GCR awards open for nominations

Global Competition Review is now inviting nominations for our 11th annual awards, which will honour the world’s leading antitrust lawyers, economists, enforcers and academics as well as the biggest cases from 2020.

Unfortunately due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we will be unable to host our in-person awards ceremony this year in Washington, DC. Instead, we will be announcing the winners in a series of special reports that we will begin publishing at the start of April.

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

Award category (we will not accept nominations unless they are correctly submitted for the appropriate category, so if you have any questions about this please email our Awards inbox)

Name of nominating party

Name of nominee or nominated matter (if nominating a matter, please state the approximate beginning and end dates, and include the names of the attorneys and economists who worked on the matter, including other law firms and economic consultancies)

An explanation in no more than 200 words of why that matter, person or organisation deserves to win the award. We will not consider nominations that do not include an explanation. For all nominated cases and decisions, a substantial amount of work relating to the matter must have been carried out between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

Practitioners and observers are welcome to nominate any case, lawyer, or enforcement agency they believe deserves an award. For a list of all our winners last year, please click here.

Nominations are open until 5pm Pacific Time in the US on Friday 29 January. All nominations should be sent to: [email protected].

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.

Firm Awards

Regional firm of the year – Americas: A firm based solely in North, South and Central America that has had an outstandingly successful 2020 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 2020 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 2020 in terms of the quality and quantity of its competition work.

Enforcement Awards

Government agency of the year: A competition enforcer anywhere in the world whose work in 2020 was particularly effective, strategic or innovative.

Enforcement action of the year: The best decision or enforcement action from a competition authority or court in 2020.

Individual Awards

Academic or Advocacy Excellence Award: An academic competition specialist or advocacy organisation that made an outstanding contribution to competition policy in 2020.

Economist of the year: A competition economist whose superior technical skill, practical judgement and excellence in client service in 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field. [To be eligible, a nominee must have been born after 20 April 1981.]

Lawyer of the year: A competition lawyer of any age whose superior skill, practical judgement and excellence in client service in 2020 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Voting

The GCR editorial team will announce the shortlisted nominees. Readers will then have the chance to vote for shortlisted candidates between 15 February and 5 March. 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. We will not count votes made using personal email addresses.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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