Letter from… Brussels: Brexit convulsions prove no problem for Brussels hands as the age of tough antitrust enforcement proves a boon

Letter from… Brussels: Brexit convulsions prove no problem for Brussels hands as the age of tough antitrust enforcement proves a boon

In mid-October, when Legal Business decided it would dedicate this column to analysing the Belgian legal market, there was still the outside chance that it would appear in our first post-Brexit issue. By the time the piece was written a few days later, the UK Government had conceded defeat on its pledge to take the country out of the EU by the end of the month, triggering yet another delay to the process.

Not that the Brussels legal elite was surprised. Located in offices a few metres from the rooms where the Brexit negotiations have dragged on for almost three years, local counsel have had more than enough time to prepare for possible outcomes – deal? No deal? No Brexit? ‘After the referendum people were concerned about what would happen, but things have smoothed down,’ notes Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer local head Vincent Macq. ‘I don’t think there is any firm that sees it as a concern now.’ Continue reading “Letter from… Brussels: Brexit convulsions prove no problem for Brussels hands as the age of tough antitrust enforcement proves a boon”

Market Report: Competition Litigation – Healthy competition

Market Report: Competition Litigation – Healthy competition

With the trickle of follow-on damages claims after high-profile competition investigations threatening to become a flood, Dominic Carman examines how firms are preparing their clients for battle

‘We have talked about competition litigation emerging as a work stream in civil litigation for a long period of time, but we have seen a real boom in activity over the last few years,’ says Francesca Richmond, partner at Baker McKenzie. ‘Defendants to regulatory investigations should now expect civil claims to be filed against them and account for that in their overall strategy.’ Continue reading “Market Report: Competition Litigation – Healthy competition”

Rising Stars: Retail

Rising Stars: Retail

Anna Lawrence

Legal director, offer and supply chain

KINGFISHER

Anna Lawrence is legal director of Kingfisher’s offer and supply chain business unit. Formed in 2015, the business brings together the buying teams for a large portfolio of home improvement brands, including B&Q and Screwfix in the UK and Brico Dépôt and Castorama in France, with Lawrence now overseeing everything from managing relationships with suppliers to monitoring IP on thousands of product lines globally.

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Magic Circle duo land £2.2bn energy deal as antitrust concerns surface

Magic Circle duo land £2.2bn energy deal as antitrust concerns surface

Linklaters and Slaughter and May have taken lead roles as UK energy services giant Wood Group is to acquire its struggling rival Amec Foster Wheeler for £2.2bn amid market competition concerns.

The deal was announced in March and is expected to close in the second half of 2017. Under the terms, Scottish company Wood Group is offering £5.64 per Amec share, for 56% ownership of the combined group.

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KWM competition trio defects to Macfarlanes in rare lateral play by City thoroughbred

KWM competition trio defects to Macfarlanes in rare lateral play by City thoroughbred

City firm Macfarlanes has made a rare triple lateral hire with three partners from King & Wood Mallesons‘ (KWM) European practice. The firm is taking on Tom Usher, Cameron Firth and Christoph Humpe as partners, and will also take on KWM’s former European senior partner Stephen Kon as a consultant. Continue reading “KWM competition trio defects to Macfarlanes in rare lateral play by City thoroughbred”