Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Increasingly attracts attention for work on the claimant side of cartel damages claims, building on an established reputation for advice to defendants. Often identified as a strong choice for mid-cap but complex merger control matters. Assists third-party interveners with complaints to the UK authorities or with objections to the potential clearance of major pan-European corporate transactions. Also advises on market studies and on targeted CMA behavioural investigations.

Strengths"Clients get good value from the firm; the lawyers have good expertise and experience but don't come at magic circle rates," says one interviewee.

"The lawyers are experts in CMA processes and how to navigate them," states another source.

Work highlights Acted for six companies in the NKT group on follow-on damages claims filed in the English courts by companies affected by the high-voltage power cables cartel.

Notable practitioners

Al Mangan
stands out for his proven ability to lead competition law and financial services regulatory matters on behalf of important clients. "He really understands the issues broadly and is very easy to work with," says one interviewee, adding: "He knows where to focus and where we don't need to waste time."

Sources appreciate that
Bruce Kilpatrick
"doesn't grandstand but just gets on with the job." "He has a razor-like precision in expressing things to the regulator," notes one impressed interviewee, going on to state: "You get absolutely personal attention from him and proper partner time; he's on calls, drafts the materials and takes clients from A to Z." Kilpatrick advises on merger filings in multiple jurisdictions and defends companies in cartel investigations. He also brings competition law expertise to follow-on damages cases that are co-ordinated together with commercial litigation colleagues.