GCR 100 - 17th Edition


10 January 2017


AlixPartners is a growing firm with four Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees, providing economic counsel to some big name clients on a variety of issues.

  • Nine lateral hires to aid the growing team
  • High-profile work including for Visa International
  • Aided clients in governmental investigations, particularly in the financial industry
Global heads Liam Colley, Bruce Den Uyl
Home jurisdiction UK, US
Total size of firm 34
Competition economists 26
% of firm specialised 76%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 4
Group one 5
Group two 11
Group three 7
Group four 11
Lateral hires 9
Departures 3
Internal promotions 1

Managing directors Liam Colley – a Who’s Who Legal nominee – and Bruce Den Uyl, based in London and Chicago respectively, head the economics consultancy team at AlixPartners. The firm has seen significant expansion over the last few years, and now totals 34 specialist competition and finance economists.

This year, AlixPartners worked on a succession of high-profile cases. Their litigation work included assisting Visa International; two separate groups of claimants pursuing the foam cartel through the High Court of England and Wales; six original equipment manufacturers on various car and truck parts cartels globally; a pay-for-delay litigation; and multiple confidential engagements. They advised companies on mergers, including Deutsche Telekom and Orange in obtaining an unconditional Phase II clearance of the sale of EE to BT, and EE on the proposed Three/O2 merger in the UK.

On the government investigations front, the AlixPartners represented HSBC in the UK Competition and Markets Authority probe of the retail banking sector, which resulted in behavioural remedies but no price controls. The team also continues to represent Visa Inc in the European Commission’s investigation of inter-regional multilateral interchange fees. The firm acted for Markit in relation to the EU enforcer’s investigation of the credit default swap market, which closed with commitments and no infringement decision.

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