Competition law remains high on the corporate agenda, emphasised by the ongoing global crack-down on cartels and the increased role of state subsidies during the financial crisis. We understand these priorities, and take a proactive approach to addressing our clients’ competition and regulatory compliance needs.

We have excellent relations with EU and national competition authorities, with members of our team having acted as non-governmental advisers to national and international competition bodies.  Our strong media contacts also enable us to manage successful communications strategies.

Our team, located across London, Brussels and Moscow, includes leading practitioners with years of experience advising on the most complex transactions and cases at EU and national level. Global Competition Review Top 100 has named us “one of the world’s leading competition practices”.

Representative Experience

    • Global recording artist - Advising the Estate of a global recording artist in connection with the sale of its interest in a music publishing joint venture.
    • One stop shop - Advising a major manufacturing outsourcing company on the global merger control aspects of its $1 billion transaction, providing a "one stop shop" global merger control service including the review of over 30 jurisdictions worldwide.
    • Global electronics company - Advising a global electronics company on the international antitrust aspects of a major supply and cooperation agreement with a third-party with a history of cartel involvement.
    • Global merger control - Advising a downstream energy client on the global merger control aspects of its sale to a competitor.
    • Target investment companies - Advising a US-based hedge fund on various antitrust investigations of target investment companies around the world and in various sectors including telecoms, retail, energy and FMCG.
    • Japanese manufacturing company - Advising a Japan-based manufacturing company on EU antitrust rules applicable to their distribution agreements, sales contracts and compliance programmes.
    • US private equity firm - Advising a US-based private equity firm on numerous portfolio company purchases and disposals including securing unconditional merger clearances across Europe in every matter.
    • Global FMCG company - Advising a global FMCG company on a range of antitrust issues relating to its supply chain in Spain.
    • Global scientific equipment company - Advising a US-based global scientific equipment company on its role as an important third-party in connection with the merger of two competitors, including representing the company before the European Commission throughout the investigation.
    • African LNG project - Advising a global oil and gas company on the international competition aspects of the development and commercialisation of a major African LNG project, including advising the client and other concessionaires in relation to competition laws and regulations in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

Global Awards

    • Ranked in Chambers Global 2018 for European Competition Law - Our team has been ranked as a leading firm in the Chambers Global directory for its expertise in European Competition law.
    • UK-EU Antitrust Law Firm of the year in Belgium - Our Antitrust & Competition team has been recognised as a practice leader by Corporate Intl and named ‘UK-EU Antitrust Firm of the Year in Belgium, 2017’.
    • International M&A Antitrust Lawyer Firm of the year in Belgium  - David Anderson, Head of our Brussel’s office, has been named ‘International M&A Antitrust Lawyer of the Year in Belgium, 2017’.

Recognition

      We are proud of our testimonials from clients and in Chambers and Legal 500, as they reflect our skill, commercial value and understanding of client needs.

Legal 500 EMEA

  • ‘Very experienced and practical’, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is ‘knowledgeable about the law and the workings of the competition authorities’.
  • Office head David Anderson is ‘an excellent strategist’; he advised the estate of Michael Jackson on the $750m sale of its interest in the Sony/ATV joint venture to Sony Music.
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner [Brussels] LLP is recommended for its ‘business acumen, responsiveness and value for money’. The firm is also praised for its experience dealing with competition authorities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, as well as in the EU.

Chambers Europe

  • “The team’s service is exceptional and they look at things practically”
  • Clients say the team is "commercial, sensible, pragmatic and picks up the nuances of a deal very quickly."
  • Others praise the firm's ability to handle cross-border mandates, adding: "The BLP team is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and provides immediate feedback."
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Global 2018 - Head of the Brussels office, Dave Anderson is described as, "Very thorough and plugged in, client-oriented and a good communicator who gets to the point very quickly," according to clients, who also appreciate his ability to "translate EU expectations into US expectations."
  • Chambers Global 2017
    • "Head of the Brussels office David Anderson is valued by clients for his availability and client rapport…Clients note: ‘His service is top-notch. He understands the relationship, our business and gives us a high level of service’."
    • "Acclaimed firm acting principally on mergers in a range of sectors, with particular expertise in telecoms, investment funds and energy. Offers a multi-jurisdictional team through close ties with the firm's London and Moscow offices. Attracted new clients across several sectors recently, including companies within telecoms, investment management and chemicals."
    • Clients say the team "really try to understand what we want," adding that "they don't come back with something theoretical - they apply it to business constraints and work culture."
    • The strong "expertise and depth of the practice" is remarked upon by clients, with one stating: "They are very strong - not just the partners but at the associate level as well, they are very easy to deal with."

Client quotes

  • “BLP’s Competition team did an excellent job securing the full clearance of this very important deal…The BLP team steered us expertly through this challenging and complex CMA process…we could not have been in safer hands.” - European Sports & Entertainment Company
  • “Excellent advice…BLP’s Competition team provides practical, high-quality legal advice and delivers great service. They’ve demonstrated a strong commitment to serving us.” - Europe-based Global FMCG Company
  • “The BLP team brought just the right mix of practicality and creativity, and their partnership was invaluable in helping us to navigate this highly complex process and bring it to a successful conclusion.” - US-based Global Energy Services Company
  • "Excellent and insightful legal advice across an array of topics" - US-based Financial Services client
  • “BLP is our go-to firm for all EU clearances/anti-trust advice.” - US-based Global Private Equity Company
  • “Excellent, reliable and always responsive work.” - US-based Technology client