Competition and EU


HSF competition partner exits for Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is strengthening its competition and antitrust team in London with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) former practice head in Asia. Mark Jephcott is making the move across on 6 September after spending just over 10 years at HSF, where he previously led the firm’s competition group in Asia. His practice […]

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Addleshaws continues Paris push with Ashurst hire

Addleshaw Goddard has added to its new Paris office with a competition partner hire from Ashurst. Michaël Cousin joins as the first lateral that Addleshaws has made in the French capital since opening in January. For its launch, the firm picked up 22 lawyers from from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and K&L Gates. The office […]


Hogan Lovells’ ex-Brussels chief joins King & Spalding

The former head of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels office has left the firm for King & Spalding’s fledgling operations in the city. Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte will be King & Spalding’s third partner in the Belgian capital. She joins international trade partner Marie-Sophie Dibling, who got the office up and running in June 2019 after a career […]

CMA review into competition law and ‘vertical agreements’ in the UK

The CMA recently launched its much anticipated review as to how competition law should apply to many common types of commercial arrangements (including, among others, distribution agreements (including exclusive and selective distribution), agency and franchising). It will, of course, be relevant in the automotive sector, bearing in mind that dealer agreements now fall under the “general” competition law rules rather (with the Motor Vehicles Block Exemption being confined to aftermarkets).

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Protect consumers, not corporates: public-service lawyering offers true purpose

By CMA chair Jonathan Scott, CMA panel inquiry chair Martin Coleman and CMA panel member Colleen Keck Talented associates often see private practice as the only route to a successful and fulfilling career, not least because of the financial rewards. And indeed, our combined careers have spanned leading positions in global law firms and we […]


Clifford Chance replenishes antitrust ranks with GE hire

Following the exit of partner Jenine Hulsmann last month, Clifford Chance has gone in-house to bolster its antitrust team in the City. The firm has hired Sue Hinchliffe, the former global executive counsel for competition law and policy at General Electric. She joins the magic circle firm later this month. Hinchcliffe has been at GE […]


Kirkland follows Simpson Thacher with Brussels launch

Kirkland & Ellis has launched a competition-focused Brussels office as part of its post-Brexit strategy. The US firm has opened doors in the Belgian city in a bid to handle cases before the European Commission and courts, especially when it comes to merger control. It is understood that the office will be led by London […]

Crowell hires from Simmons for new City hire

Crowell & Moring has boosted its City offering with a competition recruit from Simmons & Simmons. Longstanding Simmons partner Peter Broadhurst moves across to the Washington-headquartered firm. His hire comes a month after Crowell gained two partners and four associates in London through its merger with New York boutique Kibbe & Orbe. They are made […]

Freshfields nabs Linklaters trade expert in Government work drive

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a Government trade adviser as part of the firm’s plans to scale up its London capabilities post-Brexit. The magic circle firm has attracted Linklaters senior consultant Lorand Bartels, who is also a specialist adviser to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on International Trade. The hire was pursued by […]


Google instructs RPC in Fortnite battle against Clifford Chance

RPC is set to defend Google against a claim from the studio behind hit game Fortnite after the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) recently granted Clifford Chance permission to serve proceedings out of the jurisdiction. This development coincides with the CAT’s rejection of Epic Games’ attempt to also serve proceedings against Apple, meaning that Google remains […]

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Hogan Lovells is latest firm to launch in Dublin

Hogan Lovells has opened its 17th European office in Dublin, becoming the latest international firm to set up a base in the Republic of Ireland. The new office will initially focus on financial regulatory and antitrust. London-based competition partner Christopher Hutton has been appointed as the Dublin managing partner. A number of competition and regulatory […]

Ashurst chairman to step down for new competition role

Ashurst’s global chairman Ben Tidswell is stepping down from the role after eight years  to join the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). Tidswell will leave Ashurst on 31 July to take on a judicial appointment as a chairman of specialist competition court, the CAT. Litigator Tidswell became Ashurst’s first post-merger chairman in 2013 after the firm announced its […]