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Baker Botts L.L.P.

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 4

Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a number of complex, high-profile global competition mandates from Brussels, including large-scale merger clearances with European and US elements, cases relating to joint ventures, and antitrust and state aid litigation. The firm is particularly strong in the energy, resources, shipping, and tech spaces, acting for major European and international names in those spaces alongside others, and is able to draw upon the firm’s US and global competition agency expertise in complex multi-jurisdictional mandates. Practice head Catriona Hatton is a highly experienced adviser for global merger clearances and sectoral investigations, as well as regularly representing clients before the Commission and EU courts in high-stakes litigation.

Practice head(s):

Catriona Hatton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Lugard; Brian Byrne


‘Baker Botts is a very solid competition practice all around. They have some very senior partners whose advice is always spot on.’

‘Paul Lugard’s advice is practical and to the point and grounded in his experience as inhouse counsel.’

‘The team is small but staffed with really good lawyers. It’s strength lies in the fact they are smaller than some of the other major firms, but with just as high standards, meaning they can produce quality advice tailored for our business very quickly with no over-staffing of matters.’

‘Our main point of contact is Brian Byrne in Brussels, who is a fantastic lawyer. He is thoughtful, hard-working, and has taken the time to know our business meaning his advice is always on point. He is also very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients



Oxford Nanopore Technologies

International Air Transport Association

Liberty Media

Wallenius Wihelmsen


Indorama Ventures

World Shipping Council

Worley Parsons

SI Group

Nord Pool

Akamai Technologies




Colfax Corporation

American Industrial Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Wallenius Wilhelmsen and EUKOR in a proposed class action brought by Mark McLaren Class Representative and in a damages claim by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK’s specialist competition court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Advised AP Moller Holding on the merger control aspects of three separate multi-billion transactions.
  • Represented DFDS, one of northern Europe’s biggest ferry operators in the parallel investigations by the UK’s CMA and the French competition authority into a capacity sharing agreement between two ferry operators, P&O Ferries Holdings Limited and DFDS A/S, on the Dover-Calais route.

Baker Botts is a leading international law firm with 11 offices located in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Based on its experience and knowledge of its clients’ industries, the firm is recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Baker Botts lawyers work on a range of complex legal issues, including global energy and renewables projects, intellectual property, commercial litigation, corporate transactions, environmental compliance challenges and tax disputes. The firm has worked on behalf of clients in more than 100 countries, and the firm regularly consults on matters that have a local, regional and global impact.

Main areas of practice
Corporate department: Corporate lawyers handle complex matters, advising clients on a full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt for both issuers and underwriters or placement agents. In addition, the firm’s corporate lawyers have extensive experience in private equity and venture capital fund transactions and specialised financing in domestic and international contexts.

Global projects department: Global projects lawyers provide clients with in-depth legal advice in the world’s major energy-producing regions. Areas include: oil and gas, project development and finance, real estate, energy regulatory and international trade. These focus on energy and infrastructure projects in both development and operational stages, as well as advisement in respect to regulatory, import/export, finance and commercial business transactions often required after these projects commence.

Intellectual property department: The firm offers a national and international practice including patent litigation, patent procurement, patent licensing and due diligence. Other areas of practice include strategic IP counselling, trademark acquisition, trademark and copyright litigation, franchise and distribution and other intellectual property transactions. With the skill set to protect and advance clients goals, combined with technical knowledge and industry experience, firm lawyers are able to work with clients facing complex technology issues.

Litigation department: Litigators handle commercial, securities, professional liability, product liability, patent, white-collar, antitrust, international arbitration, environment and energy litigation, as well as the appellate issues that arise from these matters. The firm’s representations reflect the broad litigation practice, with matters ranging from wins in high-profile cases to precedent setting victories. The firm has one of the legal industry’s largest and most diverse environmental practices. The firm’s lawyers excel in courtrooms across the United States and internationally, helping resolve clients’ legal problems in a variety of industries.

Tax department: Comprised of four sections, including income tax, state tax, employee benefits and executive compensation and private clients services, the tax department provides advice to clients across the spectrum of business activities and investments. Lawyers develop plans and structures to achieve clients’ objectives while minimizing the impact of federal, state and international taxes. The firm also features a substantial employee benefits and executive compensation practice, and provides counselling to individuals, families and entrepreneurs on wealth transfer and succession planning tax issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Mike Bengtson (Chair) +1 512 322 2604
Corporate Samantha Hale Crispin (Chair) +1 214 953 6497
Global Projects Jason Bennett (Chair) +1 713 229 1403
Intellectual Property Robert Scheinfeld (Chair) +1 212 408 2512
Litigation Danny David (Chair) +1 713 229 4055
Litigation Bridget Moore (Chair) +1 202 639 7740
Tax Stephen Marcus (Chair) +1 214 953 6533
Number of Partners : 257
Number of Other Lawyers : 365
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Managing Partner : John Martin