Competition and EU

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Mayer Brown’s Brussels head departs for Noerr

The head of Mayer Brown’s Brussels office is to join German firm Noerr next month. Jens Peter Schmidt has been the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Brussels office since 2014, and a partner at the firm since 2001 when he joined from Shearman & Sterling. He will join Noerr’s partnership on 15 February. The partner’s […]

Balancing fear and greed: Does an expansion of the UK foreign direct investment rules beckon?

By Bernardine Adkins, Sean Giles In 2018, new measures were introduced to expand the scope of government intervention in mergers. This year, the government’s briefing note accompanying the Queen’s Speech proposes new rules on investment screening. What does this mean for business? Our experts examine the existing UK foreign direct investment rules, and explain what any […]

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Freshfields granted right to appeal in bumper Mastercard class action

The Supreme Court has granted Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer the right to challenge a Court of Appeal decision in the £14bn Mastercard class action. In April, The Lawyer reported that Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan had secured a decisive victory after the appeals court overturned a previous decision. The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) had previously sided […]

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The Lawyer Awards 2019: the competition shortlist

The lawyers shortlisted for competition team of the year have all excelled in finding answers to some of the biggest regulatory problems posed in the market. Baker McKenzie’s entry saw it successfully navigate a Competition Markets Authority (CMA) review in the asset management sector, following a direct referral from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The […]

Pinsents targets life sciences and tech with Taylor Wessing hire

Pinsent Masons has bolstered its competition team with the hire of the former UK head of competition, EU and trade at Taylor Wessing. Robert Vidal will join the team at Pinsents, advising on competition law, specialising in life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. Vidal’s hire comes one month after a bumper round of promotions at […]

Quinn Emanuel recruits competition partner from Covington

A competition partner at Covington & Burling has swapped one US firm for another, joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s City office. Elaine Whiteford is moving to Quinn’s City operations and is a barrister with experience in contentious EU, competition and regulatory work, specialising in damages litigation. Most recently she acted on the LCD cartel […]

Mishcon recruits K&L Gates’ City competition head

K&L Gates has lost its London antitrust and regulation group head Neil Baylis to Mishcon de Reya, as the latter ramps up its lateral recruitment in the City for 2019. Baylis joined K&L Gates in 2002 after starting off his legal career at Clifford Chance. He then moved to Ashurst as an associate in 1996, […]

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