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Norton Rose Fulbright

Competition: EU and global Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's near 30 year presence in Brussels and its wider international footprint make it a trusted adviser to global clients on high-profile, business-critical matters. Jay Modrall heads up the team, which combines competition and regulatory expertise, particularly in industries such as transport, energy, technology and financial institutions. In the merger control sphere, the group regularly wins work on a standalone basis (even where other departments or offices are not involved). Illustrative of its capabilities, Modrall and senior associate Violetta Bourt are acting as antitrust counsel to international digital security company Gemalto on its $5.4bn acquisition by Thales; this transaction involves merger filings in over ten jurisdictions. In another matter, in 2018, the team assisted Indian automotive component group Samvardhana Motherson with the global merger control filings associated with its $1bn acquisition of Reydel Automotive. Elsewhere, it is active in EC behavioural investigations. In addition, cartels-related litigation is a notable growth area of the practice, with Michael Jürgen Werner leading the work in this area. He also has extensive experience of state aid matters. Christian Filippitsch and Max Seuster joined Reed Smith.

Practice head(s):

Jay Modrall


Jay Modrall is friendly, business-minded and solution-orientated. His advice is short and clear. It is always a pleasure working with him

Jay Modrall is a very experienced partner who knows how to organise the process in the best interests of his clients. He is always available and of very good advice. Violetta Bourt provided excellent support in managing the flow of questions and answers to the authority. This job requires excellent project management skills and they have got it

The team is very experienced and has a good understanding of what authorities expect, which helps the process tremendously. It is also perfectly up-to-date on new and future developments, and it keeps clients informed


Key clients


Samvardhana Motherson Group

Public Power Corporation

Hellenic Republic


ELG Haniel Banking Consortium – Trade Information Network

Imperial Holding



Pavilion Energy


Monaghan Mushrooms

Kerry Group

Regal Beloit

CTC Canadian Tire Group




Industry focus: Transport Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright is recognised for its antitrust and competition expertise and frequently assists clients in the transport sector, including the aviation, rail and shipping industries. The group advises on public procurement, state aid and regulatory matters, as well as merger control issues. Group leader Jay Modrall and Michael Jürgen Werner are particularly active in the transport and infrastructure sectors. Christian Filippitsch moved to Reed Smith.

Practice head(s):

Jay Modrall

Key clients

Samvardhana Motherson Group




Watco LLC


The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global Key Contacts
Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions James Bateson
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Dirk Trautmann
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
Other offices : Amsterdam
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Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
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Other offices : Québec
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
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Other offices : Shanghai
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Other offices : St Louis
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Other offices : Washington, DC
Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.