London (December 14, 2021) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery has been recognized as a global leader in competition law, with its Antitrust & Competition Practice Group landing among the top 25 in Global Competition Review’s GCR 100 2022 Global Elite rankings. The listing spotlights the world’s best competition practices that carry out notable work on multiple continents.
Ray Jacobsen, global head of McDermott’s regulatory practice, said, “We are honored and thrilled to be listed at the top of GCR’s prestigious ranking and among the best firms in the world. This accolade is a great testament to our team’s deep expertise and their tireless work to progress our clients’ strategic objectives. We continue to grow our team of highly experienced antitrust attorneys capable of tackling the most intricate enforcement policies emerging in a rapidly evolving, high-tech and increasingly challenging post-pandemic environment.”
McDermott’s global team of ~40 lawyers is noted for routinely advising clients on some of the highest-value deals and significant litigation matters across the United States, Brussels, Germany and France. The GCR 100 highlights the firm’s expansion on both sides of the Atlantic in 2021, with a spate of recent high-profile appointments, including four US antitrust veterans Andrew Lee, Justin Murphy, Lesli Esposito and Brian Boyle, who bring in deep experience in the private and government sectors. European heavyweight additions to the practice include Brussels Managing Partner, Hendrik Viaene, and Frédéric Pradelles in Paris, with outstanding experience in fields including merger control, state aid, cross-border M&A and international cartel defense and trade.
In the United States, the team is noted for its premier healthcare antitrust practice, a bustling merger control practice, an impressive track record in civil class actions and cartel defense cases and renowned reputation in antitrust litigation. The work highlighted by GCR includes advising Lockheed Martin on its acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne and representing Cedars Sinai Health System in its purchase of Huntington Memorial Hospital.
In Germany the team excels in the merger control field, obtaining unconditional merger clearances for complex M&A deals, strong track record in assisting with cartel investigations and damages claims, and advising on cross-border competition matters. Some highlights include advising KRÜGER GROUP against follow-on damages claims arising from its involvement in a cartel or advising in a standalone abuse of dominance case for media company RTL Interactive on its claim against online advertising blocker provider Eyeo.
In Brussels, the practice has an outstanding track-record in defending international corporations in antitrust matters and obtaining merger clearances in Europe, with highlights including advising in several Phase II EU merger cases in a variety of industries or an in-depth experience of seamlessly coordinating the notification of mergers to European and non-European national competition authorities, as well as non-merger investigations.
The GCR100 Global Elite ranking further reinforces the global strength of McDermott’s Antitrust & Competition practice which is also recognized by leading industry and legal professional rating organizations, such as BTI Consulting Group, Chambers & Partners, U.S. News – Best Lawyers and The Legal 500, as well as by publications such as Benchmark Litigation and The World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers.
For our full GCR100 2022 rankings and editorial commentary, please click here.
About GCR 100
The GCR100 Global Elite, compiled by Global Competition Review’s editorial staff, covers more than 300 firms from every inhabited continent and spotlights the top 25 global competition practices. The country chapters recognize the best firms in each individual jurisdiction; the Global Elite reflects how multinational practices perform on the world stage. To view the full 2022 GCR100 Global Elite rankings click here.
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