This award will be given to the team based in either London or Brussels that can demonstrate incisive antitrust advice on a specific case, transaction or investigation, or was instrumental in steering a client through a regulatory minefield. Entrants should be able to demonstrate clearly the direct effect of their advice on the final outcome.
2017 WINNER: Allen & Overy
Advised VimpelCom on the creation of the WIND/3 Italia joint venture, a deal that combined Italy’s third and fourth largest telecoms companies. This was the first time that the European Commission had cleared a ‘4-to-3’ consolidation since Commissioner Margrethe Vestager took office in 2014.
Defended IHS Markit, which was at the heart of European Commission allegations of collusive behaviour and restrictive licensing practices in the credit default swap information market, including offering a novel set of commitments relating to its future market conduct.
Successfully representing Google in High Court competition litigation brought by Streetmap, which had alleged that the introduction of a clickable Google Map on its search engine results page was giving Google an unfair advantage over other online mapping providers.
HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS
HSF advised Arriva on the Phase II Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) merger control review of its completed acquisition of the Northern Rail franchise. This was the first UK rail franchise case to undergo a full Phase II review in over a decade and sets an important precedent.
MISHCON DE REYA
Successfully represented Sainsbury’s in its competition damages claim against MasterCard over unlawfully high interchange fees. This was the first judgment in a series of damages actions brought by high-street retailers in the UK and Europe.
Travers obtained Phase I merger control clearance for client McColl's acquisition of an extensive portfolio of 298 grocery outlets from the Co-operative Group, a particularly notable achievement as both had overlapping local stores in more than 170 locations.