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Clifford Chance LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘technically proficient’ team comprises ‘good tactical and strategic thinkers’ and advises clients across a wide range of industries including financial institutions, healthcare, life sciences, chemicals, TMT, and energy. ‘Fantastic’, ‘very smart’ and ‘very experienced’ practice head Alex Nourry is praised for his ‘pragmatic, business-oriented advice’; he advised Thomson Reuters on the European Commission’s investigation into its licensing practice, including handling the appeal of the Commission’s decision by Morningstar before the General Court in Luxembourg. The ‘exceptional’ Nelson Jung, who joined the team last year from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), advised Cineworld on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of five venues worth £94m, which was cleared unconditionally by the CMA. Greg Olsen is leading the team advising Mastercard on the European Commission’s ongoing investigation into its inter-regional interchange fee and cross-border acquiring rules. In another key mandate, Jenine Hulsman led the team advising Deutsche Telekom and EE Limited in relation to the unconditional Phase II clearance by the CMA of BT’s £12.5bn acquisition of EE Limited. Other notable clients include Booker Group, Cinven, EDF, J Sainsbury, Samsung, and NBCUniversal. Senior associates Petra Carey and Chandralekha Ghosh are also recommended. Chris Worall joined Burges Salmon LLP.

Simon Priddis heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which advises clients on transactional, counselling, and investigatory antitrust issues on a cross-jurisdictional basis. Priddis advised London Stock Exchange Group on the EU merger control review of its proposed merger with Deutsche Börse AG worth €24bn, while Rod Carlton was part of the team advising Formula One Group (F1) and its shareholders on the sale of F1 to Liberty Media Corporation, which was cleared by the CMA and in six other jurisdictions following a two-stage acquisition. Deirdre Trapp is advising SSE on a number of matters, including in relation to the CMA’s energy market investigation, and, together with Bea Tormey, on the Ofgem investigation into SSE’s alleged abuse of dominance in the electricity connections market. In other highlights, Alex Potter advised Sysco Corporation on its acquisition of Brakes Group for $3.1bn, which was cleared unconditionally in phase I by the European Commission; and John Davies advised AB InBev on its combination with SAB Miller, which closed in late 2016, and continues to handle ongoing issues related to the integration of the two companies. Also recommended are James Aitken and newly made-up partner Michele Davis, who were part of the team advising CK Hutchison on the antitrust aspects of its proposed acquisition of O2 UK, and Martin McElwee, who represented Rexam on the global merger control aspects of its £4.3bn takeover by US rival Ball Corporation.

Linklaters LLP’s ‘prompt’, ‘commercial’ and ‘balanced’ practice attracts praise for its ‘client-focused’ and ‘problem-solving’ approach and for its ‘impressive practical experience and market-leading legal skills’. Nicole Kar (‘a clear and insightful adviser’) leads the team, which counts BP, Siemens, Vodafone, and Visa Europe among its clients. Christian Ahlborn advised Deutsche Börse on the merger control strategy for its €24bn merger with London Stock Exchange Group, while Kar and Simon Pritchard advised both parties before the CMA on the £125m acquisition of Sainsbury’s pharmacy business by Celesio UK. Michael Cutting continues to advise National Grid on the two-step divestiture of its UK gas distribution business worth £13.8bn (which is currently in a phase I review before the European Commission) and acted for Centrica on the CMA’s investigation into the UK energy markets. Natura Gracia (‘positive’, ‘provides very clear advice’) and Sir Christopher Bellamy (who provides ‘extremely valuable strategic input and experience’ and ‘keeps the big picture in mind’) are also recommended. Rachel Hetherington was promoted to counsel and Gavin Robert departed to join Euclid Law.

The ‘constructive’ and ‘deeply knowledgeablePhilippe Chappatte leads the ‘first-class’ and ‘very dedicated’ team at Slaughter and May, which provides an ‘impeccable service’ and acts for clients such as Asda Walmart, British Airways, Bupa, Deutsche Bank, Vodafone, and INEOS. Claire Jeffs and Lisa Wright led the team advising Google in relation to ongoing Article 102 investigations by the European Commission into search and advertising, which concerns Google’s AdSense advertising service. Isabel Taylor advised Bupa in relation to the CMA’s market investigation into the provision of private healthcare in the UK, and Bertrand Louveaux (‘very astute’, ‘extremely passionate on behalf of his clients’) advised Nationwide in relation to the CMA’s retail banking market investigation. Chappatte led the team advising VocaLink and its shareholders on its proposed acquisition by Mastercard. Special adviser Jackie Holland advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the state aid investigation of an investment contract granted to Drax Power Limited, and succeeded in securing unconditional clearance from the European Commission at phase II. The practice features a number of ‘high-calibre’ associates, including Jantira Raftery (who is praised for her ‘keen intellect’ and ‘direct and determined’ approach).

Allen & Overy LLP’s practice in London is headed by Mark Friend, a ‘truly meticulous lawyer of great ability’ who provides ‘a balanced and nuanced understanding of issues’. The team, which is active across the telecoms, energy, financial and IP sectors, counts News Corp, HSBC, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Asahi among its clients. The team currently sits on 13 legal panels, including the panels of Lloyds Banking Group, Shell, and Imperial Brands. Antonio Bavasso is the firm’s global co-head of antitrust and advised VEON on the merger control and Italian regulatory approval of its joint venture with CK Hutchison and secured approval from the European Commission. Philip Mansfield led the team representing Hitachi in an investigation by the European Commission into suspected cartel conduct in the automotive parts sector. Alasdair Balfour and counsel Thomas Masterman advised Tullett Prebon on the competition aspects on its purchase of the voice broking business of ICAP, which was cleared by the CMA following an agreement to divest ICAP’s oil broking business. Other notable highlights included advising 20th Century Fox on the European Commission’s investigation into territorial restrictions on cross-border access to pay-tv content and 21st Century Fox on its proposed takeover of Sky; and advising Premaitha on its application to the European Commission for an investigation into rival biotech companies for anti-competitive conduct. Newly promoted partner Dominic Long is a ‘rising star’ and praised for his ‘strong intellect’ and ‘ability to translate legal advice with ease’.

The ‘responsive’ and ‘client-focused’ team at Ashurst provides ‘partner-led’ and ‘high-quality legal advice’ with a ‘very pragmatic and commercial approach’. Nigel Parr and Euan Burrows jointly head the practice, which is active across the range of competition law disciplines. Notable clients include Imperial Tobacco, Intel, Wm Morrison, and Royal Mail. Neil Cuninghame advised China General Nuclear on its £18bn investment into Hinkley Point C and the establishment of a UK partnership for the development of new nuclear power stations in Suffolk and Essex, which raised various antitrust, merger control, and state aid issues. Parr is acting for Lloyds Banking Group in relation to the CMA’s investigation into personal current accounts and SME banking. Duncan Liddell is advising Virgin Media on business connectivity market review appeals; he and counsel Charles Hammon are singled out as ‘very experienced, user-friendly, strategically astute advisers’. Ross Mackenzie is advising Direct Cash Payments on UK merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition by Cardtronics for $460m. The practice is also acting for Lloyds Banking Group in the Payment System Regulator’s market reviews of indirect access to payment systems and infrastructure provision.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is led by Stephen Wisking, who is a ‘valuable sounding board’ for clients, and ‘always provides sound advice’. He is advising longstanding client Sky in connection with the merger control aspects of its proposed £11.7bn acquisition by 21st Century Fox, as well as on the European Commission’s investigation into territorial restrictions on cross-border access to pay-tv content. Susan Black (who is praised for her ‘good commercial and legal advice’) led the team advising Arriva on the merger control review by the CMA of its acquisition of the Northern Rail Franchise. ‘Trusted and valued adviser’ Kim Dietzel continues to act for Virgin Atlantic Airways on a number of regulatory and competition law issues, including acting alongside ‘proactive’ and ‘perceptive’ senior associate Suzy Campbell in relation to its joint venture with Delta Airlines, and advising on its continued application of the remedies accepted by the European Commission in relation to the oneworld transatlantic alliance between British Airways, American Airlines, and Iberia. Veronica Roberts advised Telefónica on the proposed merger between O2 and Three and Tim Briggs advised a consortium in relation to its bid to acquire a controlling 51% interest in the four regional UK gas distribution networks owned by National Grid. The practice was appointed to the panel of Northern Ireland Electricity Networks in 2016. Former practice head James Quinney is now a consultant in the team.

Suyong Kim and Angus Coulter head the practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which counts SABMiller, Vodafone, and Kingfisher among its clients. Kim and Ciara Kennedy-Loest led the global team advising Alstom on its €12.4bn deal with GE, including merger notifications in more than 30 jurisdictions. Mark Jones led the advice to Foxconn on its acquisition of the Nokia phone manufacturing and distribution business from Microsoft. Susan Bright was part of the team serving as EU antitrust counsel to SABMiller in obtaining EU clearance for its $106bn acquisition by AB InBev. Coulter acted for AIB, Christopher Hutton acted for The Co-Operative Bank, and Jones acted for TSB on the CMA’s investigation into UK retail banking. Other highlights for the team included advising VocaLink on the Payment System Regulator’s market review into the ownership and competitiveness of infrastructure provision in the UK. Coulter also advised Mitsui OSK Lines on the European Commission’s investigation into practices in container shipping. Julia Marlow was promoted to counsel. Paul Dacam retired.

Baker McKenzie’s practice continued to advise EDF in relation to the CMA’s investigation in the UK energy sector. In another key matter, Ross Denton advised Mitsubishi Electric Corporation on its settlement process in relation to the European Commission’s investigation into car parts. Samantha Mobley led the team advising on the merger control aspects of Cardtronics’ acquisition of DirectCash Payments, and advised Clarcor on its merger with Parker Hannifin Corporation. Keith Jones co-ordinated the antitrust clearance aspects of Platinum Equity’s acquisition of the Network Power business from Emerson Electric Group, which involved eight competition authorities around the world, while Luis Gomez acted for Bain Capital on its disposal of The Brakes Group to Sysco Corporation, which involved obtaining merger clearance at the European Commission. Other notable clients include British Airways, AIG, and Shell. Nicola Northway joined the team from Barclays and Tristan Grimmer was promoted to partner.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘responsive’, ‘client-focused’ practice attracted a number of new clients in 2016, including Royal Mail, BT, and the Department of Health. The team, which has particular strength in regulated sectors, is particular active in mandates related to utilities and financial institutions. Notable clients include National Grid, Heathrow Airport, and Tesco. ‘Fantastic’ practice head Andrew Hockley (who is praised for his ‘high-calibre, laser-focused, sound and sensible advice’) is advising BT on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of IP Trade, which is under review by the CMA. Brussels-based David Anderson led the team advising the Michael Jackson Estate on the sale of its interest to Sony Music for $750m, which involved obtaining unconditional clearance from the European Commission. The practice also advises on state aid, dawn raid, and competition law compliance matters. James Marshall takes a ‘practical, commercial approach to his advice’ and provides an ‘extremely high level of client service’. Also recommended are ‘very professional’, ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘fast-thinking’ associate Victoria Newbold; Edward Coulson and associate Andrew Leitch, who joined the team from Hausfeld; and consultant Anthony Rosen, who joined from Sky.

Maurits Dolmans heads the ‘highly expert’, ‘responsive’, and ‘rigorous’ practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; his recent work includes advising Google on the European Commission’s investigation into the company’s alleged abuse of a dominant position in relation to online search, and on the CMA’s call for information on the commercial use of consumer data. Counsel Paul Gilbert advised Barclays on the sale of its index benchmarking and risk analytics business to Bloomberg, and acted for Amundi on the acquisition from Oddo et Cie of an 87.5% stake in KBI and its subsidiaries. ‘Highly effective drafter and negotiator’ David Little was promoted to counsel and was part of the team advising Dow Chemical Company on its $130bn all-stock merger with DuPont. Nicholas Levy advised The Coca-Cola Company on a complex transaction that combined the bottling operations of Coca-Cola Enterprises, a US company that owns the Coca-Cola bottlers in countries such as Belgium, France, and Great Britain; Coca-Cola Iberian Partners; and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke. Other key clients include 21st Century Fox, HarperCollins, LafargeHolcim, Merck, and Sony Corporation.

Malcolm Walton leads the ‘excellent’ practice at Macfarlanes LLP, which was joined by Cameron Firth, Christophe Humpe, Tom Usher, and ‘commercial and pragmatic’ senior consultant Stephen Kon (who is praised for his ‘technically brilliant and creative advice’) from King & Wood Mallesons. Usher (who ‘combines expertise with pragmatism’ is a ‘good listener’ and provides ‘commercial advice’) advised Ladbrokes on its merger with Coral, which was cleared at phase II by the CMA, while Humpe advised Visa Inc on its merger with Visa Europe, and provided advice to a number of pharmaceutical companies under investigation by the European Commission in connection with alleged pay for delay settlement agreements. The ‘technically excellent’ Firth (who is praised for his ‘solution-focused approach’) is advising Actavis UK and Auden McKenzie on the CMA’s investigation into alleged excessive and unfair pricing of hydrocortisone tablets. ‘Confident and straightforward’ senior counsel Fiona Beattie is also recommended. Former head of competition Marc Israel joined White & Case LLP.

Martin Coleman is the global head and the ‘energetic, personable and wisePeter Scott is the European head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘strong team, which is committed to providing an excellent service without any arrogance’. Other key figures include Mark Tricker, Ian Giles (who has ‘excellent legal skills and a very helpful attitude’), and Mark Simpson. Simpson led the team defending HSBC against allegations of collusion into the European Commission’s investigation of manipulations of the Euro inter-bank rate, while Tricker successfully advised Carlsberg on the outsourcing of certain logistics operations to DHL Supply Chain Limited, which was cleared by the CMA. Scott is advising Mercer in respect of the Financial Conduct Authority’s asset management market study and its provisional decision to refer it to the CMA for a market investigation. Other recent work includes advising Reckitt Benckiser Group on its acquisition of the K-Y brand from Johnson & Johnson, which was cleared in the UK and involved filings in multiple jurisdictions.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Pinsent Masons LLP is praised for its ‘huge diversity of competition law expertise’, ‘understanding of what the client is looking for’, and ‘impressive strength in depth’. Clients include Teva Pharmaceuticals, DCC and Saint Gobain. Practice head and ‘seasoned competition lawyer’ Alan Davis, who joined from Jones Day, is advising CST Industries in the CMA’s cartel investigation into the supply of galvanised steel tanks for water storage. Guy Lougher (who has ‘excellent judgement’ and is ‘unflappable under pressure’) acted for E.ON in the CMA’s market investigation into the retail energy market, and advised new client AMC on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of the Odeon & UCI group, which involved merger notifications to the European Commission and the CMA. Also recommended are Angelique Bret, who is ‘a rising star with a wonderful client touch’, and who is praised for her ‘thoughtful, pragmatic and calming approach’; newly made-up partner Caroline Ramsay, who is based in Glasgow, has ‘cutting-edge experience’ and is ‘very good at meeting short time scales’; and Giles Warrington in Birmingham, who is a ‘true gentleman’ with ‘excellent experience in market investigations’. Jenny Block joined Ofwat as general counsel.

Bruce Kilpatrick heads the ‘incredibly attentive’, ‘commercial’, and ‘practical’ team at Addleshaw Goddard, which counts Sainsbury’s, JD Sports, and RBS among its clients. Rona Bar-Isaac advised William Hill on its submissions to the CMA in response to the merger of Ladbrokes and Coral, while managing associate Al Mangan acted for JRJR, owner of Kleeneze, in relation to its acquisition of Betterware Limited, which received clearance from the CMA. Kilpatrick is defending NKT Cables in claims brought by National Grid and Scottish Power for alleged overcharges in relation to the high voltage cables infringement decision by the European Commission. Other recent work includes advising Manchester Airports Group in relation to a successful leniency application to the Civil Aviation Authority in relation to a price-fixing arrangement; the team successfully argued for the reduction of the proposed £12.5m fine down to zero. Manchester-based Phil McDonnell left the team to join Ernst & Young Global Limited

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld provides ‘thoughtful and proactive analysis’ and advises clients on merger control and antitrust investigations, with particular strengths in the financial, energy, technology, and IP sectors. Practice head and ‘highly regarded antitrust expertDavina Garrod is praised for her ‘in-depth understanding of the regulatory landscape in markets’ and ‘multi-jurisdictional knowledge’. Garrod represented LEO Pharma in merger control investigations in multiple jurisdictions – including by the CMA – in relation to its €675m acquisition of the global dermatological product portfolio of Astellas Pharma; she also advised more than 100 financial institutions holding in excess of $33bn of bonds issued by insolvent Icelandic banks on EU and EEA state aid issues. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Lukoil, Apollo Global Management, and new client Foxconn. Associate Scott Pettifor is also recommended, as is associate Alaric Green, who joined in March 2017 from Slaughter and May.

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’, ‘client-friendly’, and ‘pragmatic’ team at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLPpunches well above its weight’ and counts Philip Morris International, AT&T, General Electric, CPA Global, and Intercept among its clients. Practice head Tim Frazer is ‘an expert in the field’; ‘he knows the life sciences industry inside out’. Frazer is leading the team advising Monsanto on the multi-jurisdictional clearance of its $66bn merger with Bayer. Other recent work includes advising Mondeléz International on its acquisition of a Cadbury licence from Burton’s Biscuit Company. Senior associates Mark Gardner and Karoline Phillips are also recommended. Susan Hinchcliffe joined General Electric.

The ‘responsive’ and ‘commercially-focused’ team at Bristows LLP is well regarded for its expertise in the IP and TMT sectors, where it provides an ‘inventive’ and ‘highly tailored’ approach to clients including Google, Samsung, International Copyright Enterprise Services, Sony, and Laboratoires Servier. Practice head Pat Treacy is advising longstanding client Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe on resisting a potential interim injunction application in relation to abuse of dominance allegations, while Stephen Smith (who joined from RPC, is providing strategic advice to the British Brands Group in relation to the operation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. Other recent work includes advising Denon and Marantz in respect of the European Commission’s investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices in the EU. Treacy and newly made-up partner Sophie Lawrance provide ‘highly bespoke advice in a measured and digestible way’; they are praised for their ‘in-depth knowledge’ of the TMT and IP sectors.

Cyrus Mehta and Caroline Hobson head the ‘excellent’ practice at CMS, which has been strengthened following its three-way merger with Olswang LLP and Nabarro LLP. The amalgamated practice, which provides ‘solid, commercial, and balanced’, acts for a list of heavyweight clients including Mercedes-Benz UK, Thomson Reuters, BT, Amazon, and IMG, and the practice is active across the energy, life sciences, financial services, transport, and technology sectors. The ‘commercial and client-friendlySatyen Dhana acted on EU and UK merger control and competition issues arising from SSE’s sale of its stake in Scotia Gas Networks to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, while Graeme Young advised the University of Glasgow in relation to the CMA’s investigation into the university’s student debt policy. Mehta advised the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) on the CMA’s remittal investigation following a successful appeal against the CMA’s decision to impose divestments during its original investigation into private healthcare. Brian Sher (who is praised for his ‘devotion to his clients’ and ‘boundless energy’) advised GlaxoSmithKline on the competition law aspects of disputes with generic companies over infringement of trade mark rights in multiple European jurisdictions. Other recent work includes advising PVC Holdings in relation to the CMA’s cartel investigation into a number of modelling agencies, and acting for an overseas financial institution subject to an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The ‘effective’ Sam Szlezinger heads the practice at DLA Piper; his recent highlights include advising VimpelCom on merger control clearance for the acquisition by its subsidiary Mobilink of competing mobile network operator Warid, and acting for FA Premier League (FAPL) on Ofcom’s investigation into the sale of FAPL’s UK live broadcasting rights for football matches. Alexandra Kamerling (who is noted for giving ‘great advice’ that is ‘practical and commercial’) led the team advising Qualcomm on a joint venture agreement with TDK requiring clearances in a number of jurisdictions. Sarah Smith and Szlezinger advised Heineken on its acquisition of the partial Punch pub estate, which involved handling merger control issues before the CMA. Other notable clients include Etihad Airways, Gazprom, NTT Data, and Merck. Also recommended are ‘personable’ senior associate Ilan Sherr, who provides ‘great commercial advice’, and Richard Jenkinson, who joined the team from Dentons.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘prompt’, ‘reliable’, and ‘user-friendly’ advice to a client base that includes Vodafone, Volkswagen Group, Roche Products, and Cobham. Practice head and ‘excellent adviserRos Kellaway acted alongside senior associate Aysha Fernandes and others advising RWE UK’s supply, generation, and trading businesses on the CMA’s energy market investigation. The practice has experience in cartel and market investigations, merger control work, and in providing strategic behavioural and compliance advice. Stephen Rose and Julia Woodward-Carlton are also recommended, as is Peter Harper, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in 2017.

Experienced competition lawyer’ and ‘sharp legal mind’ Charles Whiddington heads the team at Fieldfisher, which includes John Cassels and the ‘efficient’, ‘technically excellent’, and ‘approachable’ Nicholas Pimlott. Cassels provided strategic competition advice to Kellogg/Pringles EMEA GC in relation to business risk issues, while Pimlott led the state aid advice to Sports England in connection with its £200m Parklife project. The team also acted for Starbucks on a pan-European risk and compliance audit, and advised Sazerac on EU competition, IP, and regulatory issues associated with their branded spirits. Other key clients include BBC, Digital UK, and S&P Global. Associate Lisa Hatfield is also recommended.

Matt Evans heads the team at Jones Day, which counts MasterCard, Level 3, Linear Technology, Chevron, and Goldman Sachs among its clients. Evans advised Mittal Investments on its sale of Hope Construction Materials to Breedon Group, securing a conditional clearance from the CMA, and represented Wabtec before the European Commission in respect of its $1.8bn acquisition of Faiveley, securing a conditional phase II clearance. Other recent work includes advising Newell Brands on its sale to Stanley Black & Decker which involved merger clearance in multiple jurisdictions, including in the UK; and advising DV4 on obtaining phase I clearance from the European Commission for itsjoint acquisition, with Qatari Diar and APG, of residential developments in London. Nick Cotter is part of the team advising CST Industries in relation to the ongoing civil cartel investigation into galvanised steel tanks. Alan Davis joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s clients include Sun Capital Partners, Vista Private Equity, Danaher Corporation and Tenneco. Practice head Paula Riedel successfully represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in the CMA’s investigation into alleged ‘pay for delay’ settlement agreements involving the Teva-controlled company IVAX, and advised Accenture on its sale of Navitaire to Amadeus. Sally Southwell and Sarah Jordan advised Sithe Global, a Blackstone portfolio company, on merger control notifications in the Philippines in relation to the sale of its electricity generation assets to Aboitiz Power, securing unconditional clearance by the Philippines Competition Commission. The team is also advising Bain Capital in relation to its sale of German portfolio company FTE Automotive to Valeo. Southwell joined in 2016 from Linklaters LLP. Shaun Goodman has left the profession.

The practice at Latham & Watkins is jointly headed by Jonathan Parker, who was hired in 2016 from the CMA, and John Colahan. Parker advised Onex Corporation on its acquisition of Parkdean Resorts, secured approval from the European Commission, while Colahan advised RPC Group on its acquisition of ESE World BV, securing unconditional merger clearances in multiple jurisdictions. The team also advised Survitec on its acquisition of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and advised GTCR UK on its acquisition of PR Newswire, both cleared at phase I by the CMA. Other key clients include Allergan, Adecco, InterXion Holding, and Singapore Airlines. Associates Sophia Lange and Maija Hall joined the team from the firm’s Brussels office and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, respectively. John Kallaugher is also recommended.

Matthew Readings heads the practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP, and advised longstanding client Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) on its $650m acquisition of Trayport, which involved a phase II investigation by the CMA. James Webber is advising Albermale Corporation on the sale of its Chemetall Surface Treatment business to BASF for approximately $3.2bn, including advising on antitrust issues and on the multi-jurisdictional merger clearance process. Christopher Bright is advising Viacom and its subsidiary Paramount Pictures on the European Commission’s investigation into cross-border access to pay-tv content. Other recent work for the team includes advising Jaguar Land Rover on state aid issues in relation to the development or redevelopment of manufacturing plants, and advising Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) on the competition law aspects of its contemplated bid for London Stock Exchange. Nokia, Qualcomm, the Dow Chemical Company, Thomson Reuters, and EFG Hermes are also clients.

The practice at Simmons & Simmons has particular strengths in the financial, energy, and TMT sectors; according to one client, its life sciences and IP knowledge ‘sets the team apart’. Charles Bankes and the ‘pre-eminentTony Woodgate head the team, which includes the ‘extremely reassuring and professionalPeter Broadhurst, and which counts Ofgem, Nippon Electric Glass, Cheyne Capital, and Schlumberger among its clients. Bankes acted for new client Future plc in relation to its £14.2m purchase of the issued share capital of Miura Holdings Limited, securing conditional clearance by the CMA. Broadhurst advised Lion Trackhire on the CMA’s merger control review of its £38m sale to Ashtead Group. Supervising associate Ajit Kainth was part of the team advising a consortium of banks, including Morgan Stanley and Nomura, on competition law issues related to the projected creation of a standard repackaging documentation platform.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Travers Smith LLP provides ‘in-depth legal knowledge’ with a ‘personalised’ and ‘efficient’ approach, and is praised for its ability to balance ‘legal requirements and commercial realities’. Practice head Nigel Seay (‘smart’, ‘flexible’, ‘able to think creatively and commercially’) and ‘practical’ associate Paul McComb advised new client Breedon Aggregates on the £336m acquisition of Hope Construction Materials. Newly made-up partner Stephen Whitfield (who is ‘absolutely brilliant’, ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘easy to talk to’) is advising Micro Focus on its £6.6bn acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s non-core software business, which involves obtaining clearance in multiple jurisdictions, including the EU, and on its $540m acquisition of Serena Software. Other recent work includes advising Dee Valley Water on its proposed acquisition by Severn Trent, which involves the CMA and Ofwat. The team is also active in EU and UK market and cartel investigations, and provides strategic compliance advice.

Peter Willis heads the practice at Bird & Bird LLP, which counts The Football Association, EirGrid, and Sanofi Pasteur among its clients. Richard Eccles advised Wilhelmsen Maritime Services on the merger control aspects of the sale of its maritime safety business to Survitec, which involved securing clearances in multiple jurisdictions including in the UK. Eccles also provided competition law and state aid advice to the European Space Agency on proposals for new satellite-based commercial operations. Other key matters include providing compliance advice and dawn raid training to Kaspersky Lab UK, and assisting Fujifilm with the competition law aspects of an IP dispute with a competing business. Associate Ariane Le Strat is also recommended.

Dentons has a sector-focused practice with particular strengths in the energy, financial institutions, retail, transport, construction, and media areas. Practice head Adrian Magnus and managing associate Alex Haffner continued to advise World Fuel Services Corp on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of ExxonMobil’s aviation fuelling operations, which involved securing clearance in multiple jurisdictions, including by the European Commission. Other recent work includes advising John Lewis on competition aspects of its partnership with Clipper Logistics, and advising NYX Gaming Group on merger control aspects of its acquisition of OpenBet, which involved multiple jurisdictions. Managing associate Rebecca Owen-Howes is part of the team advising Total Outre-Mer on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of shares in Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation from Reliance Industries. The team’s other clients include Flextronics, Aegon UK, Accor Hotels, J Sainsbury, and Royal Mail Group.

The ‘very responsive’ and ‘practical’ team at Dickson Minto WS is headed by Ajal Notowicz, who is a ‘very clear communicator’ with ‘phenomenal grasp of his subject’. The practice advises private equity houses, large corporate clients, and SMEs on merger control and behavioural antitrust matters. Notowicz acted for Compass Partners on its investment in a portfolio of assets owned by Bridgepoint and assisted BC Partners with the acquisition of 22 mental healthcare hospitals across the UK. Associate Maria Ziprani joined from CMS and was part of the team advising Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG) and Wood Creek Capital Management on European Commission merger control issues arising from the acquisition by 3i of a controlling stake in WIG. Other clients include AG Barr, Aggreko, Charterhouse Capital Partners, Allflex, and Wireless Infrastructure Group.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP fields a ‘co-operative’ team of ‘true professionals’ led by Gillian Sproul and which includes Lisa Navarro and senior associate Simon Harms; ‘both are equally excellent, with great time management skills’. Sproul advised Jarden Corporation on the merger control aspects of its $15.4bn acquisition of the Jarden by Newell Rubbermaid, which involved multiple jurisdictions including the EU, while Navarro acted for Smiths Group on merger control and information exchange issues related to the divestment of its in vitro fertilisation business to CooperSurgical for £140m. The team is also advising Rentokil Initial on the antitrust aspects of its joint venture with Franz Haniel & Cie, and is advising Capita in relation to its acquisition of Vodafone’s paging business, which has involved a notification to the CMA. The practice continues to advise clients such as G-Form and Macmillan on the EU and UK competition law implications of their distribution strategies.

The ‘flexible’ practice at K&L Gates LLP is praised for its ‘in-depth analysis’ and ‘good knowledge of its client needs’. Key sector strengths include sports, mining and metals, and automotive. Practice head Scott Megregian advised Lockheed Martin on raising concerns before the European Commission in relation to Airbus Safran Launchers’ acquisition of Arianespace, resulting in a referral to phase II and a number of remedies imposed on the parties as conditions for approval. Neil Baylis advised LKQ Corporation on its acquisition of Andrew Page, including a successful request for derogations from the CMA’s interim hold separate order; he is also continuing to act for Balmoral Tanks in connection with the CMA’s investigation into the supply of galvanised steel tanks for water storage. Other clients include Danaher Corporation, Continental AG, Formula One, and Nest Labs.

David Harrison heads the ‘very solid’ team at Mayer Brown International LLP, which is noted for its ‘broad experience’ and ‘creative approach’, and which acts for clients including Agility Logistics, Assured Guaranty Limited, and Star Capital Partners. Harrison advised Wells Fargo on the merger control aspects of its $32bn acquisition of General Electric’s commercial distribution finance business. In another key matter, of counsel Warsha Kalé is part of the team advising CITIC Telecom CPC on the worldwide merger control aspects of its acquisition of the telecommunication assets of Linx Telecommunications. Other highlights included advising Unilever on general competition law issues and compliance, and advising Moody’s Corporation on a collaboration with Euler Hermes Ratings to provide credit ratings for SMEs and mid-cap companies across Europe.

The ‘dedicated’ and ‘hardworking’ team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is praised for its ‘common-sense, practical approach to complex matters’. ‘Fine leader and team playerFrances Murphy (who is noted for her ‘deep insight’, ‘strategic thinking’, and ‘positive and resilient approach’) heads the practice; she is advising Sanofi-Aventis on a range of competition issues, including in relation to its supply arrangements in Europe. Of counsel Joanna Christoforou, who joined from Ashurst, is part of the team advising AstraZeneca UK on new means of supplying and pricing medicine following the restructuring of the NHS’s buying practices and the establishment of healthcare and pharma regulator Monitor. Omar Shah, who joined the team from Latham & Watkins, is advising the London Metal Exchange on competition and public law issues arising from its decision to impose charge capping in respect of metal stored in its worldwide warehouse network. The team is also acting as lead counsel to Concordia in relation to two investigations by the CMA.

Reed Smith LLP’s sector strengths include life sciences, aviation, media, energy, and trade, with a particular emphasis on the shipping sector. The team is led by Edward Miller and Marjorie Holmes, who is praised for her ‘experience’ and ‘excellent knowledge’ of this ‘unique sector’. Miller advised Situs Group Holdings Corporation on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Hatfield Philips International, and advised a well-known international consumer apparel group on competition law compliance issues. Holmes is advising The Alliance on EU compliance issues, including in relation to Article 2 on self-assessment, and is assisting the BBC with its response to the European Commission’s investigation into the e-commerce sector. Other recent work includes advising a third party giving evidence in the CMA’s investigation into Trayport’s acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Channel 4 and an international pharmaceutical company are also among the firm’s clients.

Led by the ‘outstandingPatrick Harrison (who is praised for his ‘mastery of the substantive competition laws’, ‘fantastic client-oriented manner’ and ‘fresh approach’) and Stephen Kinsella (who splits his time between London and Brussels and is an ‘impressive advocate’ and ‘extremely astute adviser’), the ‘fantastic’ and ‘experienced’ team at Sidley Austin LLP delivers ‘user-friendly’, ‘quick, clear and concise’ advice. Harrison advised Recall Corporation in relation to its sale to Iron Mountain for $2.6bn, and acted for Heineken in relation to the antitrust aspects of its $781m acquisition of certain assets from Diageo. The team’s other highlights included providing multi-jurisdictional merger control advice to TowerBrook Capital Partners on a number of acquisitions, and acting for Nidec Corporation on its $1.2bn acquisition of certain businesses from Emerson Electric Company, which involved clearance in a number of jurisdictions including the EU. Other clients include eBay, Bayer Cropscience, and Mastercard. Senior associate Rosanna Connolly is also recommended.

The ‘strategically excellent’ Robert Vidal heads the team at Taylor Wessing LLP; he can ‘think outside the box’ and ‘sees things from his client’s business perspective’. The team remains particularly strong in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors; Vidal and ‘technically excellent’ senior counsel Louisa Penny advised News Corporation and News Corp UK & Ireland on its proposed acquisition of Wireless Group for £220.3m, securing a decision from both the CMA and Ofcom not to investigate the acquisition under the Enterprise Act 2002. Together with senior associate Richard Craig, Vidal also advised Esterline Technologies Corporation on the disposal of the air countermeasures and pyrotechnics business and certain assets of Wallop Defence Systems to Chemring, which was cleared by the CMA. The team also advised Ranbaxy Laboratories and its owner Sun Pharmaceutical Industries on the European Commission’s investigation into pay for delay agreements.

The Bristol-based practice at Burges Salmon LLP is led by Laura Claydon and has significant sector experience in transport, retail, and water. Claydon led the team advising Co-Operative Group on the acquisition of 15 Budgens stores from Booker, and the sale of 298 of its smaller stores to McColls, both of which were cleared by the CMA in 2016. The team also advised a firm of surveyors, property consultants, and estate agents in the South West in relation to the CMA’s investigation into the residential estate agency services sector and provided advice to a waterways charity in relation to the application of its public competition law compliance code of practice, which involved advising on horizontal and vertical competition issues, potential abuse of dominance issues, and potential anti-competitive behaviours. John Houlden continues to advise the University of Bristol on a range of state aid and procurement law matters. Chris Worall joined the team from Clifford Chance LLP.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is jointly headed by Paul Henty and Paul Stone, who has ‘excellent client skills’, ‘deep technical knowledge’ and ‘an astute tactical sense’). Stone acted for Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership on a cartel investigation by the CMA into private ophthalmology, securing a settlement and a 25% fine reduction; he is also advising the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on a variety of competition law matters. Other recent work includes advising Lloyds Pharmacy on a leniency application to the CMA arising from its care home medicines cartel investigation. The team also acts for ITV, YouView, and Celesio. Associates Rory Ashmore and Elora Mukherjee are also recommended.

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides a ‘can-do’, ‘highly pragmatic’ approach and ‘in-depth knowledge’, with a focus on regulated or publicly owned sectors, including healthcare, financial services, and postal services. Practice head Alexandra von Westernhagen (who is noted for her ‘diverse knowledge of EU law’ and ‘ability to explain complex topics in clear terms’) advises Royal Mail on competition law and regulatory issues in relation to UK and EU law, and is providing state aid advice to North East Finance on its establishment of a suite of public investment funds for SMEs in the North East. Legal director David Harrison is part of the team advising British Business Bank on a number of state aid matters, including its Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme; he is also advising the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations on competition law issues arising from horizontal co-operation between competitor groups in a policy initiative to bring more people into private healthcare.

At Gowling WLG, practice head Bernardine Adkins advised Estée Lauder Companies on merger control issues in relation to its acquisition of Too Faced for approximately $1.4bn, and continues to advise Carter Thermal Industries in relation to the Competition and Markets Authority’s cartel investigation into the supply of galvanised steel tanks. The team also advised Opus Energy Limited on merger control issues arising from the sale by auction of its entire share capital, worth £340m, to Drax Group. Other key clients include Dixons Carphone, AstraZeneca UK, Aston Martin Lagonda, and Seiko Epson Corporation. Samuel Beighton and Birmingham-based Anna Cundall were promoted to director and associate, respectively.

Anthony Woolich (who is noted for his ‘keen analytical mind’ and ‘good grasp of the commercial impact’) heads the ‘professional’, ‘responsive’, and ‘client-focused’ team at HFW, which includes Costas Frangeskides and Daniel Martin, and whose sector expertise includes shipping, aviation, logistics, energy, and TMT. The team secured clearance in China, Germany, and South Korea in relation to Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company’s restructuring of two joint venture companies it had formed with Rolls Royce and Singapore International Airlines. The firm also counts Maersk Group, BP, Morgan Stanley, and Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation among its clients. Associate Jeremy Kelly (who splits his time between London and Brussels) is also recommended.

Douglas Lahnborg heads the practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which has particular strengths in the technology sector, and counts Crane Co, Sony, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Telenor, and PayPal among its clients. Lahnborg and senior associate Matthew Rose were part of the team providing merger control advice to Iron Planet Holdings in relation to its $758m acquisition by Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, and advised Apigee Corporation on its $625m acquisition by Google. Other recent work includes merger control advice to AVG Technologies in relation to its $1.3bn acquisition by Avast Software. Managing associate Saira Henry is also recommended. Patrick Hubert, previously head of antitrust at Clifford Chance’s Paris office, joined the practice in Paris, along with three members of his team.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s clients include Scandinavian Airlines, BT, the European Competitive Telecoms Association, Heineken, John Lewis, and Scottish Power. The ‘helpful’, ‘responsive’ and ‘practicalJohn Schmidt leads the ‘down-to-earth’ practice, which delivers ‘high-quality specialist advice’ and ‘hands-on attention from partners’. Schmidt, together with solicitor Zeno Frediani, successfully represented Teva UK in the CMA’s investigation into agreements in the pharmaceutical sector, and continues to advise Teva in relation to the European Commission’s investigation into patent dispute settlement agreements regarding an ACE inhibitor. Other recent work includes advising Skyscanner on the merger control aspects of its £1.4bn deal with Ctrip. The practice is active across a number of sectors, including energy and pharmaceuticals, and has particular strengths in the TMT sector thanks to Gordon Moir and consultant Annemaree McDonough.

Martin Rees and Diarmuid Ryan head the ‘responsive’ and ‘always accessible’ team at Squire Patton Boggs, which provides ‘pragmatic’ advice and ‘first-class service’ across a number of sectors including TMT and life sciences. Ryan (who is noted for his ‘outstanding knowledge’ and ‘great combination of skills, experience, and personality’) is advising a service provider to auction houses under investigation by the CMA in connection with suspected anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominance. together with newly made-up partner Will Sparks in Brussels, Ryan advised Synthomer on its acquisition of Hexion’s performance adhesive and coatings business. Other recent work includes successfully advising a bathroom fittings manufacturer in relation to the CMA’s bathroom fittings probe, and advising Ashtead Group on the CMA’s review of its proposed acquisition of Lion Trackhire. Francesco Liberatore is also recommended.

At Stephenson Harwood, practice head Marta Garcia (who is ‘very thorough’ and provides ‘pragmatic recommendations’) advised Acadia Healthcare on the preliminary competition law aspects of its acquisition of the Priory Group, and advised Arriva Rail London Limited on the award of the London Overground 2 concession by Transport for London, successfully persuading the CMA there was no case to review the award. Associate Simon Albert was part of the team advising Vistra Group Management on its acquisition of the Jordans Group from the West of England Trust. The team has strengths in a number of sectors, including transport, financial services, life sciences, and energy.

The ‘very committedJuan Rodriguez heads the practice at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and is leading the global team advising Bayer AG on the competition law elements and clearances for its $66bn acquisition of Monsanto. European counsel Axel Beckmerhagen was part of the team acting for Iveco and its parent CNH Holding International on a settlement with the European Commission over fines for participation in a truck maker cartel. The team continued to advise Alcatel-Lucent on its acquisition by Nokia and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division on its acquisition of Navico and C-MAP from Altor 2003 Fund, both cleared by the European Commission. Rodriguez is also leading the team representing Fiat Chrysler Finance Europe in a EU state aid investigation regarding Luxembourg tax.

Mark Powell heads the ‘tactically astute’ and ‘impressive’ team at White & Case LLP; he is acting for BUPA in relation to its acquisition of Oasis Dental Care. Marc Israel, who joined the team from Macfarlanes LLP, acted for the successful immunity applicant GB Eye in relation to the CMA’s cartel investigation into online price fixing; he also advised Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank on their joint acquisition of the private equity portfolio of the National Bank of Greece for €288m, and, together with associate Aqeel Kadri, advised Legal & General Investment Management on the Financial Conduct Authority’s asset management market study. Jacquelyn MacLennan assisted DX (Group) in relation to its acquisition of The Legal Post (Scotland) and First Post, while James Killick is leading the advice to Pfizer in relation to the CMA’s investigation into alleged excessive pricing; both divide their time between Brussels and London. MacLennan, Charles Balmain, and John Reynolds remain particularly active in competition litigation.

The practice at Winston & Strawn London LLP continues to be active in cartel and competition investigations, state aid, and merger control work, in addition to providing strategic competition law advice. Practice head Peter Crowther and associate Jade-Alexandra Fearns advised Motorola Solutions on its £817.5m acquisition of Airwave, including the CMA’s investigation into the completed acquisition.

James Ashe-Taylor leads the team at Constantine Cannon LLP, which has a particular focus on the telecommunications, automotive, airlines, and payment systems sectors, and includes Richard Pike (who is ‘extremely personable’, ‘knows his sectors’ and provides ‘detailed technical knowledge’) and associates Irene Fraile and Yulia Tosheva. The practice is active in merger control, strategic competition and compliance advice, and antitrust investigations, and counts Three, British Airways, Boots UK, and Brookfield Utilities UK No 2 Limited among its clients.

With particular strengths in the TMT and life sciences sectors, the practice at Cooley (UK) LLP continues to provide competition law advice and to assist clients with investigations by the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority. Practice head Becket McGrath (who is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘delivers good results and risk assessments’) advised Rovi Corporation on the non-US merger control aspects of its acquisition of TiVo. Other key clients include the Guardian Media Group, The Pokémon Company, Harrods, and new clients OpenLink and ChannelAdvisor.

Timothy McIver heads the practice at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which specialises in merger control in a number of sectors including technology and communications, energy, aviation, and financial services. McIver advised Dover Corporation on its $780m acquisition of Wayne Fueling Systems from Riverstone Holdings, which was cleared in the UK with remedies by the CMA; he also advised Solenis on its separate acquisitions of Lostris International, Wester Blend, and Nopco Paper Technology. Other highlights included advising on global merger control approvals, including from the European Commission, of American Securities LLC and P2 Capital Partners LLC‘s acquisition of joint control over Blount International. Other key clients include Eutelsat Communications, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and American International Group.

European competition "wunderkind"’ Oliver Bretz heads the practice at Euclid Law, which grew last year with the arrivals of Marie Leppard from Clifford Chance LLP, senior consultant Gavin Robert from Linklaters LLP, and counsel Daniel Cummins, as well as the promotion to partnership of Sarah Long (who is ‘user-friendly’ and provides ‘commercially-focused advice’). The team delivers ‘exceptional quality’, thinks ‘outside the box’, and is praised for its ‘flexibility’ and ‘reactivity’. Bretz (who has ‘deep knowledge of competition law’ and a ‘practical approach’, providing ‘invaluable and spot-on advice’) advised Statoil Fuel & Retail on the divestment approach necessary to obtain phase I clearance of its acquisition of Shell’s retail fuel network in Denmark; together with Leppard, Bretz is acting for a major investment bank in the European Commission’s cartel investigation into FOREX manipulation. Brussels-based Damien Geradin, who joined the firm following the merger of his practice EDGE Legal, assisted Bpost with the notification of a state aid package granted by the Belgian government to the European Commission, and is advising O2 on the European Commission’s investigation of network sharing agreements between O2 and T-Mobile in the Czech Republic. The team also advised a client on bringing a competition complaint to the CMA in relation to Intercontinental Exchange’s acquisition of Trayport.

Tobias Caspary heads the ‘exemplary’ practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP, which provides ‘absolute subject matter expertise’ and ‘responsive practical advice’ with a focus on multi-jurisdictional merger control investigations. The team includes associates Neda Moussavi and Max Küttner, who joined in 2016 from the CMA. The ‘excellent’, ‘highly knowledgeable’, and ‘business-savvy’ Caspary acted for Combe, an interested third party in the CMA’s phase II merger investigation of Reckitt Benckiser’s acquisition of the KY brand, and advised Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories on its $1.4bn acquisition of Interactive Intelligence Group. The ‘extremely collegiate and responsive’ Moussavi was part of the team advising Aleris Corporation on its sale to Zhongwang International Group, and the team advised AEA Investors in the $2.1bn sale of its portfolio company Dematic to KION Group. Other clients include New Mountain Capital, Goldman Sachs, Ascential Group, and Onex Partners.

Ali Nikpay heads the team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, which includes Patrick Doris and of counsel Deirdre Taylor. Doris advised an industrial client on the polyurethane foam cartel investigation and secured immunity from fines by the European Commission, and represented a global banking entity in relation to a global investigation into the manipulation of currency exchange rates. Taylor has provided antitrust advice to clients across such sectors as telecommunications, aviation, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. The practice’s other clients have included UBS, Gala Coral, Schlumberger, Facebook, and Debenhams.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Ince & Co delivers strong expertise in the shipping sector, and has strengths in the aviation, transport and energy sectors. Practice head Philip Ruttley led the team acting for NYK in respect of the long-running European Commission investigation into alleged price signalling in the container shipping sector and, together with managing associate Solange Leandro, continues to provide compliance advice to Air New Zealand. Alison Marriott joined the team from Simmons & Simmons as a consultant.

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s clients include Sainsbury’s, Hewlett-Packard, Esso Petroleum, Whitbread Group, and Camelot. The team advised Hammer plc on the sale of shares in the company to DCC plc and secured the European Commission’s unconditional clearance at phase I. Litigation-specialist Sarah Houghton was promoted to partner. Andrij Jurkiw joined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2018.

The ‘excellent’ team at Osborne Clarke LLP is headed by ‘exceptional lawyer’ Simon Neill (who is ‘vastly knowledgeable’, ‘likeable’, and a ‘reassuring presence in difficult discussions’), and ‘goes over and above’, helping clients make the ‘correct commercial decisions’. Neill advised SMART Technologies on the CMA’s review of its acquisition by Hon Hai Precision Industry, securing unconditional clearance, while legal director Marc Shrimpling from the Bristol office advised Dyson on its European distribution model in relation to EU and national competition laws. Associate director Katherine Kirrage is part of the team advising Nomad Foods on competition law compliance in all areas of the business across the EU. The team is also advising EE in connection with the Home Office’s procurement for the emergency services mobile communications programmes, and News UK on a wide range of competition law matters. Bristol-based senior associates Rebecca Malone and Zoë Hare are also recommended.

Rising starLambros Kilaniotis (who is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘hard-working’) heads the team at RPC, which was appointed to RSA Group’s legal panel and counts Sports Direct International, Coca-Cola European Partners, ASOS, Daily Mail & General Trust, and Johnson Controls among its clients. Kilaniotis advised ANV Holding on the competition and merger control aspects of its $218m acquisition by AmTrust Financial Services, and advised Paine & Partners on its strategic investment in Meadow Foods. Senior associate Melanie Musgrave is part of the team providing strategic advice to RSA Group on issues arising from the CMA’s investigation into the private motor insurance market. Stephen Smith joined Bristows LLP.

The ‘competitive and creative’ practice at Watson Farley & Williams LLP delivers strong sector experience in transport, energy, and natural resources, and counts OMV AG, Budapest Airport, Airport Strategy & Marketing (ASM), The GSM Association, and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust among its clients. Practice head Jeremy Robinson (‘knowledgeable’, ‘proactive’, ‘engaging’) is advising DONG Energy on the competition law aspects of various long-term exclusive trading agreements and, together with associate Vineet Budhiraja, advised Pensionskassernes Administration on the competition aspects of its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Teesside renewable energy plant. The team also advised OMV AG and OMV Exploration & Production on the sale of 100% of the shares in its subsidiary OMV (UK) to Siccar Point Energy.

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