GCR 100 - 9th Edition

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Professional notice

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is, by several measures, the world's top competition practice.

1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Global heads: David Aitman and Helmut Bergmann
Home jurisdiction: UK and Germany
Total size of firm: 2,524
Number of competition specialists: 266
Percentage of competition specialists: 10.5
Who's Who nominees: 30
Partners: 51
Percentage of partners in Who's Who: 58
Senior associates: 18
Associates: 137
Counsel: 7
Other: 53
Number of lateral partner hires: 0
Number of partner departures: 1
Number of internal promotions: 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is, by several measures, the world's top competition practice. It has far and away the most nominees in The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists of any firm - with a staggering 30 in 2008 - and are among the top practices in more jurisdictions than any other firm in the world. Not only do they have one of the top - if not the best - practice in Brussels, but they are among the "elite" firms for competition work in Germany, Spain, the UK and Austria, as well as a "highly recommended" firm in France and Washington, DC.

Practice leaders David Aitman and Helmut Bergmann lead the third-largest competition team in the world, and keep every practice member in every jurisdiction acting in lock-step through an extensive communications network and a steering committee that leads the team.

A quick look at the firm's work, especially in Europe, shows that as well as a leading practice for merger notification, they are also a first choice for leniency applicants in cartel cases. That speaks volumes about the firm's true talent, helping its clients get in first and get it right, leading to that coveted figure when competition agencies hand out fines: zero.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) practice comprises over 50 partners and 255 members in total. Our ACT specialists are based in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, the UK and the US. Our coverage of Asia, Europe and the US enables us to advise our clients in competition cases involving many jurisdictions around the world.

Our clients are companies in the industrial, commercial and service sectors, financial institutions, governments and governmental organisations. We advise them on a complete range of competition/antitrust, regulatory and trade issues, spanning merger control, licensing and distribution, intellectual property, restrictive practices, market dominance, State aid, cartel investigations, liberalisation, privatisation, public procurement and trade, including World Trade Organization (WTO) matters. We have a substantial litigation practice, regularly appearing in the European and national courts on EU law, antitrust/competition and trade cases. The combined strength of our competition team puts us in an unrivalled position to respond to the increasing internationalisation of antitrust enforcement and to better meet the needs of our clients for cross-border advice. In particular, we have substantial experience in co-ordinating multinational merger notification filings on major transactions, and defending clients involved in investigations into conduct in multiple jurisdictions.

Visit our website at http://www.freshfields.com/practices/antitrust/


Onno Brouwer
Winfred Knibbeler
Paul Kreijger

T: +31 20 485 7000
F: +31 20 485 7001


Michael Han
Alex Potter

T: +8610 6505 3448
F: +8610 6505 7783


Dr Helmut Bergmann
Dr Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann
Dr Thomas Lübbig
Dr Hans-Joachim Priess
Dr Frank Röhling

T: +49 30 20 28 36 00
F: +49 30 20 28 37 66


Dr Peter Oravec

T: +421 2 5926 3111
F: +421 2 5926 3602


Rachel Brandenburger
David Broomhall
Onno Brouwer
John Davies
Dr Michael Esser-Wellié
Laurent Garzaniti
Thomas Janssens
Dr Frank Montag
Matthew O’Regan
Andrew Renshaw
Alan Ryan
Dr Alexander Schaub
Dr Andreas von Bonin
Dr Thomas Wessely

T: +32 2 504 7000
F: +32 2 504 7200


Dr Joachim Pfeffer
Andreas Röhling
Dr Ulrich Scholz

T: +49 221 20 50 70
F: +49 221 20 50 79 0


Dr Tobias Klose
Dr Martin Klusmann
Dr Peter Niggemann
Dr Burkhard Richter
Prof Dr Gerhard Wiedemann

T: +49 211 49 79 0
F: +49 211 49 79 10 3


Connie Carnabuci

T: +852 2846 3400
F: +852 2810 6192


David Aitman
Margaret Bloom
Rachel Brandenburger
Rod Carlton
Jenny Connolly
John Davies
Nicholas French
Andrea Gomes da Silva
Jon Lawrence
Paul Lomas
Simon Priddis
William Robinson
Nicholas Spearing
Bea Tormey
Deirdre Trapp
Elaine Whiteford

T: +44 20 7936 4000
F: +44 20 7832 7001


Francisco Cantos
Alvaro Iza

T: +34 91 700 3700
F: +34 91 308 4636


Jacky Baudon
Alexander Viktorov

T: +7 495 785 3000
F: +7 495 785 3001


Thomas Janssens
Jérôme Philippe

T: +33 1 44 56 44 56
F: +33 1 44 56 44 00


Tommaso Salonico
Gian Luca Zampa

T: +39 06 695 331
F: +39 06 695 33800


Alan Wang

T: +8621 5049 1118
F: +8621 3878 0099


Kazuki Okada
Akinori Uesugi

T: +81 3 3584 8500
F: +81 3 3584 8501


Dr Axel Reidlinger

T: +43 1 515 15 0
F: +43 1 512 63 94


Terry Calvani
Tom Ensign
Bruce McCullough
MJ Moltenbrey
Robert Schlossberg
Paul Yde

T: +1 202 777 4500
F: +1 202 777 4555

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