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  1. Competition: EU and global
  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Simon Baxter - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Jean-François Bellis - Van Bael & Bellis
    • John Boyce - Slaughter and May
    • David Broomhall - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Jacques Derenne - Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
    • Nicholas Levy - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    • Frank Montag - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Tony Reeves - Clifford Chance
    • Gerwin van Gerven - Linklaters
    • Thomas Vinje - Clifford Chance
    • Sven Völcker - Latham & Watkins LLP
    • Antoine Winckler - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Next generation lawyers

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Nicholas Levy is assisting Abbott Laboratories with its $25bn acquisition of St Jude Medical. Elsewhere, the firm advised Citigroup on a European Commission (EC) investigation into credit default swaps. In the technology, media and telecoms sector, it acts for clients such as Google, Sony and Walt Disney. Other notable individuals include Robbert Snelders, Antoine Winckler and Thomas Graf. Stephan Barthelmess and Till Müller-Ibold recently made senior counsel.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘business-oriented’ team has a strong track record across the competition spectrum. Thomas Janssens, Andreas Von Bonin and John Davies are advising Anheuser-Busch on the global antitrust aspects of its $108bn acquisition of SABMiller. The firm also defended NEC Corporation in the EC’s optical disk drives investigation. Other key figures include Frank Montag, David Broomhall, Rafique Bachour and recently promoted counsel Angélique de Brousse.

Allen & Overy LLP handles competition issues for clients from a range of sectors, such as: technology, energy, shipping, media and retail. Jürgen Schindler is lead adviser to Google in the EC’s Android investigation and, in a separate matter, assisted Saudi Aramco with the merger control aspects of its 50% acquisition of Lanxess’ synthetic rubber business. Dirk Arts heads the team.

At Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL, Fiona Carlin, Gavin Bushell and Werner Berg were the lead advisers to FedEx on obtaining unconditional phase two merger clearance of its €4.4bn acquisition of TNT. The practice undertakes a significant amount of merger review work in the technology and life sciences fields, where it is acting for Abbott Laboratories on the $5.8bn acquisition of Alere. Kurt Haegeman is jointly leading a cross-office team, which is representing Mitsubishi in a series of global car parts investigations into possible cartel activity.

Clifford Chance advises on a broad cross-section of contentious and non-contentious issues for clients such as Pfizer, Kingspan, Oracle and Mondi. Thomas Vinje, Dieter Paemen and others are representing FairSearch Europe in the EC’s Google Android and online search investigations. In the merger control space, Tony Reeves, counsel Frances Dethmers and others assisted Pfizer with obtaining global clearances of its acquisition of Hospira.

Johan Ysewyn leads Covington & Burling LLP’s group, which advised on the competition aspects of Verizon’s $4.4bn acquisition of AOL and, separately, handled a liner shipping investigation for Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company. Miranda Cole, Peter Camesasca, Andrea Zulli and senior associate Melissa Van Schoorisse are also key names. Kevin Coates and Sophie Bertin recently joined from DG COMP.

In addition to merger control work, Gibson Dunn’s other recent mandates include acting for UBS in the EC’s credit default swaps investigation, and advising clients such as AlzChem and Falck on state aid issues. Practice head Peter Alexiadis works alongside David Wood, Andrés Font Galarza and of counsel Lena Sandberg.

Christopher Thomas leads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice, which leverages its international network to act for global clients in their most complex mandates. Highlights included advising Air Canada in litigation arising from an EC air cargo cartel investigation, and working with other offices to assist SABMiller with the EU and US antitrust aspects of its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch. Matthew Levitt, Ciara Kennedy-Loest and recently promoted partner Falk Schöning are recommended.

Jones Day has experience and ‘expertise in large-dollar issues’. Bernard Amory is leading a cross-border group which has been advising MasterCard on pan-EU private damages litigation. Head of the European competition practice Alexandre Verheyden, Charlotte Breuvart and Yvan Desmedt are also recommended. Mario Todino joined from Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Elisabetta Righini has ‘an exceptional understanding of EU state aid cases’. Also recommended are Jean Paul Poitras and Javier Ruiz Calzado, who together assisted Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo with winning an annulment of the EC’s airfreight cartel decision and a €75m fine. Sven Völcker led a separate team, which acted for Lufthansa in the same matter.

Linklaters features prominently in a large number of the most significant and complex behavioural investigations, transactional matters and private damages actions. In 2015, a group including Gerwin Van Gerven, Annamaria Mangiaracina and counsel Nikolaos Peristerakis acted as EU antitrust counsel to Intel in its $16.7bn acquisition of Altera. Van Gerven also assisted Takeda with multi-jurisdictional clearances associated with the sale of its respiratory portfolio to AstraZeneca. Jonas Koponen is the global head of competition.

Although Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s ‘high-performing team’ is instructed in behavioural matters, it has a particularly strong reputation in merger control. Practice head Simon Baxter and Frederic Depoortere assisted General Electric with the EU antitrust aspects of its $13bn acquisition of Alstom’s energy unit. Ingrid Vandenborre and recently promoted counsel Stéphane Dionnet are other key individuals.

Slaughter and May’s Philippe Chappatte, who divides time between London and Brussels, leads the firm’s competition team, which includes John Boyce, Anna Lyle-Smythe and Jordan Ellison. Highlights included assisting Shell with merger filings associated with its £47bn acquisition of BG Group. Other work included handling antitrust cases involving online hotel bookings and biofuels. The group is also instructed in state aid cases, market investigations and sector inquiries, as well as cross-border competition litigation.

Van Bael & Bellis’ Jean-François Bellis, Kris Van Hove, Richard Burton and Johan Van Acker are defending Japan Airlines in eight national follow-on damages actions, having successfully represented the client in an appeal against the EC’s decision in the airfreight case. The firm also played a key role in the EU merger control review of Halliburton’s proposed $34.6bn acquisition of Baker Hughes, with Porter Elliott acting in the lead role. The vastly experienced team also includes Tim Kasten and David Hull, as well as recent hire Andreas Reindl, who joined from Baker Botts L.L.P..

White & Case LLP’s James Killick, Pontus Lindfelt and counsel Genevra Forwood advised SAS on the annulment of a €70m fine in the airfreight cartel case. Assimakis Komninos’ mainstream EU competition work is complemented by his expertise in matters particular to Southeastern Europe. Mark Powell and Jacquelyn MacLennan are also recommended. Sir Nicholas Forwood QC joined the firm as counsel.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team is experienced in high-profile EU and national cartel investigations and associated litigation; Luc Gyselen and Niels Ersbøll acted for Hitachi LG Data Storage as a leniency applicant in the EC’s optical disk drives investigation. On the transactional side, Marleen Van Kerckhove assisted Cytec Industries with the merger control aspects of its acquisition by Solvay.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘highly technically skilled’ Kyriakos Fountoukakos works alongside state aid expert Lode Van Den Hende and Craig Pouncey, whose practice spans merger control, cartel investigations, competition litigation and counselling. Pouncey is assisting Furukawa Electric with an appeal against the EC’s decision in a power cables cartel investigation.

Mayer Brown’s Jens Peter Schmidt and Julian Ellison acted for Beijing Enterprises Holdings in its €1.4bn acquisition of EEW Energy from Waste GmbH. In addition to undertaking merger control work, the firm’s recent instructions included follow-on damages cases, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance matters in the TMT sector. David Harrison, who jointly leads the practice with Schmidt, divides time between London and Brussels.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s group, which includes Miguel Rato and Geert Goeteyn, acts for clients from a wide range of sectors, including transport and technology; it is currently handling two EC investigations for Qualcomm. Global co-chair Stephen Mavroghenis is ‘extremely knowledgeable and level-headed’. Trevor Soames left the firm to establish SoamesAntitrust but has since joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Sidley Austin LLP provides ‘focused and strategic advice’ to a client base that includes names such as ECT, Heineken and PayPal. Ken Daly is assisting Force India and Sauber Formula One with an antitrust complaint to the EC about the FIA Formula One World Championship. Stephen Spinks, Kristina Nordlander and Maarten Meulenbelt are ‘a pleasure to work with’. Practice head Stephen Kinsella splits his time between Brussels and London.

At Ashurst LLP, Denis Fosselard’s 14-strong team – which includes Annick Vroninks and Alexandre Vandencasteele – covers an extensive range of behavioural and transactional matters for clients such as Colgate-Palmolive, DP World and Tate & Lyle Sugars. Denis Waelbroeck is the lead counsel to UEFA in litigation concerning the validity of its Financial Fair Play rules and FIFA’s ban on third party ownership in football. Donald Slater left the firm to work at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Georg Berrisch provides ‘cutting-edge advice’. The highly regarded Catriona Hatton, global antitrust group co-head, advised MeadWestvaco on the EU competition aspects of its $16bn merger with RockTenn in 2015. Paul Lugard is particularly knowledgeable about competition issues in the technology and energy sectors.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s David Anderson ‘takes the time to learn the business of his clients, which adds significant value to his work’. The Brussels team works alongside practitioners based in London and Moscow to undertake matters involving merger control, market investigations, cartels, state aid and litigation, among other issues. Clients include Tesco, BDO International and TE Connectivity.

Bird & Bird acts for clients from various industries, including technology, life sciences, aviation and energy. Scott McInnes’ competition law expertise is complemented by his knowledge of regulatory issues in the payments sector. Anne Federle led the advice to John Deere on obtaining merger control clearances of its acquisition of Monosem. José Rivas heads the team, which also includes Efthymios Bourtzalas.

contrast’s Frank Wijckmans is acting for AB Volvo in an EC investigation into a cartel in the trucks industry. Filip Tuytschaever and recently promoted partner Herlinde Burez are other key names along with notable hire Sébastien Engelen, who joined from CMS.

Crowell & Moring’s Sean-Paul Brankin is representing the European Generics Association at the EU General Court in litigation concerning reverse payment patent settlement agreements in the pharmaceuticals sector. Thomas De Meese heads the team, which is instructed to handle merger reviews, state aid cases, cartels and abuse of dominance investigations, among other matters.

DLA Piper’s Brussels-based practitioners work alongside practitioners within the firm’s wider network in a broad cross-section of complex matters. Bertold Bär-Bouyssière is assisting Merck with appeal proceedings arising from investigations by the EC and UK Competition and Markets Authority into reverse payment patent settlements. Daniel Colgan acts for clients from sectors such as energy, natural resources and transport.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I’s team ‘thinks outside the box’ across the competition law spectrum. Laurent Godfroid recently acted for Thales as a third party in the merger notification concerning the acquisition of Arianespace by Safran and Airbus. Benoît Le Bret is representing WESTBahn as the complainant in a case involving alleged Article 101 and 102 (cartel and abuse of dominance) breaches by ÖBB, and also as the complainant in a state aid matter involving the same railway operator. Stéphane Hautbourg and Olivier Prost are other names to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s international footprint is complemented by its wide-ranging industry expertise and strengths in every area of competition law. Martin Coleman is leading the advice to HSBC in an EC investigation into alleged manipulation of the Euribor rate. Jay Modrall has extensive experience in the EU and global competition arena. Mark Tricker relocated to the London office and Maria de Lasala Lobera left the firm.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP recently advised Honeywell on obtaining merger clearance of its $5.1bn acquisition of Melrose Industries’ Elster business, and assisted with antitrust issues concerning its $1.5bn acquisition of Intelligrated from Permira. Riccardo Celli chairs the firm’s European competition practice and Christian Riis-Madsen is another key practitioner.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, which launched its Brussels office in October 2015, hired practice head Jacques Derenne, Yaniss Aiche and Dimitris Vallindas from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Other recent additions include Isabelle Rahman and Wim Vandenberghe, who joined from Dechert LLP; Robert Klotz, formerly of Mayer Brown; and Oliver Heinisch, who was hired from Simmons & Simmons LLP. The team handles a full spectrum of competition and regulatory issues for clients such as Airbus, GE and Korean Air.

Squire Patton BoggsBrian Hartnett is working alongside Oliver Geiss and Will Sparks to advise Latam Airlines on the EC’s airfreight cartel investigation. Elsewhere, the firm represented Frucona Košice in a landmark state aid case at the ECJ.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s clients include LG Chem and SRAM Corporation. Yves Botteman ‘combines in-depth and up-to-date knowledge with practical advice’. Jean-Nicolas Maillard and senior associate Laura Atlee are also recommended.

Stibbe’s Hendrik Viaene and senior associate Delphine Gillet are representing Dutch landowners’ association VGG as the complainant in a state aid investigation by the European Commission. Peter Wytinck and Bram Hoorelbeke are also key figures, whose work also includes cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and follow-on damages litigation.

WilmerHale is a strong choice for antitrust proceedings, merger control work and cartel investigations, among other areas. John Ratliff and Christian Duvernoy led on the European competition advice to Baker Hughes concerning its proposed $35bn acquisition by Halliburton. Frédéric Louis and Claus-Dieter Ehlermann are other notable team members.

In 2015, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Michael Rosenthal successfully defended YouTube in an Article 102 complaint brought by Impala. Mylan, Dell and BMW are also clients.

Garrigues’ varied practice spans cartel investigations, litigation and state aid, and the firm has a particularly strong following among clients in financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals. José Luis Buendía and Ángel Givaja Sanz represented Banco Santander and World Duty Free in state aid proceedings before the ECJ. Luis Ortiz Blanco divides time between Brussels and Madrid.

Gleiss Lutz’s clients include a number of Germany-headquartered entities, such as HeidelbergCement and MunichRe/Ergo. Brussels-based Ulrich Soltész is supported by partners such as Ingo Brinker and Christian Steinle, who divide their time between the German offices and Belgium.

Hans-Jörg Niemeyer and Markus Röhrig are the primary contacts at Hengeler Mueller, which handles merger control work, cartel investigations, follow-on damages actions and general compliance advice. Niemeyer acted for heater manufacturer Webasto in an EC investigation.

McDermott Will & Emery Belgium LLP’s Andrea Hamilton worked alongside colleagues from the Washington DC office to assist Lockheed Martin with obtaining global merger clearances of its proposed $9bn acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft. Department head Jacques Buhart divides time between Paris and Brussels, as does notable hire Mélanie Bruneau, who joined from K&L Gates LLP.

Yves Van Gerven heads the practice at VVGB Advocaten, which covers state aid work, merger proceedings, cartel investigations and private damages cases. Anne Vallery and Marco Slotboom are recommended. Marco Bronckers is on sabbatical.

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