Latham & Watkins

Comment: This highly recommended antitrust practice is gaining on the top players, according to many competitors. Its main strong point is international cases, esp. with US elements. Good examples are its worldwide coordination of the defense of Singapore Airlines against damaged parties due to the air freight cartel and the merger control for LinkedIn’s takeover by Microsoft. Relationships to DAX companies are also growing closer. Völcker’s connections to Lufthansa are paying off in a high-profile way in the context of the takeover of the Air Berlin fleet. Another example is its work for VW on various damages cases. This is the firm’s first appearance as a possible representative for the plaintiff under the leadership of Weidenbach and a litigation partner. This development goes together with the departure of long-established partner Dr. Marco Núñez Müller (to Chatham), who is active in both antitrust and state aid. This was a strategic turn away from an independent German state aid practice. The associate level has grown by three lawyers, reflecting the firm's ambitious plans.
Strengths: Strong ?private equity and venture capital practice and litigation ( ?commercial litigation and liability), good connections with the US practice, strong Brussels office.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Sven Völcker (“brilliant strategist”, competitor), Dr. Georg Weidenbach (“clever strategist, considerate manner – good in contentious cases”, competitor), Dr. Michael Esser (“pragmatic, good knowledge of the industry”, client; “high caliber”, competitor).
Practice: German and EU antitrust law, as well as merger controls, are the backbone of the practice. Regularly active in antitrust investigations and abuse of market position cases. Strong Brussels office. Close connections to Washington and San Francisco offices. (3 partners, 1 counsel, 11 associates)
Clients: ?? Facebook in Federal Cartel Office proceedings over market abuse; Lufthansa against the Federal Cartel Office over a leasing contract for a third of the Air Berlin fleet; Singapore Airlines on damages claims due to air freight cartel; Liberty Global on suit against Deutsche Telekom over abuse of market for cable channels; VW on damages claims against suppliers.
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