Reed Smith

Comment: This respected antitrust practice migrated to Reed Smith after the insolvency of King & Wood’s European branch. Siebert and a litigation partner who also joined RS are involved in two of the most prominent antitrust proceedings. In the air freight cartel, the practice represented Qantas in defense against the largest claim for damages to date in Germany. Its work for Expedia in connection with best-price clauses has expanded significantly: after representing the company against the Federal Cartel Office (FCO), Siebert is now acting for Expedia in a suit by the Hotel Association (IHA) over alleged abuse of market position. Apart from these high-profile cases, the practice has a solid business advising several private equity investors on merger controls.
Strengths: Great experience in merger controls for private equity investors. Good cooperation between antitrust and litigation lawyers.
Development potential: The arrival of this complete team at Reed Smith opens up new possibilities, such as further development of the practice toward compliance and more business for US clients. In contrast to King & Wood, the new firm offers synergies, but needs to bulk up its staff.
Recommended: Tilman Siebert.
Practice: Merger controls, often with private equity aspects. Experience in antitrust issues around distribution systems and proceedings. (1 partner, 1 counsel, 1 associate)
Clients: ?? Expedia on best-price clauses in FCO proceedings, against suit by the Hotel Association and as a third party in the Booking.com proceedings; Qantas on defense against damages claims in the air freight cartel; Transdigm on purchase of Schroth Safety Products; Affinitas and Match.com as third party in the purchase of Elitepartner/Parship by Pro7Sat.1; Fiducia & GAD IT ongoing regarding cooperations with competitors.
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