GCR 100 - 10th Edition

Sidley Austin LLP

14 January 2010

Sidley Austin LLP feature in our coverage in a number of jurisdictions.

Brussels

Sidley Austin LLP's Brussels competition team includes four partners and four associates, led by Who's Who nominee Stephen Kinsella OBE, who launched the firm's EU competition practice with partner Stephen O Spinks in 2005. Kinsella also coordinates the firm's global antitrust group.

"At present, we are busier on behavioural work than transactional matters, although we are still regularly working on merger control projects," the team says. "Happily, the economic crisis seems to have had the opposite effect on the flow of advisory work we are seeing, including counselling and representation in connection with EC antitrust and cartel investigations, compliance issues, competition policy advocacy, and litigation."

The firm's clients include Aon Corporation, whose US$1.75 billion acquisition of Benfield Group brought together the world's largest and third-largest reinsurance brokers. It also advises eBay on a number of matters, including the European Commission's review of the vertical restraints regulation.

Sidley Austin is representing the commission before the Court of First Instance in relation to four appeals against DG Comp's infringement decision in the copper fittings cartel case. Other clients of the group include Talecris Biotherapeutics, Microsoft and Formula One regulator Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.

US: Illinois

The 16-partner Chicago team at Sidley Austin LLP are litigators first and foremost. The firm says its "experience and success in taking large, precedent-setting or 'bet the company' cases to trial" sets it apart from its peers. Over the past five years, for example, the Sidley team has successfully defended or settled several cases for institutional client Johnson & Johnson, including the settlement of a US$5.4 billion claim for US$11 million.

Like several other Chicago firms, the Sidley antitrust team also boasts a portfolio of health care clients including the American Medical Association, Bayer, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and others. Much of this work has been part of the headline-grabbing generic drug litigation in courts all over the country, led by Sidley partner and Who's Who nominee John W Treece.

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