GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

10 January 2017

In his four years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Matthew Reilly has brought considerable expertise and skill to the firm’s antitrust group. He oversaw perhaps the most impressive slate of mergers of any single lawyer in that timespan, including Office Depot/OfficeMax, Staples/Office Depot, Holcim/Lafarge, Reynolds/Lorillard and Dollar General/Family Dollar. Reilly departed the firm for Kirkland & Ellis in October, just before the GCR 100 went to press, and what effect his departure might have on the US-centred practice is as yet unclear. That said, the past 12 months again showcased the firm’s skill and ability both in merger control work and behavioural matters.

Merger ranking - Litigation ranking - Cartel ranking -
Global head Kevin Arquit
Number of jurisdictions with a competition team 2
Practice size 41
Partners 13
Counsel and consultants 6
Percentage of partners/counsel in Who's Who Legal 31
Associates 22
Lateral partner hires 0
Partner departures 1
Former enforcers 4

This included a host of deals that required in-depth investigations and strategic divestitures to win antitrust clearance. The Simpson team acted for TRW Automotive in its contentious sale to ZF Friedrichshafen, which required conditions in the US and Europe. It also guided NXP Semiconductor’s merger with Freescale Semiconductor, an industry-shaping tie-up that drew the ire of the US Federal Trade Commission. The same holds true for Ahold/Delhaize, a US$29 billion merger of equals that faced FTC-mandated divestitures before it could close; Simpson advised Ahold during that process. In conduct and in Europe, the Simpson team helped to convince DG Comp to close without charges its investigation of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association over potential price fixing in the credit default swaps market.

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