13. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
|Global heads:||Michelle Miller, Thomas Mueller|
|Home jurisdiction:||United States|
|Total size of firm:||1,163|
|No. of competition specialists:||79|
|Percentage of competition specialists:||7|
|Who’s Who Legal nominees:||10|
|Percentage of partners in Who’s Who Legal:||43|
|Counsel and consultants:||2|
|No. of lateral partner hires:||1|
|No. of partner departures:||1|
|No. of internal promotions:||0|
Over the past year, the firm added UK litigator Stephen Pollard to its antitrust roster. Pollard brings extensive criminal litigation experience to the team after securing the dismissal of charges against British Airways executives in the passenger fuel surcharge cartel case. And late last year the team added former DoJ antitrust division official Molly Boast, who brings extensive civil litigation experience to the firm’s New York office.
The team’s work in the US led the way over the past year, both on the merger front and in cartel cases and litigation. WilmerHale advised Japanese auto parts maker Denso in its settlement of price-fixing charges before the DoJ’s antitrust division; the company paid a US$78 million fine. The team is also advising Schaeffler in ball bearings cartel investigations in the US and Europe, and it is working for Chesapeake Energy, a natural gas company, in an investigation into a leasehold acquisition. WilmerHale’s merger control work over the last year was equally impressive. It advised International Paper in its tie-up with Temple-Inland that was approved with a consent decree last February. In Europe, the team is advising Lufthansa in an ongoing investigation of its alliance with United and Air Canada, and last year it won a full annulment of a DG Comp fine against client Solvay – a case that lasted more than 20 years.