for his expansive knowledge of antitrust regulation as well as his work in complex litigation proceedings.
Jarrett Arp is highly sought after by market sources, one of whom notes he is “an excellent competition law practitioner who is highly recommended”. 

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

International firm that achieves seven listings across its North American offices.
Jeremy Calsyn is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the antitrust field, thanks in particular to his exceptional expertise in criminal investigations and cartel-related matters.
David Gelfand is “a spectacular lawyer” who respondents describe as “a force of nature” in the antitrust world. One peer enthuses, “I can’t say enough positive things about him.”
Leah Brannon is a “really excellent” antitrust lawyer who stands out in the market for her leading work in relation to merger review, government investigations and related litigation.
Mark Leddy has considerable experience practising in the antitrust arena, and is applauded for his deep knowledge of US and European competition law and regulation. 

Covington & Burling

This firm has a top-tier competition practice from which five lawyers are highlighted here.
Thomas Barnett is an “outstanding” lawyer who remains one of the very best in the USA, according to our research. He is highly respected for his leading work on antitrust litigation, transactions and investigations.
Deborah Garza is one of the foremost antitrust experts in the US market, garnering recommendations from across the globe this year. She is singled out for her exceptional work handling cartel investigations, competition regulation and related litigation. 

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

We recognise six lawyers from this firm who impress with their outstanding expertise in the space.
Scott Sher enjoys a strong international reputation for his excellence in the competition space spanning M&A matters, investigations and antitrust regulation.
Mark Rosman continues to impress market sources with his deep expertise in a broad range of competition-related matters. He is highlighted as “a fantastic cartel lawyer” by interviewees.
Susan Creighton is “a very smart lawyer” who wins commendations for her “excellent” work on government investigations, merger review proceedings and related litigation. 

Blake Cassels & Graydon

This top-tier Canadian firm performs well here with five lawyers listed.
Brian Facey is “a top lawyer” in the Canadian competition market, who is known for his extensive skill set when it comes to handling high-profile merger cases.
Robert Kwinter is described by peers as “a highly experienced and creative lawyer” and a “strong academic”, who is well known for his work on “large international cases” in the competition sphere.
Julie Soloway is “an excellent lawyer” who focuses her practice on competition matters relating to high-stakes corporate transactions.

McCarthy Tétrault

This leading Canadian outfit sees five lawyers highlighted here.
Jason Gudofsky is “an excellent lawyer” who stands out as one of the most prominent competition lawyers in the region. He is “very knowledgeable” in the area and is commended for his “responsive, solution-oriented approach”.
Oliver Borgers “is practical in his approach and able to anticipate potential responses from government agencies”, comment sources. He is esteemed for his “deep practical and legal knowledge of the processes around the foreign investment act in Canada”.
Deborah Salzberger is a “great, thorough and smart lawyer” who is known for her “expertise in competition compliance matters” as well as her “strong insight into authorities’ approaches and interpretations”. 

Other Leading Individuals

Canada

Subrata Bhattacharjee at Borden Ladner Gervais is “a very impressive lawyer” who according to peers, “is indeed a thought leader at the Canadian Bar”.

At Torys, Omar Wakil is a "really great lawyer" who sources "would certainly rate" for his superb understanding of Competition Act matters and merger review.

USA

Christine Varney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore ranks as the most prominent competition lawyer in the region in this year’s research. She is a pre-eminent figure among peers who is respected for her leading work on transactions, investigations and behavioural matters as well as her superb agency experience.
“Top lawyer” Evan Chesler is a well-established name in the US competition space. His first-class practice encompasses antitrust litigation and investigations and he regularly appears in some of the most important cases in the field.

Ilene Knable Gotts at Wachtell, Lipton Rosen & Katz is “one of the leading names in merger law” acclaim sources who consider her “a top litigator” in the market.

At Baker Botts, John Taladay is a much-respected figure in the US market, where he enjoys a leading reputation for his work on cartel investigations and antitrust litigation proceedings.

Paul Yde at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is an “outstanding” lawyer who possesses considerable experience representing clients before the FTC and DOJ in competition-related matters.

"Excellent lawyer" Kevin Arquit at Kasowitz Benson Torres continues to be regarded as one of the foremost names in New York and nationwide. He uses his exceptional agency background to great effect.

At Davis Polk & Wardwell, Arthur Burke is “always great”, compliment respondents, who commend his work on M&A-related antitrust matters and litigation proceedings across sectors including telecoms, media and financial services.
Christopher Hockett is “definitely a significant name in the area” say sources. He has over 30 years of experience advising clients on antitrust investigations and unfair competition claims.

John Harkrider at Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider co-chairs the firm’s antitrust group and is highlighted for his particular expertise when it comes to merger proceedings and FTC investigations.

Morrison & Foerster’s Roxann Henry is recognised among peers for her first-class competition law practice, which spans a wide array of related contentious matters.

 

Asia-Pacific

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Janet Hui JunHe LLP, Beijing
2. Elizabeth Avery  Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
3. Daren Shiau  Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore 
4. Luke Woodward  Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney 
5. Youngjin Jung  Kim & Chang, Seoul 
6. Michael Han  Fangda Partners, Beijing 
7. Kenji Ito  Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo

Leading Firms

Kim & Chang

A leading Korean law firm that sees 12 lawyers recognised here.
Youngjin Jung is “a top cartel defence practitioner” who possesses “great insight into, and a strong relationship with, the KFTC”. One source remarks, “He is very creative and has very good knowledge and experience in antitrust issues.”
Jung-Won Hyun is cited as “the go-to person for merger filings at Kim & Chang” by impressed respondents who add she is “one of Korea’s foremost experts on merger review”. She stands out among peers for her “practical guidance” and “clear analysis”.
Sung Joo Yoon is recognised for his “good knowledge and experience” in the competition space, where he is well acquainted with dominance cases and cartel investigations.
Jay Ahn draws high praise from sources who note he is “very dedicated to the client”, one of whom effuses, “He really fought for us and has amazing technical skills.”
Jae Hyung Ban is singled out for his “deep subject matter knowledge of competition law and the ability to apply it to complex business settings”. According to peers, he provides “close and timely support for clients” and takes a “strategic approach for a practical resolution”.
Gene Oh Kim is “amazing on the details” and has “impressive technical skills” observe sources who add they are “impressed by his depth of knowledge”. 

Gilbert + Tobin

A top-tier Australian outfit that sees five outstanding lawyers highlighted in this edition.
Elizabeth Avery stands out as one of the foremost competition law experts in the region. She is “a very smart and well-experienced lawyer” who is applauded for her exceptional knowledge of competition regulation, litigation and merger clearance proceedings.
Luke Woodward is recognised as “smart, experienced and a strong strategic thinker” by market respondents. One client effuses: “I’ve been impressed with his ability to bring to bear years of relevant experience and advise us on strategies that allow us to approach our matter with confidence.”
Gina Cass-Gottlieb wins widespread international praise from peers who consider her a top name in the Australian market for merger clearance matters and related disputes.
Paula Gilardoni is a “responsive and articulate” lawyer who is “fantastic with dealing with regulatory issues and has knowledge that provides fantastic insights into current issues".
Peter Waters gains recognition for his first-rate work on complex competition matters relating to the technology and telecoms sectors.

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

A prominent Japanese law firm that performs well this year with seven lawyers listed.
Etsuko Hara is a first-class competition lawyer who is highly rated among peers for her profound ability when it comes to international cartel investigations and complex merger filings.
Yusuke Nakano is “a great lawyer” who is well thought of among peers for his strong expertise in monopolisation cases and cartel-related matters.
Shigeyoshi Ezaki is a well-recognised name in the Japanese market, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his sweeping knowledge of competition and trade regulation. 

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

A firm that enjoys a leading presence in the Indian market and sees five individuals identified here.
Pallavi Shroff is a standout in the market who wins plaudits from sources across Asia, Europe and North America for her exceptional skill and experience in competition matters. Her world-class expertise spans competition policy and high-profile disputes.
Naval Satarawala is “a passionate and driven lawyer” according to sources, one of whom notes, “His ability to think out of the box is a critical strength and has allowed him to render great results for his clients.”
Shweta Shroff Chopra is “great in merger control” say sources who highlight her “enviable track record” in the competition space. According to respondents, “She has fantastic domain knowledge and displays great leadership and ownership in matters that she handles.”

JunHe

Top-tier Chinese law firm that receives five listings this year.
Janet Hui is a pre-eminent figure in the global competition market and the top name in Asia-Pacific in this year’s research. She is “very knowledgeable in this area”, comment sources who appreciate her “client-focused” approach.
Yingling Wei “knows Chinese competition law very well” endorse sources who commend the first-rate counsel she delivers to clients on dominance issues and merger filings. 

Clayton Utz

A well-established Australian firm that receives four listings here.
Linda Evans is a highly esteemed lawyer in the Australian market who impresses sources with her expert knowledge of competition regulation and market access issues.
Kirsten Webb “quickly understands the business and the issues” effuses one client who adds, “She relates well at all levels of the business and works seamlessly with the in-house team.” One source remarks, “I have always found her to be first rate in terms of knowledge, responsiveness and commerciality.”

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

Ashurst’s Peter Armitage is a “highly experienced and knowledgeable” practitioner who is much sought after for his considerable expertise in merger clearance proceedings and related investigations.

Sharon Henrick at King & Wood Mallesons is “a well-regarded practitioner” who stands out among peers for her “strong experience and client skills” as well as her “good judgement”.

China

At Fangda Partners, Michael Han is “extremely experienced with Chinese regulators and very knowledgeable”, applaud sources. He is celebrated as “a strategic thinker” who is “one of the best competition lawyers in China”.

Susan Ning at King & Wood Mallesons is a “very well-established” name in the Chinese market who stands out as a “top practitioner in the field”. Her practice encompasses antitrust compliance, investigations and merger filings.

Ninette Dodoo at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is “a bright lawyer who always has many ideas to resolve antitrust issues, especially in relation to the Chinese competition law”. Sources add, “She is the person to go to if there is any Chinese competition law question.”
Nicholas French is “a very impressive competition law practitioner” who possesses “a depth of expertise and experience on which to draw”. One client notes, “He is very thoughtful and calm, and inspires confidence in his judgement.”

John Yong Ren at T&D Associates has “a very good reputation” among peers and clients who consider him “one of the top antitrust lawyers in China”.

Hong Kong

At Slaughter and May, Natalie Yeung is endorsed as “one of the top competition lawyers in Hong Kong”. She is “a recognised industry leader with first-class technical skills and excellent commercial awareness”.

India

At Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Avaantika Kakkar is distinguished by market sources as a “very responsive and very commercial” competition lawyer who stands out for her “strategic and practical” approach. One peer comments, “I always enjoy working with Avaantika.”

Samir Gandhi at AZB & Partners is “a star performer” in the competition market who stands out for his “profound understanding of the law”. He is recognised as “a trusted adviser to clients” who “provides clear and commercial advice”.

Japan

Kenji Ito at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is “very well known” in the Japanese market where he ranks as a leading figure for competition law matters, particularly when it comes to merger clearance and cartel investigations.
Hideki Utsunomiya is recognised by market commentators as “a go-to in Japan” for antitrust matters. He is “a very smart lawyer” with “a solution-oriented approach to complex legal problems.”

At Ikeda & Someya, Tsuyoshi Ikeda is singled out as “a leading practitioner in Japan” who is celebrated for his “practical approach” to merger filings and cartel investigations.

Singapore

Daren Shiau at Allen & Gledhill is “really well known” in the region for his broad expertise in the antitrust arena which spans merger control, cartel investigations and disputes.

At Rajah & Tann Singapore, Kala Anandarajah leads the firm’s competition and antitrust practice. She enjoys a strong international reputation for her impressive work on cartel investigations, dominance cases, dawn raids and merger notifications.

 

Latin America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Barbara Rosenberg BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo
2. Miguel del Pino Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
3. Marcelo Calliari TozziniFreire Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Individuals

Argentina

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal’s Miguel del Pino is “a hugely respected industry leader in Argentina” effuse sources, who consider him “excellent to work with and a real team player”.
Alfredo O’Farrell is recognised as a “highly experienced and strategic” lawyer and “the elder statesman for all antitrust matters in Argentina and beyond”.

Julián Peña at Allende & Brea is highly rated by sourced who admire his “reliability, availability and strong advice” when it comes to complex merger control proceedings.

Brazil

At BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, Barbara Rosenberg is pinpointed by sources as “the best” in the Brazilian market and a pre-eminent figure in the competition arena. She is lauded as an “excellent strategist” who possesses “very rich experience”, particularly in high-profile merger review cases.

Marcelo Calliari at TozziniFreire Advogados has “loads of experience” in competition law, applaud sources who consider him “a great reference in the country”. One respondent comments, “I always speak to him when I have an issue in Brazil.”

At Levy & Salomão Advogados, Ana Paula Martinez is a “well-established leader” in the Brazilian competition market, where she is commended for her “super-responsive” approach. One peer enthuses, “She knows exactly where the issue is.”
Mariana Tavares de Araujo is highly sought after by clients who say, “Her advice is always very to-the-point and accurate.” One peer effuses: “I have never had a better experience with an antitrust co-counsel.”

Leonor Cordovil at Grinberg e Cordovil Advogados ranks “among the best in Brazil” according to sources who praise her “strong academic background” and “great ability to solve high-profile cases”.
Mauro Grinberg is a long-standing player in the Brazilian competition space. His expertise runs the gamut of antitrust matters from complex litigation to merger control proceedings.

Tito Amaral de Andrade at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is recognised as a “go-to lawyer in Brazil” for antitrust matters, including merger cases and investigations.

Chile

Carey’s Lorena Pavic is “a leader in the field”, say sources. “She is one of the most recognised lawyers in antitrust,” commend peers who consider her “knowledgeable, strategic and efficient”.

Colombia

At Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Diego Cardona stands out as leading name in the Colombian competition space. He wins high praise from sources one of whom says, “Diego's assessment of antitrust cases is serious and definitely worth your attention.”
Founding partner Martín Carrizosa has a strong profile in the competition arena where he is well acquainted with handling merger-related issues.

Mexico

Omar Guerrero Rodríguez at Hogan Lovells is a “very strong and efficient” antitrust lawyer who draws high praise for his “excellent” work on cartel investigations, merger proceedings and related litigation.

At Basham Ringe y Correa, Amilcar Peredo Rivera receives plaudits from international peers, and is known for his expansive knowledge of antitrust investigations, compliance matters and competition economics.

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