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Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Rachel Brandenburger is an outstanding internationally focused competition lawyer with deep agency experience, renowned for her “highly strategic” approach and “exceptional mind”.


Rachel Brandenburger has been a senior adviser and foreign legal consultant to Hogan Lovells US LLP since 2014. She is based in New York and provides strategic advice on international antitrust law and policy issues, including merger, cartel and conduct investigations, and coordination among the international antitrust agencies investigating the same matter.

From 2010 to 2013, Rachel was Special Advisor, International to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the US Department of Justice, based in Washington, DC. She advised on many Antitrust Division matters that involved extensive cooperation efforts between the Antitrust Division and its international counterparts, including the eBooks investigation, the Deutsche Boerse/NYSE transaction, the merger between United Technologies Corporation and Goodrich Corporation, revised best practices regarding cooperation in merger investigations with the European Commission, and memoranda of understanding with the Chinese and Indian antitrust agencies.

Previously, she was a partner for 21 years in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, based in the firm’s Brussels and London offices, where she led many groundbreaking cases in front of the European Commission, the UK competition and regulatory agencies, and other agencies around the world. She was also the co-head of the firm’s global telecommunications, media and technology regulatory group.

Rachel is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network, advising the European Commission on global cooperation initiatives.

She is a frequent speaker and writer on international antitrust law and policy issues. She is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford and a visiting law fellow at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. She has given guest lectures at Columbia University; New York University; King's College, London; the London School of Economics; and the University of Hong Kong.

She is a member of the American Antitrust Institute's advisory board; the international and transparency and procedural fairness task forces of the American Bar Association’s antitrust law section; the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association’s antitrust section; and two editorial boards.

She is a non-executive director of the Friends of the British Council in Washington, DC; and a member of the Cyrus R Vance Center’s committee for international justice.

She has an MA (first-class honours) in jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, UK. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, and is licensed as a foreign legal consultant in New York.

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