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Howrey has launched a London antitrust practice after raiding Lovells for competition litigation partner Tom McQuail.
As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (4 June), the move is in response to the arrival of US-style class action litigation in the City. US firms Cohen Milstein Hausfield & Toll and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, along with DLA Piper have already launched London practices to cope with expected demand in this area.
Howrey managing partner Robert Ruyak said: "Our office [in London] has built an excellent reputation in both IP and litigation and it's now time to add Howrey's third practice group, antitrust, to serve our clients."
McQuail specialises in EU and UK competition law and has been based in Brussels since qualifying in 1992. He was Lovells Brussels managing partner from 2003 to 2006.
Howrey has been steadily building its European competition practice. Last month it hired Hauteclocque Larroumet & Associés name partner Jean de Hauteclocque in Paris.