4. Arnold & Porter
|Global heads:||William Baer, Deborah Feinstein, Marleen Van Kerckhove|
|Home jurisdiction:||United States|
|Total size of firm:||804|
|No. of competition specialists:||103|
|Percentage of competition specialists:||13|
|Who’s Who Legal nominees:||12|
|Percentage of partners in Who’s Who Legal:||41|
|Counsel and consultants:||13|
|No. of lateral partner hires:||1|
|No. of partner departures:||0|
|No. of internal promotions:||2|
Widely recognised as one of Washington, DC’s leading antitrust practices, the same plaudits are also bestowed on the firm’s European offices. That its 12 Who’s Who Legal nominees are evenly split, with six based in the US and six in Europe, is testament to this. Arnold & Porter will shortly lose global practice co-head William J Baer as he awaits confirmation from the US Senate to take the position of US assistant attorney general in charge of the DoJ antitrust division. While a loss, it’s also further recognition of the firm’s strength. DC-based Sonia Pfaffenroth was promoted to partner in February.
Among the myriad high-profile mergers the firm handled this year, of particular note is Arnold & Porter’s representation of Sony in its acquisition of EMI’s music publishing business and its advice to Cisco Systems in its €5 billion purchase of video software producer NDS. US partner Jonathan Gleklen represented GE in its joint venture with Microsoft to create health-care company Caradigm, and practice co-head Deborah Feinstein acted for BP in the sale of a Californian refinery to Tesoro for US$2.5 billion. Brussels partner Annette Luise Schild also advised Areva in its nuclear joint venture with Siemens.
Schild is also representing Areva on the litigation front, where the company is appealing against a DG Comp decision in the switchgear cartel at the European Court of Justice. Arnold & Porter is counsel to Visa in the largest-ever private antitrust settlement, worth US$7.25 billion, in conjunction with several US banks and MasterCard over interchange fees. It is also advising LG Electronics in follow-on private actions regarding the cathode ray tube cartel, and Fujikura in EU cartel investigations of the power cables and car components markets.
Finally, Brussels partner Luc Gyselen is representing Ranbaxy in DG Comp’s first patent settlement agreement case in the pharmaceutical sector.