Winston launches in Brussels eight months after Dewey hires

Winston & Strawn is set to launch in Brussels off the back of last year’s hires from collapsed Dewey & LeBoeuf (10 May 2012).

Peter Crowther
Peter Crowther

Winston competition and disputes partner Peter Crowther is spearheading the US firm’s new European initiative. The decision to open the firm’s latest office was announced at last weekend’s partnership retreat in the US.

Crowther said the decision to open in Brussels was due to demand from clients.

“If you have a global antitrust practice handling cartel work and corporate defence matters then clients expect you to be in Brussels,” said Crowther. “To be honest you’re less credible if you don’t have an office there.”

Crowther’s arrival at Winston along with a large group of litigators and antitrust specialists is seen as the trigger for Winston to open its fourth European office along with Paris, Moscow and Geneva. In total around 60 former Dewey lawyers joined Winston, a third of whom are antitrust specialists.

The firm’s antitrust work includes successfully acting for Panasonic against Samsung Electronics in a consumer antitrust class action brought by indirect purchasers of secure digital memory cards, and for Hitachi Cable in alleged cartel-related matters.

Initially the new Brussels office will feature just one associate as well as Crowther, who plans to split his time between Belgium and the UK.

Last May a 22-partner team including Crowther and litigation head Jeffrey Kessler left what remained of Dewey to join Winston (10 May 2012).

Later last year Winston unveiled a raft of management changes including the appointment of former Ashurst commercial litigation partner Michael Madden as Winston’s new London managing partner (19 September 2012).

Last year the firm also underlined its ambitions to grow in London when it launched a training contract programme and vacation scheme in its City office in December (21 December 2012).