In New York, just four Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partners focus exclusively on antitrust issues, but they lean on a 30-partner global team with as much experience as any firm in the world. Practice head Yvonne S Quinn and of counsel John L Warden are both Who's Who nominees. Steven Holley is the other big name in the New York antitrust practice and wins praise from rivals. The firm is proud of its lawyers' ability to see a case through from beginning to end, and rivals agree - pointing to Quinn in particular as an excellent practitioner.
Over the past year, Quinn and her team have lead the way for dozens of clients in merger matters, including Barclays in its sale of its investment wing to BlackRock; Rio Tinto in the sale of its Alcan Global Packaging business; British Airways in its joint venture with American Airlines and Iberia; AB InBev in the sale of its entertainment parks business to Blackstone Capital; and several others.
Litigation has again kept the Sullivan & Cromwell team busy in 2010. High-profile cases have included acting for BA in antitrust class actions surrounding both air cargo and passenger surcharges. Goldman Sachs also turned to the Sullivan & Cromwell team during its involvement in a class action alleging a conspiracy affecting auction rate securities, while Microsoft has used the firm as outside antitrust counsel in a number of matters. Other clients include Skype, Wachovia Bank, and Moody's Investor Service.
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