Nominations now open for GCR 2019 awards

07 January 2019

Nominations now open for GCR 2019 awards

The GCR Awards trophies (Credit: Freedom Film/ GCR Live)

Global Competition Review is now accepting nominations for our ninth annual awards ceremony, which honours the world’s top antitrust lawyers, academics, economists and government enforcers for their work.

To nominate a person, team or organisation for an award, please send us the following information via email:

Award category
Name of nominating party

Name of nominee or nominated matter; if a matter, please state the approximate beginning and end dates, and include the names of the attorneys and economists who worked on the matter

An explanation in no more than 200 words of why that matter, person, team or organisation deserves to win the award. We will not consider nominations that do not include an explanation. Please note: for all nominated cases and decisions, a substantial amount of work relating to the matter must have been carried out between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018.

For team awards, please name the full teams that worked on the matter, including other law firms and economic consultancies.

Nominations are open until 5pm Pacific Time in the US on Friday 25 January. All nominations should be sent to: GCRawards@globalcompetitionreview.com

Practitioners and observers are welcome to nominate any case, law firm, lawyer, academic, advocacy group, economist or enforcement agency they believe deserves an award in the following categories:

Team Awards

Merger control matter of the year – Americas: Creative, strategic and innovative competition work for a client on a landmark merger control matter in the Americas.

Merger control matter of the year – Europe: Creative, strategic and innovative competition work for a client on a landmark merger control matter in Europe.

Merger control matter of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa: Creative, strategic and innovative competition work for a client on a landmark merger matter in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa. 

Litigation of the year – Cartel defence: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of a defendant in a private action for cartel damages.

Litigation of the year – Non-cartel defence: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of a defendant in a non-cartel private action.

Litigation of the year – Cartel prosecution: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of plaintiffs in a private action for cartel damages.

Litigation of the year – Non-cartel prosecution: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of plaintiffs in a non-cartel private action.

Behavioural matter of the year – Americas: Creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in a non-merger matter before an enforcer in the Americas.

Behavioural matter of the year – Europe: Creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in a non-merger matter before an enforcer in Europe.

Behavioural matter of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa: Creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in a non-merger matter before an enforcer in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa.

Matter of the year: Merger control, cartel, unilateral conduct, litigation or any other competition matter worldwide. Creative, strategic and innovative work by teams of in-house and external lawyers and economists.

Enforcement Awards

Government agency of the year: A competition enforcer anywhere in the world whose work in 2018 was particularly effective, strategic or innovative.

Enforcement action of the year: The best decision or enforcement action from a competition authority or court in 2018.

Individual Awards

Academic or Advocacy Excellence Award: An academic competition specialist or advocacy organisation that made an outstanding contribution to competition policy in 2018.

Economist of the year: A competition economist whose superior technical skill, practical judgement and excellence in client service in 2018 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Corporate counsel of the year: An in-house competition lawyer whose superior technical skill and practical judgement on behalf of his or her company in 2018 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Litigator of the year: A competition litigator whose superior technical skill, practical judgement and excellence in serving clients in court in 2018 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Dealmaker of the year: A lawyer whose superior knowledge, practical judgement and negotiation skills in merger clearance matters in 2018 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Lawyer of the year – Under 40: A competition lawyer under the age of 40 whose superior technical skill, practical judgement and excellence in client service in 2018 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field. [To be eligible, a nominee must have been born after 26 March 1979.]

Lawyer of the year: A competition lawyer of any age whose superior skill, practical judgement and excellence in client service in 2018 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Firm Awards

Regional firm of the year – Americas: A firm based solely in North, South and Central America that has had an outstandingly successful 2018 in terms of the quality and quantity of its competition work.

Regional firm of the year – Europe: A firm based solely in Europe that has had an outstandingly successful 2018 in terms of the quality and quantity of its competition work.

Regional firm of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa: A firm based solely in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa that has had an outstandingly successful 2018 in terms of the quality and quantity of its competition work.

Voting

The GCR editorial team will announce the shortlisted nominees. Readers will then have the chance to vote for shortlisted candidates between 4 February and 22 February. To ensure that voting reflects the competition community, we will accept votes only from employees of law firms, economic consultancies, government agencies, universities and competition advocacy organisations, using their work email addresses.

Awards ceremony

The winners in each category will be announced on Tuesday 26 March 2019 at the GCR Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. Register for this black-tie event here.

For team awards, the winner in each category will include all firms and individuals that worked on the nominated matter. This year’s GCR Lifetime Achievement Award winner will also be announced.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at GCRawards@globalcompetitionreview.com if you have any questions.

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