GCR 100

Von Wobeser y Sierra

17 January 2018

Mexico Von Wobeser & Sierra boasts an impressive roster of clients – some public and some confidential – for which the firm provides the full scope of antitrust counsel before COFECE and the courts. Fernando Carreño remains at the helm of the two-partner, eight-associate team that also boasts former Mexican Supreme Court justice Guillermo Ortiz Mayagoitia as an adviser.

Venable

17 January 2018

United States: Washington, DC Venable antitrust chair Lisa Jose Fales works out of Washington, DC and the firm continues to act for several drugmakers after its big win in the Nexium pay-for-delay trial for defendant Ranbaxy – now Sun Pharmaceuticals. In the latest victory for Sun, an appellate court in September 2016 reversed the trial judge’s decision to certify a class of fewer than two dozen direct purchasers of anti-narcolepsy drug Provigil. The team says clients are bullish to go to trial using Venable, and they boast having more referrals and a stronger profile than two years ago. The firm also defends Impax Laboratories against allegations of an anticompetitive conspiracy to delay entry of a generic version of pain medication Opana ER and acne drug Solodyn. Beyond the pharmaceutical industry, Venable advises Perdue Farms in its defence against class action complaints brought by broiler chicken buyers who accuse poultry producers of conspiring to fix prices by restricting output. Venable assisted the plaintiff class in the O’Bannon antitrust suit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association over the use of college players’ likenesses without payment.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

17 January 2018

United States: California Bo Pearl and Ken O’Rourke lead the West Coast antitrust practice at O’MELVENY & MYERS. Their team, while on the small side, benefits from working across offices – including an outstanding antitrust group in Washington, DC – on a variety of issues, and an impressive local client base.

Goodwin Procter

17 January 2018

United States: Massachusetts Headed by the well-respected Chris Holding, GOODWIN PROCTER counsels clients in several industries. Some of the group’s recent antitrust work includes the representation of Barbri, a bar exam prep company, in a lawsuit brought by a competitor against it and several universities for allegedly conspiring to push the rival out of business and maintain a monopoly over the testing market.

Prieto

17 January 2018

Chile PRIETO continues to be led by well-respected partner Benjamín Grebe. Though the lone competition partner at the firm, Grebe’s two associates include Manfred Zink, former legal anti-monopolisation coordinator for the National Economic Prosecutor.

GCR 100 Rankings: Cartels

12 January 2018

1 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 2 Linklaters =3 Allen & Overy =3 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 5 Baker McKenzie 6 Hogan Lovells 7 Jones Day 8 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 9 Norton Rose Fulbright 10 White & Case In the era of worldwide cartels, scale matters. Many firms claim to be experts at dealing with dawn raids, immunity applications, negotiations and requests for information in multiple jurisdictions – but those that made the Global Elite top 10 are the real homes for such work. All of them have a truly international practice that touches at least three continents, and all of them are able to deploy large, expert teams across borders to assist clients going through a serious crisis.

GCR 100 Rankings: Litigation

12 January 2018

1 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 2 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 3 Jones Day 4 Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer 5 Latham & Watkins 6 Allen & Overy 7 White & Case 8 Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 9 Covington & Burling 10 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Two years ago, when GCR first began asking participants in the Global Elite ranking process to detail their work on private litigation, the majority of cases in the responses were in the US. This was unsurprising; a generally litigious culture, and the use of class actions for damages dating back at least to the electrical equipment cases of the 1960s, adds up to hundreds of antitrust lawsuits filed every year. Many follow-on claims in federal court are consolidated into multi- district litigations, which is useful when tallying them up. But even when counted by the nature of the claim and not by each individual complaint, they nonetheless make up a significant part of most US antitrust practices.

GCR 100 Rankings: Mergers

12 January 2018

1 Jones Day 2 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 3 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 4 Allen & Overy 5 Norton Rose Fulbright 6 Baker McKenzie 7 Linklaters 8 Clifford Chance 9 Latham & Watkins 10 Covington & Burling A wave of political turmoil around the world has washed up on the foundation of global competition practices: the mega-merger. Citizens across the partisan spectrum are muttering louder about consolidation. Some politicians have voiced those concerns through a megaphone, as with now-president Donald Trump’s vow on the campaign trail to block the vertical merger of AT&T and Time Warner. The previous edition of GCR 100 marvelled at all the deals being done that had seemed almost unthinkable a few years earlier. Now, antitrust observers are startled by how long competition authorities are taking to review deals that had seemed like easy clearances with obvious behavioural remedies or divestitures. Enforcers feel obliged to acknowledge regular people’s anxieties about even those aspects of deals that do not fall in the antitrust bailiwick, as EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has repeatedly done during Bayer’s acquisition of rival agrochemical company Monsanto.

Slaughter and May

12 January 2018

Merger ranking - Litigation ranking - Cartel ranking - Global head Philippe Chappatte Number of jurisdictions with a GCR-ranked competition team 3 Practice size 72 Partners 11 Counsel 3 Percentage of partners/counsel in Who's Who Legal 79% Associates 58 Lateral partner hires 0 Partner departures 0 Former senior enforcers 2 Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May’s reputation around the globe is for corporate work, primarily for blue-chip clients. It is present in relatively few jurisdictions – the UK, Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing and has the lowest number of competition partners and counsel in this survey. These quantitative issues have handicapped the firm from appearing in the Global Elite for the past few years. But quality will shine through; Slaughters has an even higher percentage of partners and counsel in Who’s Who Legal: Competition than Freshfields, and this small yet mighty senior group, supported by a stellar team of associates, is handling some of the most complex international matters. The firm takes pride in its “Best Friends” network of like- minded firms, and its pursuit of excellence wherever it is located.

Weil Gotshal & Manges

12 January 2018

Merger ranking - Litigation ranking - Cartel ranking - Global heads Kevin Arquit, Steven Newborn Number of jurisdictions with a GCR-ranked competition team 3 Practice size 49 Partners 18 Counsel 4 Percentage of partners/counsel in Who's Who Legal 27% Associates 27 Lateral partner hires 1 Partner departures 0 Former senior enforcers 8 Weil Gotshal & Manges brings heaps of former antitrust agency experience to its high-profile US practice. Eight of its partners worked in the government – typically the US Federal Trade Commission – in senior positions, and the firm has transformed that experience into an active and reputable antitrust merger practice. This year, former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Kevin Arquit joined the practice to co-lead the global group alongside Steven Newborn.