GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Frontier Economics

10 January 2017

Frontier Economics

Frontier Economics continues to make its presence known in the courtroom, with several high-profile matters ongoing in the finance, retail banking, energy and air cargo sectors.

  • Advising on several complex Phase I tie-ups
  • Involved in eight Phase II mergers
  • Representing clients in four ongoing government investigations in Europe and the UK
Global heads Zoltan Biro
Home jurisdiction UK
Total size of firm 171
Competition economists 92
% of firm specialised 54%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 6
Group one 9
Group two 19
Group three 23
Group four 41
Lateral hires 0
Departures 0
Internal promotions 4

It has been another busy year at Frontier Economics, which added 15 competition specialists to its already sizable practice. Six of its competition specialists are Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees, including practice leader Zoltan Biro.

The firm is handling a plethora of behavioural matters in a wide range of industries. For example, it is currently counselling JPMorgan Chase in relation to the EU’s investigation of euro interest rate derivatives. It also recently advised the Premier League regarding the telecommunications regulator’s probe into the English football league’s sale of its television rights. Competition litigation work is rife at Frontier, as the firm continues to act on behalf of clients in the foam, smart card chips, and gas insulated switchgear follow-on damages actions, to name a few.

In mergers, Frontier advised Ladbrokes in its tie-up with Coral. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority conditionally cleared the deal in May 2016, requiring the gambling companies to sell 350 to 400 of their betting shops to obtain merger clearance – the largest divestiture package the CMA has ever suggested publicly. The consultancy is also working on the Three/O2 in the UK, which the European Commission blocked in May. The telecommunications companies are appealing against the decision to the General Court of the European Union.

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