Firms To Watch: EU and competition

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP made a statement of its intent in the London competition market with the hire of Antonio Bavasso  in February 2021. Formerly co-head of Allen & Overy LLP's global antitrust practice, Bavasso brings substantial experience in market investigations and phase II merger reviews, particularly within the TMT sector. David Vann leads the practice across Europe and Asia.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has made a bold intention to build up a City competition practice with the hire of well-regarded partner Jenine Hulsmann  from Clifford Chance LLP. The addition of Hulsmann also adds further depth to the firm's growing public M&A offering.

EU and competition in London

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLPComparative Guides promotional icon's London competition practice is almost without equal, comprising a number of highly experienced and respected partners who collectively provide a top tier service across transactional support, regulatory investigations, state aid and behavioural issues. In addition to  its strong London team, the firm is able provide global coverage through its overseas offices and alliances with leading firms in  jurisdictions where it has no office of its own, such as Australia. UK practice head Nicole Kar is well placed to advise clients on their Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) filing obligations under the new National Security & Investment Act, having acted as a specialist adviser to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee. Christian Ahlborn, global head of competition, also operates from London and has significant experience advising banks and corporates on complex M&A transactions.  Other names of significance include merger control expert Simon Pritchard, Natura Gracia, who is appreciated  by clients for her 'high quality, compelling advocacy', newly promoted partner Anna Mitchell and managing associate Verity Egerton-Doyle. Sir Christopher Bellamy QC re-joined Monkton chambers in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Kar; Christian Ahlborn

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pritchard; Natura Gracia; Anna Mitchell; Rachel Hetherington; Verity Egerton-Doyle; Jonathan Ford; William Leslie

Testimonials

Very pragmatic, responsive and highly commercial – they have an excellent understanding of how we operate as an organisation, with impressive industry knowledge and are closely aligned with our strategic objectives.

Simon Pritchard and Anna Mitchell were excellent in preparations for our hearing with the CMA.’

Natura Gràcia and Nicole Kar are both excellent; very supportive and responsive – this is exactly what we look for in our advisers. We have been working closely with them for a number of years and they have integrated exceptionally well into our team on a variety of ongoing and transactional issues.

Very strong on guiding us through strategic choices. Very strong breadth of team, with a lot of very good people to handle large cases. I have worked with Linklaters on a number of different types of matters, and they are also very good at fielding the right team for the case. Linklaters also have one of the more diverse teams I have worked with across a number of aspects of diversity, including diversity of background and experience.’

Very client focused,  clear and commercial.

Natura Gracia has been excellent where we have worked together – very practical and clear, and produces very high quality, compelling advocacy.

The legal expertise, professionalism, attention to detail and fast assimilation of our sector was very impressive. Aided by great client care. In particular, the strength of their written submissions and key feature of EU competition law protecting SMEs.’

Natura Gracia provides clear and commercially focused legal advice and support. She is extremely responsive and very user friendly.’

Key clients

BGL

QIAGEN N.V.

G4S

National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

JD Sports/Footasylum

GBST Holdings Limited

Just Eat/Takeaway

SGN, WWU and NGN

BAE systems

Work highlights

  • Advising JD Sports’ on the acquisition of UK competitor Footasylum plc,  which was the subject of a Phase II investigation by the CMA.
  • Advising BGL after the CMA issued a statement of objections relating to BGL’s contractual relationship with home insurance providers.
  • Advising Scotia Gas Networks, Northern Gas Networks and Wales & West Utilities on the ongoing Ofgem RIIO-GD2 price control process.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and MayComparative Guides promotional icon's competition practice is truly market-leading, frequently assisting with the most complex and significant deals and investigations in the market. The group has a demonstrable track record of achieving outstanding results for clients before regulatory bodies; as a recent example, Bertrand Louveaux advised Deliveroo on a CMA phase II investigation into Amazon acquiring a minority interest in the company, which resulted in a rare unconditional Phase 2 clearance. The team is able to call on a number of respected partners, including Claire Jeffs (co-lead of the department alongside Louveaux) and Isabel Taylor, who is a ' shrewd, practical and knowledgeable expert in subsidy control/State aid'. Philippe Chappatte is another well-known name and assists with market investigations. Jackie Holland joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Bertrand Louveaux; Claire Jeffs

Other key lawyers:

Phillippe Chappatte; Isabel Taylor; Lisa Wright; William Turtle

Testimonials

Slaughter and May have a strong relationship culture, strong management protocols and a genuine interest in the issues at hand.

A very sophisticated team — great to deal with and very worldly and politically astute which is more and more important in competition and anti trust.’

A genuine interest in the issues, strong project management and a good sense of balance for the issues in hand. Philippe Chappatte has great experience, a good sense of balance and always retains a sense of humour.’

The team are commercial, straightforward, have a team approach and are succinct and to the point in their legal advice. They are also creative and innovative in their approach to complex legal issues.’

Claire Jeffs is top notch, she in incisive, understands the business quickly and can see solutions quickly.

The academic & intellectual capability of the team – Bertrand Louveaux in particular -is what sets this team apart.’

Isabel Taylor is a very shrewd, practical and knowledgeable expert in subsidy control/state aid. I have worked with her in shaping consultation responses and papers on subsidy control/State aid policy: she is on top of all the issues and has an excellent sense of points that are important in practice.’

Bertrand Louveaux is outstanding — terrific manner, worldly and will speak truth to corporate power if that’s the right thing to do. Vital to have that in a competition adviser but it’s  also done with real authority. Good problem solver too.’

Key clients

British Airways/IAG

Calder

Daily Mail and General Trust

Deliveroo

Diageo

Dignity

Drax

eBay Inc.

FNZ

Google

INEOS

JP Morgan Chase

Marston’s

Richemont

Sabre

S&P Global

Suez

Trafigura

The Stars Group

Varian

William Hill

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on the EC AdSense investigation.
  • Advising Deliveroo on the UK CMA phase II investigation into major online marketplace Amazon acquiring a minority interest in the company, which resulted in an unconditional clearance.
  • Advising S&P Global on the international filings for its proposed $44bn merger with IHS Markit.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP has a deep pool of experienced competition practitioners, allowing it to advise a broad range of high-profile international companies on corporate transactions and behavioural issues. The London practice is lead by Mark Friend;  who is described by one client as 'one of the standout competition and regulatory lawyers in the UK', Friend's expertise spans all areas of competition law, from merger control through to state aid, cartel investigations and litigation. Philip Mansfield splits his practice between Brussels and London, and is particularly experienced in the  tech sector, having obtained regulatory approval for complex mergers and joint ventures before both the UK and EU regulators. Other key team members include Dominic Long and counsel Thomas Masterman. January 2021 saw the departure of global co-head of antitrust Antonio Bavasso, who has joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Friend; Philip Mansfield

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Balfour; Dominic Long; Thomas Masterman

Testimonials

The team provides a great combination of comprehensive yet extremely practical advice.’

Mark Friend is one of the standout competition and regulatory lawyers in the UK and Dominic Long is also very strong.

Excellent team with excellent knowledge

Philip Mansfield is a true legal/business partner who takes the time to understand the company and business. As a team, they partner well with counsel in other regions to ensure that the practice is global. They look around corners and understand both the business perspective and the regulatory perspective – they do well in translating the narrative and managing strategy.’

Excellent concentration of talent. Depth of knowledge of competition law and superb client and communication skills.

Mark Friend is both brilliant and immensely experienced. He is able to bring his great knowledge of competition law to bear on regulatory disputes. Without being at all heavy-handed he manages to spot the key points and push them home.

Allen & Overy went above and beyond what was required when we engaged with them. In depth knowledge of their area of expertise partnered with exceptional client care created a first class client experience.

Mark Friend is the right mix of being incredibly clever but being able to explain things to clients. If you want excellent advice go to Mark.

Key clients

Refinitiv

Hitachi Ltd

Liberty Global

Scottish Power

Qatar Petroleum

Marks and Spencer

News Corp / News UK

Direct Line Group

WPP

Citibank

Virgin Atlantic

Lloyds

TVS Europe Distribution

Kuehne + Nagel

Reckitt

BT

American Tower Corporation

The Brink’s Company

AP Moller Maersk

Work highlights

  • Advised Liberty Global plc  on its £31bn deal with Telefónica SA  to merge Virgin Media and O2.
  • Advised Refinitiv on its $27bn acquisition by the London Stock Exchange Group.
  • Acted for TVS Europe Distribution on the CMA’s phase 2 review of its completed acquisition of 3G Truck & Trailer.

Clifford Chance LLP

The competition practice at Clifford Chance LLPComparative Guides promotional icon is truly full service and provides some of the world's largest companies with advice on  multijurisdictional merger clearances, FDI filings, investigations and behavioural issues. Practice head Greg Olsen specialises in the financial services, fintech, consumer goods and media sectors, maintaining strong relationships with key clients in the market such as Mastercard. Beyond Olsen, the team has a strong bench of first-rate partners; Nelson Jung handles mergers in the technology sector and previoulsy served as director of mergers at the CMA, while Alex Nourry advises on UK and EU cartel and market investigations across a number of sectors. The team saw the departure of Jenine Hulsmann , who left in in June 2021,to join Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP to develop its European antitrust practice.

Practice head(s):

Greg Olsen

Other key lawyers:

Nelson Jung; Alex Nourry; Jennifer Storey

Testimonials

Jenny Storey is a newly made up partner. Super bright and very user friendly. Put her in front of a board on 5 minutes’ notice and she provided crystal clear guidance on a tricky issue to a board of non-English speakers.’

Key clients

Admiral Group plc

Amazon

Cellnex

Comcast / NBCUniversal

Delivery Hero

EE

Mastercard

Mondelez International

Telefonica

UK Government – Department of Health and Social Care

Work highlights

  • Advising Amazon on two active European Commission investigations regarding Amazon’s marketplace, as well as other Member State investigations.
  • Advising the Department of Health and Social Care on compliance with EU State aid rules and the new UK subsidy control regime in respect of the  NHS Track and Trace system.
  • Advising Mastercard on its €2.85bn  acquisition of Nets’ account-to-account  payments business.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is commended by both peers and clients for its 'deep knowledge and experience in both EU and UK competition law matters'. The merger control practice is particularly strong, with the team often consulted to advise on some of the most significant transactions in the market; in 2020 the firm assisted Willis Towers Watson with its $30bn merger with Aon. Stephen Wisking leads the global practice, which also includes Susan Black and the 'outstanding' Kim Dietzel, specialists in the consumer and aviation sectors respectively. In addition to a deep bench of partners, the team also includes well-regarded associates such as Suzy Campbell, who assisted Dietzel in advising Virgin Atlantic on a CMA investigation.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Wisking

Other key lawyers:

Susan Black; Veronica Roberts; Tim Briggs; André Pretorius; Kim Dietzel; Suzy Campbell

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable and always commercial. Timely in advice and impressive understanding of the insurance industry and how competition law applies to it: able to tailor advice to our organisation.’

Veronica Roberts is accessible, knowledgeable, pragmatic and very client friendly. One of the more user-friendly partners in the City and great to partner with on large complex deals.

HSF has deep knowledge and experience in both EU and UK competition law matters. Their partners do more than just supervise the associates; they are hands on. They have a very practical approach and understand how the agencies (CMA, DG-Comp, etc.) operate and how the agency lawyers think.’

We have found the team to be expert, knowledgeable, professional and thorough. Communication is understandable, frank, and delivered directly, concisely and clearly. There is never a feeling of being talked at or being swamped by jargon or technical language. We have been made to feel part of the team, rather than just a client – i have not experienced this to this level before and it makes a difficult process easier.

The individuals appear to have taken the trouble to get to know you. We are not a huge client but we feel as if we get the very best service. Listening and then taking the trouble to research and ensure everything is covered and understood is exceptional.

Kim Dietzel is outstanding. Personable, quick thinking, with a great “gut instinct”. Works hard to understand the industry she is advising and really adept at meshing complex insurance concepts with the principles of competition law. Thoroughly recommended.

Key clients

Sky

Google

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Uber

Iveco and Fiat Chrysler

Telefónica

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”)

Willis Towers Watson

Bauer Media

AerCap Holdings

Ardonagh Group

Energy Networks Association

Sainsbury’s

Bharti Global

Work highlights

  • Advised Uber on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Autocab.
  • Advising Willis Towers Watson on the $30bn merger between WTW and Aon.
  • Advising Virgin Atlantic in an ongoing investigation by the UK CMA into the British Airways /American Airlines Transatlantic Joint Venture.

Ashurst

Ashurst has longstanding experience in the competition field and the team continues to include a number of experienced partners who advise across a range of issues. Nigel Parr and Euan Burrows respectively lead the global and EMEA practices. The former, described as 'without doubt the best competition lawyer in Europe' by one client, assists with complex merger control issues, while the latter provides coordinated state aid, competition, procurement and merger control advice in relations to large transport and infrastructure projects. Duncan Liddell is another key partner, having assisted a number of multinational finance institutions with investigations into anti-competitive conduct.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Parr; Euan Burrows

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Liddell; Neil Cuninghame; Steven Vaz; David Wirth; Tom Punton

Testimonials

This team provides really clear advice and are extremely responsive. They understand our business well

Nigel Parr is without doubt the best competition lawyer in Europe. His advice is outstanding, timely and delivered in an extremely pleasant manner. Absolute delight to work with Nigel. However, the team really stands out in that you also get outstanding service delivered in the same phenomenal way by his entire team, notably Steven Vaz and the economists David Wirth and Tom Punton. Ashurst really is our go-to lawyers whenever we have complicated matters and we even use them outside their own jurisdiction in some cases. More junior people are also very clever and nice to work with.’

They are simply better than the competition – better and clearer advice, faster, better drafted, more comprehensive etc. Even massive merger tasks are completed in record time and with outstanding results. The availability, even of the top partners, is outstanding.

We work primarily with Nigel Parr and Steven Vaz. Both are very knowledgeable and thorough, keeping us appraised of timelines and activity. We appreciate that they highlight what matters and manage the process without our needing to manage them. In highly complex competition matters, their knowledge of the intricacies has allowed us to focus on big picture issues while they manage the fit with the law. Highly recommend them for international matters where application of familiar competition concepts need to be applied under local law.’

Key clients

Ryder

Intel

Royal Mail Group

Circle Health

AVEVA Group Plc

Medreich Plc

Bank of America

PPL Corporation

AMP Capital Investors

Cardtronics

IHS Markit

Work highlights

  • Advising Medreich plc on the CMA’s investigation into alleged cartel conduct in relation to the supply of Prochlorperazine.
  • Advised AVEVA Group plc in relation to its $5bn acquisition of OSIsoft LLC.
  • Acting for Circle Health in relation to the competition law and merger control aspects of its acquisition of BMI Healthcare.

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie is 'technically excellent with a good sense of commerciality', and provides advice on transactional, investigatory and  behavioural matters to multinationals from a number of sectors including energy, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods. Samantha Mobley, Luis Gomez  and department head Keith Jones are all well-versed in a variety of issues, having assisted with CMA investigations, complex merger control issues and litigation in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court.  James Robinson focuses on cartel issues, handling risk assessments, investigations and immunity applications.

Practice head(s):

Keith Jones

Other key lawyers:

Luis Gomez; Samantha Mobley; James Robinson

Testimonials

Very pragmatic and business oriented approach.

It’s a global practice with a global outlook and the ability to draw on specialists across the world. Very practical and great to work with. We find the close relationship/integration between their competition practice and broader trade/compliance practice really valuable when considering compliance at a general level.

Keith Jones has a wealth of experience with a practical approach. He’s great at collaborating with his broader international team.

Very strong team across the board. Technically excellent with a good sense of commerciality.’

Luis Gomez is an exceptionally talented competition lawyer. He advises primarily on behavioural issues and provides a rare mix of technical expertise, commercial judgement and a great working style – he is a pleasure to deal with at all times.’

Key clients

Accenture

Adidas

Archer Daniels Midland

BA

Bain Capital

Barclays Bank

BAT

Bidvest

Cobelfret

EDF Energy

GE

GlaxoSmithKline

Hitachi

IMG

ION Group

JLL

L’Oréal

Mondelez

Rio Tinto

Roland

Shell

Sumitomo Corporation

Unilever

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Assisting Platinum Equity with obtaining global merger control clearances in connection with several acquisitions.
  • Advised UK-based GlaxoSmithKline in a joint venture with Pfizer to form a global consumer healthcare business.
  • Advising Hitachi on the $11bn acquisition of Swiss engineering group ABB.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘extremely broad and versatile competition law practice‘ has a strong reputation for handling complex transactional and investigation work. In 2021, Angus Coulter stepped down from his role as head of the London competition team to become global head of the firm’s telecoms sector group. and continues to advise on a range of issues in the TMT, life sciences and retail sectors. The London competition practice is now led by Christopher Hutton, who also leads the Dublin office. Global co-head of competition, Suyong Kim , advises on the complete spectrum of competition issues and recently assisted Bottomline Technologies (DE) Inc in obtaining unconditional phase II merger clearance for its acquisition of assets from Experian Limited.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hutton; Suyong Kim

Other key lawyers:

Angus Coulter; Susan Bright; Ciara Kennedy Loest; Mark Jones; Paul Castlo; Alice Wallace Wright

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells have an extremely broad and versatile competition law practice. They are at home in the biggest global mergers as they are in complex regulatory matters in the financial or aviation areas. The quality of their competition law and competition litigation practices are of great mutual benefit.’

‘Christopher Hutton is a wonderfully reassuring lawyer with great experience. He is someone who chooses his words very carefully and is always worth listening to.’

‘The team applies their encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law matters very practically to the issues that arise in deal processes. Although they have a wealth of experience, they are careful not to over-complicate simple issues. Sometimes their strength comes in the simplicity of the solutions they suggest.’

‘Both Suyong Kim and Paul Castlo demonstrate a blend of relevant industry sector knowledge and technical competition process acumen. This enables them to provide strategic advice at all stages of a transaction to ensure the best results for the client in a process.’

‘Angus Coulter and Alice Wallace Wright are exceptional in providing clear, commercial and pragmatic advice both to lawyers and non-lawyers. They are always available, a pleasure to deal with and provide advice quickly.’

‘Both the Commercial and Competition practices are very pragmatic with their advice and work in a business friendly way’

‘Mark Jones provides very pragmatic and clear advice and provides quick turnaround times. He and his team are happy to provide a quick view or more detailed advice as required and have also supported in preparing guidance notes for me to use with my stakeholders.’

Key clients

Dell Technologies

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Bottomline Technologies (DE) Inc

Novartis

The Crown Estate

Ingredion Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Advised AmerisourceBergen Corporation on its US$6.47 billion acquisition of Walgreens Boots Alliance.
  • Advised Bottomline Technologies (DE) Inc, on obtaining  Phase 2 merger clearance for its acquisition of assets from Experian Limited.
  • Advised The Crown Estate on wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins has built up a strong London competition practice capable of advising on a range of non-contentious issues, as well as litigation. In addition to an enviable track record advising on the competition aspects of international M&A transactions, the group also handles issues relating to cartels, abuse of dominance and CMA market studies. Jonathan Parker and  David Little co-lead the team; the former has experience representing clients in appeals to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the EU General Court. while the latter has developed a niche in the TMT sector. John Colahan retired from private practice in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Parker; David Little

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Browne

Testimonials

Tremendous expertise. Great practical advice. Great understanding of business ramifications.

David Little is a fantastic counsellor. His business focus and antitrust expertise are fantastic. He can clearly explain complex tensions and assist companies in seeing the right path for applying regulation to their particular situation. He represents clients well and is someone I would have full faith in representing me and my company in front of any internal or external stakeholders.’

Jonathan Parker in Latham’s UK office is excellent. He understands the CMA, their concerns, and how they operate. If you need an expert for UK antitrust matters, he is the one to call. Don’t wait for the CMA to find an issue — hire him from the beginning on all your deals to get the best advice on what to do.’

Key clients

Facebook

KKR & Co. Inc. (“KKR”)

NVIDIA

Lime

Siemens Healthineers AG (Siemens Healthineers)

GRAIL, Inc.

Aon plc

Farfetch

American Airlines Group

Triton

Work highlights

  • Advised NVIDIA Corporation on the potential acquisition of Arm Limited.
  • Advised Facebook on the CMA’s investigation into its completed acquisition of Giphy.
  • Advised KKR on the CMA’s Phase 1 review of the acquisition of OverDrive Holdings,Inc by its portfolio company RBMedia.

Macfarlanes LLP

The 'exceptionally sharp legal minds' at Macfarlanes LLP are consulted by large commercial clients, as well as overseas law firms, to advise on EU and UK competition elements in relation to market investigations and merger control matters. Led by the 'outstanding' Malcolm Walton, the group is particularly strong in the pharmaceutical sector and maintains strong relationships with key companies in the industry, such as Flynn Pharma and Teva. Cameron Firth in particular is a 'stand-out individual in the field' of regulatory investigations in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Walton

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Firth; Fiona Beattie; Tom Usher; Stephen Kon; Christophe Humpe

Testimonials

Great in depth knowledge amongst solicitors in this specialist field. Adept at handling large scale competition law litigation including cartel damages claims and before the European courts.’

Key strengths are the combination of deep industry/commercial knowledge with exceptionally sharp legal minds. You can trust the Competition team to cut through and give practical and detailed advice and work incredibly efficiently and effectively.’

Cameron Firth is a stand-out individual in the field. He grasps complex and challenging matters incredibly quickly and provides a rare level of clarity. He’s comfortable taking a view rather than sitting on the fence. We also know that we can put him in front of senior executives with complete trust that he will speak their language and get his advice across so that the legal position and the options are easily understood and digested. Fiona Beattie is a trusted adviser who takes the time to get to know our business and industry inside out and provides detailed, thorough and clear advice. She is a creative thinker and tenacious in seeing a matter to conclusion.

Malcolm Walton is an outstanding partner. He managed a large task in a very efficient manner, with a relatively small but knowledgeable and effective team. He (and the team) achieved a remarkable grasp on our unique space in an industry that is not well known or understood. Malcolm used the right assortment of expert resources in each phase of the engagement, adding resources only when necessary and thus managing well the overall budget while also ensuring that only knowledgeable resources were involved.

Macfarlanes has forged a unique combination of commercial litigation and competition expertise. They combine a deep knowledge of competition law with the experience of heavyweight commercial litigators.

Key clients

AB SKF

Diageo

Epiris LLP

Farelogix Inc.

Flynn Pharma

Genius Sports / Betgenius

Mylan (now part of Viatris)

Omnicom

Prysmian SpA

RBS

Sepura Ltd.

Smith & Williamson

Teva

The BBC

XPO Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised Smith & Williamson on its merger with Tilney.
  • Advising Farelogix on the CMA’s Phase 2 merger investigation in relation to its acquisition by Sabre Corporation.
  • Advising Flynn Pharma in connection with the CMA’s first ever standalone unfair pricing case.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright provides its clients with 'consistent and high calibre support' across a range of areas, often leveraging its international network of offices to provide global expertise. Merger control is a speciality, with the group often being brought in by clients when a phase II investigation is launched to provide specialist advice, though the team also handles investigations of various types. 'Excellent communicator' Mark Simpson leads the London team, while Ian Giles heads up the practice across the EMEA region. Mark Tricker leads on merger clearances for some of the practice's key clients such as PayPal.

Practice head(s):

Ian Giles; Mark Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Tricker; Caroline Thomas; Susanna Rogers

Testimonials

Susanna Rogers –  very diligent, very calm, great practical advice delivered efficiently, willing to respond to changing demands client demands, great knowledge and understanding, organised and really nice to deal with.’

‘Mark Simpson – very strategic advice, good to deal with, showed flexibility and quick to get up to speed.

The NRF Competition Team have provided us with consistent and high calibre support for a number of years. They know our business and are able to provide practical, commercial advice and have an excellent understanding of the law in this area and best practice. They are a very personable team with sharp focus and responsive turnarounds. We have found them highly adaptive in responding to questions from different parts of our business and a pleasure to work with. They have been creative and responsive in their training offerings for us.

Mark Simpson – excellent communicator and understanding of the law. Quick to adapt advice to our sector and understand complex products. Is able to get to the key questions decisively and instils great confidence with his advice.’

‘Caroline Thomas – personable style, commercial approach and highly diligent. Quickly absorbs all the facts and listens actively. Brings excellent experience and understanding of competition law in practice. Is solution focused

Key clients

PayPal

HSBC

Vodafone

Delta Air Lines

PwC

BP

Shell

Coca-Cola European Partners

Orange

Mercer

National Grid

Carlsberg

SONI Limited

Bombardier

Stena

Energizer Brands

Santander

Qatar Petroleum

Exxon Mobil

PayPoint plc

Reckitt Benckiser

Hertz

Thales

BUPA

CAE

Arla

TUI

Jet2

Northern Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising PayPoint in relation to an investigation by Ofgem.
  • Advising Carlsberg on its joint venture with Maston’s.
  • Advising Bristol Water plc on a regulatory reference to the CMA.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has an extensive roster of experienced partners, collectively providing clients with advice across the complete spectrum of competition issues. Active in a number of sectors, the group stands out for its dedicated life sciences and pharmaceutical antitrust practice, led by Robert Vidal. The group also has a specialist subsidies and state aid practice, headed up by Totis Kotsonis, which in 2021 has been advising private companies and public authorities on the new UK subsidy control regime. Alan Davis leads the team overall and is described by one client as  ‘one of the smartest competition lawyers around‘. His specialisms include CMA investigations and director disqualification proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Alan Davis

Other key lawyers:

Angelique Bret; Robert Vidal; Totis Kotsonis

Testimonials

Robert Vidal is a standout partner, with great understanding of what we’re trying to achieve and of our business and sector. He also has an innovative approach to new things.

Pinsents have an incredibly versatile and broad competition law practice covering a much wider range of areas than most other City firms. Their powerful regional base of offices and clients have given the firm great scale and scope in competition law.

Alan Davis is one of the smartest competition lawyers around, with impeccable judgement. Angelique Bret is a clear rising star with a wonderfully deft client touch. Robert Vidal is a shrewd life sciences and litigation hire.’

Clear, concise communicators who quickly identify key issues. Empathetic approach – never doubt that they’re on top of matters.’

Very experienced team, able to draw on a number of different sets of circumstances and cases in order to provide a realistic body of advice and guidance, including effective expectation management and anticipation of client outcomes – which is the absolute magic ingredient with Competition work where the Regulators are involved. They don’t get bogged down in the law at the expense of rational thinking or pragmatic analysis. They work extremely well with economists and insurers too. We saw them effectively utilise technological tools to cut through expansive data sets

The stand-out individuals – Dr Totis Kotsonis for his knowledge of state aid and trade matters, and Alan Davis, the head of the competition practice. In particular, Dr Totis Kotsonis stands out for his unique knowledge of state aid matters, with unparalleled knowledge of the transport and energy sectors. He has a very client friendly approach and is able to provide very clear advice ton matters that are completely new and where there are no precedents that can be considered.’

Angelique Bret, common sense and pragmatism personified. A healthy respect for (but in no way obsequious with) the Regulator – effectively manages knife edge-relations at highly emotive moments. Technically proficient and highly experienced without being overly technocratic with her advice.

Key clients

Google

Post Office Limited

E.On

Tesco PLC

KPMG

FP McCann Limited

Mabey Holdings

Sun Pharma

BUPA

Work highlights

  • Advised FP McCann Limited on the CMA’s long-running cartel investigation into the supply of precast concrete products to the construction industry.
  • Advising Sun Pharma on its appeal to the CJEU  following a European Commission decision to impose total fines of €146m in relation to reverse payment settlement agreements.
  • Acted for Bupa Insurance Limited in connection with the acquisition of Civil Service Healthcare Society Limited.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is well regarded by peers and clients for its work on complex antitrust issues, and assists with phase I and II merger clearances, CMA market investigations and subsidy control. The group, which also has a strong contentious offering, is led by 'phenomenal' Bruce Kilpatrick, who advises across the full range of competition issues. Rona Bar-Isaac is recommended for investigations work, having advised the Co-operative on the CMA's market investigation into the funeral sector.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Kilpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Rona Bar-Isaac; Al Mangan

Testimonials

Punch above their market position

Al Mangan is excellent. True technical expertise but can use it in a commercial context. Personable, which is essential for building an authentic relationship. He has become a trusted sounding board in very little time.

What immediately strikes with the AG team is that they are genuinely a team who enjoy working together. It is a clear testament to the personality of the partners of the EU & competition team.

Bruce Kilpatrick is a phenomenal competition lawyer. His advice is straight to the point and addresses the real-life commercial issues. A true pleasure to work with.

The AG team has strong technical ability as you would expect, but is then able to readily convert this into sound commercial advice that is easy to understand for both lawyers and non-lawyers.’

Al Mangan is a first class partner, managing his team to ensure that the right level of lawyer is working on a matter to provide fast and comprehensive but cost-effective advice.’

Bruce Kilpatrick is a gifted technical lawyer who has bags of personality. His understanding of econometric intricacies is superb.’

Technically brilliant – the team are both very professional and very personable. They are big enough to deal with the most complex and intensive issues and provide clear advice in a timely manner. They are fabulous to work with.

Key clients

YPO

The Co-operative Group Limited

Saga PLC Bennetts Motorcycling Services Limited

The Road Haulage Association

Harrogate Water Brands Limited

Samworth Brothers Ltd

NKT group of companies

Hallriver Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising  Road Haulage Association on proposed collective proceedings brought against truck manufacturers to recover damages resulting from a 14-year cartel.
  • Advising CGL in the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into compliance with the Groceries Market Investigation.
  • Represented YPO in the Competition and Markets Authority’s phase 2 merger investigation into its proposed £50m acquisition of competitor Findel Education.

Bristows LLP

Capable of advising on all areas of competition law, Bristows LLP is recognised across the market as one of the premier firms working at the intersection between IP and competition law, a notoriously complex area of practice. The group is also strong in complex merger clearances. Stephen Smith frequently works on deals subject to phase I and II investigations by the CMA. Practice head Pat Treacy advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and is a 'go to lawyer in Europe for complex FRAND matters'.

Practice head(s):

Pat Treacy

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Smith; Sophie Lawrance

Testimonials

The team has the trust of huge clients on their most important cases, including Samsung which we regularly represent together in cross-border cases. They are responsive, strategic thinkers with laser-focused advice and constantly work to ensure the best result for their clients. We have worked on many cases together over the years and they always were outstanding.’

Experienced, knowledgeable and well-connected, good at the practical application of competition law.’

Pat is the go-to lawyer in Europe for complex FRAND matters and cases at the intersection of competition law and IP. Sophie has an exceptional client base (she worked for ZTE in the famous Supreme Court case) and is able to both navigate highly complex issues and drive creative and novel global strategies.

Steve Smith is solution-focused and decisive. He consistently displays excellent judgement, attention to detail and strategic thinking. His commercial approach and responsiveness make him a trusted adviser to the business.’

As well as its core EU and competition expertise, Bristows brings a deep sectoral knowledge to bear on all issues it advises on. Very attuned to market developments, the team is able to provide highly tailored and insightful advice. Its long-term relationships with clients are testament to how highly regarded the team is.’

Pat Treacy remains an exceptional practitioner: with her in-depth experience, up-to-date knowledge and friendly and available manner, she is amongst the very best competition lawyers out there. Sophie Lawrance has a fantastic understanding of all issues on the competition law/intellectual property interface. Always a pleasure to deal with. Steve Smith is a great asset to the Bristows team: approachable, knowledgeable and always willing to spend time to get to know his clients’ businesses.

Key clients

Philips

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Norgine

Vitabiotics

Lebedev Holdings Limited

AstraZeneca

Ocado Retail Limited

British Brands Group N.V.

CityFibre

Wayfair

Samsung Electronics Co Limited

Morningside Healthcare / Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Guitar Amp and Keyboard Centre

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Hunter Douglas NV

Abingdon Health

Baringa Partners

Nelsons

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

Google UK Limited

ZTE Corporation

Cyxtera Technologies

Boehringer Ingelheim Limited

Chugai Pharmaceutical

Work highlights

  • Advised Hunter Douglas on the acquisition of 247 Home Furnishings throughout its Phase I and Phase II investigations by the CMA.
  • Advising Morningside on a CMA investigation into alleged market sharing and information sharing.
  • Advised Sony Interactive Entertainment on all aspects of competition law arising from its operation of the PlayStation network and its sales of first and third party games.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP demonstrates 'deep knowledge of competition law' in advising on complex merger clearances and investigations by the CMA, Ofcom and European commission. The group also has expertise in the EU state aid and UK subsidy control regimes, and advises on complex challenges across Europe and Russia. Practice head Andrew Hockley continues to operate at the 'top of his game', using his previous experience as competition counsel at BP to advise companies from the energy sector and other regulated industries. Senior associate Sarah Ward departed in Feb 2021 to become a partner at Walker Morris LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hockley

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bryant

Testimonials

Good solid EU and Competition practice – giving sound, commercial advice.’

Andy Hockley is my go to person and is at the  top of his game, responsive, practical and commercial

The team is always available for discussions throughout the process and timely in regards of all deadlines.  I was particularly impressed with the team taking full responsibility for the UK process, while always keeping us involved and well informed.  The whole team was well read on the matter. I would gladly work with them again

Andy Hockley is without doubt a leading individual.’

Very responsive, pragmatic advice.’

Depth of knowledge, collaborative ways of working, responsive to clients’ needs

The team were very knowledgeable about the specifics of the sector, and how that translated into the evidence base and arguments to put forward to the authority. The team were also really efficient, and produced very high quality, but punchy and effective submissions.’

Deep knowledge of competition law and sector.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group Ltd

easyJet

Travelex

Scottish Power

BT

Tesco

Evolution Gaming Group

PharmaCare

Heathrow Airport Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Evolution Gaming on obtaining clearance for its $2.3bn acquisition of NetEnt.
  • Advised Travelex on all merger control and foreign direct investment aspects of its  restructuring.
  • Represented AEW Europe LLP in a legal challenge on state aid and procurement grounds.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

At a global level, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has one of the premier competition practices, and its London-based practitioners frequently work with colleagues in Brussels and the US on multijurisdictional M&A and complex investigations at EU and UK level. In May 2021, the team welcomed  Jackie Holland from Slaughter and May, who brings an in-depth understanding of the UK regulators, having previously served as a senior director at the Office of Fair Trading. Nicholas Levy  and Maurits Dolmans are the other key partners in London, while counsel Paul Gilbert is also a name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Maurits Dolmans; Nicholas Levy; Paul Gilbert; Jackie Holland

Testimonials

Practical, deep knowledge about the tech industry.

Maurits Dolmans is a like a human dictionary on EU anti-competition issues. Very knowledgeable and willing to share the information he has. Incredible track record of cases, no need for him to check back on anything as he always has an idea or answer right away. He knows the EU Commission people and how to work with them.’

The Cleary team is extremely competent, they know the anti-competition area inside and out and are a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Telefónica

Veolia Environnement

Tronox

Schibsted

NVIDIA

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Google

Allied Universal

Ecolab

Euronext

“K” Line

TPG

LG Display

NSK

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefónica on its £31.4bn combination with Liberty Global, a deal that will bring together O2 and Virgin Media.
  • Advised Veolia Environnement on EU merger control proceedings for its proposed proposed €11.3 billion acquisition of Suez.
  • Advised Tronox Holdings plc on the acquisition from Eramet S.A. of TiZir Titanium & Iron AS.

CMS

CMS has a reputation with clients as a 'heavyweight firm on antitrust matters', and has a broad practice spanning contentious and non contentious issues. As part of a full service, multi office network, the team is able to collaborate with the firm's specialist energy and pharmaceutical regulatory departments to advise clients from the sectors on complex issues with industry regulators such as Ofgem. Brian Sher and 'world class' Caroline Hobson co-lead the team; both advise on all areas of transactional, behavioural and investigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Brian Sher; Caroline Hobson

Other key lawyers:

Russell Hoare

Testimonials

I have worked alongside Brian Sher on a confidential competition enforcement matter this year and rate him very highly indeed.

CMS continues to grow its reputation as a heavyweight firm on antitrust matters, with excellent lawyers and a good contentious practice, coupled with strong international presence.

‘Brian Sher stands out as the lead partner and co-lead of the CMS antitrust practice. Caroline Hobson also has a strong reputation in this field. Brian has really impressed me on the matter we have been working together on for 18 months. His knowledge of competition law and his ability to distil complex facts and provide pragmatic, risk-based advice to clients is impressive. He also commands loyalty from his team and provides an environment in which they can express their views and excel.’

A market leading competition and procurement practice led by the world class Caroline Hobson, who is unparalleled in the field.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Thomson Reuters

Equinor

SSE

CEMEX

CityFibre

RWS

Cadent Gas

Garda World Security Corporation

Arora Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cadent Gas on a CMA appeal against Ofgem’s decision in the RIIO GD2 price control.
  • Advised Essential Pharma on an investigation launched by the CMA.
  • Advised Elis on its Phase I CMA merger clearance.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's competition team works closely with the firm's corporate department to assist with merger filings necessary for M&A transactions. The practice also collaborates with the firm's various industry groups, allowing it to develop close relationships with clients from sectors including retail, food and drink and aviation . Sarah Smith, in addition to leading the team, represents clients in appeals at the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the CMA's decisions. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Matt Evans, formerly the head of Jones Day's competition practice, who arrived in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Smith

Other key lawyers:

Matt Evans; Sam Szlezinger; Alexandra Kamerling

Testimonials

Sarah Smith has good knowledge and understanding of the Retail sector, meaning her advice is more practical and commercial than that of other firms. She’s proactive about letting us know about relevant developments/news.

‘When the CMA contacts your business as part of an investigation, you want a lawyer in your corner that is calm, knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic. Sam Szlezinger is all of those things in abundance. I have never worked with a competition lawyer like him. He is head and shoulders above anyone else I have instructed in the past’

The team are very responsive and efficient at dealing with queries. You know you will get a prompt response to questions and it is helpful when managing timing expectations with the business. The London team has good links with its overseas offices and other associated firms, which is helpful for navigating multi-jurisdictional projects.

The team is appropriately resourced, with good associate-level support and engagement.

 

Key clients

ASOS

CBRE

Consolis Group

Discovery Communications

Ecolab Inc.

Eisai

Football DataCo

Heineken UK

HSBC plc

INEOS

John Menzies

LEGO

Link Group

Lupin

Ministry of Defence

Merck

Newell Brands

Rolls Royce

SDE

SDL plc

Suppliers Assessment Services Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lupin in its long-running appeal against the Commission’s antitrust decision in the perindopril investigation.
  • Acted for Ecolab and Holchem throughout a CMA Phase I and Phase II merger investigation.

Euclid Law

One of the few boutiques to prosper in the market, Euclid Law, founded by Oliver Bretz, offers 'an exceptional service' to private equity houses and multinational companies on phase I and II merger clearances, market investigations and behavioural issues. The group, which also includes key partners Sarah Long and Gavin Robert, was strengthened through the addition of Becket McGrath, who joined from Cooley (UK) LLP in June 2020, as well as Michael Reiss' arrival from Macfarlanes LLP in April 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Bretz; Gavin Robert; Marie Leppard; Sarah Long; Michael Reiss; Natalie Greenwood; Becket McGrath

Testimonials

Boutique firm, so you deal directly with the senior team and it is very streamlined and efficient. No wasted costs. Very responsive and experienced.

Sarah Long is a commercially focused practitioner with a unique ability to understand the core objectives of her clients. She can also translate relatively complicated legal concepts into client friendly solutions.’

Gavin Roberts and Natalie Greenwood have provided very helpful insight. Gavin has immense experience and is very pragmatic. Natalie is responsive and has an excellent grasp of detail.’

Oliver Bretz and his team provide an exceptional service. As a boutique with very experienced practitioners specialising in competition law, Euclid is well placed to give added value and expert input on M&A transactions and commercial matters, tailoring their approach to client requirements and dovetailing with client’s other advisers.’

They have a very good variety of lawyers there with complimentary strengths. I am working on my first project with them and so far I have found them responsive and pragmatic.’

Oliver Bretz is very approachable and personable, and extremely knowledgeable. He is a pleasure to work with, as are Marie Leppard and Sarah Long.

Oliver Bretz is fast paced, dynamic and creative in using the law to help clients. Marie Leppard is the engine behind the firm and is the equivalent of the COO, setting standard and tone for the firm. Also a very good, hard working lawyer that goes the extra mile for clients.

Key clients

BP

Mastercard

London Stock Exchange Group

Rio Tinto

Guardian Media Group

H&H

HBF

Racecourse Media Group

Stubhub

Shell

Axa

Work highlights

  • Advised Memoria on a CMA market investigation into funeral directors and crematoria services providers.
  • Acting for LSEG plc on its acquisition of Refinitiv.
  • Advised Kymab Group Ltd on an agreement with Sanofi.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP practice is full service, regularly advising on complex merger control issues, compliance matters and market investigations. In 2020, the group has been busy advising on the UK's new subsidy control regime, adding to existing expertise in EU state aid rules. Ros Kellaway co-chairs the international competition practice and specialises in cartels and competition investigations, particularly with regards to the financial services, food and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ros Kellaway; James Lindop

Other key lawyers:

Peter Harper; Lesley Farrell; Rod Lambert; Julia Woodward-Carlton; Claire Morgan

Testimonials

They are client focused and open to innovative solutions.’

They are available to you 24/7 as needed. In a way you believe you are their only client, obviously one is not. Display not only knowledge, but insight from experience.’

Ros Kellaway is one of the most experienced competition law practitioners, with exceptional client skills and links to the major regulators, who she has worked with for many years on a variety of investigations and leniency applications. Julia Woodward-Carlton is also a very experienced competition law partner with excellent client skills and judgement of strategic issues.’

The Eversheds team adopts a hands on approach and is very solution-oriented

I really value working with this team. There is consistently excellent quality across the partners and associates.  The team has really deep experience in UK competition law and they are very committed to achieving the best solution for each individual client, large or small.’

‘Ros Kellaway is an outstanding practitioner with a very solid knowledge of competition law combined with an excellent feeling for the needs of the business. Having worked with her on large matters, she is also a great team player.’

Peter Harper – A go-to advisor, especially in merger control and financial services. He has unerring judgement on legal matters and a real understanding of clients’ commercial needs. Lesley Farrell – Excellent client handling skills and a sharp legal mind. Claire Morgan – Impressive for both commercial sense and legal knowledge.’

Highly competent and experienced team, covering all aspects of competition law. The approach taken is very thorough, with no stone left unturned. A strong client focus and build long-lasting relationships with clients.

Key clients

Agents’ Mutual

Aspen Pharmacare

Europcar

Pentland Brands

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Aspen Holdings on a CMA investigation into the pharmaceutical sector.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is very strong in international merger control work, though the team is also capable across a wide spectrum of other issues. Ali Nikpay leads the team, which recently advised Walmart on the highly publicised £6.8bn sale of Asda to a consortium of Issa brothers and TDR Capital. Other names to note include Deirdre Taylor, a specialist in heavily regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals and telecoms, and Philip Rocher, who focuses on investigations.

Practice head(s):

Ali Nikpay

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Taylor; Philip Rocher

Key clients

Walmart

Asda

UBS AG

Viagogo

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

TransUnion International UK Limited

William Hill plc

HTC Corporation

Schlumberger Limited

Ladbrokes Coral Group plc

Marriott International, Inc.

LKQ Corporation

Energizer

Spark Therapeutics

PHS

Anchorage Capital

UPS

Quidel Corporation

WeWork Companies Inc.

Bruin Sports Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Viagogo on its merger with StubHub.
  • Advised Walmart on the sale of Asda to a consortium comprising the Issa brothers and TDR Capital.
  • Advising TransUnion International UK Limited on an investigation by the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s into the credit information market.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is recognised across the market as one of the most active firms in multinational merger control filings, particularly in relation to private equity clients. The group also stands out for its impressive cohort of female lawyers at partner level; in addition to practice head Paula Riedel, the team also includes Sarah Jordan, Sally Evans and Annie Herdman . Thomas Wilson left the London office in 2021 to lead the firm’s new Brussels offering.

Practice head(s):

Paula Riedel

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Jordan; Sally Evans; Annie Herdman; Mark Gardner

Testimonials

Comprehensive practice with strong knowledge of the UK and EU competition authorities. Constantly up to speed on the ever-changing nature of this space. Very strong at coordinating filings across numerous jurisdictions in a timely and organized manner.’

Paula Riedel is an excellent operator, providing first class support on antitrust issues arising in the context of M&A deals and elsewhere. I’ve worked with her on a number of transactions and, on more than one occasion, the other side were placing more weight on her advice to us than on their firm’s advice to them.

Mark Gardner: exceptional knowledge of antitrust processes across multi-jurisdictions (EU and other continental European) and tactical knowledge of how to effectively manoeuvre them; excellent commercial understanding and exceptional communication skills to translate complex legal matters into simple understandable concepts.’

Paula Riedel is excellent; pragmatic and deep knowledge of antitrust rules and the mechanics of merger control reviews. Not only does she understand the law and quickly get a grip on the commercial aspects of a deal, but she also has a forensic grasp of antitrust procedure in many jurisdictions, which is super helpful when plotting a path to deal completion.’

Have worked with Paula Riedel and Thomas Wilson. Both are heavily engaged and knowledgeable and offer practical advice. Both have strong relationships with the competition authorities.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Sunweb

Grubhub

Stonegate Pub Company

Advent/Cinven

Bain Capital

Intelsat

SK Capital

Bristol Myers Squibb

Blackstone

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V.

Accenture

Work highlights

  • Advised AbbVie on its $63bn acquisition of Allergan.
  • Advised Grubhub on its merger with Just Eat Takeaway.com.
  • Advised Stonegate on its take-private acquisition of Ei Group.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP specialises in multijurisdictional matters, and the London team frequently work alongside US offices to coordinate merger and FDI filings for multinational companies. Matthew Readings heads up the London practice; his practice spans corporate support, investigations and litigation. James Webber is an expert in state aid and subsidy control regimes, regularly assisting clients from the chemical, automotive, financial services and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Readings

Other key lawyers:

James Webber; Özlem Fidanboylu; Mark Steenson; Gabriella Griggs

Testimonials

The practice is highly skilled and adopts a very practical approach to merger control regulatory filings. The team is very responsive and organized. Whilst other firms have similar strengths, the team at Shearman and Sterling have provided invaluable guidance as to how our company can overcome challenges. The team really understands our company and our stakeholders to provide very tailored practical advice.’

Matthew Readings and Gabriella Griggs are stand out individuals. Matthew’s extensive experience shines through with every interaction and there is always a significant value add. Gabriella is handling all the day-to-day aspects of legal support. She is excellent and her involvement often negates the need for partner input. Gabriella represents us vis a vis our shareholders, stakeholders and business partners. We are a very demanding client and neither Matthew nor Gabriella have ever fallen short of our demands (seamlessly managing different time zones and working days).’

Unrivalled knowledge of the Competition & Markets Authority, it’s processes, procedures, timetables and policy focus

Matthew Readings and Mark Steenson have been invaluable in guiding us through a complicated CMA investigation and appeals process

Key clients

Raytheon

ViacomCBS

Intercontinental Exchange

Credit Suisse

Albemarle

Discovery Inc.

SAP

The Dow Chemical Company

Macquarie

Anglo American

Work highlights

  • Advising ViacomCBS on the sale of Simon and Schuster to Bertelsmann for about $2.18bn.
  • Advised Raytheon on the global antitrust and foreign investment control aspects of its $120bn combination with United Technologies in a merger of equals.
  • Representing Credit Suisse in two European Commission cartel investigations.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons has extensive expertise in international merger filings, and is also well versed in numerous other areas. The team is led by Satyen Dhana, who has developed a niche specialism in investigations undertaken by UK regulators such as the FCA and the Office of Rail and Road. In addition to the 'pragmatic and responsive' Dhana, Charles Bankes is 'excellent'  and specialises in investigations and litigation. Peter Broadhurst departed in May 2021 to join Crowell & Moring, while Mark Jephcott joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP - where he led the Asia competition practice - in September.

Practice head(s):

Satyen Dhana

Other key lawyers:

Charles Bankes; David Trapp; Mark Jephcott

Testimonials

Simmons have a long history of expertise in competition and EU law and they continue to field some of the most experienced and skilled practitioners

Charles Bankes is excellent. His fine sense of humour and light touch does not overshadow his tremendous strategic ability and a determination to fight every inch of the way for his clients.’

Well rounded, commercial and entrepreneurial team

Satyen Dhana is excellent – very pragmatic, responsive and focused on client’s needs

Satyen Dhana is quick to grasp the issues, with great client skills and a no-nonsense, “can-do” approach.

Mark Jephcott is a terrific merger lawyer. He works efficiently, is a team player, and is able to quickly master complex facts. He stays on top of all developments in UK competition law, and he thinks several steps ahead.’

Key clients

Roland

APG

Future plc

Blackrock

Capcom

Waymade plc

Genmab

Artemis Investment Management

SSE Telecommunications

Work highlights

  • Advising Genmab A/S on a $3.9bn oncology collaboration with AbbVie.
  • Obtaining for Future plc a phase 1 merger clearance.
  • Representing Roland in respect of the CMA’s Electronic Drums RPM investigation and subsequently in front of the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Travers Smith LLP

The lawyers at Travers Smith LLP are 'top of their game' when it comes to competition law, according to one client, and advise FTSE250 companies on international filings for M&A transactions, as well as defending clients subject to cartel investigations by the UK and EU regulators. Practice head Nigel Seay is 'well-versed in developing novel solutions for intricate problems', and has expertise in utilities regulation alongside his competition practice. Stephen Whitfield is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Seay

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Whitfield; Paul McComb; Claire Shepherd; Richard Brown

Testimonials

The Travers competition team consist of talented lawyers at all levels of seniority. They have combined a wealth of experience that few firms can offer in London. Their service is really value for money.’

The principal lawyer who really stands out is Nigel Seay. He is very patient, analytical, versatile and flexible, and is well-versed in developing novel solutions for intricate problems.

The team is on top of their game, very knowledgeable on competition and FDI matters. They think in the interest of their clients and will propose the solution that works and is best for the client. I also find that they have a good team spirit: the team will jump in for each other where needed. There is also quite a good male/female ratio and generally a respectful atmosphere.

Stephen Whitfield is very pleasant to work with. He always picks up the phone and takes ample time to discuss. Richard J. Brown and Claire Shepherd are both excellent associates that provide to the point and timely advice.

Key clients

Bridgepoint

JTEKT Corporation

Breedon Group

Micro Focus International plc

TA Associates

BOC / The Linde Group

S4 Capital

Pets At Home Group plc

Association of British Insurers

Wireless Group

Charlesbank Capital Partners

Ancala Partners

Brookfield Utilities

Work highlights

  • Advised a global investment bank on a number of significant European Commission investigations into alleged anti-competitive practices in financial markets and on related investigations in other jurisdictions.
  • Advised Breedon Group on the UK merger control aspects of its acquisition of a large portfolio of assets from Cemex UK.
  • Advised Pets At Home Group plc on the UK merger control aspects of the sale of five specialist referral centres to Linnaeus Group.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP‘s client base is multinational, and the London team is able to collaborate with the US firm’s offices in major cities around the world to offer truly global coverage. In addition to supporting the corporate team on high value international M&A transactions, the group is instructed directly by clients to advise on complex investigations by regulators including the CMA, FCA and European commission. Marc Israel and Mark Powell co-lead the team; both split their practice between the London and Brussels offices.

Practice head(s):

Marc Israel; Mark Powell

Other key lawyers:

Jacquelyn MacLennan

Testimonials

The team at White & Case were very quick in understanding our business, despite it being different to anything else in the market. They were also able to bring in expertise from around their business as necessary.’

Marc Israel is our lead contact and is simply great to work with: knowledgeable, dependable, curious and helpful.’

Key clients

Alvogen

Avast

Brookfield

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

Columbia Threadneedle

Brittany Ferries

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Eco-Bat

Ioan Micula

JLA

Karo Pharma

Nexans

NTN

Pfizer

SAS

Servier

Toshiba

Virgin Active

Work highlights

  • Handling the antitrust aspects of Brookfield’s $9bn acquisition of Genese & Wyoming.
  • Advising Alvogen on the antitrust elements of its divestment of its Central and Eastern European business to Zentiva Group.
  • Advising CTI and BF on their joint acquisition of Condor Ferries.

Akin Gump LLP

International merger filings is Akin Gump LLP's speciality; the City team regularly works with overseas offices to advise on the competition elements of multijurisdictional M&A and other corporate transactions. Davina Garrod leads the London team. As well as litigating at an EU and UK level, Garrod works with large companies and financial institutions on regulatory issues. At associate level, Scott Pettifor uses his 'out-of-the-box thinking' to assist with merger control across a number of industry sectors.

Practice head(s):

Davina Garrod

Other key lawyers:

Scott Pettifor; Victoria Yuan

Testimonials

Scott Pettifor – his out-of-the-box thinking has managed to find solutions for the company when we need his help.

Akin Gump employs professional attorneys and specialises in merger control. We are impressed by their knowledge in this field. In addition, it has always been easy to communicate with members of the Akin Gump team, evidencing their strong teamwork.’

Davina Garrod and Scott Pettifor both have vast experience with and extensive knowledge of multinational antitrust regulations. They were very efficient in handling cases and easily grasped the key issues. Their exceptional communication skills also enable them to coordinate complex processes with a clear vision of how everything fits together.’

Very pleasant to work with, knowledgeable and responsive

The team is very plugged in on all aspects of competition and antitrust law and provide timely and very good advice. Very commercial approach as well.

Davina Garrod, Scott Pettifor and their team are very professional, very responsive and also very commercial in their approach. They assign probabilities to outcomes which is very helpful.

Very responsive and engaging.

Key clients

Singapore Airlines

Goldman Sachs

Macquarie Bank

Kingston Technology

GIC Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund

Apollo Global Management

Baker Hughes

Dropbox

7-Eleven Inc.

UBS

Work highlights

  • Advising Macquarie Bank and Siemens on obtaining merger control approvals in multiple jurisdictions regarding the creation of a joint venture.
  • Advising a global tech company in the European Commission’s ongoing behavioural competition investigations into Apple Inc.
  • Assisted MassMutual/Barings with the restructuring of  FX and payments provider Travelex.

Dentons

Dentons is highly capable in multijurisdictional merger clearances, as well as handling international FDI filings. The group is  strong in investigations, having recently represented Yamaha Music Europe in a CMA investigation into the musical instruments sector. Adrian Magnus leads the team and advises clients from the financial services, retail and energy industries, while  Christopher Graf is experienced in the aviation and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Magnus

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Graf; Rebecca Owen-Howes; Adele Behles

Testimonials

The team is very much focused on our needs; they provide us with the advice required and the persons in charge are very, very professional, with a very friendly attitude and way of communication. As a client we feel very well advised and supported.’

Christopher Graf has become a very reliable and trustful adviser who understands our needs and supports us in the best way possible.

Key clients

Yamaha Music Europe

TOTAL

Avis Budget Group

Enbridge

Royal Mail Group

John Lewis/Waitrose

Sainsbury’s

World Fuel Services

KPS Capital Partners

Statkraft

Marshall Motor Group

Informa

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Obtained complete immunity for Yamaha for resale price maintenance in one of the CMA’s investigations into the musical instruments industry.
  • Advised World Fuel Services on merger control aspects of its acquisition of UVair.
  • Advised Royal Mail Group’s on a Distribution Agreement with the Post Office.

Fieldfisher

In recent years, Fieldfisher's competition team has developed from a corporate support group to a more full service practice, with a strong client base, especially in the tech space. The group, which also handles litigation, is led by John Cassels, who has been sought out by US-based clients to assist with various issues. Director Jessica Gardner 'delivers consistently great work' to a number of the firm's key clients, particularly with regards to CMA investigations.

Practice head(s):

John Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Pimlott; Jessica Gardner

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable, easy to deal with and responsive

Extremely knowledgeable, personable and great competition law specialists who take a rounded and practical approach to their clients’ problems. Excellent value for money.

Jessica Gardner – smart, pleasure to deal with and always provides commercial, practical advice

Excellent knowledge and experience of all sectors. Fast response times and fair fees.’

Jessica Gardner is an exceptional lawyer and partner to our in-house team. She provides fast feedback and applies the law and technicalities to our specific situation, meaning that the advice she gives is practical and commercial – exactly what I need from an external lawyer. I have worked with Jessica for a number of years now and cannot fault the guidance and support she provides. During the pandemic, she remained hands on and made sure she checked in with me to continue that support. She is a rising star and delivers consistently great work.

Pragmatic, practical advice. Good cost estimates which allow sound budgeting. No issue too small.’

John Cassels and Jessica Gardner are not just experts when it comes to Competition Law and the regulators that deal with it, they also understand their corporate client’s objectives intrinsically and pursue them in a relentless yet practical fashion.’

Key clients

Achilles Information Limited

DS Smith plc

Karen Millen, Oasis, Warehouse, Coast, Jigsaw, Luxottica

Pubs Code Adjudicator

Groceries Code Adjudicator

Peloton Interactive Inc

Sazerac Company Inc

Chiesi Ltd

Ishida Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Achilles on a potential competition claim against Network Rail.
  • Advised MGF on the CMA’s investigation into the supply of groundworks products.
  • Advised the Pubs Code Adjudicator on its investigation into Heineken and its tied estate.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP focuses on international merger control work, with the London team regularly supporting the firm's US offices on high profile profile M&A transactions, often for private equity firms. Led in London by 'intelligent and approachable' Tobias Caspary, the team often handles complex matters at both UK and EU level, including phase II investigations by the European Commission.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Caspary

Other key lawyers:

Neda Moussavi

Testimonials

Fried Frank is a solid and experienced full-service law firm.’

I have worked extensively with Tobias Caspary. I find Toby intelligent and approachable and willing to take the time to understand how his client wishes to work and to accommodate that. Also very impressed with the quality of his advice. I consider him to be a knowledgeable, practical and commercially minded lawyer.’

Key clients

Aleris Corporation (Aleris)

Novelis Corporation

Goldman Sachs

AEA Investors LLP

Liberty Global

Jacobs Engineering

Onex Corporation

SPX Flow, Inc.

Permira

Advent International / Circet

Work highlights

  • Advised Aleris Corporation on the competition elements of its $2.8bn acquisition by Novelis, Inc.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs MBD on its acquisition of sole control over Aptos.
  • Advised Onex Corporation on its majority investment in OneDigital.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's broad practice, led by  Bernadine Adkins, assists with corporate transactions, dawn raids, abuse of dominance investigations and state aid matters, as well as handling contentious issues. Samuel Beighton is another key team member, and uses his background in competition law economics to advise on multinational merger filings.

Practice head(s):

Bernardine Adkins

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Beighton

Testimonials

Gowlings has the best client care.’

Bernardine Adkins makes the practice unique. She gives practical advice and is fully prepared to give firm advice. She is also readily available. She has exceptional market, as well as legal, knowledge and she is very approachable.’

Key clients

Dixons Carphone

Mazda

Eisai

Aston Martin Lagonda

Origin Enterprises plc

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Preventx

Codemasters

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Acted for Preventx in a standalone abuse of dominance claim against Royal Mail.
  • Advised Codemasters on securing merger clearance for its $1.2bn acquisition by Electornic Arts.
  • Advised Dixons in relation to its claim for damages against various MasterCard entities.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Gillian Sproul leads Greenberg Traurig, LLP's UK competition practice, which is equally capable providing support on corporate transactions as it is advising on complex cartel immunity and leniency applications. Sproul is assisted by senior associate Simon Harms, who aids clients with managing and co-ordinating merger filings in multijurisdictional transactions, as well as a number of partners from the white-collar team.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Sproul

Other key lawyers:

Simon Harms

Testimonials

‘Very solid advice, good knowledge of competition law in several jurisdictions’

‘Gillian Sproul has great experience; she’s sharp, understands clients’ needs and provides clear instructions when coordinating international projects

Key clients

Macquarie Group

Associated Foreign Exchange Inc

EverCommerce

MessageBird Holdings BV

Work highlights

  • Advising Macquarie Group on the sale of its rail rolling stock leasing business, Macquarie European Rail.
  • Advised Associated Foreign Exchange Inc its sale to Fleetcor Technologies, Inc.
  • Advised an international real estate fund on the establishment of a joint venture with another international fund.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Under the leadership of Frances Murphy - 'the epitome of a highly effective and value-adding lawyer' - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's competition practice is especially strong in investigations by the CMA, cartels and abuse of dominance issues, in addition to representing companies in contentious issues. The pharmaceutical sector is one of the firm's niches; AstraZeneca, AMCo Pharma and Focus Pharma are all clients of the team.

Practice head(s):

Frances Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Omar Shah; Joanna Christoforou

Testimonials

‘The best heavyweight competition team in London: experienced, bold and assertive.  I would not go to anyone else!’

‘A very high quality firm with expertise in dealing with long-running large and high-profile litigation and delivering an excellent product.’

‘Frances Murphy is a real doyenne in her field – she is the epitome of a highly effective and value-adding lawyer. Deeply experienced, knowledgeable, tactical and assertive, she can switch effortlessly from overview to detail and back, seeing every angle and being several steps ahead of her adversaries.  I would not use anyone else in the UK.’

‘Frances Murphy – an astute and sharp insight coupled with fine judgement and a personable sense of humour which makes the vagaries of long-running litigation not just efficient but also enjoyable.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Advanz Pharma Corp. (ex Concordia Inc.)

Focus Pharma

AMCo Pharma

McDonalds Restaurants Limited

Abellio East Anglia Limited and Others

Sanofi Aventis

AstraZeneca UK Limited

Connect Airways

Work highlights

  • Advising Sanofi on a range of complex competition issues, including its supply arrangements in Europe.
  • Advising Advanz Pharma on the alleged excessive and unfair pricing of the thyroid drug Liothyronine.
  • Advising AstraZeneca on a range of complex competition issues.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP  primarily advises large multinational companies from the energy, tech and financial services sectors, providing 'reliable and swift advice' on the merger control aspects of international M&A and other corporate transactions. Douglas Lahnborg is the sole partner in London and is experienced in all areas of competition law, frequently  representing clients before the EU commission and the CMA.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Lahnborg

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Rose

Testimonials

Orrick’s Competition Law team provides with reliable and swift advice.’

Matthew Rose provides quick and accurate advice, which is directly applicable to the company’s operations.’

Key clients

Telenor

Crane Co

FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile)

Workday

eBay

Microsoft

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

PayPal Holdings, Inc

Schlumberger Limited

Graphcore

XMOS

Ørsted

RingCentral

Bayer AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Telenor on securing unconditional Phase I approval from the European Commission for the $1bn merger with Viasat Consumer.
  • Advised Daicel Corporation in its $1.575bn acquisition of Polyplastics Co., Ltd.
  • Advised Workday on the competition aspects of its $700 million acquisition of Peakon.

Reed Smith LLP

Marjorie Holmes and Ross Mackenzie lead Reed Smith LLP's competition group, which handles multijurisdictional merger filings, compliance, FDI and investigations. The group has been particularly busy in 2020 and 2021 advising clients on whether strategies to manage the issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are compatible with competition law.

Practice head(s):

Marjorie Holmes; Ross Mackenzie

Other key lawyers:

Emma Weeden

Testimonials

Marjorie Holmes has a long and outstanding insight into container liner shipping consortia and EU competition law matters which only very few lawyers have.’

Great depth of knowledge and extremely engaged and responsive associates within the team.’

A uniquely commercial approach which is ideal for clients.’

Marjorie Holmes has unbeatable experience and sectoral expertise.’

Work highlights

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs‘ London practice forms part of the firm’s global competition group, and advises on issues ranging from merger clearances to investigations and state aid.  ‘Brilliant strategist and consummate negotiator’, Diarmuid Ryan, handles complex issues such as phase II merger reviews and the competition aspects of various types of commercial agreements. Martin Rees handles cartel and abuse of dominance investigations as well as contentious issues.

    Other key lawyers:

    Martin Rees; Diarmuid Ryan; Francesco Liberatore; Nicola Elam; Erling Estellon; Sam Hare; Tatiana Siakka

    Testimonials

    I would unhesitatingly recommend both Diarmuid Ryan and Tatiana Siakka . I can’t think of any who I would rather have fight my corner than Diarmuid Ryan, who is a brilliant strategist and consummate negotiator. Tatiana Siakka is an outstanding competition lawyer and meticulous in her attention to detail. Her knowledge of the subject is also second-to-none.’

    The team are knowledgeable, experienced and a pleasure to work with. They manage matters calmly and have good client facing skills.’

    Martin Rees is a highly experienced partner in the field of procurement law. He has a great ability to make wise, tactical decisions in order to secure the best outcome for his clients. Sam Hare is experienced litigator who keeps his cool in stressful situations. He is very good with clients and is fantastic to work alongside.’

    Francesco Liberatore is an exceptional partner to work with in the state aid field, extremely knowledgeable, insightful and responsive.’

    Key clients

    A.C. Nielsen

    Amcor

    Avaya

    Bathroom Brands/ Crosswater Holdings Ltd

    Bayer UK

    Brewers of Europe

    British Beer and Pub Association

    Britned

    Calon

    Cathay Pacific

    Clearcourse Partnership LLP

    EDF

    Funeral Partners

    LAN

    Lane Clark Peacock LLP

    Live Nation

    Manchester Airports Group

    Marston Holdings

    Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

    Neptune Networks Limited

    Primo Water Corporation (previously Cott Corporation)

    Roche

    S.A. Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa CIF (SAICA)

    Scandinavian Tobacco Group

    Send for Help

    Selecta

    Singtel

    SRCL Limited

    Studio Retail Group PLC

    Telegraph Media Group

    Vodafone

    VP plc

    World Sailing

    Work highlights

    • Defending Vp PLC in the CMA’s Groundworks cartel investigation.
    • Advising Studio Retail Group PLC on the CMA’s phase I and II review of the proposed sale of Findel Education Limited to YPO.
    • Representing Cathay Pacific in the judicial review of the European Commission Airfreight cartel decision at the General Court of Justice.

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's London practice has developed significantly since its establishment in 2016, and now offers more than just support to the corporate team on M&A transactions. The group is now consulted by clients on selective distribution agreements, investigations and litigation. Philipp Girardet  continues to lead the European competition group; as well as developing the UK team. In recent years he has overseen the development of the firm's European network with key lateral hires in Frankfurt and Brussels.

    Practice head(s):

    Philipp Girardet

    Other key lawyers:

    Rahul Saha; Kyle Le Croy

    Testimonials

     ‘Philipp Girardet is sharp and gets what is important to our organisation and risk profile quickly. He is pragmatic but thorough, and cuts through the noise efficiently.’

    ‘Extremely responsive and commercial. They know the business and the market well and have a very pragmatic reasoned approach to compliance. Reassuringly fuss-free and a solid safe pair of hands in complex compliance scenarios. Very Board friendly as well – translate legal risk into business speak very smoothly.’

    ‘Philipp Girardet – is our go-to adviser for difficult compliance scenarios. He is accessible, measured, calm under pressure and highly technically proficient.’

    Key clients

    Franklin Resources Inc.

    Genstar Capital / Institutional Shareholder Services

    Eight Fifty Food Group Limited

    Atlas Holdings LLC

    CMA CGM

    Match Group

    Kraft Heinz Company

    Telefónica UK (O2)

    Expedia Group

    The LEGO Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised Franklin Templeton on its $4.5bn acquisition of Legg Mason.
    • Advised ISS and Genstar Capital on the sale of ISS to Deutsche Börse.
    • Advised Eight Fifty Food Group Limited on its acquisition of Greenland Seafood.

    Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter's UK practice works closely with its US team to assist with international corporate transactions, and has experience in phase II issues and multi-jurisdictional investigations. John Schmidt  leads the London team and specialises in advising clients from the life sciences, consumer goods, finance, and infrastructure sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    John Schmidt

    Other key lawyers:

    Jane Wessel

    Bird & Bird LLP

    Bird & Bird LLP's practice spans merger clearances, cartel investigations and complex compliance advice, and the group works with high profile clients from a number of sectors including heavily regulated industries such as telecoms. Peter Willis  is the sole partner in London but forms part of a cross-office team that includes over 60 lawyers internationally. Richard Eccles retired from the partnership in August 2020, continuing to advise clients in his capacity as a consultant.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Willis

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Eccles; Ariane Le Strat

    Testimonials

    I think this practice is very good at deploying the correct person for an issue in a timely manner. Equally if the interlocutor was not the correct person, they would openly admit that and refer us to their colleague with the right expertise. They handled a diverse range of queries efficiently and professionally.

    Ariane Le Strat has been exceptional to deal with. I value the rapidity of her replies and the thoroughness of her work, as well as her clarity and honesty. She was incredibly informative in her advice and made us feel reassured throughout.’

    Key clients

    easyJet

    Nokia

    Six Nations Rugby Limited

    Celtic Rugby

    Tempur Sealy

    Costa Coffee

    Arçelik/Beko

    Crowdcube

    Chilly’s Bottles

    Work highlights

    • Advised Crowdcube on its proposed acquisition of Seedrs.
    • Advised Arçelik on its damages claim against members of the cathode ray tube cartel.
    • Advising Six Nations Rugby Limited on merger control notifications, in relation to CVC Capital Partners’ acquisition of a minority interest in the business.

    Burges Salmon LLP

    Burges Salmon LLP is best known as one of Bristol's strongest competition firms, though it also frequently serves clients in London. Chris Worrall, as departmental head, splits his time between the London and Bristol offices and primarily advises on merger control and FDI clearance issues. Associate Shachi Nathdwarawala arrived from Simmons & Simmons in July 2020, giving the firm a full time presence in London.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Worrall

    Other key lawyers:

    Shachi Nathdwarawala

    Testimonials

    ‘The team take a very collaborative approach to advice giving and are professional and specialists in the area. They understand the need to act quickly and come up with solutions almost immediately’

    ‘Accessibility and approachability is key. The individuals that make up the team are easily accessible and approachable and it often feels like they are an extension to our in-house team.’

    Key clients

    Co-operative Group Limited

    Clarks

    SCISYS Group plc

    Advent International

    Loop Interiors

    Canal & River Trust

    UK Atomic Energy Agency

    United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI)

    Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

    Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

    Waitrose and John Lewis

    Work highlights

    • Advised Co-operative Group on the merger control aspects of a number of acquisitions in the convenience retail store sector.
    • Advised Clarks in relation to the sale of a majority stake in Clarks to LionRock Capital.
    • Advised United Kingdom Research & Innovation  and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with regards to securing COVID-19 vaccines.

    Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

    Jointly led by Paul Stone and Paul Henty, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's competition practice provides strategic and behavioural advice to a range of clients, and in 2020 frequently advised on the potential impact of Brexit and the global pandemic. The telecoms and media sectors are areas of particular focus, and the firm is a longstanding adviser to high profile companies such as ITV, which it advises on a range of competition issues, including commercial arrangements and joint ventures.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Henty; Paul Stone

    Key clients

    ITV

    Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership Limited (CESP)

    Gamma Telecom

    Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain (TRA)

    YouView

    Celesio

    BDO

    Atkins Limited (a subsidiary of WS Atkins)

    Arcadis

    Battery Ventures

    Work highlights

    • Advised Battery Ventures on the competition aspects of the disposal of its subsidiary Process Sensing Technologies to AEA Investors LP.
    • Advised ITV on a range of competition law related matters.
    • Advised Gamma Telecom on a wide range of competition law related matters.

    Covington & Burling LLP

    Covington & Burling LLP is strong in many aspects of competition law, but is most active advising on merger control in the pharmaceutical, tech and financial services sectors. 'Excellent operator' James Marshall leads the practice; having previously worked for the CMA, he is well placed to advise clients on obtaining clearance for M&A transactions and those subject to investigations. Johan Ysewyn co-leads the global competition group and splits his time between Brussels and London.

    Practice head(s):

    James Marshall; Johan Ysewyn

    Other key lawyers:

    Miranda Cole

    Testimonials

    Great client investment, expert advice.’

    James Marshall is an excellent operator – knowledgeable and calm under pressure.’

    James Marshall – very user friendly, excellent advice, trusted advisor. ‘

    Key clients

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

    Deutsche Telekom

    Bombardier

    Air Products

    AstraZeneca

    Kohlberg & Co.

    Horizon Discovery plc

    Deutsche Börse

    Work highlights

    • Advised Kohlberg & Co. as  the primary shareholder in a consortium acquisition by three leading private equity investors of joint control of PCI Pharma Services.
    • Advising Horizon on the merger control and foreign  direct investment aspects of its acquisition by Perkin Elmer.
    • Advising on the global competition aspects of Deutsche Börse’s proposed acquisition of Institutional Shareholder Services.

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's provides support to clients from a number of sectors in corporate transactions, often on a cross border basis. Timothy McIver leads the global antitrust group outside of the US and frequently works with the firm's Washington office to provide assistance with merger filings in relation to international M&A transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Timothy McIver

    Other key lawyers:

    Anne-Mette Heemsoth

    Testimonials

    ‘We have a great, efficient, well organised and very constructive working relationship with them. We appreciated that they were present and willing to assist us even during the initial lockdown periods of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their meticulous knowledge of the decisional practices of the EU Commission really came in handy. Overall, we have really enjoyed working with them.’

    ‘We worked with Timothy McIver and Megan MacDonald and would be happy to recommend both for any future work in the merger control sector.’

    Key clients

    Aveva Group plc

    Clayton Dubilier & Rice

    DAZN Group Limited

    GoDaddy Inc.

    Gogo Inc.

    HarbourVest Partners

    InterXion

    Kelso & Company

    Precision Medicine Group

    Schneider Electric SE

    Syniverse Technologies

    Third Point Reinsurance

    Work highlights

    • Advising Aveva Group Plc on securing merger control approval for its  $5bn acquisition of OSIsoft LLC.
    • Advising InterXion on the merger control aspects of its combination with Digital Realty to create a provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions.
    • Advising The Carlyle Group, as majority owner of Syniverse, on the merger control aspects of Syniverse’s partnership with Twilio.

    Dickson Minto WS

    Dickson Minto WS' practice focuses on merger control, with the team advising on transactions from regulated industries such as telecoms and healthcare. In addition to the London offering, the firm has a strong presence in Edinburgh, which has allowed it to develop close relationships with a number of Scottish companies. 'Stand out performer' Ajal Notowicz, dual qualified in England and the Netherlands, leads the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Ajal Notowicz

    Other key lawyers:

    Maria Ziprani

    Testimonials

    Ajal Notowicz showed good leadership and project management skills in taking our client through the issues, and was also commercial in identifying areas where a view might be taken rather than overstating risks. The format of the advice was well set out and easy to follow. He is a good communicator. He was also very responsive.’

    The team consistently deliver pragmatic advice. Competition law can be complex but here the competition tail does not wag the commercial dog. The team consistently display forensic analytical skills but never lose sight of commercial objectives and the advice is always sensible and balanced with the team garnering praise for a solution-oriented approach.’

    The practice is very focused on merger control (EU and UK) and has a clear quality proposition in this market. Extremely experienced in handling private equity mandates.’

    Ajal Notowicz is an extremely thorough, precise and experienced competition lawyer who has particular strength in merger control and is very knowledgeable about the new UK national security regime. He punches above his weight.

    The competition practice at Dickson Minto has an excellent reputation in the field of corporate and competition law. Clients have access to lawyers of the highest calibre in these areas. The firm has particular strengths for large London private equity deals and punches above its weight for this type of work. One of its overall strengths is that partners are accessible. Their approach is to deliver partner-led advice not just nominally but actually being involved in the detail of matters on a day-to-day basis. This approach means that clients benefit from the knowledge of the partners and understanding of working with each client.’

    ‘Maria Ziprani is an excellent competition lawyer. She is very knowledge, calm and a very capable competition lawyer. I would describe her as a competition lawyer to watch.’

    Experts in anti-competition law, very knowledgeable and experienced.’

    Key clients

    Charterhouse Capital Partners

    A.G. Barr plc

    Vitruvian Partners

    PAI Partners

    Wireless Infrastructure Group

    Investindustrial

    Stirling Square Capital Partners

    Penta Capital

    Compass Partners International

    Work highlights

    • Advising Penta Capital and Toscafund Asset Management on the competition law and regulatory aspects of their public bid for TalkTalk.
    • Advising Penta Capital LLP on the competition law aspects of the acquisition by its portfolio company, Circle Health, of BMI Healthcare from Centerbridge Partners.
    • Advising Compass Partners International and Rodenstock on the merger control and regulatory aspects of the sale of Rodenstock to Apax Partners.

    HFW

    HFW's London competition practice is able to call upon colleagues from other departments, as well as its Brussels office, to advise on a broad range of issues. Throughout 2020, the group has been particularly busy using its expertise in EU state aid rules to advise on measures introduced in light of the Covid-19 crisis. Anthony Woolich is the key contact in London; his expertise ranges from merger control and restructuring to anti-bribery issues and intellectual property.

    Practice head(s):

    Anthony Woolich

    Testimonials

    HFW’s competition practice serves the firm’s international trade practice, so is more international in its coverage than most firms.

    Anthony Woolich heads their competition practice. He is enormously experienced and the ultimate safe pair of hands.’

    Key clients

    Crown Commercial Service

    Republic of Cyprus

    Maersk Group

    BP plc

    Ballyclare Limited

    Morgan Stanley

    European Parliament

    Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation Limited

    BW Group

    MTS AE

    Work highlights

    • Advising a leading commodities trader on a bid to purchase mining interests in Greece, including on international merger control aspects.
    • Advised a leading brand owner on its licensing and distribution arrangements in Europe, with particular reference to competition law.
    • Advised an advertising agency on its participation in a market study by the CMA of the market for online platforms and digital advertising.

    K&L Gates LLP

    K&L Gates LLP regularly advises on merger control issues, and uses its international network to provide clients with global coverage on multinational deals. In addition, the team has a niche in selective distribution agreements as well as other vertical issues such as resale price maintenance, online marketplace policies, cross-border resale restrictions, dual pricing and reseller selection. Jennifer Marsh leads the London team, ably supported by special counsel Gabriela Da Costa, who works with well-known brands from the retail sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Jennifer Marsh

    Other key lawyers:

    Gabriela Da Costa

    Testimonials

    ‘Jennifer Marsh is also great to work with. She is responsive and always provides clear, sensible advice.’

    ‘Gabriela Da Costa is simply a rock star. The way she builds trust and relationships is second to none. She is professional, friendly and extremely engaged with any issue.’

    ‘Jennifer Marsh is a very capable lawyer with a wonderfully deft client touch.’

    ‘Gabriela De Costa is a real ‘lawyers’ lawyer’ with an encyclopaedic knowledge of vertical restraints.’

    ‘K&L Gates have an impressively broad and versatile competition law practice, covering cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers, and vertical restraints. They have managed perfectly to combine an excellent US practice with a London practice that can stand on its own two feet.’

    ‘The team is extremely customer focused and oriented. Their entire mindset is around listening to your needs and finding the balanced solution that provides the legal protection, while addressing business needs. That is unique.’

    ‘Jennifer Marsh and Gabriela Da Costa are excellent and extremely on-point: highly focused on both the material aspects of matters, but also keeping a keen eye on (cross-border) interests of clients. Jennifer is excellent on competition law and Gabi has a hawkeye view on aspects of cases that even we hadn’t thought of ourselves. Great team to work with, no apparent weaknesses – also due to their excellent associates.’

    ‘Jennifer Marsh provides exceptional advice in competition matters. She is able to bring together multiple strands of complexity and can distil the facts into business-friendly advice.’

    Key clients

    Endorphin Magine Limited

    Georgia Biomass Holding LLC (innogy SE)

    GN/Jabra

    Maytronics

    Navico

    Osprey backpacks

    Ping Europe Limited

    POC Sports

    SharkNinja

    Sinch AB

    Work highlights

    • Advised Georgia Biomass on the merger control aspects of its acquisition by Enviva Partners.
    • Advising Magine on its successful bid for the global media rights for the Croatian Football League from 2022-2032.
    • Assisted Sinch with successfully obtaining Phase 1 UK clearance in relation to its acquisition of SAP Digital Interconnect.

    Mayer Brown International LLP

    Mayer Brown International LLP is instructed on a range of competition issues, including cartel investigations, distribution agreements and behavioural issues. The team also is able to call upon the expertise of its multiple European offices, including the newly-recruited Düsseldorf group, as well as its practices in the US and Asia. David M. Harrison heads the European team and advises private equity firms on merger control matters. 

    Practice head(s):

    David Harrison

    Other key lawyers:

    Julian Ellison; Warsha Kalé

    Key clients

    Unilever

    Mitsubishi Corporation

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

    Moody’s Corporation

    Cummins, Inc.

    P&O Ferries

    Entertainment One

    Work highlights

    • Advised on the purchase by Mitsubishi and NTT of a 30% interest in HERE Technologies.
    • Advised CDK Global on merger control issues relating to the sale of its CDK International business to Francisco Partners.
    • Providing ongoing competition advice to Moody’s Corporation in relation to a collaboration with Euler Hermes Ratings.

    Mishcon de Reya LLP

    Best known for its work in competition litigation, Mishcon de Reya LLP  is also proficient in advising on various non-contentious issues. In 2021, the group has been particularly active assisting clients with navigating Brexit, the new foreign direct investment rules, and issues related to the increase regulatory scrutiny on digital markets. Sarah Houghton leads the team, which also includes Neil Baylis  and Rob Murray . Competition litigator Ben Lasserson joined the team in early 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Houghton

    Other key lawyers:

    Neil Baylis; Rob Murray; Gwen Ballin-Reeler; Ben Lasserson

    Key clients

    Corsearch, Inc

    Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC

    Microsoft Corporation

    Iceland Foods Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Corsearch Inc. on its completed acquisition of TrademarkNow, including convincing the CMA not to open an investigation.
    • Advising Microsoft Corporation on data and competition issues in the light of worldwide regulatory scrutiny.
    • Advising Pure Logistics on an investigation by the CMA for civil and criminal cartel activities.

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    Frequently collaborating with its US offices, Ropes & Gray LLP 's London team assists with the UK and EU competition elements of major cross-border M&A transactions. Beyond corporate assistance, the team, led by Ruchit Patel, advises on intellectual property, as well as abuse of dominance issues. Ian Hastings is one of a number of associates experienced in dealing with the CMA, European Commission and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority.

    Practice head(s):

    Ruchit Patel

    Other key lawyers:

    Ian Hastings; Lisa Kaltenbrunner

    Testimonials

    The quality of the London antitrust team is exceptional. The team provides sophisticated legal advice and savvy commercial judgement as a matter of course. Our advisers bring a wide range of experience to bear and are able to provide helpful advice in matters of first impression or where there is only limited precedent available. The team has pioneered a new approach to hiring that is intended to lead to a significantly more diverse set of junior lawyers, including a specific effort to encourage people to work in competition law.

    Ruchit Patel offers a rare combination of superior technical skills, judgement, and customer service that makes it a pleasure to work with him on the most challenging matters. Ruchit is among the best all-around competition lawyers our team with worked with and particularly strong in addressing the most challenging issues.’

    Key clients

    Google Inc.

    Bain Capital LP

    Advent International Corporation

    Asklepios BioPharmaceutical Inc.

    CPPIB Canada Inc.

    Flight Centre Travel Group Limited

    GHO Capital Partners LLP

    Medical Properties Trust Inc.

    Wright Medical Technology Inc.

    uniQure BioPharma BV

    Charlesbank Capital Partners LP

    KKR & Co Inc.

    NeoGenomics Inc.

    Reed & Mackay Travel Limited

    SeatGeek, Inc.

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Google on its acquisition of a stake in Reliance Jio Platforms valued at $4.5bn.
    • Advised Wright Medical on its agreement to be acquired by Stryker Corporation.
    • Assisted Veeam Software, with its $5bn sale to Insight Partners.

    Stephenson Harwood

    The 'very responsive and professional' lawyers at Stephenson Harwood work with corporates from various industries on merger control, market investigations and behavioural issues. In 2021, the firm has been active advising clients on the impact of the new National Security and Investment act on FDI filing. Marta Isabel Garcia leads the team; experienced in all aspects of the practice area, she has a particular specialism in the rail sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Marta Isabel Garcia

    Other key lawyers:

    Anna Victoria Delahey; Genevieve Quierin

    Testimonials

    The team project managed the whole process for us for a multi-jurisdictional M&A. They liaised beautifully with the business to obtain the necessary information in record time and as a result we achieved all of our clearances in good time. The team’s knowledge and experience meant that you could relax in the knowledge that you would be guided effortlessly through the whole process.

    Very responsive and professional.’

    Anna Delahey was extremely efficient and personable. I received very prompt and regular updates on the progress of the filings and clearances which enabled me to provide a similarly effective service to my senior management team. Marta Garcia is obviously a very experienced partner and made you feel in very safe hands.’

    The team is very pragmatic. They are very capable to close an acquisition within a specific timeframe. They are very hard working. They are solution driven and find practical solutions to difficult problems without costing the company an arm and a leg. This was the first law firm where I felt the company was not being squeezed for every cent it had. They looked at the deal structure and applied their fees to the acquisition size.’

    They take the time to understand the issues. Probe with questions to get the full story.’

    We felt there were two key strengths the team exhibited. First, they were very pragmatic and second they were very responsive. This combination worked very well for us given that we were engaged in a small, but time critical, business deal. They seemed willing to work with us using our systems and preferred manners of communication and this made it very easy to work with them. In general, I would say that my experience working with the team was an absolute pleasure and I would actively recommend them to others. There was a really good fit in terms of like-mindedness and culture in our interactions.’

    We felt well-guided by the depth of knowledge the team presented, the pragmatism displayed and the pace by which the transaction was going along. We were impressed by the co-ordination of the various disciplines required within the team.

    Marta Garcia is a very good technician on all things competition law related.

    Key clients

    Leaders Romans/Bowmark

    Ardonagh

    Covanta

    Alaris

    Work highlights

    • Advised Leaders Romans Group on a CMA cartel investigation in the estate agency sector.
    • Advised Covanta on all aspects of merger control in relation to the acquisition of joint control over two joint ventures.
    • Advised Alaris Holdings on all merger control and foreign direct investment law matters in relation to its acquisition of Linwave Technology.

    Winston & Strawn LLP

    Winston & Strawn LLP regularly handles competition issues at EU level, and has a proven record of appearing before the European Commission, EU Member State authorities, and the European community courts. Clients appreciate that the team is ‘very well coordinated with Winston’s New York and DC offices’ and able to advise in multijurisdictional merger filings. Peter Crowther is managing partner of the London and Brussels offices and assists with trade and sanctions issues in addition to competition law.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Crowther

    Other key lawyers:

    Lisa Hatfield

    Testimonials

    The team has an impressive grasp of the application of competition law to sporting matters, with an ability to distinguish the facts from unhelpful precedent to construct strong arguments. The team also has capacity to deliver outstanding work in time sensitive matters.’

    Peter Crowther is not afraid to give his informed opinion on matters and will not just say what you want to hear. He will also go over and above what is necessary and understands the financial position of the client – billing efficiently.

    The team is very well coordinated with Winston’s New York and DC offices, and their strengths stand out in international cartel investigation matters when investigations occur in UK, Europe and USA at the same time.’

    Peter Crowther is very reliable, his advice is practical and has a very client-friendly attitude.’

    Key clients

    Hitachi Metals Ltd.

    XL Catlin

    Professional Footballers’ Association

    Liberty Specialty Markets

    Silgan Holdings, Inc.

    Motorola Solutions

    Work highlights

    • Advised Silgan Holdings Inc on the proposed acquisition of the dispensing business of Albea.
    • Advised Motorola Solutions on its take-private of publicly listed UK based video security firm, IndigoVision.
    • Advising the PFA on competition law in relation to changes to the League One and League Two football rules.

    Jones Day

    Jones Day advises across a range of issues, and is consulted by multinational clients from various sectors. Associate Jason Beer advises on  multijurisdictional merger controls, cartel and conduct issues, and market investigations. Former practice head Matt Evans departed in June 2021 to join DLA Piper.

    Other key lawyers:

    Jason Beer

    Key clients

    Smith & Nephew Plc

    TransDigm Group Incorporated

    IBM

    The Procter & Gamble Company

    Mastercard

    SAP

    Macquarie Capital

    Sanofi

    Goldman Sachs

    Koch Industries, Inc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Freudenberg on its £107m acquisition of  Low & Bonar plc.
    • Advised Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust on the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66bn
    • Advised TransDigm on the antitrust aspects of its successful bid to acquire Cobham Aero Connectivity, from Advent.

    Osborne Clarke LLP

    Osborne Clarke LLP's competition practice has a commendable range, with expertise spanning merger control, investigations, distribution agreements and behavioural work. The London group, which works closely with the Bristol office, is led by Simon Neill, while legal director Katherine Kirrage is praised by clients as 'a cut above the rest'.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Neill

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Bartlett; Katherine Kirrage; Marc Shrimpling

    Testimonials

    Strong team supported across the entire OC office – a pleasure to work with. Could not rate them highly enough.’

    The EU and competition team have a real in-depth understanding of the digital media market and how the present EU/competition commission enquiries/interest in this sector affects broadcasters and their D2C products and services.’

    Really proactive and supportive firm. They always bring good ideas and practical action and are actively helping us grow the sector and provide thought leadership. They were particularly supportive during Covid – actively finding ways of providing us and members with good advice(for example webinars on possession proceedings).

    Katherine Kirrage is a cut above the rest. She has in-depth detailed knowledge of competition law issues and how those impact digital streaming services. Not only is she technically excellent but she provides helpful practical guidance as to how to navigate the complexities of the competition law landscape.

    Key clients

    Bestway Foods

    Bravura

    Biffa

    Danone

    RM plc

    Dell

    NewCold

    Sally Salon Services

    The Publishers’ Association

    UK Finance

    Les Mills

    Granville Technology

    Admiral / Confused.com

    Work highlights

    • Advising Bestway on the competition law and merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of the Costcutter group.
    • Advising Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust on the competition law and merger control aspects of its proposed acquisition of the Royal Brompton Hospital Foundation Trust.
    • Advised Bravura on the competition law and merger control aspects of its acquisition of Delta Financial Systems.

    Preiskel & Co LLP

    Preiskel & Co LLP advises on complex merger control filings, and has an established record of assisting with phase II reviews. In addition, the group is working with a number of clients on CMA sector investigations, as well as in claims of abuse of dominance. Tim Cowen leads the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Cowen

    Testimonials

    ‘Tim Cowen’s team has deep expertise of the intersection across both competition and privacy law and digital markets. Their diligence and agility achieves results.’

    ‘Tim Cowen and his team clearly explained the nuances of British competition law and regulatory process and patiently ensured we understood the status of our interests – we were well represented.’

    Key clients

    Marketers for an Open Web Limited

    Tobii AB

    London Cremation Company

    Connexity Inc

    ICOMP

    IMSO

    Work highlights

    • Advised Tobii in relation to a CMA phase II investigation of its acquisition of Smartbox
    • Advised Marketers for an Open Web Limited in respect of a complaint to the CMA against Google for abuse of dominance.
    • Advising Connexity in relation to its High Court Claim for damages against Google.

    RPC

    The 'consummate professionals' at RPC are well-versed in issues relating to merger clearance, commercial agreements and investigations. The group's longstanding relationship with Fraser Group has yielded some high-profile work in 2021, as the firm advised on the competition aspects of the client's potential acquisition of Debenhams. Lambros Kilaniotis leads the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Lambros Kilaniotis

    Other key lawyers:

    Melanie Musgrave

    Testimonials

    RPC have a strong and very busy team, led by the redoubtable Lambros Kilianotis.

    Lambros Kilaniotis is very good to work with, is commercially astute and is focused on achieving results for clients. Melanie Musgrave is a very good competition lawyer and good to work with.’

    Lambros and Melanie are first-rate. Would positively recommend them to anyone. They are practical, pragmatic and perceptive.’

    Lambros and Melanie are both highly experienced competition lawyers.’

    Lambros Kilaniotis and Melanie Musgrave are excellent. They are consummate professionals. They approach matters in a very low professional and “can-do” way. Nothing is too much bother and they punch at Magic Circe level. A great team that become part of your team.’

    Lambros offers genuine litigation expertise. He knows his stuff and is an excellent communicator.’

    Lambros Kilianotis really stands out as an great competition litigator. He is charming, diligent and pragmatic – willing to go the extra mile for his clients and really fight their corner.

    Key clients

    Frasers Group plc

    LINPAC (now part of Klöckner Pentaplast)

    LINK Scheme

    NHS Scotland & DHSSPS and RHSCB in Northern Ireland

    RSA (Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance plc)

    Telefonica UK

    Zurich plc

    Pizza Express

    Ernst & Young LLP

    Work highlights

    • Advised Frasers Group plc on the competition and merger control aspects of its attempt to save Debenhams after the latter went into administration.
    • Providing competition law advice to the Board of LINK.
    • Advised Frasers Group on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of assets relating to the fitness and gym business of DW Sports.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Primarily based in the Thames Valley, Shoosmiths LLP‘s competition team works closely with clients to develop compliance regimes and staff training programmes, as well as handling merger control and investigations. Practice head Simon Barnes leads the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Barnes

    Testimonials

    We engaged Shoosmiths on a matter of Competition Law as we found it difficult to identify another firm that could demonstrate the skills required to give us confidence that the matter would be handled correctly.’

    We have used Shoosmiths’ services for many years due to their wide breadth of expertise within their teams. They are always happy to discuss billing, which suits both parties and have been a pleasure to work with.’

    The main thing is their responsiveness and their in depth knowledge of the subject matter.’

    Willing to discuss the topic, explain their thought processes, and come up with pragmatic solutions.

    Lead partner Simon Barnes exemplifies  is always willing to learn more about our business, has a quick mind, and looks for a sensible risk-based solution.’

    Key clients

    Mercedes-Benz

    Ageas Insurance

    Experian

    BAT UK & Ireland

    Asahi

    Euronics

    Henkel

    Peugeot Citroen

    Mattel

    Honda

    Hoyer Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised Hoyer Petrolog on the UK merger control review of its proposed acquisition of DHL’s UK fuel delivery business.
    • Advised one of the pharmacies under investigation by the CMA for alleged excessive pricing of hand sanitiser, securing a case closure.
    • Acted for a leading home insurer in the CMA’s infringement investigation into CompareTheMarket.

    Taylor Wessing LLP

    Taylor Wessing LLP provides competition support across large, international corporate transactions, primarily though advising on merger filing procedures in numerous jurisdictions. Paolo Palmigiano, who previously had roles as head of competition at Lloyds Banking Group and BT, leads the team, ably supported by senior counsel Louisa Penny.

    Practice head(s):

    Paolo Palmigiano

    Other key lawyers:

    Louisa Penny

    Testimonials

    The team are excellent at putting themselves in the shoes of clients to provide them with the most on-point, client friendly advice.

    Paolo Palmigiano is excellent at looking ahead, horizon scanning to spot the next issues likely to impact his clients’ business

    Key clients

    Just Eat

    Mobility Trader UK Limited

    The Press Association

    Jiangsu Ysphotech Integrated Circuit Equ

    Mylan

    Accord Healthcare

    Soldo

    Zoopla