Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research. We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Rafique Bachour – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
- Frederic Depoortere – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, Brussels
- Kyriakos Fountoukakos – Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Brussels
- Thomas Janssens – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
- Anna Lyle-Smythe – Slaughter and May, Brussels
- Frank Montag – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels
- Ulrich Soltész – Gleiss Lutz, Brussels
- Antoine Winckler – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels
- Philipp Werner – Jones Day, Brussels
- Jordan Ellison – Slaughter and May, Brussels
- Sven B Völcker – Latham & Watkins LLP, Brussels
- Lars Kjølbye – Latham & Watkins LLP, Brussels
- Jean-François Bellis – Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
- Bernd Meyring – Linklaters LLP, Brussels
- Gerwin Van Gerven – Linklaters LLP, Brussels
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Frank Montag is touted by sources as “one of the very best competition lawyers anywhere”. Sources identify his “outstanding” competition and investigations practice which focuses on cartel investigation, mergers and behavioural matters.
Thomas Janssens is widely praised by sources for his vast experience and deep expertise in antitrust litigation.
“Great lawyer” Rafique Bachour is “excellent to work with”. His notable experience includes the defence of clients in EU cartel investigations.
Andreas von Bonin is highly rated by peers and clients alike, who regard him as “a state aid expert”.
Thomas Wessely is “a top name” in the competition space who stands out for his experience in investigations and litigation.
Laurent Garzaniti is one of the firm’s standout names. He is lauded for his deep expertise in complex mergers.
Sascha Schubert is “extremely smart and highly strategic”, according to sources who praise his encyclopaedic knowledge of the European Commission.
Michael Bo Jaspers is recognised for being “great at multitasking an array of complicated work”, including the regulatory aspects of complex mergers.
Alicia van Cauwelaert has an excellent behavioural advice practice and frequently works with various competition authorities.
According to commentators, Jennifer Mellott is an eminent competition lawyer whose “wonderful client-facing demeanour” enhances her exceptional practice.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Antoine Winckler is “a leading French competition lawyer” with an outstanding market dominance and cartel investigations practice.
Christopher Cook is “super sharp, to the point and great to work with”, say sources. He possesses “an excellent merger control practice”.
Thomas Graf stands out among peers due his to “excellent work on a number of high-profile cases”.
With almost three decades of experience, Robbert Snelders is “an excellent lawyer” with an outstanding cartel, abuse of dominance and transactional practice.
Francisco Enrique González-Díaz is “a very competent lawyer” who is praised for his nuanced understanding of the European Commission. He is described as “knowledgeable, persuasive and creative”.
Latham & Watkins
Lars Kjølbye is “a very insightful lawyer who’s very pleasant to work with”. His areas of expertise include abuse of dominance and restrictive practices.
The “highly capable” Sven Völcker is “a pleasure to work with”. He possesses standout experience in complex merger cases before the European Commission.
Luca Crocco “has a very pragmatic approach and is very good with client care”. Sources add that he is “always in the client’s corner”.
Hector Armengod is described as “excellent to work with”. He focuses his superb practice on compliance matters in regulated industries such as healthcare and medical devices.
The “outstanding” Jean Paul Poitras is celebrated as one of the most experienced competition lawyers in the market, gaining recognition for his expert handling of merger review, cooperation agreements, and abuse of dominance matters.
Tomas Nilsson is “very knowledgeable” and brings “great communication skills”. Sources commend his work on cartel proceedings and merger control.
Philipp Werner attracts recommendations as “an up-and-coming” star and “a great antitrust lawyer”, say sources.
Bernard Amory has built an excellent international reputation. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in state aid matters before the European commission.
Serge Clerckx is hailed as “a truly talented transactional lawyer”. Peers regard him as “knowledgeable, in particular on merger issues”.
Charlotte Breuvart possesses “deep and accurate knowledge of all areas of competition law” and is cited as “very technical, responsive and reliable”.
Yvan Desmedt “is very knowledgeable about the telecoms sector” where he is “very strategic and forward thinking”.
Gerwin Van Gerven is touted by peers as “one of the best in the business” and stands out for his work on cartel enforcement, monopolisation cases and merger control practice.
Bernd Meyring is “the perfect lawyer” according to one peer. He regularly advises international corporations and institutions and has a particular facility for cartel matters.
Annamaria Mangiaracina is a highly rated figure in Brussels with a wealth of knowledge on international merger control.
Van Bael & Bellis
Jean-François Bellis is a legendary name who is “one of a kind”, thanks to his knowledge across all facets of EU competition law.
David Hull is an eminent EU competition lawyer with a practice that covers the breadth and depth of the sector.
According to leading market sources, Porter Elliott is “an excellent lawyer” with an exemplary merger control practice.
Andrzej Kmiecik is a stellar practitioner who has amassed considerable experience in abuse of dominance, licensing and distribution matters, among other areas.
Covington & Burling
Johan Ysewy garners plaudits for his sophisticated work on anti-cartel enforcement and monopolisation cases.
Miranda Cole is hailed by peers and clients alike as “one of the finest merger control lawyers in Brussels”.
Peter Camesasca is held in high regard by peers for his impressive antitrust practice. He has “a sharp and brilliant mind alongside an impressive economic background”.
Sources state that Kevin Coates possesses “great insights into the commission” and regularly advises clients on critical antitrust matters.
Other leading individuals
Kyriakos Fountoukakos from Herbert Smith Freehills is “a strategic thinker” with over 20 years of experience in competition law for clients across a wide range of sectors.
Anna Lyle-Smythe of Slaughter and May “is absolutely wonderful to work with”. She possesses “great vision for a case and is very proactive”.
Jordan Ellison is “always proactive in providing solutions to work out any difficulties that we face regarding EU competition law”, says one client. Peers state, “He is the best competition lawyer I know.”
Baker Botts’ Catriona Hatton is heralded as “dynamic” by peers and is considered “up-and-coming” in the space for her deep expertise in compliance matters.
Paul Lugard is “a seasoned practitioner” who is “knowledgeable, especially with regard to competition law and technology”, say sources.
Antitrust Law Schild’s Annette Luise Schild “can be trusted to give carefully weighed-up advice” across an array of merger and cartel issues.
Ulrich Soltész at Gleiss Lutz is “a seasoned practitioner doing high-profile cases involving competition law, as well as state aid law”. He is regarded as “one of the best in Brussels”.
Frederic Depoortere with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has “years of experience and understands business objectives”, comment interviewees, who laud his “strategic advice and direction” in merger review.
Ingrid Vandenborre is regarded by peers as “very skilled and knowledgeable” and a lawyer who “pushes hard to get solutions for her clients”.
Axel Gutermuth of Arnold & Porter is “capable and a pleasure to work with”. He is “an absolute genius in handling mergers in the pharmaceutical space; he never seems to run out of steam”, comments one source.
Marc Reysen at Reysen Competition Advice & Advocacy is “great on merger control” both in the EU and Germany.
Gavin Bushell of Baker McKenzie is “very dynamic and hard-working”. His practice focuses predominantly on merger work.
Fiona Carlin is hailed as “one of the most well-known antitrust practitioners in Brussels” and is “a role model in the industry”.
At Clifford Chance, Thomas Vinje is “very well known for tech work” in the competition space.
Jürgen Schindler with Allen & Overy is “an absolutely fantastic competition lawyer” who is “a pleasure to work with”.
Dirk Arts is” “thorough and very well versed in the details of the law”, according to respondents. He is further described as “a solid and vested name in the market” and who brings “a wide know-how”.
Dechert’s Alec Burnside brings “extensive experience of his subject, as well as a pragmatic and practical approach”. He is described as “fabulous to work with calm, measured and thoughtful”.
Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo of Garrigues is “a very good lawyer with strong expertise in the tech sector”. He possesses “a quality beyond his years”, say sources.
Michael Rosenthal at Sullivan & Cromwell is “well known on the US scene” and is highly regarded for his handling of complex cartel investigations and monopolisation issues.
Covington & Burlington’s Johan Ysewyn is an esteemed practitioner who clients rely on for an array of anti-cartel enforcement and merger control matters.
Anne Federle with Bird & Bird is “easy to work with, considered and measured”. She draws praise from market experts, who regard her as “a great lawyer”.
With over 20 years of experience, Hans-Jörg Niemeyer of Hengeler Mueller offers clients broad competition expertise, including issues relating to state aid.
Markus Röhrig is “very knowledgeable” and regularly handles complex merger issues, with wide-ranging experience in Phase II reviews.
“Well known” lawyer Edurne Navarro Varona of Uría Menéndez stands out for his exemplary work on state aid, merger control and cartel investigations.
Frank Wijckmans with contrast is a dynamic lawyer with “an excellent reputation” who is “a star in distribution system matters”.
Oliver Bretz of Euclid Law is “one of the best competition lawyers in Europe” and a go-to name for merger concerns.
Arnold & Porter’s Luc Gyselen is “a solid pair of hands and a great lawyer”. He “knows what the authorities are thinking very well”, comment interviewees.
Massimo Merola with BonelliErede is “a big name in state aid law and a pleasure to work with”, according to impressed commentators.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Kristina Nordlander – Allen & Overy LLP, London
- Ali Nikpay – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, London
- James Aitken – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
- Kim Dietzel – Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London
- Claire Jeffs – Slaughter and May, London
- Nicole Kar – Linklaters LLP, London
- Nicholas Levy – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, London
- Paula Riedel – Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London
- Deirdre Trapp – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London
- Philippe Chappatte – Slaughter and May, London
- Simon Pritchard – Linklaters LLP, London
- Rod Carlton – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
James Aitken is described as “a tremendous competition lawyer” who is “a pleasure to work with”.
“Competition specialist” Deirdre Trapp’s practice covers an array of contentious and non-contentious matters in the field. She is “steeped in the law”, say sources.
Alex Potter has deep experience handling competition matters across industries including financial services and pharmaceuticals, where he is noted for his pragmatic approach.
The “formidable” Simon Priddis is a well-regarded figure in with an impressive track record in cartel investigations and merger control.
Bea Tormey is “an all-round impressive litigator” with a standout practice focusing on antitrust litigation.
David Aitman’s extensive knowledge and experience with regulatory bodies allows him to have a standout antitrust practice.
Rod Carlton is “incredibly knowledgeable” regarding competition matters. He has advised on some of the most complex merger cases in the pharmaceutical and media sectors.
Slaughter and May
Claire Jeffs is “a real force on the leading matters in the industry and is able to distil the essential points at issue in complex proceedings”. Another source adds, “She is clever and creative”.
Philippe Chappatte possesses a broad practice which encompasses a broad range of complex competition litigation proceedings.
Isabel Taylor receives widespread plaudits from commentators for her prominent public procurement and merger control practice.
Bertrand Louveaux comes highly recommended for his top-tier work on competition investigations, litigation and merger control proceedings.
Lisa Wright earns impressive recommendations for her market-leading public procurement and state aid practice.
With over 25 years of experience, Richard Swallow has worked on a variety of competition matters for some of the most well-known corporations in the world.
Brick Court Chambers
Marie Demetriou QC is hailed as “one of the very best” and is widely renowned as a prolific competition lawyer who has been standing counsel to the CMA since 2015.
The “highly rated” Robert O’Donoghue QC is “very knowledgeable, particularly on Ch.2 and A102 matters and market investigations”. Interviewees further herald him as “a pleasure to work with”.
David Bailey is “tremendous”, according to peers praise his “absolutely fantastic technical knowledge of competition law”.
Mark Hoskins QC is “exceptional” on competition damages and abuse of dominance in the pharmaceutical industry.
Daniel Jowell QC is “really outstanding intellectually and a really great person to work with”. He regularly defends clients in high-profile and complex cases.
Maya Lester QC earns plaudits for “confronting the difficult questions head on”, with sources adding, “She gives pragmatic advice”.
James Flynn QC’s “analytical skills are second to none, especially on competition matters”. His “first-rate analytical mind” is further applauded.
Sarah Ford QC is “excellent for pharmaceutical matters” and regularly defends clients in damages cases arising from cartel investigations.
Daniel Beard QC is hailed as “razor-sharp and immensely capable but open-minded, likeable and collaborative”. According to peers, he is “a great tactician who understands complex economics issues” and “a brilliant trial lawyer with very effective cross-examination skills”.
Jon Turner QC is “one of the most in-demand competition silks with the great ability to read a court and run a robust case”.
Josh Holmes QC is described by market experts as “meticulous, well prepared and persuasive”. One of the many highlights of his exemplary practice is state aid appeal work in the UK and EU.
Paul Harris QC is a titan of the bar when it comes to competition matters. He is seasoned on cartel litigation cases, abuse of dominance and merger clearance.
Anneli Howard QC is a well-regarded silk at the bar for competition proceedings and is highly sought-after for her deep expertise in regulatory appeals.
Tim Ward QC receives widespread endorsement as “a very strong advocate who really stands out in the competition bar”. He is excellent due to his ability to “turn difficult issues over in his mind and come up with innovative solutions”.
Kassie Smith QC earns praise as a leader in competition litigation, with interviewees hailing her as “a pleasure to work with and strategically very sound”.
Meredith Pickford QC is highlighted as “a tremendous silk who is particularly strong in complex cases requiring a mastery of economics”. He is “strategic, thoughtful and great with clients”.
Allen & Overy
Kristina Nordlander is “a knowledgeable, trusted and responsive legal professional”. She comes highly regarded by peers for her “practical antitrust advice”.
Dominic Long is held in high esteem by peers, who recognise his excellence in complex multi-jurisdictional merger clearances, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations,
Mark W Friend receives recognition for being “very knowledgeable on competition law”, as well as on “allied regulatory matters”.
Philip Mansfield is “a very impressive competition lawyer” who is touted as “highly knowledgeable, strategic and pragmatic”.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Nicholas Levy is a UK and EU antitrust expert who garners immense praise from peers and clients alike.
Maurits Dolmans possesses “an encyclopaedic knowledge of competition law”. He is highly regarded for his work on cross-border merger clearance procedures.
Paul Gilbert is credited with an excellent international reputation by observers, who praise of his work on merger control, anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominance investigations.
“Strong all-round lawyer” Jackie Holland is “a great talent” with a distinguished antitrust enforcement, merger control and state aid practice.
Nicole Kar is highlighted as “one of the best in London” for her superb work on merger control investigations and proceedings.
Simon Pritchard is widely touted by markets experts as “a strong practitioner in complex merger work”.
Christian Ahlborn is a well-regarded practitioner who has garnered a stellar reputation for his deep expertise in UK and European merger filings.
Other leading individuals
Kim Dietzel of Herbert Smith Freehills is “an impressive competition lawyer for follow-on damages litigation”.
“Excellent lawyer and good strategist” Stephen Wisking is “very well known in competition litigation”.
Paula Riedel at Kirkland & Ellis International is “a seasoned practitioner” who is “very pragmatic and commercially oriented”. She impresses clients and peers alike with her market-leading expertise in multinational merger control, regulatory and antirust matters.
Alasdair Balfour excels at advising and representing clients in multi-jurisdictional merger filings across a variety of industries.
Ruchit Patel of Ropes & Gray is “an excellent lawyer”, heralded as “a hard-working lawyer who is pragmatic and a pleasure to work with”.
Ali Nikpay with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is “a really strong lawyer” who is “excellent” in his handling of high-profile competition cases.
Becket McGrath with Euclid Law is hailed by peers as “one of the finest lawyers in England”. Key aspects of his practice include investigation defence, distribution and merger control.
Marc Israel of White & Case advises a roster of elite clients on complex merger clearance matters.
Nigel Parr at Ashurst cuts a distinguished figure in the market as “a very strong lawyer, particularly on merger issues”.
Sources would not hesitate from recommending Goodwin’s Sarah Jordan, thanks to her deep experience in antitrust counselling, cartels and compliance.
Samantha Mobley of Baker McKenzie is “exceptionally intelligent”, with sources adding, “She is brilliant at devising strategy” in antitrust and litigation proceedings.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Ingo Brinker – Gleiss Lutz, Munich
- Thorsten Mäger – Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
- Daniela Seeliger – Linklaters LLP, Düsseldorf
- Marc Besen – Clifford Chance, Düsseldorf
- Stephanie Pautke – Commeo Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB,
- Markus M Wirtz – Glade Michel Wirtz, Düsseldorf
- Johanna Kübler – Commeo Rechtsanwälte PartGmb, Frankfurt
- Axel Reidlinger – Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna
- Jolling de Pree – De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV, Amsterdam
- David Mamane – Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
- Franz Urlesberger – Schoenherr Attorneys At Law, Vienna
- Olivier Billard – Bredin Prat, Paris
- Andrew Ward – Cuatrecasas, Madrid
- Gönenç Gürkaynak – ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Martin Klusmann is recognised as “a leading litigator in Germany” with “a sharp legal mind and invaluable experience”, particularly in the automotive and steel sectors.
Uta Itzen is singled out by market respondents as “an excellent competition lawyer” who “knows what she is talking about”.
Tobias Klose focuses his expertise on European, German and international competition law and is lauded as “excellent in cartel matters”.
Winfred Knibbeler draws praise for his adept handling of high-profile cartel and abuse of dominance cases, as well as his “great way of dealing with big clients”.
Peter Niggemann distinguishes himself as a go-to name for EU and German antitrust law and merger control.
Thomas Lübbig is “very knowledgeable” when it comes to EU competition law, with notable expertise in state aid law, antitrust and merger control.
Frank Röhling impresses market commentators with his prestigious track record in investigations, global mergers and foreign investment reviews.
Onno Brouwer is a seasoned competition specialist with a wealth of experience in litigation proceedings, particularly in matters relating to Norway.
Jérôme Philippe excels in state aid, cartels and abuse of dominance and has notable experience in regulated sectors.
Gerhard Wiedemann ranks highly among peers thanks to his long-standing experience across the full spectrum of competition law matters.
Daniela Seeliger is revered in the German market for her top-notch competition practice spanning cartels, merger control and abuse of dominance.
Carsten Grave impresses market respondents with his “excellent expertise in the energy sector and beyond” when it comes to complex international transactions.
Anne Wachsmann is deemed a competition specialist thanks to her impressive work for clients in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors.
Pierre Zelenko is a top name, recommended for his vast experience in merger control, cartels, vertical restraints and damage claims for clients in a diverse range of business and industry sectors.
Malgorzata Szwaj is highlighted by market sources as “a real star” thanks to her expertise in Polish and European competition law.
Jaime Pérez-Bustamante is an accomplished competition lawyer with a well-developed practice in M&A transactions and cartel investigations.
Fredrik Lowhagen focuses his first-rate practice on contentious and transactional matters in a broad range of industry sectors, with significant expertise in the Nordic region.
Andreas Traugott stands out for his top-tier work in competition law, state aid and regulatory matters, both domestically and across the EU.
Léna Sersiron is one of the leading names in the French market when it comes to complex competition matters in France and the EU.
Nicolas Kredel is renowned for his “profound knowledge” of competition law and is considered “a go-to name in Germany”.
Boris Wenger ranks prominently for his impressive competition practice, which sees him advise on cartel, merger control and antitrust damages claims.
Paloma Martínez-Lage is held in high esteem by peers, who highlight her regulatory knowledge and deep expertise in antitrust, particularly in the energy and telecoms sectors.
Marc Besen is “an excellent competition lawyer” with a prestigious track record across the EU in all aspects of antitrust.
David Tayar possesses “impressive communications skills” and is singled out be peers as “reliable, professional and pleasant to deal with”.
Joachim Schütze is a go-to name when it comes to merger control and is particularly experienced in the telecoms, energy, media and healthcare sectors.
Michael Dietrich is a highly esteemed practitioner who is recognised by sources as “very knowledgeable, efficient and client oriented”.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Romina Polley is “an excellent team player” with “an impressive client base” who excels in German and European merger proceedings.
Wolfgang Deselaers receives extensive praise as “one of the best competition lawyers in Germany, especially in antitrust litigation matters”.
Dirk Schroeder is a top name in the market with significant expertise in EU and German merger control, cartels and monopolies.
Mario Siragusa is held in high regard by market respondents, who enthuse that he is “one of the best competition lawyers in the country”.
Ingo Brinker is highlighted as “the best competition lawyer in Germany” who is “on top of everything digital in the German-speaking competition space”.
Petra Linsmeier is lauded as “one of Germany’s best competition lawyers” who frequently advises clients on all aspects of German and European antitrust law.
Christian Steinle is “a great pleasure to work with” and “an expert in the field” of international antitrust law.
Ulrich Denzel is commended as “one of Germany’s finest competition lawyers” who maintains “an impressive client portfolio”.
Wolfgang Bosch is “a top-notch” practitioner who “gets things done” when it comes to antitrust and M&A transactions.
Allen & Overy
Börries Ahrens is highly praised as “a super quick thinker” whose “advice is always very thorough and spot on”.
Kees Schillemans is highlighted by market sources as “a technically excellent lawyer” who is “very pragmatic and easy to work with”.
Ellen Braun is “a key figure” in the market who is “well regarded in the non-contentious competition space”.
Florence Ninane is highly sought after by clients in the energy, finance and digital sectors for her experience handling multi-jurisdictional merger notifications and litigation proceedings.
Stephanie Pautke is a renowned expert in distribution and contract-related antitrust matters, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and consumer goods sectors.
Johanna Kübler is “a well-seasoned expert on competition law” who impresses market sources with her work on German and European merger control.
Dominique Wagener is lauded as “a very experienced” lawyer who excels in cartel and antitrust matters, particularly in follow-on damages actions.
Jörg-Martin Schultze is “an excellent competition lawyer” who is regularly sought after for his knowledge in merger control and competition-related distribution and contract law.
Isabel Oest receives widespread endorsements as “a highly committed antitrust lawyer” who is “super active on the international level” and “a pleasure to work with”.
Other leading individuals
Axel Reidlinger of Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte is “one of the most senior and recognised competition lawyers in Austria” who “goes the extra mile for his clients”.
Franz Urlesberger at Schoenherr is praised as “a top name in Austria” who is “very experienced in all aspects of antitrust law”.
Martin André Dittmer with Gorrissen Federspiel is singled out as “a renowned competition specialist” who handles “a number of very large and high-profile cases”.
Bart Creve of Kromann Reumert is “on top of both Danish and EU competition law” according to peers, who further praise his “very practical mindset”.
Jens Munk Plum “ensures the right approach on all matters” thanks to his “very broad knowledge” of competition law.
Ami Paanajärvi with Roschier Attorneys distinguishes herself as a top name in the market who regularly advises on antitrust matters and has experience before the European Commission and domestic competition authorities.
Niko Hukkinen at Frontia Attorneys is held in high regard as “a clever and smooth” competition lawyer who is “very experienced in merger control”.
At Bredin Prat, Olivier Billard is “one of the best” in the market when it comes to merger control, state aid and the full spectrum of antitrust matters.
Marie-Cécile Rameau is a market-leading competition lawyer who is highly sought after thanks to her strong track record in litigation at the national and EU levels.
Thorsten Mäger of Hengeler Mueller impresses peers as “one of the very best competition lawyers in Germany” for antitrust matters and follow-on damage claims litigation.
Alf-Henrik Bischke is a prominent name in the market for M&A merger control matters, in addition to antitrust investigations and compliance.
Markus Wirtz with Glade Michel Wirtz is widely endorsed as “a leading German antitrust lawyer” who delivers the “highest quality services in minimal time”.
Silke Möller garners plaudits as “meticulous, efficient and very easy to work with” and is singled out as “one of the best lawyers for mergers”.
Mayer Brown’s Christian Horstkotte is acknowledged as “one of the key players in the market” who “provides a very high-quality service”.
Vito Auricchio of Legance Avvocati Associati is a prominent name in the market thanks to his experience advising domestic and international companies on antitrust and regulatory matters.
Claudio Tesauro with BonelliErede garners praise for his first-rate competition practice encompassing restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance and market concentrations.
Jolling de Pree at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV is recognised as “one of the leaders in the field in the Netherlands” thanks to his in-depth experience in mergers, cartels and investigations.
Stibbe’s Rein Wesseling is “a very thoughtful and thorough” practitioner who is “always a pleasure to work with”, particularly on high-profile abuse of dominance cases.
Ruben Elkerbout at Stek is “a fantastic litigator” who is held in high regard by market sources as “the go-to guy for Dutch competition law”.
Aleksander Stawicki at WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr is lauded as “a very business-savvy” competition specialist who is “a leader for energy-related issues”.
Pedro Callol at Callol Coca & Asociados is singled out as “an outstanding competition lawyer” with over 20 years of experience in a range of regulatory, transactional and antitrust matters.
Uría Menéndez’s Patricia Vidal distinguishes herself as a go-to name for EU and Spanish competition law thanks to her experience before domestic and regional courts.
Antonio Guerra is a prominent name in the Spanish market who is highly sought after by clients in a range of sectors, from banking to energy.
Jaime Folguera draws praise from market commentators for his top-notch practice spanning mergers, agreements, distribution and state aid.
Andrew Ward of Cuatrecasas is singled out as “one of the finest antitrust lawyers Spain has to offer” thanks to his “pragmatic, clear and structured advice”.
Susana Cabrera Zaragoza with Garrigues stands out in the market thanks to her impressive track record on mergers, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations.
Kristian Hugmark with Roschier Advokatbyrå is a deeply experienced competition lawyer who is “particularly strong on merger cases”.
Marcus Glader with Advokatfirman Vinge is highlighted as “a really strong name in the market”, particularly concerning transactions, abuse of dominance and litigation.
David Mamane at Schellenberg Wittmer is “an excellent competition lawyer” who provides “creative, actionable advice” and is a go-to practitioner for the full spectrum of competition matters.
The “extremely knowledgeable” Mani Reinert at Bär & Karrer is recognised by peers as “one of the leading competition lawyers in the market with a long-standing practice”.
At Niederer Kraft Frey, Nicolas Birkhäuser is held in high esteem as “one of the best” competition lawyers, particularly when it comes to transactional work in the IP sector.
Mario Strebel from CORE Attorneys is “a driven and client-orientated” lawyer with “great connections to the community and the authorities”.
Homburger’s Marcel Dietrich is “well known for his broad knowledge” of competition law and is praised as “clearly the best in Switzerland”.
Gönenç Gürkaynak possesses “unmatched knowledge and experience in competition matters in Turkey”, with one source adding: “I have exceptional comfort relying on his judgement in complex competition law issues”.
Sayenko Kharenko’s Maksym Nazarenko receives widespread endorsements as “a leading Ukrainian competition lawyer” who has “extensive experience in merger control issues”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Thomas O Barnett – Covington & Burling LLP, Washington DC
- Leah Brannon – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Washington DC
- Jeremy J Calsyn – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Washington DC
- George S Cary – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Washington DC
- Brian A Facey – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
- Deborah Feinstein – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Washington DC
- David I Gelfand – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Washington DC
- Jason Gudofsky – McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
- Renata Hesse – Sullivan & Cromwell, Washington DC
- Richard G Parker – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington DC
- Amanda Reeves – Latham & Watkins, Washington DC
- Deborah Salzberger – McCarthy Tetrault, Toronto
- Jonathan Gleklen – Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Washington DC
- A Neil Campbell – McMillan LLP, Toronto
- Michael G Egge – Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington DC
- Scott Hammond – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington DC
- David P Wales – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington DC
- Ilene Knable Gotts – Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York
Latham & Watkins
Amanda Reeves is held in high esteem by market sources, who highlight her as “a big name” who is “very practical in tough situations”.
Elizabeth Prewitt garners plaudits for her outstanding antitrust practice which regularly handles complex cross-border investigations.
Michael Egge is a market-leading antitrust and competition lawyer with over 30 years of experience defending clients in high-value investigations.
Daniel Wall is recognised by market sources as “an outstanding litigator” who excels in antitrust, government conduct and merger reviews.
Niall Lynch receives widespread endorsements for his first-rate competition practice, which sees him frequently advise on antitrust investigations, cartels and class actions.
Marguerite Sullivan is a well-regarded practitioner with extensive experience advising on antitrust, mergers and complex cartel investigations.
Ian Conner is a prominent lawyer who is highly sought after by clients in a diverse range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, technology, oil and gas and transport.
Al Pfeiffer is commended by market respondents for his top-notch practice dealing with civil antitrust and commercial disputes.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Scott Sher is renowned as “a leading antitrust and competition lawyer” who impresses market sources with his “business-oriented advice”.
Mark Rosman is a well-recognised competition lawyer with extensive experience in antitrust, cartel and merger cases.
Susan Creighton is a first-rate practitioner with “a wealth of experience working with the U.S. competition enforcers, especially the FTC”.
Jonathan Jacobson is singled out by peers as “one of the leading antitrust litigators in the country”, thanks to his expert handling of high-profile litigations and investigations.
Jamillia Ferris is highly esteemed as “an excellent antitrust lawyer” who is “very knowledgeable and provides sound advice”.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Richard Parker receives glowing praise as “one of the very best” in the market for his expertise in antitrust, merger clearance, class actions and government investigations.
Scott Hammond is highly regarded as “a legend” in the competition field who is highlighted by peers as “the best criminal attorney out there”.
Daniel Swanson possesses over 25 years of experience in antitrust and competition law. His top-notch practice encompasses class actions, investigations and litigation.
Rachel Brass is identified as a go-to practitioner when it comes to investigations and litigation in the antitrust, labour, and employment areas.
Eric Stock is highly esteemed by peers as “an outstanding” competition lawyer who is “an expert on section two pharma matters”.
Stephen Weissman stands out as “a super star” in the market who “works on some of the most challenging transactions”.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
David Gelfand sits among the foremost antitrust lawyers in the market thanks to his top-tier practice encompassing mergers, investigations and litigation.
George Cary earns widespread acclaim as “a legend in the field” who regularly represents clients in complex merger and antitrust litigation.
Jeremy Calsyn excels in global cartel investigations and high-profile multi-jurisdictional mergers.
Mark Leddy is a well-established practitioner who draws praise from market sources for his notable expertise in US and European antitrust law.
Leah Brannon ranks highly among peers thanks to her experience in government investigations, merger review and antitrust matters.
Jason Gudofsky is held in high regard by peers as “the number one lawyer for mergers in Canada” who is “very proactive and business friendly”.
Deborah Salzberger earns acclaim for her top-notch competition practice spanning antitrust and foreign investment law.
Oliver Borgers is widely respected as one of the best competition lawyers in the Canadian market, particularly when it comes to antitrust, foreign investment and M&A.
Casey Halladay is a market-leading practitioner who is singled out by sources as being “excellent at undertaking complex merger analysis”.
Nikiforos Iatrou earns plaudits as “one of the leading Canadian competition lawyers, with a vast corporate and commercial litigation experience”.
John Harkrider garners extensive praise as “a first-class lawyer” who “gets deals through quickly” for an impressive range of high-profile clients.
Lisl Dunlop is “a great coordinator” who “shows an impressive work ethic” when it comes to antitrust matters in M&A and joint ventures.
Michael Keeley is a well-renowned practitioner with over 20 years of experience in high-value transactions and monopolies.
Rachel Adcox receives widespread endorsements as “an outstanding litigator” who is “the best of the best” when it comes to multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Daniel Bitton is highlighted as “a sharp and dedicated practitioner” whose “passion and expertise in antitrust are apparent to all who have the privilege to work with him”.
Other leading individuals
Brian Facey with Blake, Cassels & Graydon is a deeply experienced practitioner who is regularly sought after for his expertise in strategic mergers, cartels and class actions.
Julie Soloway impresses market sources with her notable experience in cross-border mergers and antitrust matters.
Omar Wakil of Torys is a first-rate competition lawyer who is recognised for his prestigious track record in mergers, cartels and abuse of dominance.
Linda Plumpton receives endorsements for her strong track record in litigation involving a range of competition disputes.
A Neil Campbell with McMillan cuts a distinguished figure in competition law, particularly when it comes to antitrust, foreign investment and international trade involving regulated industries.
Paul Collins from Stikeman Elliott is singled out by sources as “a terrific merger lawyer” and “an excellent collaborative adviser”.
Katherine Kay stands out in the market thanks to her skill in complex multi-jurisdictional competition litigation.
Thomas Barnett with Covington & Burling is lauded by peers as “a super smart and truly exceptional antitrust lawyer”.
Deborah Garza is deemed an antitrust specialist who excels in investigations, strategic transactions and litigation.
Deborah Feinstein at Arnold & Porter is highly regarded as “one of the best merger lawyers in the country” with “very broad knowledge”. Peers further enthuse: “If you want to get your deals through, she is the best person”.
Jonathan Gleklen is highlighted by peers as “a leading antitrust lawyer” with “a very high profile” in the market.
Renata Hesse of Sullivan & Cromwell is “one of the best in the US market” when it comes to antitrust, cartels and merger clearance.
Alan Ryan with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a first-rate competition lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in mergers and abuse of dominance matters across Europe.
At Bennett Jones, Melanie Aitken is recognised as “a top leader in Canada” when it comes to antitrust and competition litigation.
Richard Parker from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is singled out by sources as “one of the very best” in the market for the full spectrum of antitrust matters.
David Wales at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is a go-to antitrust lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in M&A, investigations and licensing.
John Taladay with Baker Botts is “an excellent litigator” who is renowned for his work on mergers, investigations and antitrust.
Ilene Knable Gotts of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz is “a leading antitrust and legislation lawyer” who is “truly outstanding and very effective”.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore’s Christine Varney is deemed an antitrust specialist thanks to her incisive handling of investigations and regulatory approvals.
Andrea Agathoklis Murino at Kirkland & Ellis is “an outstanding lawyer for mergers” and has “very good knowledge of US antitrust laws”.
WilmerHale’s Hartmut Schneider is a go-to name in the competition arena who impresses peers with his “industry knowledge and deep understanding of the law”.
Ronan Harty from Davis Polk & Wardwell ranks highly among peers thanks to his antitrust practice, which sees him regularly advise clients in the pharmaceutical, financial services and retail sectors.
Joshua Soven at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison is a renowned antitrust specialist who excels in litigation and investigations, particularly in complex strategic transactions.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Elizabeth Avery – Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
- Samir R Gandhi – AZB & Partners, Noida
- John Handoll – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, New Delhi
- Janet Hui – JunHe LLP, Beijing
- Kenji Ito – Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
- Youngjin Jung – Kim & Chang, Seoul
- Harman Singh Sandhu – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, New Delhi
- Pallavi S Shroff – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, New Delhi
- Luke Woodward – Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
- Vivek Agarwal – DMD Advocates , New Delhi
- Jacqueline Downes – Allens, Sydney
Kim & Chang
Youngjin Jung is held in high esteem by market sources thanks to his “deep understanding of antitrust laws” and “clear, practical, comprehensive and strategic guidance”.
Jung-Won Hyun impresses peers with her “unparalleled experience” and “ability to determine the best strategy” during mergers, investigations and cross-border transactions.
Kyoung Yeon Kim sits among the foremost competition lawyers in the market thanks to her experience in mergers, abuse of dominance and cartel matters.
Gene Oh Kim is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions.
In Seon Choi is a well-respected practitioner who is “excellent at quickly identifying key issues in merger control matters”.
Jae-Hong (Jay) Ahn is a standout practitioner in the market who excels in antitrust, competition and insurance matters.
Sung Joo Yoon is a top-tier competition lawyer who is frequently sought after by multinational companies for his experience across investigations, unfair trade practices and cartels.
Kee-Hong Chun is a top name, recommended for his notable expertise in cartels, distribution arrangements and mergers.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
John Handoll is deemed a competition and regulatory specialist with over 40 years of experience in mergers, antitrust and abuse of dominance.
Pallavi Shroff is a key name in the market thanks to her in-depth litigation experience across the full gamut of competition law matters.
Harman Singh Sandhu distinguishes himself as “a well-known competition lawyer” in the Indian market who is “a trusted advisor” on the full spectrum of competition matters.
Shweta Shroff Chopra is a favourite among clients who praise her experience in high-profile merger and abuse of dominance cases.
Naval Satarawala is one of the best-known competition lawyers in the market thanks to his experience in contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of high-profile clients.
Manika Brar ranks as one of the go-to practitioners for cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases.
Aparna Mehra is a well-established merger control specialist who is regularly sought after for her experience in high-profile cases.
Gauri Chhabra receives widespread acclaim for her skilful handling of a broad range of competition matters, from compliance to cartel enforcement.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Yusuke Nakano distinguishes himself as a go-to name for all antitrust matters, with notable expertise in cartel investigations and merger control.
Atsushi Yamada is a renowned competition specialist who impresses peers with his adept handling of investigations, follow-on litigation and merger filings.
Etsuko Hara is a seasoned competition specialist who excels in international cartel cases and multi-jurisdictional merger filings.
Hideto Ishida is a long-standing fixture in the market who impresses market sources with his handling of the full gamut of competition matters.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ninette Dodoo is a key figure in the region with significant experience in merger control, antitrust investigations and foreign investment review.
Hazel Yin is commended by sources as “very sensible and clear” while being “really on top of the substance of cases”.
Kaori Yamada is “very strategic and forward thinking” and impresses peers with her “ability to think about the bigger picture” when it comes to competition law.
Alastair Mordaunt is singled out as “the absolute best” for antitrust matters. One source adds: “If I need a deal done, I call Alastair”.
King & Wood Mallesons
Susan Ning stands out for her top-tier work in all aspects of antitrust and has particular expertise in cybersecurity and data compliance.
Wayne Leach is regularly sought after by clients from a diverse range of industries for his skill in mergers, joint ventures and regulatory investigations.
The “outstanding” Caroline Coops impresses peers with her in-depth experience in all aspects of antitrust.
Peta Stevenson is held in high esteem as “a very gifted lawyer” who “has good sense of balance and rationality” when handling complicated antitrust cases.
Janet Hui is a well-established name in the competition field who possesses “a very strong and unique combination of analytical skill, practical approach and insight into the regulatory process”.
Yingling Wei sits among the foremost competition lawyers in the Chinese market thanks to her extensive experience working across a range of sectors, from energy to real estate.
Audrey Chen is a first-rate practitioner with a wealth of experience in domestic and international mergers.
Other leading individuals
Elizabeth Avery of Gilbert + Tobin is held in high esteem as “the star of the Australian bar” who impresses peers and clients alike with her in-depth understanding of the ACCC.
Luke Woodward comes highly regarded for his “excellent industry knowledge” and “deep understanding of desired business outcomes and factors affecting the approach to litigation strategy”.
Ashurst’s Peter Armitage is a renowned and long-standing practitioner who is recognised by market sources as “one of the best competition law minds in the country”.
At Allens, Jacqueline Downes is “a real leader in the competition law space” with in-depth understanding of the Australian market who “goes the extra mile to achieve the right outcome for a client”.
The “fantastic” Kirsten Webb sits among the foremost competition lawyers in the market thanks to her strong track record in antitrust litigation.
Michael Han at Fangda Partners is a well-established name in the market who sources highlight as “a go-to contact for mergers in China”.
Hogan Lovells International’s Adrian Emch impresses peers with his multilingual practice which sees him adeptly handle merger control, cartel and abuse of dominance matters in the region.
Fay Zhou at Linklaters garners plaudits for her stellar track-record advising Chinese and international clients on competition and regulatory matters.
John Yong Ren from T & D Associates is a long-standing practitioner with a wealth of experience in the full spectrum of antitrust issues.
Natalie Yeung at Slaughter and May is hailed as “an all-round practitioner” who is “well-versed in competition investigations, merger control and cross-border competition enforcement issues”.
Andrew Foster with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom stands out for his international practice which sees him regularly advise on cross-border mergers, investigations and enforcement.
Marc Waha of Norton Rose Fulbright possesses over 20 years’ experience advising high-profile companies on antitrust regimes across the region.
The “excellent” Samir Gandhi of AZB & Partners is “a market-leading practitioner” who is highly sought after by technology and blue-chip companies for his in-depth competition expertise.
Vivek Agarwal at DMD Advocates enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market where he is recognised for his “thorough subject knowledge and practical approach in resolving the issues”.
At Platinum Partners, Vinod Dhall is lauded by sources as “knowledgeable on the subject matter” and an authority on competition law and policy.
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s Kenji Ito is “a very experienced practitioner” who peers describe as “diligent and dependable”.
Hideki Utsunomiya earns praise as “a leader in his field” who is “extremely knowledgeable and strategic”.
Kaoru Hattori of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is “an outstanding” competition lawyer with a wealth of experience in the full gamut of antitrust matters.
Kozo Kawai at Nishimura & Asahi ranks highly among peers thanks to his top-notch practice spanning antitrust and regulatory investigations.
From Ikeda & Someya, Tsuyoshi Ikeda is a standout name with broad industry knowledge and experience handling complex international matters.
Yusuke Nakano with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune ranks prominently for his competition practice, receiving wide-ranging endorsements for his work on antitrust and mergers.
Andrew (Andy) Matthews at Matthews Law garners plaudits as “a very solid lawyer” who “really knows his stuff”, particularly when it comes to antitrust.
Sarah Keene with Russell McVeagh is distinguished as “one of the top lawyers” in New Zealand who is “able to analyse complex data sets and circumstances to provide pragmatic and clear legal advice”.
Daren Shiau of Allen & Gledhill is “a senior statesman” of the field who impresses market respondents with his regulatory knowledge as well as his “creativity and analytical skills”.
Scott Clements is singled out as “a key player in Singapore” who is “very knowledgeable about the market and its regulators”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
- Leonor Cordovil – Grinberg Cordovil Advogados, São Paulo
- Ana Paula Martinez – Levy & Salomão Advogados, Brasília
- Barbara Rosenberg – BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo
- Mariana Tavares de Araujo – Levy & Salomão Advogados, Brasília
- Marcelo Calliari – TozziniFreire Advogados, São Paulo
- Marcio Dias Soares – Mattos Filho, São Paulo
- Paola Pugliese – Demarest Advogados, São Paulo
- Miguel del Pino – Marval O’Farrell Mairal, Buenos Aires
- Lorena Pavic – Carey, Santiago
Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez
Luis Gerardo Garcia Santos Coy comes highly recommended by peers for possessing “a lot of experience” in antitrust and competition law.
Mauricio Serralde Rodríguez’s impressive practise focuses on pre-merger filings, investigations and administrative procedures.
Carlos Mena Labarthe is hailed as “a leader” in the areas of constitutional proceedings and leniency applications.
Jorge Kargl is a brilliant litigator who frequently advises clients on merger control filings and investigations.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Cristianne Saccab Zarzur earns plaudits from market commentators as “a great lawyer” with a highly acclaimed antitrust practice.
Renê Guilherme Medrado stands out for his top-tier domestic and international practice focusing on competition mandates, merger control proceedings and cartel investigations.
Sources express considerable approval for José Alexandre Buaiz Neto, thanks to his wealth of experience in presenting investigations before CADE.
With over 25 years of experience, Leonardo Peres da Rocha e Silva is a brilliant litigator who frequently advises clients on a range of competition matters, including investigations on anti-competitive practices.
Other leading individuals
Miguel del Pino with Marval O’Farrell Mairal is “a great lawyer” and “the star of the antitrust bar in Argentina”.
Santiago Del Rio is touted as “a rising star” who “understands competition and antitrust issues exceptionally well”.
Marcelo den Toom at Bomchil is “an excellent practitioner” with “a reliable and in-depth grasp of competition law”.
Julian Peña of Allende & Brea is one of Argentina’s leading antitrust lawyers with an expansive practice that covers the breadth of the field.
Barbara Rosenberg at BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão is “a big name” in the competition compliance space.
Ana Paula Martinez with Levy & Salomão Advogados is a dynamic force in the industry. She is highly esteemed for her top-drawer practice which covers antitrust matters, as well as cartel investigations.
Mariana Tavares de Araujo is one of Brazil’s best-known figures in the market and is highly revered for her work on cartel investigations, merger control proceedings and leniency agreements negotiations.
The “excellent” Leonor Cordovil of Grinberg e Cordovil Advogados posseses “rich experience” and “deep knowledge of antitrust law”.
Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto with Pereira Neto Macedo Advogados “posesses deep knowledge on antitrust law and is a sound advisor”.
TozziniFreire Advogados’ Marcelo Calliari is singled out by peers and clients alike for his excellent work on complex merger control matters.
At Demarest Advogados, Paola Pugliese is “a great lawyer”, praised by market experts as being “very diligent” and “skilled at meshing together global and local competition law”.
The “excellent” Marcio Dias Soares with Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is “a strategic thinker” and is singled out for his exemplary merger control practice.
Lorena Pavic of Carey is “an outstanding competition lawyer” with a stellar antitrust regulation and litigation practice.
Juan Cristóbal Gumucio with Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos has “a lot of experience and knowledge in antitrust matters”, with one peer adding, “He is a great professional in this area”.
Luis Gerardo Garcia Santos Coy at Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC possesses “a lot of experience” in complex pre-merger filings, constitutional proceedings and investigation administrative procedures.
According to market commentators, Carlos Mena Labarthe is “a leading practitioner” in competition investigations and compliance matters.
Fernando Carreño of Von Wobeser y Sierra is the “best competition lawyer in Mexico” and “a top name for merger matters”.