GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Oxera

10 January 2017

Oxera

Oxera is active on many big-ticket matters, including air cargo damages and the UK retail energy and retail banking investigations.

  • Handled 52 antitrust litigations in several jurisdictions
  • Advised on seven deals that received a second request or went to Phase II
  • Involved in 26 antitrust or competition law investigations
Global heads Helen Jenkins, Gunnar Niels
Home jurisdiction UK
Total size of firm 93
Competition economists 57
% of firm specialised 61%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees 6
Group one 14
Group two 4
Group three 16
Group four 23
Lateral hires 0
Departures 0
Internal promotions 1

The Oxera team experienced further growth in the past year, taking the total to 57 competition specialists across its four European offices in Oxford, London, Brussels and Berlin. Notable recent antitrust matters include the European Commission’s pay-TV investigation, in which Oxera advises Warner Bros; the commission’s investigation into MasterCard’s inter-regional interchange fees; and the UK CMA investigation into patent settlement agreements in the paroxetine market, where Oxera advised Generics UK. The team also advises parties on the European Commission’s preliminary inquiries into agreements between aircraft engine manufacturers and airlines. Oxera’s offices in Berlin and Brussels continue to expand. In addition to work on European Commission cases, the Brussels office, led by Pascale Déchamps, has been active in front of the French competition authority on article 101 cases in the parcel delivery sector and car rental sector. In Berlin, Enno Eilts and his team have worked on a number of follow-on antitrust damages cases in the automotive sector, as well as state aid and antitrust investigations in front of the European Commission.

Over the past year Oxera has worked on seven merger cases that were subject to a Phase 2 investigation; two in Brussels, four in the UK, and one in Ireland. In Brussels, it advised third parties on the H3G/O2 UK and Hutchison/Vimplecom mergers. In the UK it is advising the merging parties on the ICE/Trayport financial trading platforms deal and Arriva on its acquisition of the Northern rail franchise.

The Oxera team has also been involved in 52 competition litigation cases in the past year across a wide range of jurisdictions, including South Africa, Finland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the US, France and Belgium. The mix of cases includes follow-on claims and original actions. High-profile matters in front of the UK courts that the firm worked on included acting for MasterCard in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court, and the Unwired Planet v Huawei and Samsung High Court litigations.

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