Baker & McKenzie

Comment: A firm recommended in antitrust law, with a broad range and a well-integrated team. In addition to its long-established focus on distribution antitrust law, Baker – using new staff gained over the past few years – has also come to specialize in antitrust for the pharma sector, as well as the interface with criminal law and compliance. One thing that sets Baker apart from other antitrust practices is its associated team of competition economists; the firm has put a strong emphasis on good connections with these economists and the litigation practice in order to meet the ever higher demand for advice on damages claims. Baker is now active on both the defendant and plaintiff sides. The practice has also had a successful year in traditional antitrust, e.g. cartel cases in the automotive sector, merger controls and global compliance investigations.
Strengths: A large international network; its own competition economists.
Recommended: Christian Horstkotte (“pragmatic”, client), Dr. Nicolas Kredel, Dr. Christian Burholt (“very pleasant to work with, efficient and solution-oriented”, competitor; healthcare sector).
Practice: Focus is on (international) merger controls. Also cartel cases and abuse of market position. Highly active in ?distribution. Strong expertise in ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Increasingly active in ?compliance and damages claims. In-house economists specializing in competition. Office in Brussels. (6 partners, 2 counsel, 13 associates)
Clients: ?? Carlsberg in appeal before the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) in the beer cartel case; Ideal Automotive on defense against damages claims in connection with the acoustic building materials case; ZF Friedrichshafen in various merger controls, incl. sale of Cherry; regular strategic advice to Daimler; Abbott Laboratories on sale of a business branch to Mylan.
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