GCR 100 - 8th Edition

Sidley Austin LLP

Professional notice

Sidley Austin's competition practice is strong on both sides of the Atlantic and this year it added three partners to its global antitrust group this year, taking its tally of competition specialists to 65. Two partners moved laterally – antitrust and commercial litigation specialist Samuel Miller joined the San Francisco office from Folger Levin & Kahn; Adrienne Pitts joined in Chicago from Winston & Strawn – while litigator Teague Donahey was made partner in San Francisco.

Firm Name

Global heads: Charles Douglas, Stephen Kinsella, Lawrence Fullerton, Thomas Ryan
Home jurisdiction: USA
Total size of firm: 1,700+
No. of competition lawyers: 65
% of firm specialised: 4
Who's Who nominees: 3
Non-equity partners: 32
Senior associates: 5
Associates: 23
Counsel: 4
Other: 1
No. of lateral partner hires: 2
No. of partner departures: 0
No. of internal promotions: 1

This year saw Sidley retained on several major antitrust cases in Europe. For example, it represented the Association for Competitive Technology in relation to its intervention in support of Microsoft's appeal before the Court of First Instance. It is also antitrust co-counsel to Warner Music (together with Herbert Smith), and represented it on the European Commission's revived investigation of deals between major record companies and Apple in relation to the sale of digital music on iTunes. Its European practice is led by Stephen Kinsella. "Super smart" and "highly recommended", say sources, Kinsella works from both Brussels and London.

In the US, meanwhile, Sidley is regular counsel to AT&T. This year it obtained antitrust and regulatory approvals for AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth before the US DoJ, the Federal Communications Commission and various state agencies.

Sidley is also regular competition counsel to First Data Corporation and advised it on its proposed US$26 billion acquisition by an affiliate of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.

Another key client is Johnson & Johnson. Since 2003, Sidley has represented it in three government investigations and six cases challenging the company's ‘bundled' discounts on sutures and endomechanical products. Sidley tried the first case in 2006 and, after a six-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favour of Johnson & Johnson. The company has since settled two ‘competitor' cases and seen the New York attorney general formally drop its investigation.

Sidley is currently representing China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in relation to a class action alleging a price-fixing conspiracy in China by four vitamin C producers. The case, which is pending in New York, is the first US antitrust cases against defendants from China. MOFCOM has appeared as an amicus curiae in support of the defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint.

Other significant clients this year have included the Monte Carlo Masters Series tennis tournament in a high-profile antitrust action; the Nationwide Association of Realtors in a federal antitrust suit brought by the DoJ; the American Medical Association; AstraZeneca; Citibank; and FIA, the owner and regulator of Formula One.

Website: http://www.sidley.com


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United States


David Giardina
+1 312 853 7000
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John Treece
+1 312 853 2937
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New York

Joel Mitnick
+1 212 839 5300
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Alan Unger
+1 212 839 5300

San Francisco

Samuel Miller
+1 415 772 1200
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Washington D.C.

Larry Fullerton
+1 202 736 8809
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Andrew Strenio
+1 202 736 8614
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Brussels and London

Stephen Kinsella
+32 2 504 6400 +44 20 7360 3600 [email protected]


Stephen Spinks
+32 2 504 6400
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Henry Ding
+8610 6505 5359
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Hong Kong

William Fifield
+852 2509 7888
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IZhengyu Tang
+8621 5306 2866
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Sidley Austin LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership which operates at the firm's offices other than Chicago, London, Hong Kong, and Sydney, is affiliated with other partnerships, including Sidley Austin LLP, an Illinois limited liability partnership (Chicago); Sidley Austin LLP, a separate Delaware limited liability partnership (London); Sidley Austin, a New York general partnership (Hong Kong); Sidley Austin, a Delaware general partnership of registered foreign lawyers restricted to practicing foreign law (Sydney); and Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise (Tokyo). Attorney Advertising. For purposes of compliance with New York State Bar rules, Sidley Austin LLP's headquarters are 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.853.7000.

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