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CMS Legal Services EEIG

23 January 2019

Austria Bernt Elsner leads the competition team at CMS REICH-ROHRWIG HAINZ and works alongside partner Dieter Zandler and four associates on a broad range of matters. Although Elsner is perhaps better known for his public procurement practice, the firm’s competition work has picked up in the past few years. He says his team is organised to advise clients on a Europe-wide basis. Recently, the team acted for Ceratizit when the cutting-tools manufacturer acquired KOMET Group; advised French tyre manufacturer Michelin on its acquisition of a stake of German auto centre operator Auto-Teile-Unger; and SOCAR Energy Holdings on merger control relating to its entry into the fuel market after acquiring filling stations owned by A1 company and Pronto Oil firm.

White & Case

22 January 2019

Merger ranking - Litigation ranking 5 Cartel ranking 10 Global head J Mark Gidley No. of jurisdictions with a GCR-ranked competition team 10 Practice size 196 Partners 42 Counsel 28 Percentage of partners/counsel in Who’s Who Legal 14% Associates 126 Lateral partner hires 2 Partner departures 0 Former senior enforcers who are partners/counsel 12 White & Case has long had well-regarded competition practices in the US and Brussels, but has looked to strengthen its European presence further. That continued in August 2017 with the hire of Veronica Pinotti from McDermott Will & Emery in Italy, and litigation specialist Hamish Macpherson from Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia in May 2018.

Alrud

22 January 2019

Russia ALRUD ranks among Russia’s largest competition practices, with five partners and 15 associates working in close cooperation with the dispute resolution, corporate/M&A and commercial groups on a host of antitrust issues. Partner and practice head Vassily Rudomino is also the head of the Commonwealth of Independent States Competition Support Association, and has been recognised for his contributions to the development of competition legislation. Alrud boasts an impressive client roster, which in addition to Bayer, LG, Praxair, Maersk, NYK Line and Shire includes several companies that have newly retained its services in the past couple of years: Uber Technologies, Siemens and Michael Kors, among others. Alrud remains one of the go-to references for international law firms without a significant Russian presence, such as Slaughter and May, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Gleiss Lutz and Sullivan & Cromwell.

Homburger

22 January 2019

Switzerland Marcel Dietrich took over HOMBURGER’s competition practice from partner Franz Hoffet in 2018. Both partners lead a team that includes counsels Andreas Burger and Martin Thomann, and four associates. Together, they are active in some of Switzerland’s most high-profile matters. The firm has played a key role in the country’s antitrust market since it was established in the 1960s. Since then, it has advised on Switzerland’s first leniency application, its first dawn raid, and first-ever sanctioning procedure.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffeï

22 January 2019

France Philippe Guibert leads the well-recognised and active team at DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI. He is supported by partners Laure Givry and Emmanuel Durand, as well as Laëtitia Gavoty-Tolot who was promoted to counsel in April 2018. IP partner Barbara Levy and regulatory partner Christine Le Bihan-Graf provide additional antitrust assistance. Givry and Guibert advised Booking.com in litigation before the French Competition Authority and the Commercial Court of Paris relating to the online travel agency probe. Durand advises Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé in several claims regarding change-of-sale conditions for unlimited access to theaters.

Von Wobeser & Sierra

20 December 2018

Mexico Fernando Carreño, who won GCR Lawyer of the Year under 40 in 2018, helms the competition practice at Von Wobeser & Sierra. The two-partner, nine-associate team now includes Gerardo Rodríguez, a former COFECE official who recently joined as an associate.

Venable

20 December 2018

United States: Washington, DC Venable antitrust chair Lisa Jose Fales works out of Washington, DC along with DOJ assistant attorney general under President Obama, Peter Kadzik, who joined Venable in 2017. Venable represented Ranbaxy in the Modafinil litigation where, after four intensive weeks of trial, it struck a settlement with the retailer and Apotex plaintiffs, which alleged that Ranbaxy’s patent settlement with brand company Cephalon delayed generic entry of the sleep disorder drug Provigil. Venable also represents Impax in a class action MDL involving direct purchasers, end-payors, and retailers, which allege that Impax received illegal reverse payments from a branded pharmaceutical company to delay a generic form of an opioid pain medication, Opana. A bit farther back, the firm advised Impax Laboratories against allegations by direct purchasers and end-payor classes that it employed “reverse payment settlements” under an invalid and unenforceable patent to delay generic competition for acne treatment Solodyn. The direct purchaser class settled on the eve of trial, while the end-payors settled halfway through in 2018.

Russell McVeagh

20 December 2018

New Zealand Sarah Keene helms a talented team at Russell McVeagh, which balances a considerable amount of contentious local work with a steady stream of multinational deals. Keene is backed by partner Troy Pilkington, along with two partners in the firm’s regulatory economics practice. The firm’s team dedicated to competition law has expertise across litigation, investigations, commercial advisory, merger filings and law reform and provides an integrated approach to competition, regulatory and public law.

PLMJ

20 December 2018

Portugal The elite team at PLMJ could hardly be busier, as the competition group – led by Ricardo Oliveira – is involved in the two largest ongoing investigations by Portugal’s Competition Authority. It represents two suppliers in the authority’s investigation into the retail distribution sector, in the largest antitrust investigation ever opened by the enforcer. The group also counsels a leading insurer in the competition watchdog’s investigation into the insurance sector.

O'Melveny & Myers

20 December 2018

Brussels The competition team at O’Melveny & Myers in Brussels is smaller than most, but that hasn’t stopped it from taking instructions on some important matters. Riccardo Celli, who chairs the European competition practice, and Christian Riis-Madsen, who is managing partner of the Brussels office, lead the seven-lawyer team. It has represented conglomerate Honeywell on several probes; in October 2017, the European Commission abandoned the statement of objections it issued against the company in the refrigerants investigation, without any infringement finding or commitments. Riis-Madsen represented NEX, formerly ICAP, in the yen Libor case. The European General Court quashed the €14.9 million fine imposed by the commission in November 2017, after criticising the EU enforcer’s violation of the broker’s defence rights. The team also previously advised Salesforce.com as a third party on the European Commission’s review of Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn, in addition to advising another Silicon Valley company on a multibillion-euro merger.