Squire Sanders picks up another DLA Piper partner for London office

Squire Sanders has picked up DLA Piper competition and regulatory lawyer Martin Rees in its latest raid of the firm’s London office.

Rees specialises in cartel investigations and appeals. He joined DLA Piper in 1999 and was head of competition until 2002 (28 January 2002).

Having advised on competition issues associated with a range of sectors including finance, energy, retail, and sports, Rees is currently advising the British Beer and Pub Association and the Brewers of Europe on the internal market aspects of indirect taxation.

Last month it emerged that DLA Piper real estate partner Gary Paddison and associate Rachel Orton would also be leaving the firm’s London office to join Squire Sanders (23 December 2013). A spokesperson at Squire Sanders said that start dates for the two were still under discussion.

Squire Sanders’ regulatory practice group leader Joseph Markoski said the expansion of the firm’s global competition practice was a key strategic goal.

Rees is the fifth competition partner to join Squire Sanders over the past year. Edouard Sarrazin joined in Paris from the Magenta law firm in December 2012 while last January the co-leader of Squire Sanders’ competition practice Mark Botti joined in Washington from Akin Gump along with two colleagues, antitrust partners Brady Dugan and Anthony Swisher (15 January 2013).