Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Comment: A leading practice in antitrust, to which competitors ascribe a high level of “accumulated competence”. In merger controls with worldwide registrations, such as AB InBev/SAB Miller, and a business division exchange between Boehringer Ingelheim and Sanofi, the practice showed it had the experience to operate at a level formerly associated only with US firms such as Skadden and Cleary. In both deals, the antitrust team worked closely with the corporate team on preparation of new corporate structures. The international cooperation seen in the firm’s work on internal investigations and for VW in the diesel scandal has long been part of the day-to-day business of antitrust lawyers here. Cases are increasingly international, e.g. intervention of BASF against the chemical merger of Dow Chemical/DuPont and the defense of Volvo/Renault following the truck cartel case (involving damages claims).
Strengths: A combination of an international approach and a large, highly regarded German practice that regularly takes on new issues. Leading Brussels office.
Recommended: Dr. Frank Montag, Dr. Martin Klusmann, Dr. Helmut Bergmann, Dr. Tobias Klose (“years of collegial and competent cooperation”, client), Dr. Uta Itzen (“it's fun to work with her; she’s very efficient and explains positions clearly”, client), Dr. Peter Niggemann, Dr. Thomas Lübbig, Dr. Frank Röhling (“outstanding competence”, client), Dr. Thomas Wessely, Dr. Ulrich Scholz, Dr. Andreas von Bonin.
Practice: Broad practice with experience in complex ?compliance investigations, experience in leniency applications to the antitrust authorities and damages claims following cartel cases. German and European merger controls for industrial companies and private equity funds. Also strong at the interface with ?patents and ?state aid. Distinguished competence in ?telecoms, ?energy, ?media. (13 partners, 1 counsel, 42 associates, 3 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Boehringer Ingelheim on exchange of business divisions with Sanofi; Air Berlin on airplane leasing contract with Lufthansa; VW in antitrust proceedings concerning auto producers (with Linklaters); BASF as intervening party against Dow Chemical/DuPont; RHI on share in Brazilian Magnesita Refratarios.
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