GCR 100

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

29 March 2018

South Africa Since its split from DLA Piper in 2015, CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR’s team boasts significant experience. Peers describe its lawyers as “good”, with practice head Chris Charter singled out for special praise. The group consists of six partners and is one of the most active and successful deal teams in the country. It acts for Fidelity Security Group – South Africa’s largest security services provider – in its proposed merger with ADT, which is one of two national players in the armed response market. The commission has recommended the tie-up be unconditionally approved and the tribunal heard the matter in March 2017. The firm also advised Sovereign Food, one of the largest poultry producers in South Africa, on Country Bird Holdings’ hostile takeover of the company – one of the few hostile mergers that have resulted in litigation before the competition authority.

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

GCR 100 Rankings: Mergers

12 January 2018

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.