What the team is known for
Market-leading firm for complex EU competition law issues. Has a terrific reputation for handling major cross-border merger clearance mandates, with experience in negotiating and implementing extensive remedies packages. Has acted on standout appeals against merger prohibitions before the EU. Represents defendants in abuse of dominance and cartel cases before the EU authorities. Key partners have a strong reputation for handling contentious state aid mandates. Also has an important domestic Belgian competition law team that acts for clients on Belgian Competition Authority sector investigations.
Clients stress that the team is "one of the best firms globally for antitrust," noting that "the lawyers are really at the forefront of what's happening and are involved in all the biggest cases."
A client specifically picks the firm out as "the best team in the world for state aid matters."
Clients also appreciate that the firm "provides clear advice on the best next step in whatever we are dealing with."
Represented CK Hutchinson in an appeal to the European General Court relating to the EC's prohibition of the client's acquisition of O2 UK.
advises clients on a range of competition matters, with significant experience representing clients in market investigations and prohibited merger proceedings. Clients enthuse that "he is our first call when seeking advice on a novel issue or unclear risk."
Andreas von Bonin
according to one client, who highlights his "good understanding of what motivates the regulator and what is important."
He has substantial experience before the European courts in complaints relating to state aid, representing clients from the financial services, energy and technology industries.
Clients enthuse that Frank Montag
is simply "one of the best antitrust lawyers in Europe."
His practice focuses on advising multinational clients on the global merger clearance procedures connected with substantial cross-border transactions. Montag is a member of the Bar in both Brussels and Düsseldorf.
is a lawyer "who gets things done,"
according to clients. He has strong experience acting on cross-border mergers that are subject to competition remedies. Garzaniti also advises clients on investigations into anti-competitive behaviour.
represents clients in prominent cases before the EC relating to contested transactions. He also advises on the defence of damages claims following on from EC cartel decisions.
according to clients, who describe him as "practical, pragmatic, very experienced, extremely collaborative and very client-focused."
He advises clients on complex M&A clearance procedures, with recent experience in the aerospace and healthcare sectors.
climbs in the rankings on the back of client endorsements for his "unique perspective and his well-reasoned and calm advice."
He is a particularly popular choice for clients in the transportation and telecommunications industries, with significant experience in behavioural matters and cross-border merger filings.
Head of the firm's global competition group, Thomas Janssens
acts on both Belgian and European cases, advising on multinational and domestic merger control procedures and abuse of dominance investigations.
has a broad range of experience in merger clearance mandates, including representing clients in appeals to the European General Court in relation to prohibited transactions. Interviewees highlight his work before the German competition authorities.