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Baker McKenzie

Competition/European Law

5 ranked lawyersBand 3BelgiumEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Often selected to handle merger filings in support of high-value transactions that are notifiable both to the EU and to numerous competition authorities worldwide. Acts for clients from the energy, electronics and financial services sectors. Also assists clients with abuse of dominance cases. Has built a strong platform to attract instructions on EC investigations into vertical restraints of trade among consumer goods companies. Advises clients on state aid matters, including compliance mandates for public bodies, as well as EC investigations and CJEU appeals for private companies.

Strengths

Clients describe the team as "very reactive and business-oriented, pragmatic, and nice people on top of that."

Work highlights

Represented Hitachi in the merger control procedures regarding its acquisition of the power grids business of ABB.

Notable practitioners

The firm's chief executive for the EMEA region, Fiona Carlin remains active representing clients in competition policy analyses and sector inquiries.

Gavin Bushell is praised by clients for being "really knowledgeable and very dedicated." He represents a range of international clients, including multinational companies and private equity houses, in high-value merger filings.

Nina Niejahr leads the firm's state aid practice, representing clients in appeals against EC decisions in state aid cases. She acts for both private and public sector clients.

Sibel Yilmaz enters the rankings this year, with sources enthusing that she is "just really excellent," while another commentator reports that she is "absolutely a tip for the top." Yilmaz handles a broad range of competition matters, including merger clearance and abuse of dominance investigations. She joined Baker McKenzie in spring 2021.

Werner Berg is admired by clients for "getting straight to the point," as well as being "extremely responsive and very pragmatic." Dual-qualified in Belgium and Germany, he advises international clients on the coordination of global merger clearances, acting for them both before the EC and before the German regulators.

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Belgium

Competition/European Law: State Aid


Nina Niejahr
Band 3

Competition: EU


Fiona Carlin
Band 4
Gavin Bushell
Band 3
Sibel Yilmaz
Up and Coming
Werner Berg
Band 6