CLIFFORD CHANCE

Comment: Highly recommended antitrust practice with clear specialization in certain sectors. Schütze advises automotive companies on joint ventures in cutting-edge areas such as e-mobility and connected cars. The bond between CC and VW has loosened due to some partners leaving, but this is actually an advantage because the firm’s advice to Audi, BMW and Daimler is not based so firmly on individual relationships. Competitors have noted, however, that the practice seems stagnant in terms of personnel. Despite this, CC remains a top player: Schütze took over the job of representing Cargolux airline in the air freight cartel from Cleary; Besen advised GE on the merger control for strategically important acquisitions in the 3D printing sector, although it was actually Hengeler who had been instructed with the M&A case. By naming younger lawyer Dr. Dimitri Slobodenjuk a counsel, Clifford signaled that it is planning for the future.
Strengths: Great expertise in specific industries, esp. ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare, ?energy, commerce, telecoms and automotive.
Recommended: Dr. Joachim Schütze, Marc Besen (“fast, pragmatic and precise”, client; “highly responsive and goal-oriented”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on merger controls ( ?M&A). Also antitrust, civil proceedings and ?distribution. Increasingly ?compliance. Advice to public bodies on structural promotion and to private investors. (2 partners, 2 counsel, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche on charging-station JV; Daimler, Telekom, DKV on JV for EETS services; Daimler regarding Toll Collect; a consortium of Audi, BMW and Daimler on sale of shares in Here; Innogy on proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office over long-distance heating.
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