Our leading Antitrust & Competition practice includes over 75 dedicated lawyers  located in 15 offices across the US, UK, Belgium, France, Germany and Russia. Our significant global coverage is combined with intimate local knowledge of markets and regulatory regimes. Whether your issue is international or domestic, we will provide the strategic insight necessary to help you manage antitrust and competition law risk and at the same time achieve your commercial objectives. Our team provides commercially-focused, full-service competition and regulatory support to clients, ranging from compliance policies and training to cartel investigations and merger controlThe expertise of our team is substantive and diverse – in private practice, in industry, at regulators, in economics and in law. We are well-equipped to offer innovative, efficient and effective solutions. We are continually recognised for our work, and Global Competition Review has named us “one of the world’s leading competition practices”. 

Counselling and Compliance  

In addition to working with clients dealing with significant domestic and international cartel investigations, we act as trusted advisors to clients on the full spectrum of antitrust issues, including assessments of supply and distribution arrangements and other vertical agreements, horizontal cooperation agreements and monopolization/abuse of dominance questions.  Given the importance of compliance, we help companies devise and implement policies by understanding the risks facing their businesses. When there are concerns about conduct, we work with clients to undertake the necessary internal investigations, focussing on identifying and mitigating risk. We also have extensive experience helping clients with queries relating to State aid and public procurement. With years of experience advising clients across regulated sectors, we bring a strategic approach to achieving a successful outcome, and our strength and depth across multiple industries provides clients with exceptional insight into the common themes and challenges facing regulated businesses. 

Merger Control  

We help our clients minimise the cost and burden of complying with the multiple systems of merger control that now exist worldwide. Our expertise helps clients obtain clearance in those jurisdictions where notification is required, in the shortest time and in an efficient and co-ordinated manner. Members of our team have successfully advised on many high profile and complex transactions, including obtaining HSR clearance from the US competition authorities and responding to second requests, as well as Phase II investigations by the European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority. Our strong relationships with the US, EU, UK and other competition authorities enable us to navigate the merger control process smoothly, from briefing papers and pre-notification meetings to notifications, oral hearings and, where necessary, negotiated modifications and remedies. We are able rapidly to assess whether and where your transaction may need to be disclosed, and we advise you as to regulatory risk to allow for well-informed decisions that affect the future of your business.  

Competition Litigation  

In the past decade, our award-winning team has been at the forefront of advising clients in disputes concerning alleged anti-competitive conduct, including bringing and defending damages actions and defending class action suits (involving allegations of unlawful agreements, monopolization, and abuse of dominance). Globally, we have acted in many key competition litigation cases. Unlike many practices, we represent a wide range of clients, including both defendants and claimants/plaintiffs. Using our comprehensive knowledge and experience from different standpoints, we stay one step ahead in formulating successful strategies.

Awards

UK: 

  • Recommended as one of the UK’s leading antitrust practices by GCR100 2018 
  • Ranked Tier 2 in Legal 500 2018 for Competition Litigation (with 6 of our team individually ranked in this area), and highly recommended by Global Competition Review as one of Europe’s leading firm for competition litigation.   

Moscow: 

  • Placed in Band 1 for Competition & Antitrust - Chambers Europe 2018 
  • Placed in Elite Group by Global Competition Review 100 2018 (GCR 100). 
  • Competition and Antitrust Law Firm of the Year in Russia - Best Lawyers Awards 2018 

U.S. 

  • Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year 2019 
  • Chambers USA – Georgia Antitrust 2018 
  • U.S. News and Best Lawyers Best Law Firms National Tier 1: Antitrust Law and Litigation 2018

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Representative Experience

  • Advising Home Depot on a series of antitrust recoveries, including Polyester Staple Fibre, LCDs, Lithium-ion Batteries and Titanium-dioxide. 
  • Major global antitrust investigations including FOREX, freight forwarding and car parts. 
  • Advising AVIC on the first European Commission clearance of a “China-to-China” merger. 
  • Advising Royal Mail on its landmark £270m trucks cartel damages claim in England. 
  • A victory in landmark U.S. aftermarket monopolization case: Avaya v Telecom Labs 
  •  A dismissal of a hub-and-spoke conspiracy class action in the US: In Re: Musical Instruments. 
  • Representing a successful defendant in US Supreme Court case Twombly v. Bell Atlantic 
  • Representing Tuapse Sea Port in the Russian FAS stevedore market investigation 
  • Representing Freight One in its appeal of a Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service decision