In recent years, Arnold & Porter has been developing its European capabilities to match its status as one of the leading antitrust practices in Washington, DC. The team includes 12 Who’s Who Legal-nominated partners, including nine in the top-ranking jurisdictions of Washington, DC, and Brussels – the third-highest total in our rankings.
4. Arnold & Porter
|Leadership:||William Baer, Deborah Feinstein and Marleen Van Kerckhove|
|Home jurisdiction:||United States|
|Total size of firm:||725|
|Number of competition specialists:||95|
|Percentage of competition specialists:||13|
|Who’s Who Legal nominees:||12|
|Percentage of partners in Who's Who Legal:||41|
|Counsel and consultants:||11|
|Number of lateral partner hires:||0|
|Number of partner departures:||0|
|Number of internal promotions:||0|
That speaks to the firm’s extensive depth and ability to handle the world’s most high-profile antitrust matters.
The firm has acted on a host of international mergers, offering US and EU advice on BASF’s acquisition of Cognis, Intel’s purchase of McAfee and Caterpillar’s purchase of Bucyrus. Annette Schild is also acting for Areva in its appeal to the European Court of Justice in connection to DG Comp’s gas insulated switchgear cartel case and is also representing the company in relation to the commission’s power transformer case. Brussels partner Tim Frazer advised tobacco company Philip Morris on the clearance by Colombia’s Competition Authority of the company’s purchase of Protabaco.
As ever, Arnold & Porter’s DC office has maintained its position as arguably the best practice for US antitrust investigations, transactions and litigation. The firm is acting on major US transactions such as client AT&T’s now-abandoned acquisition of T-Mobile USA, and also advised the company on its acquisition of wireless spectrum from Qualcomm. The firm also advised Unilever on its acquisition of Alberto Culver. On the litigation front, the firm acted successfully for General Electric in a bid-rigging suit and defeated certification of a class action against GlaxoSmithKline. It also secured dismissal of all claims against reverse-logistics company WIS International in a consumer class action. Sony/ATV and Fujikura America are also major clients.
DC partner Deborah Feinstein won last year’s GCR Award for Lawyer of the Year.
At Arnold & Porter, the EU competition team works closely with colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic. Competition specialists in Brussels and Washington, DC, worked together to clear BASF’s acquisition of Cognis and Bucyrus’s sale to Caterpillar. They also collaborated on Pactiv’s transaction with the Reynolds Group and on Intel’s US$7.7 billion purchase of software company McAfee. The deal was cleared by DG Comp with phase one commitments.
The Brussels team also secured clearance – after an in-depth investigation – for Monsanto’s sale of its global sunflower business to Syngenta.
In the litigation field, Arnold & Porter is counsel to Areva, which was fined by the European Commission for allegedly participating in the gas insulated switchgear cartel. The General Court reduced the size of the fine after Areva mounted an appeal against the decision, but Areva has continued to fight against the penalty. The case is now before the European Court of Justice.
Arnold & Porter’s competition practice is led by Marleen Van Kerckhove, one of four partners at the firm’s Brussels competition practice. She works with three counsel, six associates and two trainees.
United States: Government Antitrust
The antitrust team at Arnold & Porter remains a highly respected and prominent player on the Washington, DC, bar, with five of its partners in the 2011 Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists. Partner Deborah Feinstein was voted “Lawyer of the Year” by her peers in the 2011 GCR Awards.
It may also have something to do with the firm’s presence on the most high-profile deals of the past 12 months. These include AT&T/T-Mobile, BASF/Cognis, Intel/Mcafee and AT&T/Qualcomm. The firm has around 15 civil litigations on its books, including in the titanium dioxide, pharmaceuticals and municipal derivatives industries. It is also active in a range of non-cartel government investigations, including for Visa in the DoJ’s interchange case and for agricultural company Monsanto. Former FTC competition bureau director William Baer remains head of the practice, which is one of the largest in this survey with nearly 30 partners and dozens of other specialists firm-wide.