40 Under 40 2015

GCR's list of the top young antitrust lawyers in the world

40 under 40

Where are they now?

Private Practice

This year’s survey is more diverse than ever, with candidates selected across 19 different countries and 34 different firms.  More than half of the survey’s entrants hail from either side of the Atlantic, with 11 candidates in the US and six-a-piece in London and Brussels. Brazil counts two nominees, while each other candidate is the sole representative of their home country. 

Linklaters comes out on top with the most candidates, boasting three lawyers selected across their Brussels, Beijing and Paris offices. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Slaughter and May and Hogan Lovells continue to feature at the front of the pack, with two candidates each.

At 33, Hong Kong based Slaughter and May partner Natalie Yeung is the youngest nominee, closely followed by Alice Muhlebach at Ashurst in Melbourne, aged 34.

Two veterans of the 40 under 40 process return after featuring in the 2012 edition. Ana Paula Martinez at Levy & Salomão Advogados is nominated for the second time, while Gönenç Gürkaynak at ELİG celebrates his third selection.

Adam J Di Vincenzo

Alastair Chapman

Alice Muhlebach

Amanda Reeves

Amy W Ray

Ana Paula Martinez

Andrea Agathoklis Murino

Andrea Hamilton

Annamaria Mangiaracina

Anne Lee

Boris Bronfentrinker

Christian Riis-Madsen

Damien Gerard

Daniel Colgan

Elisa Kearney

Fernando Carreño

Gönenç Gürkaynak

Heather Tewksbury

Ian R Conner

Igor Svechkar

James Webber

Jeff L White

Johan Van Acker

Kathryn M Hellings

Kentaro Hirayama

Lisa Wright

Logan Breed

Lucinda Verster

Mark Sansom

Natalie Yeung

Naval Satarawala Chopra

Niall Collins

Nicholas Gibson

Pablo Márquez

Patrick R Bock

Pierre Zelenko

Reena Gambhir

Ricardo Inglez de Souza

Torrin Crowther

Yue (Fay) Zhou


As part of our survey, we have also included in-house competition counsel and economists working at some of the largest corporations and best recognised brands across the world.

Seven lawyers and one economist have been selected, three of whom are based in California, two in London and the others in Belgium, Germany and Hong Kong.

Three of the eight candidates work at Google, underlining the substantial focus and talent allocated to antitrust matters by the online search giant. The other successful nominees work at Intel, American Express, British Airways, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Deutsche Telekom.

The two youngest candidates are 33, while the oldest is 39.

Ben Graham

Fabien Curto Millet

Jan Lohrberg

Katerina Soteri

Margaret Auraellia Wang

Natasha Franklin

Rosie Lipscomb

Shelley J Webb


For the first time in our survey, we have included nominees from enforcement agencies.

In the past we focused solely on lawyers in private practice on the basis that it would be unhelpful, and perhaps unfair, to try to compare lawyers working in very different roles. This year, however, we felt we could no longer overlook those in public service.

We received a host of submissions nominating talented lawyers at enforcers across the globe. This list is not an exhaustive one, but it celebrates seven of the most promising competition lawyers currently working on the other side of the antitrust fence at organisations such as the United States’ Department of Justice (DoJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Mexican Economic Competition Commission, among others.

The youngest candidate is 34 and the oldest 39. Five of the successful nominees started their careers in private practice, often at leading US law firms, while two have worked their whole life in the public sector.

Andre M Geverola

Bitten Thorgaard Sørensen

Carlos Mena

Javier Tapia

Krisztian Katona

Ryan Danks

Sheldon Mills

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