Freshfields dominates Who’s Who Legal: Competition

22 May 2017

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has the largest number of lawyers nominated to Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2017 – more than twice the number of its closest rival.

Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2017, published last week, is the world’s leading ranking of the most highly rated antitrust lawyers around the globe. The 2017 edition of the guide is the most extensive ever, covering 62 jurisdictions and almost 1,200 lawyers.

Freshfields dominated the rankings this year, with 47 lawyers nominated to the rankings. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton comes second, with 22 nominations overall, with Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Jones Day filling out the top five.

Another standout is Brick Court Chambers, where 14 barristers made the cut this year. That is an impressive number overall – its eighth place on the overall ranking puts it above multiple global law firms – and underlines the stellar reputation of the set’s members.

In North America, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher reigns in the rankings, with an impressive 12 nominees spread across the firm’s offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York.

Kim & Chang, meanwhile, soundly beat the competition in Asia-Pacific, where its 11-strong nominee list in Seoul was the largest by a hefty margin. 

This year’s edition also lists the leading individuals in the world’s antitrust hubs, as determined by the number of votes from their peers. Freshfields partner Frank Montag collected the most accolades of any lawyer in Brussels – and indeed topped the global ranking.

“It’s a huge honour to be the competition lawyer most recommended by clients and peers around the globe,” Montag said today. “I owe this entirely to the exceptional colleagues I have the privilege of working with here in Brussels and across the Freshfields network. Without them I would not be able to support our clients in their most challenging international antitrust mandates.”

In North America, meanwhile, McMillan partner Neil Campbell in Toronto took the top spot, closely followed by Ilene Knable Gotts at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York, and Cleary DC partner Mark Leddy. Janet Hui at JunHe in Beijing was the most recommended lawyer outside North America and Europe.

The research process this year also expanded its coverage of competition damages claimant litigators outside the US to encompass such lawyers operating in Europe. 

The process also included economics experts, with 142 firms making the final cut. Compass Lexecon topped the listings with an impressive 35 individuals – but Charles River Associates and RBB Economics were not far behind, with 32 and 20 individuals respectively.

Who’s Who Legal editor Rupert Wilson said: “This is our most comprehensive and thoroughly researched competition publication yet, with thousands more votes and recommendations received compared to last year. We are hugely grateful to the lawyers, clients, experts and other market sources whose invaluable feedback helped to identify the foremost practitioners in the field.”


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