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Competition 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Rachel Brandenburger is a distinguished competition practitioner with a remarkable international reputation.  

Peers and clients say:  
"Rachel has an exceptional mind and is highly strategic in her approach."
"She has great knowledge of agencies around the world and offers fantastic policy advice.”



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, trade and foreign investment law and policy issues, including dialogue and cooperation among the international antitrust and other agencies investigating the same matter.

From 2010 to 2013, Rachel was Special Advisor, International to the US Department of Justice' s Antitrust Division, 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. She also advised on the competition chapters in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) proposals.

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 (2013–2020) and the UK Competition and Markets Authority (2020–) on global cooperation initiatives.

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, where she created and teaches seminars on "The global dimensions of competition law". 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 American Bar Association's antitrust law section task force reporting on the antitrust consumer welfare standard; the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association's antitrust section; and is the editor in charge of the agency insight section of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.

She is a non-executive director of the Friends of the British Council in Washington, DC; and a trustee of the University of Oxford Law Foundation.

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

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