GCR 100

J Sagar Associates

14 February 2017

India Amitabh Kumar leads the competition team at J SAGAR ASSOCIATES. As director general of the Competition Commission between 2004 and 2009, Kumar was responsible for drafting the authority’s regulations, as well as its early advocacy work. He joined the firm in 2010 and now works alongside two other partners, including Farhad Sorabjee, and a roster of associates. The team has a broad range of ongoing merger control work: they acted for Advent International when it acquired Crompton Greaves, Marriott in its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Symphony Teleca when the company was picked up by Harman International Industries, among a lengthy list of other deals. On the behavioural side, the firm convinced the commission to revisit its assessment of the relevant market in an abuse of dominance probe, which resulted in charges dropped against its client ACI Inc. They successfully represented the Federation of Airlines in relation to cartel allegations, and acted for complainants in relation to the enforcer’s separate investigations into VeriFone India and Monsanto. They also act for two members of an alleged cartel in an ongoing antitrust investigation and a leniency applicant in a separate probe. In addition, the team provides competition advice to a number of high-profile clients, including Volvo, Canon, Hewlett Packard, Ford, Hyundai and Michelin.

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.

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.

Switzerland

Switzerland

10 January 2017

In a landlocked island at the heart of Europe, Switzerland’s economy is dominated by several highly concentrated markets, which feed an equally concentrated competition bar.

Turkey

Turkey

10 January 2017

Turkey’s compact antitrust bar boasts highly trained attorneys who deal with a competition authority that is flexing its muscle in cartel and merger enforcement.

Ireland

Ireland

10 January 2017

As Ireland’s two-year-old Competition and Consumer Protection Commission steadily increases its enforcement activity, the country’s competition bar remains busy with merger control work and investigations alike.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

10 January 2017

London is one of Europe’s top competition law hubs, and there’s plenty of work to go around in both enforcement and burgeoning private litigation.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

10 January 2017

If Freshfields’ global antitrust practice were a sports team, now would be the time to start talking about it as a dynasty. The firm tops the global elite for the eighth year in a row, a remarkable achievement that testifies to the experience and expertise of its sizeable partnership and associate base. It boasts a formidable roster of clients, which year on year, turn to the firm for advice on matters that often read like a list of the world’s most significant mergers, investigations and damages claims.

Lithuania

Lithuania

10 January 2017

A handful of firms and antitrust experts compete for work in Lithuania’s close-knit antitrust bar.

GCR 100 Rankings: Cartels

10 January 2017

1 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 2 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 3 Allen & Overy 4 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 5 Baker & McKenzie 6 Latham & Watkins 7 Covington & Burling 8 Hogan Lovells 9 Norton Rose Fulbright 10 Jones Day Cartels are a secret. Not just the alleged collusion among rivals, which violates most countries’ competition statutes and can incur criminal sanctions. The existence of an investigation into particular product, or the identity of the companies involved, can go on for years without enforcers publicly acknowledging them. A company or individual who escapes the investigation without ever being charged may never admit to having been under scrutiny in the first place.