If anyone should welcome White & Case to the GCR Global Elite, it should be its competitors
15. White & Case LLP
Global heads: J Mark Gidley
Home jurisdiction: United States
Total size of firm: 2,331
Number of competition specialists: 245
Percentage of competition specialists: 10.5
Who's Who nominees: 5
Percentage of partners in Who's Who: 8.5
Number of lateral partner hires: 0
Number of partner departures: 0
Number of internal promotions: 0
If anyone should welcome White & Case to the GCR Global Elite, it should be its competitors; the firm's impressive jump into the top 15 of this year's rankings is due in good part to the recommendations of other top-tier firms around the world. But the respect of its peers is certainly not the only reason White & Case has joined the ranks of the world's best competition practices. Its five Who's Who partners, including practice head J Mark Gidley, are considered among the best advocates and litigators in the field. And although his addition couldn't be factored into this year's rankings, the recent hire of heavyweight litigator Joseph Angland will only help White & Case's position among its peers.
Together, the 245-person competition team has guided clients through several remarkable cases over the past year. Topping the list is the landmark US criminal amnesty case involving client Stolt-Nielsen, which saw the US Department of Justice's attempt to revoke the company's amnesty and prosecute it get thrown out in court. The DoJ lost the case and declined to appeal. White & Case also advised on client GlaxoSmithKline's export ban case before DG Comp, getting the commission's decision partially annulled at the Court of First Instance, and successfully prevented client Ian Norris's extradition to the US to face criminal price-fixing charges.
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