Competition 2019: Future Leaders - Lawyers

In this edition, WWL presents the future leaders of international competition practice. This year, 288 partners and 250 non-partners aged 45 and under at the end of 2019 are selected. They have proven their excellence in a wide range of behavioural and civil competition matters, acting for clients in a huge spectrum of sectors.

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.
 

Europe - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Kerry O'Connell Slaughter and May, Brussels
2. Sascha Dethof  Fieldfisher, Düsseldorf
3. Andrea Hamilton  McDermott Will & Emery, Brussels
4. Thomas Wilson  Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London
5. Max Klasse  Blomstein, Berlin
6. Yelena Trifounovitch  Bredin Prat, Paris
7. Patrick Bock  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

This international full-service firm demonstrates the strength of its competition practitioners, with four listings in the partners category.
Katrin Gaßner is praised as “a very good lawyer” with “a lot of experience and is very active”. She specialises in merger clearance, including Phase II matters, as well as competition compliance.
Michele Davis is a favourite among clients, who laud her “ability to think creatively, and to articulate her view in a short, clear way that non-lawyers can understand”. She also manages to “remain energised even when there are setbacks”.
Nicholas Frey is “rated highly” by peers who describe him as "one of the best in the business when it comes to running high-profile multi-jurisdictional cases.” One source comments: “Nicholas continues to work on some of the defining cartel cases of recent years, and is at the forefront of developing case strategy in such matters.”
Deba Das attracts acclaim as “an absolutely excellent all-round practitioner”. Clients single out “his excellent knowledge of law and procedure, his dedication to his work, and the fact that he is extremely collegial and lovely to work with”.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

This renowned commercial firm achieves highly this year, with five listings for its Europe-based partners.
The “absolutely brilliant” Richard Pepper comes highly recommended for merger control matters this year, with peers describing his work in this area as “extremely thorough, with a pro-business approach”.
David Little is singled out for his “incredible knowledge of the competition landscape, particularly in highly challenging and sophisticated cases”, while clients are impressed by his “interesting and creative ways of thinking”. He is experienced in cartel, restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance cases.
Frédéric de Bure draws acclaim as “a rising star” of international competition practice. Peers describe him as “a clever, quick on his feet young partner”. His practice focuses on French and EU competition law, including merger control and cartel investigations.

Baker McKenzie

This standout global firm performs impressively in our research, with eight of its partners listed.
Nicolas Kredel is praised as "an outstanding lawyer" by respondents, who effuse that they are "impressed by his consistent demand for quality and attention to detail".
Respondents impart that Christian Burholt is “an outstanding name in the field” who is “known for his pharma law expertise” and his experience in the broader life sciences field.
Alberto Escudero is a “very accessible” lawyer who impresses clients by being “thoughtful but also sharp when needed” and “client-focused with great expertise” in competition matters.
Francesca Richmond is “a really impressive and sensible practitioner” whose practice encompasses UK and EU competition litigation and regulatory matters.

Latham & Watkins

This esteemed firm achieves three listings in our research this year.
Jonathan Parker is an esteemed competition specialist is exalted as “a leading practitioner in UK and EU merger control”, earning plaudits for his “clear, reliable and pragmatic advice”.
Adrien Giraud is highlighted for his “very strong track record in the telecom industry”. Clients appreciate his “commitment, client-oriented approach and knowledge of our industry”.
The “excellent” Sebastian Max Hauser “keeps calm in stressful situations and finds solutions extremely fast”, and is “always three steps ahead”according to sources. He has significant experience representing clients in cartel investigations and merger control matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Austria

Anna Katharina Wolf-Posch at Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati wields “significant expertise in merger control and cartels cases, with an impressive focus on digital markets and compliance”, according to sources. Peers also laud her “very thorough, encyclopaedic knowledge of the law”.

Belgium

Andrea Hamilton of McDermott Will & Emery is one of the top names in the field under 45 according to our research, earning praise for her “tremendous subject-matter expertise, terrific organisation skills” and ability to “work incredibly well with in-house counsel and client personnel to develop convincing and winning arguments”.

Annamaria Mangiaracina with Linklaters is considered “a rising star on both the Brussels and Italian antitrust scene”. Market commentators impart that she “is a sought-after partner by associates as she is known for her ability to lead teams".

Patrick Bock at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is lauded by market commentators in Europe, North America and Asia as “a very smart lawyer, who is good with regulator relations” and provides “good advice to clients”. He is experienced in merger control proceedings before European and US regulators.

England

The “outstanding” Thomas Wilson at Kirkland & Ellis is lauded as “the go to-person with questions on cross-border mergers". Sources stress his “very sharp and hard-working” approach, and that he is “a pleasure to work with”.

James Webber at Shearman & Sterling is lauded by clients for his "towering intellect and exceptional enthusiasm". One source effuses that he is "excellent, very on the ball, good with clients, and no-nonsense." His practice covers an array of state aid, litigation, behavioural and merger control matters.

Rona Bar-Isaac with Addleshaw Goddard is “a great practitioner” with “a very strong reputation in healthcare”. She is experienced in merger control market investigations and abuse of power matters.

The "very switched-on and smart” Kerry O'Connell at Slaughter and May is “excellent and very easy to work with”, comment respondents. Her broad practice covers merger, state aid and regulatory matters.

France

The “excellent” Yelena Trifounovitch of Bredin Prat "is really impressive, having handled an exceptionally rare number of landmark cases in all fields of antitrust law", report interviewees. Her practice encompasses both advisory and litigious competition work in sectors including telecoms and broadcasting.

Germany

Fieldfisher’s Sascha Dethof “is a star performer” who comes “highly recommended” by peers across Europe and South America this year. He is well versed in the full spectrum of German and EU competition law.

The “excellent” Max Klasse of Blomstein is “an outstanding competition lawyer” and wins extensive recommendations from peers across Europe and South America for his competition expertise. He is described as “an absolute expert with a focus on state aid", and is considered “a top choice for digital topics”.

Italy

Lucio D'Amario of Linklaters is celebrated for his “very busy merger control and behavioural practice". He is “very knowledgeable in both EU and Italian competition law” and has over 20 years of experience in all EU competition matters.

 

Europe - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel J Zimmer  Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Angeline Woods  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
3. Sibel Yilmaz  Linklaters LLP, Brussels
4. Michael Mayr  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Cologne
5. Leonardo Armati  BonelliErede, Brussels

Leading Firms

Linklaters

This distinguished commercial titan dominates the field this year, with 19 listings in total for its non-partners in the competition space.
Sibel Yilmaz performed exceptionally in this year’s research, with peers describing her as "a brilliant and promising lawyer, who is highly recommended for complex merger work". One source effuses that “she is an exceptional talent”, and that “clients love her and she achieves great results for them”.
Erik Venot wins acclaim as a “very experienced practitioner” with “excellent grasp of details”. He is recognised for representing major corporates in merger control and antitrust proceedings before the European Commission and in global transactions.
Maikel Van Wissen impresses peers as "one of the most creative players in the field; if you need an out of the box-solution he's the guy you want". His practice encompasses transactional and contentious competition matters, including merger control reviews.
Ingo Klauß distinguishes himself as “a great antitrust lawyer who works hard and provides fantastic client service" and is regarded as a “top performer” in the market. Sources highlight his “full portfolio of expertise, from cartel to abuse of dominance work”.
One peer effuses that Isabel Rooms is "one of the most talented competition lawyers I have worked with”. Sources add that she has “very strong global merger clearance expertise and is equally experienced in running complex antitrust investigations”. Rooms is recognised as being “highly pragmatic and commercial, with particular expertise in pharmaceuticals”.
Meredith Brooks performs strongly in this year’s research with sources imparting that she is "highly experienced, and has particularly strong UK merger clearance expertise".
Agata Zawłocka-Turno is “a great competition lawyer” and one of Poland’s top up-and-coming names in the field. She draws recommendations from peers for her agency experience at the Polish Competition Authority.
Evgeniya Rakhmanina is “well known for securing complex merger clearances before the Federal Antimonopoly Service", report interviewees. She is described as “extremely hard-working and very experienced with the ins and outs of the Russian system”, while also being “very smart, with a very good grasp of antitrust-related considerations in M&A deals”.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

This group demonstrates outstanding strength in depth at the non-partner level, with an unmatched 27 names recognised this year across Europe.
Angeline Woods is very strong in merger control, with particular sector expertise in telecoms”, comment interviewees. She is “highly appreciated by clients”, and exercises “excellent judgement and technical brilliance".
François Gordon is described as “an outstanding competition lawyer, with a very keen understanding of his clients’ business issues”. Peers comment further on his “excellent skills in the energy sector and “great experience in merger control”.
Paul van den Berg is a “specialist in merger control cases who brings every case to a good end.” He offers clients “in-depth understanding of economic issues”.
The “highly knowledgeable” Ermelinda Spinelli in Milan “has extensive experience in competition law and adopts a pragmatic approach to reaching solutions”, say sources.

Hogan Lovells

Demonstrates its depth of competition expertise among its non-partners with six listings.
Gianni De Stefano is “a model of cooperation among professionals” who is recognised for the excellence of his competition work by market commentators from Europe and Asia. He is lauded as a "great lawyer, who is enthusiastic and passionate ", and is also described as "sharp and well versed on EU competition law issues".
Christian Ritz is held up as "one of the promising associates of his generation". Sources praise his “profound economic understanding which benefits not only our cooperation with him but also – first and foremost – his clients”. Clients, meanwhile, effuse that he is “a very calm and humble character" who “should become a leading expert in competition law in the foreseeable future".
Sources report that Clemens Ziegler has "great expertise in energy law, and particularly in state aid law". He is described as "diligent, dedicated and responsive, and possessing great integrity”, while remaining "calm under pressure”. He also brings “notable experience in German competition law matters".

Other Leading Individuals

Austria

The “talented” Franz Stenitzer at Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte is highly regarded by respondents, who highlight him asa hard worker and very clever”. He specialises in a variety of EU antitrust matters, including merger control and cartel issues.

Belgium

Leonardo Armati of BonelliErede is “a pleasure to work with”, and receives extensive recommendations from peers across Europe, Asia and North America. His practice focuses on multi-jurisdictional antitrust and state aid matters involving EU law.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Foad Hoseinian is "one of the best" practitioners in the market this year. Peers laud him as “extremely bright”, and highlight his particular experience in EU litigation at the General Court and the Court of Justice.

Tomas Nilsson at Latham & Watkins is a “very switched-on" lawyer who advises clients on EU and Swedish competition law, including merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel matters. One peer calls Nilsson “The best opposing counsel one can wish for: bright, pragmatic and quick on his feet.”
One client effuses that Alessio Aresu hasthorough knowledge of the subject, and an ability to provide expert advice and guide us through complex transactions in a seamless way”. He also brings “creative problem-solving capabilities” to cases, and a "hard-working and very responsive" approach.

England

Tim Blanchard at Slaughter and May achieves praise from market commentators across Europe as a “very responsive and easy to deal with” lawyer. He is highlighted for his experience with competition litigation and regulatory matters.

Étienne Renaudeau of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett distinguishes himself as “a great name in the market and someone who is very active”. Peers describe him as “a very efficient, high-quality” practitioner with “particular expertise in financial services, having worked on the European Commission credit default swaps investigation".

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Timothy McIver is "a great lawyer" who is “responsive and clear, with good private equity experience”. He specialises in EU and UK competition law, including multi-jurisdictional merger matters and behavioural investigations.

Clients of Michael Engel at Sullivan & Cromwell are “most impressed by his very broad and well-rounded competition law expertise and his impressive diplomatic skills”. He is described as “clearly a standout; a sharp-minded competition lawyer who consistently demonstrates excellent thinking" and as a “great pleasure to work with”.

Germany

Michael Mayr at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is one of Germany’s leading names in the future leaders category, credited for his“very strong knowledge of merger control proceedings in the EU as well as around the world".

"Top-notch lawyer" Daniel Zimmer of Hengeler Mueller emerges as one of the world’s brightest up-and-coming stars in competition law. He is called “a key player in the German antitrust market and the energy sector”, with sources adding that he is “very experienced and knowledgeable”, and a “gifted litigator".

Peers impart that Stefanie Budde is “a clear recommendation and someone you want in your team". Her excellent competition practice focuses on merger control matters, , abuse of dominance matters and cartel investigations.

The “fantastic” Andrea Pomana with Debevoise & Plimpton is praised extensively by peers as “a superb lawyer, who is smart, sharp and always to the point”. She is singled out for her “vast expertise in global transactions, antitrust and compliance investigations and stress that “she is a really trusted source of advice”.

Commeo’s Isabel Oest comes “highly recommended" by market commentators for her "strong analytical skills and very practical knowledge of all fields of competition law".

Spain

Tomás Arranz at Uría Menéndez is “a real rising star” and “someone who will be a great partner in the future". He is experienced in advising on compliance programmes and multi-jurisdictional merger filings among other matters.

Switzerland

The "highly recommended" Andreas Burger at Homburger is an "independent thinker with very good analytical skills and a pragmatic approach". He has notable experience in the competition elements of public law.

 

North America - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Margaret Segall D'Amico  Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York
2. Andrea Agathoklis Murino Goodwin, Washington, DC
3. Leigh Oliver  Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, DC
4. Joseph J Matelis  Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Washington, DC
5. Amanda Wait  Norton Rose Fulbright, Washington, DC
6. David Rosner  Goodmans LLP, Toronto

Leading Firms

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

This firm has two of its partners listed.
The "technically excellent" Daniel Culley is recommended by market commentators for his practice, which encompasses merger control, antitrust investigations and antitrust litigation, especially for clients in the technology sector. “He is one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with in terms of understanding the economic issues,” says one source.
Kenneth Reinker "continues to be outstanding" in the competition space. He has experience of competition litigation, government antitrust investigations and merger review proceedings across a range of sectors, and especially the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

Latham & Watkins

This global player also performs well in the North American market, with three listings for its partners.
Jason Cruise is a "terrific antitrust attorney” who operates in a “clear-thinking and effective" way. He is well versed in securing merger clearances domestically and internationally, and is also experienced in civil and criminal investigations.
“Very strong litigator” Belinda Lee gains recommendations from peers in the US, who call her “very impressive” for her work in the competition space. She specialises in price-fixing class actions, private damages actions and antitrust investigations and has experience before regulators in the US, Australia, Europe and Singapore.
Farrell Malone draws recommendations from peers across the US, Canada and Central America for his “deep knowledge of several markets” and ability to “push the boundaries of possibility” to find solutions. 

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

This firm counts four listings for its competition specialists in the future leaders category this year.
Wendy Huang Waszmer inspires effusive praise as a “brilliant cartel practitioner with a wealth of knowledge and experience" whose “intelligence and dedication are astonishing”. One peer imparts that she “seamlessly navigated so many different legal frameworks, keeping a very business-oriented approach and coordinating an equally brilliant team”.
Jamillia Ferris is a “dynamic and smart” practitioner who achieves recognition from peers across the US, Europe and Canada for her competition practice, which focuses on antitrust investigations, especially in mergers and acquisitions. 
Jeff VanHooreweghe wins acclaim from interviewees as a result of his “impressive approach to client representation and problem-solving” and his “very level-headed attitude on criminal matters”.
The “brilliant” Franklin Rubinstein is a master of antitrust law, especially at the interplay between technology and antitrust”. He is a “very intelligent and pragmatic" with expertise across in the technology, pharmaceutical, automobile and natural resource industries.

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider

This highly regarded firm counts three of its partners among those listed this year.
Rachel Adcox is “an outstanding lawyer" who is "unequivocal and clear in her thoughts”, according to sources. She is an "excellent defence lawyer" in multidistrict and criminal antitrust litigation.
"Very strong merger lawyer" Nicholas Gaglio is "extremely technical" according to interviewees, who also praise his litigation skills. He has over 15 years of experience in cartel investigations and transactional work.
Peers “would highly recommend” Jeny Maier as a "great competition lawyer with strong expertise in merger cases". Her practice specialises in advising on the antitrust requirements of large international M&A matters.

Hogan Lovells

This distinguished international player sees three of its members listed in the future leaders category for competition practice.
Leigh Oliver stands out as one of the very best future leaders in the competition space this year. Sources impart that she is “a rising star” in the market who is “very sharp and really articulate”, and “someone who clients react very well to”. She has considerable experience of representing clients in the defence, aerospace and healthcare industries, among others.
“Excellent strategic thinker” Kathryn Hellings is a respected competition practitioner whose “experience enables her to see the entire playing field from the outset of an engagement”. She is a former DOJ prosecutor, and is “excellent for cartel work”.
Meghan Rissmiller is a highly regarded competition lawyer praised as a “skilled advocate and project manager”. Her practice focuses on advising clients in the technology, aerospace and defence sectors on merger clearance matters.

Other Leading Individuals

USA

Margaret Segall D'Amico at Cravath, Swaine & Moore is experienced in advising clients on high value and high-profile mergers and their antitrust dimensions. Interviewees call her “an outstanding antitrust lawyer capable of handling the highest-profile and most complex transactions”.

Andrea Agathoklis Murino of Goodwin wins recommendations from peers across the US and South America for her "pragmatic approach" and "knowledge of the DOJ process". She is highlighted for her multi-jurisdictional merger review expertise.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Joseph Matelis is “an absolutely first-rate lawyer” noted for his strong DOJ experience and praised as being “great at getting deals through”.

 

North America - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ellen Frye  Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York 
2. Richard Snyder Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington, DC
3. Joshua Wright  Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington, DC
4. Daniel Sokol  Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Washington, DC
5. Michael Laskey Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

This global powerhouse sees five of its non-partners achieve a listing.
One peer imparts that Richard Snyder is a "great antitrust lawyer, who has a very good command of foreign merger control procedures and requirements - he really impressed me". He has strong experience representing clients in front of the DOJ and the FTC.
Jan Rybnicek is “a highly valued lawyer” who earns plaudits from interviewees, who state, “He’s very bright, has excellent client relationships, and handles sensitive and intricate matters in multi-jurisdictional settings very well."
Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum’s practice focuses on representing clients in merger and antitrust investigations before the FTC and the DOJ. He wins acclaim as “a standout performer who is full of energy and drive, very responsive, and someone you want on your team!".
Hiram Andrews impresses market commentators across North America with his expertise in pharmaceutical M&A matters, with interviewees noting his “ability to connect with difficult witnesses and clients”.
Tom Morgan is singled out by respondents for his work on “complex merger cases” and his “deep global antitrust expertise”. He also advises on state aid, abuse of dominance and other antitrust matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Canada

The “great” Michael Laskey at Stikeman Elliott “punches well above his weight” and is lauded by peers in Europe and North America as "a really great lawyer, who is extremely responsive and drafts immaculately".

Jonathan Bitran of McCarthy Tétrault is “a creative thinker” and “highly skilled in the area of the Competition Act”. Clients impart that he is “very easy to work with, and always available when needed”.

USA

The “terrific” Ellen Frye at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is recommended as a “very talented merger control lawyer" by peers across Central America, North America, Europe and South America.
Joshua Wright of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is "one of the foremost antitrust thinkers” and “a brilliant lawyer” who provides “sharp, thoughtful and insightful” advice. He advises on a broad range of competition and economics matters.
Daniel Sokol is "well thought of” by respondents as far afield as Europe and Asia, who report that he is "heavily involved in the antitrust community and his contributions are valuable”. He is selected for his expertise in the gamut of antitrust matters across various jurisdictions.
The "great" Franco Castelli with Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz secures recommendations from peers across North and South America for his cross-border competition practice, focusing on transactional matters, including M&A and joint ventures.
Ropes & Gray’s Deidre Johnson "is a specialist in merger filing – a real expert” who is “very easy to deal with”. She has superb experience in pre-merger regimes both in the US and internationally.
Simone Waterbury advises domestic and international clients on pre-merger regimes and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. She is described as “an excellent lawyer with a highly practical approach”.
Vadim Brusser at Weil Gotshal & Manges gains recognition as a "strong transactional attorney", who impresses as "smart and very personable" in his practice. He undertakes the full range of pre-merger and regulatory matters pertaining to competition law.
Lindsey Vaala of Vinson & Elkins is praised as “a leader in so many respects". She specialises in civil litigation pertaining to antitrust matters, as well as governmental investigations.
John Fedele with Baker McKenzie gains recognition as a “very thoughtful, thorough and logical” lawyer with a “thorough understanding of the FTC clearance process”. According to interviewees, he “handles pressure and tight time schedules flawlessly”.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel’s Lauren Rackow is "prominent at the NY bar", say sources, who praise her as a "very good, practitioner, particularly in healthcare". She is well versed in M&A matters, antitrust litigation, investigations and compliance issues. 

 

Asia Pacific - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Aparna Mehra  Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, New Delhi
2. Manika Brar  Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, New Delhi
3. In Sang Kim   Kim & Chang, Seoul
4. Takeshi Suzuki  Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo

Leading Firms

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

This top-quality firm sees two of its partners ranked prominently this year.
Aparna Mehra is “a fantastic lawyer” report market commentators. She is “good on the merger control side” and is “always available and very methodical” in her approach.
Manika Brar “has extensive experience in competition law matters” and provides “thoughtful, professional advice” to clients. Her practice encompasses cartel investigations and abuse of dominance matters.

Kim & Chang

These international commercial specialists count three of its partners in this year’s listings.
In Sang Kim is a respected competition specialist whose practice focuses on competition issues arising from merger transactions and investigations by regulators. “He is really knowledgeable and experienced in handling litigation,” says one source.
Kyung Yul Lee wins acclaim as “a truly excellent lawyer”. One client effuses that he is “good at applying his knowledge of antitrust laws and regulations to compliance due diligence compliance protection programmes”.
Tae Kyu Kang is experienced at representing international clients on merger review matters in Korea, with clients praising his “prompt advice and extensive analysis on the issues at hand” and noting that “working with him was a very pleasant journey”.

Ashurst

This prominent commercial firm sees two listings for its members.
Ross Zaurrini is an “extremely capable practitioner”, who does “high-level work, and gets the job done". Clients laud him as “a very friendly guy who is easy to work with”. The coverage of his practice ranges from cartel investigations to misuse of power issues and litigation proceedings in the competition space.
According to sources, Alyssa Phillips “is very impressive in her handling of large and complex matters" and "manages clients and cases very well".

Gilbert + Tobin

This well-established firm has two listings to its name for its partners in the competition space.
Charles Coorey is recommended by sources across the Asia-Pacific market for his "sound knowledge of competition laws" and dedicated approach: "He knows our business better than any other external lawyer," says one client.
The “excellent” Simon Muys is described as "a very intelligent, creative thinker" who "quickly understands clients' risk appetite and targets advice at the right level". He focuses on competition litigation, often in the energy, telecommunications and transport sectors.

Other Leading Individuals

China

Mingfang Gong at JunHe impresses clients with “her knowledge of Chinese procedures on M&A, and her very accurate answers” highlighting her deep experience on merger control matters before MOFCOM. She is further praised as “a hard-worker, with strong client awareness".

Hong Kong

Stephen Crosswell at Baker McKenzie is a talented practitioner in the Hong Kong market who leaves sources “impressed by his foresight” as a practitioner. He focuses on multi-jurisdictional cartel and merger clearance matters, as well as well as competition litigation.

Japan

Takeshi Suzuki at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a "great expert of Japanese competition law”. Sources praise him for being “very responsive and commercial in his approach". He brings experience in EU competition law to his excellent practice.

New Zealand

Troy Pilkington with Russell McVeagh is identified as one of the top competition practitioners of his generation in New Zealand, with sources calling him “very responsive, thorough and a pleasure to work with”. His practice includes expertise in competition investigations and litigious matters.

 

Asia Pacific - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yaman Verma  Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, New Delhi
2. Maria Hajiyerou  Kim & Chang, Seoul
3. Mihkel Wilding  Clayton Utz, Sydney

Leading Firms

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

This firm has two listings in the future leaders category this year.
Yaman Verma impresses peers and clients alike this year. He gains praise for being a “smart lawyer” and for his management of major merger control mandates in an “effective, thorough and calm way". Clients appreciate his “clarity of thought and in-depth knowledge of the competition laws”.
Rohan Arora is singled out by sources in Europe and Asia for his “special expertise in the field of competition law”, with a focus on abuse of dominance cases. One client imparts that he was “impressed by Rohan’s ability to articulate and crystallise the matter in pleadings and arguments in an exemplary manner”.

Baker McKenzie

Three of this storied firm’s non-partners have achieved a listing this year.
Thomas Jenkins possesses depth of experience, and the ability to bring experience in other jurisdictions to bear, and is strong on both strategy and tactics", report interviewees. Clients effuse that he brings "innovation, responsiveness, ability to see the big picture, but also attention to detail” to his work.
Michio Suzuki wins recommendations from peers internationally for the strength of his competition practice. He focuses on merger control and cartel matters on behalf of domestic and international corporate clients.
Laura Liu is a professional and efficient lawyer” in the competition space who is praised for “her ability to communicate with clients, which is especially impressive".

Kim & Chang

This renowned Korean firm sees three non-partners recognised with a listing.
Maria Hajiyerou is respected by peers for her "strong understanding of the underlying, and non-public, principles behind KFTC enforcement and regulatory approach” as well as her “keen understanding of commercial considerations”.
Seung Hwan (Miles) Chung is praised by one peer in Europe as "the most responsive lawyer I have ever experienced, despite the time difference to Europe”. He provides “very clear legal advice" and his work is highlighted as “definitely of exceptional quality ".
Tae Hyuk Ko is very knowledgeable in the areas of antitrust and competition law, in addition to the regulatory landscape in Korea” with commentators stating that he “delivers sound advice, both written and spoken, to his clients".

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

Mihkel Wilding at Clayton Utz “has a confident, intelligent and professional approach to the situation at hand, and the ability to listen to his client”, report sources, who add that “complex problems are resolved in time, and he has a delightful manner". 

China

Xi Liao of Linklaters is recognised by peers across the globe as a high-quality, up-and-coming name in the international competition market. Respondents highlight his "international experience” as well as his “very responsive approach and eye for detail". 

Hong Kong

Paddy Law with Slaughter and May is variously described as "a talented lawyer" and "a real up-and-comer with very good multi-jurisdictional merger skills". Respondents impart that "his unbounded energy and dedication to ensure timely and workable results for clients makes working with Paddy a pleasure””.
Linklaters’ Marcus Pollard is lauded as “a leading practitioner in Hong Kong”, with "unrivalled knowledge of competition law". As a former member of Hong Kong’s competition authority, he has “first-hand knowledge on this emerging regime".

India

The “excellent” P Ram Kumar at Talwar Thakore & Associates is identified as "very good in Indian merger control proceedings". He is lauded as "a great lawyer who is respected by clients for always giving clear and practical advice".
Sonam Mathur is “the number-one choice for India-related work", according to one source, while another adds, “She is always available when we need her for pieces of advice - even at the last minute.She is praised for being “very approachable and understanding the need for timely and practical advice in wider global transactions".
Platinum Partners’ Vijay Chauhan comes "highly recommended for his grasp on merger control matters", and is praised for his “strong focus on delivering good-quality work to clients".

 

Latin America - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Santiago Del Rio  Marval O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
2. Ana Bátia Glenk Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, São Paulo
3. Paulo Leonardo Casagrande  Stocche Forbes Advogados, São Paulo
4. Pedro Rencoret Gutiérrez  Pellegrini & Cía, Santiago

Leading Firms

BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

This firm sees two of its partners recognised as future leaders in the competition space.
Marcos Exposto wins adulation for his“deep technical skills and the capacity to manage complex, multi-jurisdictional cases". He is well versed in behavioural and merger competition matters.
Patricia Avigni is highlighted by peers in Brazil as a “great lawyer who should be included” for her impressive competition work. She advises both domestic and multinational companies on merger matters and cartel investigations, with a focus on the retail, construction and health sectors.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

With two of its partners among those listed in the Latin American market, this firm demonstrates the strength of its competition offering.
Renata Zuccolo leaves international sources “impressed with her work” in the competition space, including her “very good experience with merger control cases”. She is also experienced in the management of compliance programmes.
Michelle Marques Machado is a "rising star of the Brazilian bar" report peers. She is exalted by interviewees for “always being reliable and giving good advice to clients”. She has over a decade of experience representing domestic and international clients in a range of antitrust matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Argentina

Santiago Del Rio at Marval O'Farrell & Mairal is described asone of the key figures in Argentina at the moment” by market commentators. Clients effuse that “his work is outstanding” and that “his knowledge on antitrust matters at a domestic as well as an international level is a strength that allows him to provide global advice”. 

Brazil

Ana Bátia Glenk of Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is “a very strong, reliable and precise lawyer” report sources. Both clients and peers are “impressed by her handling of Brazilian merger control” and her “very reasonable approach, clear guidance, and good results for her clients".

Paulo Leonardo Casagrande with Stocche Forbes Advogados earns acclaim as a lawyer who is “very hard-working and gives special attention to details". His practice focuses on merger reviews and competition investigations.

Gico Hadmann & Dutra Advogados’ Eric Hadmann Jasper is lauded as a talented, effective and well-regarded" lawyer. He specialises in cartel matters bringing to bear several years of experience with the Brazilian federal administration to ensure strong representation of clients.

Peers identify Adriana Giannini at Trench Rossi Watanabe as “a really excellent practitioner” and a “very talented and pleasant professional to work with”. She has over 20 years of experience in merger matters, cartel investigations and compliance programmes. 

Chile

Pedro Rencoret Gutiérrez of Pellegrini & Cía is “a good litigator in antitrust cases”, who brings “an outstanding knowledge and an economic approach to the antitrust field”. Clients impart that he is “very hard-working, business driven and extremely smart and accurate in his legal views”.

Peers are convinced that José Miguel Huerta with Claro y Cia “will probably be one of the leading lawyers in the field in the years to come". He is further described as “a very skilled litigator with out-of-the-box thinking”.

 

Latin America - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jorge Kargl Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC, Mexico City 
2. Carlos Orci Berea Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes SC, Mexico City 

Leading Firms

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC

One of Mexico’s leading outfits, this firm counts two of its non-partners among those listed for their competition practice.
Peers recognise Jorge Kargl as a "very clever, very diligent lawyer” who is “great on merger control remedies". One respondent comments that they are “always happy to work with him”.
Diego Barrera “is very dedicated in the study of the subject, and very aware of what is happening in the world”, comment sources impressed by his prowess in competition matters.

Other Leading Individuals

Brazil

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ Daniel Costa Rebello is celebrated by one market commentator as an “outstanding lawyer” and "one of the most talented lawyers I had the opportunity to work with”. He is additionally described as “hard-working, with extensive international experience and the ability to propose creative approaches to complex problems".

Frederico Carrilho Donas at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados “does stellar work on divestiture filings" and provides "a detailed analysis of issues" report sources familiar with his competition work in Brazil.

Lorena Leite Nisiyama with Trench Rossi Watanabe wins recommendations from peers across Europe and South America as “the first choice for Brazilian matters”, and for having “a deep knowledge of Brazilian antitrust case law".

Flavia Chiquito dos Santos of Lino Beraldi Belluzzo e Caminati Advogados is recognised as “a warm and enthusiastic personality” in the competition market. She has “great experience in cartel cases and in negotiating and dealing with CADE”.

Sandra Terepins at BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão is acclaimed as an "extremely hard-working and knowledgeable lawyer" who “is leading cases like a partner". She has experience with M&A and joint venture matters before competition authorities, as well as cartel investigations.

Chile

Álvaro Espinosa at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is a leading name of his generation in Chilean competition practice. Clients highlight his “strength in combining both technical knowledge and strategic insights, which allows for good practical guidance for clients".

Mexico

Carlos Orci Berea at Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes SC is recommended by peers in Europe, the US, South America and Asia for his standout work. He is “great to work with" and brings “dedication, expertise, knowledge, and results” to cases.

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