Finally, Shearman & Sterling in Brussels appointed Trevor Soames – former head of Howrey’s Brussels office – in March. Three other former Howrey partners also moved to the firm, which dropped from the GCR 100 last year following the departure of partners Annette Schild and Silvio Cappellari, and counsel Stephanie Birmanns to Arnold & Porter. While the revamped Shearman practice is still finding its footing, the team’s cadre of talented lawyers – led by practice head Stephen Mavroghenis – should find immediate success in the Brussels market. The team has major successes under their belts, including successfully defending client United Airlines from EU charges in the air cargo cartel probe and ending DG Comp’s four-year long investigation dominance investigation of Qualcomm, among countless others. We expect that track record to continue going forward.
United States: New York
The New York practice of Shearman & Sterling has again established itself as one of the deepest and most well-rounded antitrust groups in New York. Seven partners handle antitrust issues in the office, including practice leader Beau Buffier and Who’s Who Legal nominees Wayne D Collins, Lisl J Dunlop and Kenneth S Prince, who has won considerable praise from his colleagues in the bar.
On the merger side, the company has been busy with multiple big-ticket deals, including advising Synthes in its complex tie-up with Johnson & Johnson. The Shearman team also helped guide Sony during Nortel’s patent sale, as well as Nokia in a licensing agreement with Microsoft. Thompson Reuters also continues to be a source of antitrust work for the team. As for contentious matters, Buffier and his colleagues are advising five different clients in cartel investigations. The firm’s work for Cargolux in the air freight litigation continues, and the firm is now defending Barclays in the LIBOR antitrust cases.