Co-Managing Partners: Susan W Murley, Robert T Novick
Number of partners worldwide: 230
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 1,000
WilmerHale provides legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of its clients. The firm practices at the top of the legal profession and offers a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that enables it to handle deals and cases of any size and complexity.
Today, businesses face greater scrutiny and more ‘bet the company’ issues than ever before. With a practice unsurpassed in depth and scope, WilmerHale has the ability to anticipate obstacles, seize opportunities and get the case resolved or the deal done—and the experience and know-how to prevent it from being undone.
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In every area, WilmerHale brings legal excellence, dedication to clients and commitment to public service. The firm’s leading intellectual property, litigation/controversy, regulatory and government affairs, securities, and transactional practices participate in some of the highest-profile legal and policy matters. With a staunch commitment to public service, the firm is renowned as a leader in pro bono representation.
With 1,000 lawyers worldwide and more than 120 in the UK, Germany, Belgium and China, WilmerHale has a strong international presence. The firm takes pride not only in the quality of its work in each of these jurisdictions, but also in its ability to effectively and efficiently coordinate multi-jurisdictional representation when appropriate.
Lawyers in WilmerHale’s European offices provide the highest-quality legal services in international arbitration, white collar defence and investigations, corporate, antitrust, regulatory, and IP to corporations, financial institutions, government entities and individuals. As business and technology have become more complex, the law has also become more complex. WilmerHale operates much like its clients, using fresh and inventive approaches and benefiting from the collaborative strength of multidisciplinary teams. Many of the firm’s lawyers have first-hand experience in business and government. Innovation has always been a key element in achieving and sustaining progress. Staying ahead means not only participating in shaping change, but more importantly playing a lead role. Over the years, the firm has used innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to effect significant change in the practice of law and the conduct of business. The firm values teamwork and excellence, and as a result draws loyal clients who recognise the difference the firm’s dedication makes. Because clients know they can count on WilmerHale, the firm is rewarded with exciting, often groundbreaking work.
Managing Partner: Martin Seyfarth
Number of lawyers: 16
The Berlin office opened 25 years ago to serve the increasing needs of the firm’s international regulatory and public policy clients in unified Germany and Europe. The office has since become a leading regulatory law firm in Germany, offering services that span antitrust (including merger filings and cartel litigation), and public policy work (including addressing legislation and parliamentary inquiry committees). The office excels at resolving highstakes disputes, focusing primarily on litigating and arbitrating matters that raise complex strategic, legal or factual issues. The firm’s compliance and internal investigations team—which collaborates regularly with the firm’s US and UK offices—offers a fully integrated domestic and cross-border practice and is regarded as one of the best in Germany.
Managing Partner: Christian Duvernoy
Number of lawyers: 14
The Brussels office opened in 1990, just as the European Community introduced its merger control regulation and in anticipation of the impact of the single market in 1992. Since opening, the office has contributed to the leading reputation of the firm in Europe and has gained widespread recognition as one of the premier law offices in Brussels. The office serves clients in all aspects of antitrust and competition law, including cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, merger control and state aid. The office features leading practices in EU regulation and legislative advocacy, trade and WTO, and litigation before both Belgian courts and the Community Courts in Luxembourg. It has particular experience representing clients in industry sectors including aviation, communications, consumer goods, energy and environment, financial services, food and drug, IT, and life sciences, and its lawyers are qualified in many of the major European and North American jurisdictions. The breadth of European and American legal traditions represented gives the office a pronounced pan-European and transatlantic orientation reflected both in its work and culture.
Managing Partner: Dr. Christian Crones
Number of lawyers: 17
The Frankfurt office opened in 2008, expanding its geographic footprint in Europe as well as in one of the world’s critical financial centres. The office focuses on high-stakes litigation and arbitration matters with both civil and regulatory components; contentious and non-contentious antitrust and EU-regulatory matters; and corporate transactional matters with an emphasis on the technology sector. The office has one of Germany’s preeminent data privacy and cybersecurity practices and offers a fully integrated domestic and cross-border compliance and investigations practice.
Managing Partners: Steven Finizio, Franz Schwarz
Number of lawyers: 73
The London office was established more than 40 years ago and boasts a premier team of lawyers qualified in the UK, US and jurisdictions around the world. The London-based international arbitration and dispute resolution practice is world renowned and has been involved in some of the largest, most complex and challenging international arbitrations to arise in recent years. The office’s white collar defence and investigations lawyers advise on all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, working across jurisdictions on matters such as fraud, insider dealing, market abuse, bribery and corruption, cartel defence and corporate investigations. The IP litigation practice advises clients across the full range of intellectual property disputes, including those relating to patents, breach of confidence and trade secrets, trademarks, passing off, domain names, copyright, registered designs, and design right.