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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Competition/European Law

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What the team is known for

Outstanding competition law practice, boasting considerable strength across the full range of competition law issues. Regularly wins instructions on the most complex global merger control mandates, handling Phase II investigations in the transportation, steel and luxury goods sectors. Offers a well-regarded behavioural investigation practice, acting for clients on abuse of dominance and cartel investigations in the financial services and TMT sectors. Also has a strong state aid practice spanning advisory mandates, investigations and appeals of adverse decisions on behalf of beneficiaries or third-party complainants.

Strengths

Clients are "always impressed with their speed at diving into details and getting deep into matters," stressing that "the lawyers are very quick learners of the technical aspects of complicated businesses."

Others laud the firm as having "undoubtedly a lot of quality," adding that "it is at the top and there is a reason it is - the firm has an excellent team."

One interviewee highlights the firm's strength in merger control matters, enthusing: "Cleary's reputation in Brussels speaks for itself. It is one of the few firms able to deal with these massive, large-scale merger cases."

Work highlights

Advised NVIDIA on obtaining unconditional approval from the EC for its acquisition of Mellanox.

Notable practitioners

Antoine Winckler is described as "the guru" of European competition law, with clients praising his "extensive knowledge and ability to get inside groups." He has substantial experience advising clients on obtaining competition clearance for cross-border transactions.

Christopher Cook is "a fabulous antitrust lawyer," according to a client, who says he is "our first stop" for competition law questions. He has substantial expertise advising on EC investigations into anti-competitive behaviour, as well as representing clients in appeals against competition regulators to the CJEU. Cook also acts on merger clearance mandates.

Francisco Enrique González-Díaz is admired for being "a really excellent lawyer who really knows his stuff" on complex topics. He is highly experienced in contested merger clearance processes in the technology and telecommunications sectors. He is a member of the Bar in both Brussels and Madrid.

François-Charles Laprévote has a strong focus on state aid matters, acting for both public and private sector clients. He represents clients in appeals against state aid decisions, as well as advising on EC investigations.

Maurits Dolmans remains a key choice for clients in the technology space, where he advises on investigations into abuse of dominance and allegations of anti-competitive behaviour. He also has notable expertise in high-value merger clearance mandates. Dolmans divides his time between the firm's offices in London and Brussels.

Nicholas Levy is described by a source as "one of the best merger control lawyers in town." He acts for a raft of blue-chip clients on merger filings and complex cross-border clearance procedures. Levy also has experience in antitrust investigations and litigation. He splits his time between the firm's offices in London and Brussels.

Robbert Snelders moves into the top band this year, with clients enthusing that he is "the premier antitrust lawyer in Brussels." He acts on merger filings and investigations into alleged anti-competitive practices. Snelders is particularly popular with clients from the technology industry, as well as assisting financial and manufacturing sector clients.

Romano Subiotto QC is highly experienced in competition litigation, frequently representing clients in appeals before the CJEU and the UK authorities. He advises on complex investigations in the financial services, pharmaceutical and fashion industries. He is admitted to the Bar in England & Wales and divides his time between the firm's offices in Brussels and London.

An interviewee lauds Thomas Graf as "one of the smartest lawyers I have ever seen" and someone with "a very impressive intellect." Graf offers a high level of expertise in behavioural competition matters, with particular experience advising multinational technology firms on abuse of dominance investigations.

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Competition/European Law

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Rue de la Loi 57

Brussels

Brussels Capital Region

Belgium

B-1040

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Belgium

Competition/European Law: State Aid


François-Charles Laprévote
Band 2

Competition: EU


Antoine Winckler
Senior Statespeople
Christopher Cook
Band 4
Francisco Enrique González-Díaz
Band 2
Maurits Dolmans
Band 1
Nicholas Levy
Band 2

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