GCR 100 - 17th Edition

McDermott Will & Emery

10 January 2017

McDermott Will & Emery houses a global competition practice that stretches across several US and European jurisdictions, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Brussels, Paris, Germany, Italy and Washington, DC.

Merger ranking - Litigation ranking - Cartel ranking -
Global head Raymond Jacobsen Jr
Number of jurisdictions with a competition team 9
Practice size 49
Partners 26
Counsel 3
Percentage of partners/counsel in Who's Who Legal 52
Associates 20
Lateral partner hires 2
Partner departures 4
Former enforcers 8

The firm strengthened its practice in Europe at the end of 2015, adding Christian Krohs from one of the Big Four accounting firms in Germany, and Mélanie Bruneau, who is based in the firm’s Brussels and Paris offices. Both hires came before a flurry of departures across its US offices: Kevin Bolan and Michael Kendall left the Boston team to join White & Case in April, while Amanda Metts decamped from Chicago and Warren Rosborough from the Washington, DC office.

The firm has a respected merger control practice across the US and Europe. The team filed 50 Hart-Scott-Rodino filings between July 31 2015 and 30 June 2016, approximately 3% of all deals filed in the US. A handful of which went to second request, including Mountain States Health Alliance/Wellmont Health System and Nagel/MUK-Transthermos. The firm worked on several deals for regular client Lockheed Martin and on a couple for Mars Incorporated. In antitrust litigation, the firm secured an early victory for Steel Dynamics in one of the country’s largest private damages claims worth US$17.4 billion, when the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied class certification. The firm also secured a win for Mars in the Chocolate Confectionery Litigation, when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals threw the case out, upholding an earlier decision by a Pennsylvania federal district court.

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