Competition and EU

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Clifford Chance scoops up more UK Government work with new £3m mandate

Clifford Chance has taken on its second Brexit-related mandate for the UK Government in a matter of months, this time striking a contract with a maximum value of £3m. The magic circle firm has won advisory work for the Department for International Trade, as the institutional body seeks to develop a new trade and investment […]

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Cooley boosts Brussels office with DLA lateral

Cooley has made its first lateral hire in Continental Europe since the opening of its Brussels office in 2019. The firm has taken on DLA Piper Brussels-based partner Patrick Van Eecke, who was global co-head of cybersecurity and data protection at the rival firm. He will complement Cooley’s Brussels practice, which focuses on competition and […]

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Clifford Chance wins UK Government mandate on EU trade talks

Clifford Chance will provide legal advice to the UK Government as it seeks to agree a trade deal with the European Union. The magic circle firm’s contract is worth £500,000, with a trade agreement due to be completed over the next couple of months. Linklaters, meanwhile, previously won a role advising the UK Government on […]

Apple

Freshfields successfully appeals EU decision for tech giant Apple

EU judges have reversed a European Commission decision, which ordered Apple to pay back €13bn in taxes to the Republic of Ireland. The €13bn penalty in 2016 was the largest ever fine handed out by the commission. It found that for almost 25 years Apple benefitted from illegal state support from Ireland that distorted competition […]

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Reed Smith builds in competition with Ashurst recruit

Reed Smith is boosting its London corporate practice with a partner hire from Ashurst, its first City lateral in several months. The US firm has taken on partner Ross Mackenzie, until now a longtime antitrust partner at the UK rival. The competition law specialist has been at Ashurst for 20 years. Since the early 2000s, […]

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Covington replenishes competition ranks with BCLP hire

Covington & Burling has made its first London lateral hire in two years, bringing in a new partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner to boost its competition capabilities in the City. James Marshall joins the Washington DC-based firm after more than 10 years at BCLP, having spent nine of those years at Berwin Leighton Paisner […]

Senior Cuatrecasas lawyer decamps to join Spanish government

One of Cuatrecasas’ most famous lawyers has been hired by the Spanish government, after more than 20 years at the firm. Cani Fernández will join the executive as an adviser to the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and will work closely with the team led by his chief of staff, Iván Redondo, as of next […]

Brussels Belgium

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 […]