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Chris Bryant

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EU and competition.

Position

Chris is a partner in the competition, EU and trade law team. His area of practice covers cartel investigations, EU regulatory law and state aid. Chris advises companies in relation to global cartel investigations, representing their interests before the European Commission and UK authorities. Chris has also been part of the BLP team involved in one of the leading cartel damages cases in the United Kingdom. Furthermore, Chris has represented companies in several cases before the General Court of the European Union. Chris has also advised several multinational companies on the application of EU law, including advising on the legislative process. He frequently advises on matters involving the free movement of goods/services and also on complaints to the European Commission and European Ombudsman.


London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The newly-combined team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has ‘excellent client service, good industry knowledge and bench strength’, combining Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (‘BLP’) strength in the financial services, utilities and regulated sectors with Bryan Cave’s expertise in EU and UK merger control for US clients. The firm was appointed to BT’s competition and regulatory panel in May 2017 and Andrew Hockley, head of antitrust and competition at BLP, has since advised on the merger control aspects of BT’s acquisition of IP Trade, including advising on the CMA process, managing the CMA review and achieving phase 1 clearance. James Marshall acts as standing competition and regulatory adviser to Heathrow Airport and is recommended for his ‘calm and effective delivery of advice’ and being ‘pragmatic with advice and sympathetic to the competing demands within an organisation’. ‘Rising star’ Victoria Newbold ‘is very proactive and responsive to client needs, giving solid commercially focussed advice, and is a lovely person to work with’. Chris Bryant is noted for his experience in cartel investigations and state aid matters. From the Bryan Cave side, Robert Bell is recommended as being ‘very responsive’ and ‘providing practical solutions’. One recent highlight saw Bell and Roman Madej  instructed by Novus International in respect of a claim against another company for alleged abuse of dominant position.

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EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

Within: EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs

The ‘very impressive’ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is led by competition and trade law specialist Chris Bryant, who has particular expertise in EU/Russia sanctions, having advised a number of major Russian banks, including Sberbank, VEB and VTB. Bryant is supported by tax and customs specialist Kate Ison; both are recommended as ‘intelligent, knowledgeable, responsive, calm and good with clients’. Also noted are senior associates Irene Cummins and Julia Joseph.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

The 'top-notch' antitrust and competition team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is 'a market leader' in follow-on damages claims, for which it stands out for its 'impressive record' in high-profile cases at trial. The team is led by Edward Coulson, who is 'quick to understand the economics of a case' and 'brings with him a wealth of experience' in competition litigation. Antitrust and competition head Andrew Hockley is noted for his approach to teamwork, which informs his 'strong overall strategic perspective'. Together, the duo are advising Royal Mail group on its landmark High Court claim against DAF, in relation to the defendant's participation in a price fixing cartel in medium and heavy trucks; successfully securing orders for disclosure of the European Commission's file and key documents in the case and persuading the Court of Appeal not to grant DAF's application for permission to appeal. They are also representing BT group in a similar claim against the same defendant. In another highlight, Joby Davies is acting for National Grid in its claim for damages due to overcharges paid for the purchase of high voltage power cables against 20 defendants across eight countries. Chris Bryant and senior associates Rachel Ziegler and Clare Reeve are key practitioners with significant experience in the space.

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit

Within: Brexit

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - which was formed after Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave merged in April 2018 - has a specialist Brexit taskforce, which is led by competition and international trade partner Chris Bryant. With Bryant at the helm, the firm is at the forefront of advice to clients on a wide range of matters, including scenario and contingency planning, restructuring and regulatory issues. It has been particularly active in guiding clients through the impact of a no deal scenario, and what the impact of the UK relying on WTO rules would mean for their businesses. The firm has also played a key role in shaping the UK government's policy towards Brexit, with team members having provided evidence at Parliamentary Select Committees and the Department for International Trade. Financial services regulatory expert Polly James has been advising a variety of clients in the industry on the impact of Brexit, including the loss of passporting rights and alternative business models. Matthew Baker focuses on issues affecting the investment management industry, while Geraldine Quirk advises insurance sector clients on a wide range of non-contentious matters. James Marshall acts for clients from sectors such as aviation, water, energy and transport. Senior lawyer consultant Marieke Datema is also recommended.

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