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Benchmark Litigation US 2022 Gives Top Marks to Gibson Dunn

Benchmark Litigation US recognized Gibson Dunn in eight national litigation practice areas in its 2022 edition and named 79 partners as Litigation Stars and Future Stars across the U.S.

Firm News | October 13, 2021

UK CMA Adopts Green Claims Code and Consults on Environmental Sustainability: Time for a Compliance Review

On 20 September, the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) published a Green Claims Code aimed at protecting consumers from misleading environmental claims amidst concerns over ‘greenwashing,’ i.e. overstated, unsubstantiated green credentials of a product or service.

Client Alert | October 7, 2021

Benchmark Litigation Names Four Gibson Dunn Partners Among its 2021 Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Benchmark Litigation US named four partners to its 2021 “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America” list: Dallas partner Veronica Moyé, New York partners Randy Mastro and Orin Snyder, and Washington, D.C. partner Richard Parker.

Firm News | October 7, 2021

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2022 UK Legal 500

Gibson Dunn earned 16 practice area rankings in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 UK. Six partners were named to Legal 500’s Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals who receive consistent feedback from the market for continued excellence, and seven partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices.

Firm News | October 7, 2021

International Comparative Legal Guide to Sanctions 2022, Germany Chapter

Munich partner Michael Walther and associate Richard Roeder are the co-authors of the “Germany” [PDF] chapter of International Comparative Legal Guides' Sanctions 2022, 3rd Edition published in October 2021.

Article | October 4, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Thought Leaders – Global Elite

Six Gibson Dunn partners were featured by Who’s Who Legal in its Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2021 guide. The publication features individuals who obtained the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources.

Firm News | September 28, 2021

Rachel Brass and Cynthia Richman Named Among GCR’s Top Women in Antitrust 2021

Global Competition Review named San Francisco partner Rachel Brass and Washington, D.C. partner Cynthia Richman to its list of Women in Antitrust 2021, which highlights “more than 130 female private practitioners, enforcers, in-house counsel, economists and academics who deserve recognition for their standout careers.” The report was published on September 24, 2021.

Firm News | September 28, 2021

Former FTC Attorney Jamie France Returns to Gibson Dunn as Of Counsel in Washington, D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Jamie E. France has rejoined the firm as an of counsel in its Washington, D.C. office. She will serve as a member of the Litigation and Antitrust and Competition Practice Groups.

Press Releases | September 22, 2021

Richard Doren and Veronica Moyé Named Litigators of the Week

The Am Law Litigation Daily named Los Angeles partner Richard Doren and Dallas partner Veronica Moyé its Litigators of the Week. The article was published on September 17, 2021.

Firm News | September 17, 2021

Pharma Cos. Should Prepare For New Drug-Rebate Scrutiny

New York partner Eric Stock, Washington, D.C. partner Michael Perry, and Orange County associate Matthew Parrott are the authors of "Pharma Cos. Should Prepare For New Drug-Rebate Scrutiny," [PDF] published by Law360 on September 13, 2021.

Article | September 13, 2021

Law360 Names Six Gibson Dunn Partners as 2021 MVPs

Law360 named six Gibson Dunn partners among its 2021 MVPs. The Law360 MVP Awards feature lawyers who have “distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” The list was published on August 30, 2021.

Firm News | September 8, 2021

UK Government Issues Further Updates on National Security Regime: A Comprehensive State of Play for Investors

This week the UK Government published still further updates on the application of the soon to come into force National Security and Investment Act 2021. We have prepared a comprehensive guide to the UK’s new national security regime, bringing together all of the developments and guidance to date. But, most importantly, we consider what investors and their advisors need to take into account now in order to mitigate risk and improve deal certainty.

Client Alert | September 8, 2021

Merricks v Mastercard: UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal Allows First Ever Opt-Out Class Action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has certified the first application for a collective proceedings order on an opt-out basis in Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard Incorporated & Ors.

Client Alert | August 24, 2021

10 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers® named 10 Gibson Dunn partners as the 2022 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas and cities: Theodore Boutrous, Jr.

Firm News | August 19, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Competition, Hospitality and Product Liability Defense

Nineteen Gibson Dunn partners were recognized by Who’s Who Legal in their respective fields. Who’s Who Legal Competition 2021 recommended Brussels partners Christian Riis-Madsen and David Wood; Dallas partner Robert Walters; Frankfurt partner Georg Weidenbach; Hong Kong partner Sébastien Evrard; London partner Ali Nikpay; Los Angeles partner Daniel Swanson; New York partner Eric Stock; San Francisco partners Rachel Brass and Trey Nicoud; and Washington, D.C. partners Adam Di Vincenzo, Scott Hammond, Joseph Kattan, and Richard Parker.

Firm News | July 28, 2021

President Signs Executive Order Directing Agencies to Address Wide Range of Businesses’ Competitive Practices, Including Non-Compete Agreements

On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued a sweeping Executive Order directing federal regulatory agencies to take a variety of steps that, if completed and upheld by the courts, would effect a sea change in the government’s regulation of businesses’ competitive practices.

Client Alert | July 9, 2021

Directors Resign After Department of Justice Raises Antitrust Concerns

On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced that two officers of Endeavor Group Holdings Inc. have resigned their positions on the board of directors of Live Nation Entertainment Inc. in the wake of concerns expressed by DOJ that the two companies formed an illegal interlocking directorate under the antitrust laws.

Client Alert | June 25, 2021

Best Lawyers in Belgium 2021-2022 Recognizes Three Gibson Dunn Partners

Best Lawyers in Belgium 2021-2022 has recognized three Gibson Dunn partners in their respective practice areas:  Christian Riis-Madsen – European Union Law; David Wood – Competition/Antitrust Law, and European Union Law; and Ali Nikpay – Competition/Antitrust Law and Litigation. 

Firm News | June 24, 2021

Supreme Court Holds That Sherman Act Bars NCAA From Limiting Education-Related Benefits For Student-Athletes

On June 21, 2021, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the NCAA’s current limits on education-related benefits for student-athletes violate the Sherman Act.

Client Alert | June 21, 2021

Second Circuit Issues Important Ruling on Trademark Settlements and Antitrust/IP Interface

On June 11, 2021, the Second Circuit issued its decision in 1-800 Contacts, Inc. v. FTC, an appeal of an administrative litigation brought by the Federal Trade Commission against 1-800 Contacts.  The decision—which rejected the FTC’s claim that several trademark settlements by 1-800 Contacts violated the antitrust laws —found that the trademark settlement agreements at issue were “typical” and procompetitive, and provides crucial guidance for parties considering settling trademark disputes.

Client Alert | June 14, 2021

WirtschaftsWoche Ranks Gibson Dunn as a 2021 Top Law Firm in M&A and Antitrust

In its list of the most renowned law firms and lawyers in M&A and Antitrust, German publication WirtschaftsWoche has recognized Gibson Dunn as a Top Law Firm in both practices.

Firm News | June 12, 2021

Judgment by the General Court of the European Union Declares State Aid to the Ex Monopolist Post Danmark Illegal

In May 2021, Gibson Dunn attorneys won a landmark case before the General Court of the European Union (case T-561/18, ITD and Danske Fragtmænd v European Commission). Gibson Dunn represented ITD (a Danish trade association of international companies operating parcel and logistics services) and Danske Fragtmænd (a company operating in this sector in Denmark) in a case concerning state subsidies in the Danish post and courier market.

Client Alert | May 21, 2021

Gibson Dunn Earns 94 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

In its 2021 edition, Chambers USA awarded Gibson Dunn 94 first-tier rankings, of which 33 were firm practice group rankings and 61 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | May 20, 2021

Germany Further Strengthens Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Regime

The 17th amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (“AWV amendment”) came into effect in the first week of May 2021. It marks the third fundamental revision of the German FDI regime since April 2020.

Client Alert | May 13, 2021

Supreme Court Restricts Power Of The Federal Trade Commission To Seek Monetary Relief In Courts

On April 22, 2021, the Supreme Court held 9-0 that Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which authorizes federal courts to issue “permanent injunction[s]” in FTC enforcement actions, does not include the power to award equitable monetary relief such as restitution.

Client Alert | April 22, 2021

Gibson Dunn Wins Six Awards at 2021 Benchmark Litigation US Awards Ceremony

Benchmark Litigation recognized Gibson Dunn at its 2021 Benchmark US awards ceremony with six awards. Gibson Dunn was named East Coast Appellate Firm of the Year, California Antitrust Firm of the Year and California Labor & Employment Firm of the Year.

Firm News | April 5, 2021

Document Retention in EU Competition Cases

On 25 March 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) confirmed the fines imposed in Europe on a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Xellia and Alpharma, for entering into anticompetitive ‘pay for delay’ settlement agreements. 

Client Alert | April 2, 2021

Significant Change in European Commission Merger Control Policy: Pharma and Digital Deals to Face Uncertainty and Additional Scrutiny in Europe

On 26 March 2021, the European Commission published guidance on the circumstances under which it is likely to accept requests from national competition authorities within the EU to investigate mergers that do not meet the EU or even national jurisdictional tests.

Client Alert | April 2, 2021

Pharmaceutical Transactions in Spotlight as FTC Announces Multilateral Working Group to Develop Fresh Approaches to Merger Reviews

On March 16, 2021, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that it is teaming up with antitrust enforcers in the European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, and the State Attorneys General in the U.S. in an effort “to update their approach to analyzing the effects of pharmaceutical mergers.”

Client Alert | March 23, 2021

Senator Klobuchar Proposes Major Antitrust Bill

On February 4, 2021, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced S. 225, the Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Act, a comprehensive legislative effort to revamp current antitrust laws and strengthen enforcement. On March 11, 2021, as the Chair of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, Senator Klobuchar gaveled in the first of likely many hearings on antitrust policy in the 117th Congress.   

Client Alert | March 22, 2021

Antitrust in China – 2020 Year in Review

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s antitrust enforcement remained robust in 2020. On the merger front, the State Administration for Market Regulation unconditionally approved more than 99 percent of the 458 deals reviewed and only imposed conditions in four transactions. SAMR also issued a flurry of new guidelines in the antitrust space that provide more guidance on its enforcement priorities and its interpretation of the law.

Client Alert | March 4, 2021

Antitrust Partners and Former FTC Officials Stephen Weissman and Michael Perry Join Gibson Dunn in D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Stephen Weissman and Michael J. Perry have joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as partners.

Press Releases | March 1, 2021

FTC and DOJ Suspend Early Termination of Merger Reviews; FTC Publishes Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Thresholds for 2021

On February 4, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice jointly announced that both agencies would review the processes and procedures regarding early termination of merger notification waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Client Alert | February 5, 2021

“Digitalization Act”: Significant Changes to German Antitrust Rules

On January 19, 2021, the 10th Amendment of the German Competition Act (ACR) entered into force, also known as “GWB Digitalization Act.” Gibson Dunn lawyers provide an overview of the most important provisions of the Amendment.

Client Alert | January 28, 2021

Webcast: Antitrust Enforcement under the Biden Administration

This webcast explores the antitrust policy agenda of the Biden Administration and what legislative reforms to the antitrust laws may be on the horizon under the 117th Congress.

Webcasts | January 13, 2021

2020 Year-End German Law Update

At Gibson Dunn, we are proud and honored to be at your side to help solve your most complex legal questions and to continue our partnership with you in the coming year in Germany, in Europe and the world. We trust you will find this German Law Year-End Update insightful and instructive for the best possible start in 2021.

Client Alert | January 14, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Arbitration, Tax and Competition

Four Gibson Dunn partners were featured in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2021 guide: London partners Cyrus Benson, Penny Madden and Jeffrey Sullivan were recognized and New York partner Rahim Moloo was named as a Future Leader.

Firm News | January 14, 2021

EU Consults on New EU Competition Policy for Distribution Agreements

On 18 December 2020, the European Commission launched a comprehensive public consultation on the revision of the European Union antitrust rules specifically applicable to distribution agreements, namely, the 2010 Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the 2010 Vertical Guidelines, both of which will expire on 31 May 2022.

Client Alert | January 5, 2021

Five Years of Antitrust Enforcement in Hong Kong

The substantive provisions of Hong Kong’s Competition Ordinance came into force in December 2015. This note looks at the main achievements in the first five years and some of the challenges laying ahead.

Client Alert | December 22, 2020

European Courts Rule on Range of Competition Issues in Pre-Christmas Case-load Clearance

The General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) delivered three Judgments on 16 December 2020 which confirmed different aspects of the scope of the powers enjoyed by the European Commission (“the Commission”) in its application of competition rules in the European Union (“EU”). In a nutshell, the General Court has confirmed that the Commission: is entitled to apply competition rules to sports activities; has a very wide discretion in determining whether or not there is sufficient “Community interest” for it to pursue an infringement action under Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”); and has a broad discretion in interpreting commitments given in merger proceedings to ensure they are in line with other EU policies.

Client Alert | December 21, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked Among the World’s Top Antitrust Practices by GCR

Gibson Dunn was ranked in the 2021 edition of Global Competition Review’s GCR 100 – Global Elite, a list of the world’s top 25 antitrust practices.

Firm News | December 11, 2020

Who’s Who Legal Competition 2020 Recognizes 18 Partners

Eighteen Gibson Dunn partners were featured in Who’s Who Legal Competition 2020 guide. Brussels partners Peter Alexiadis, Jens-Olrik Murach, Christian Riis-Madsen and David Wood; Dallas partner Robert Walters; Frankfurt partner Georg Weidenbach; Hong Kong partner Sébastien Evrard; London partner Ali Nikpay; Los Angeles partner Daniel Swanson; San Francisco partners Rachel Brass and Joshua Lerner; and Washington, D.C. partners Adam Di Vincenzo, Scott Hammond, Joseph Kattan, Trey Nicoud and Richard Parker were recognized.

Firm News | December 15, 2020

U.S. Congress Passes the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019

On December 8, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019, which prohibits employers from retaliating against certain employees who report criminal antitrust violations internally or to the federal government.

Client Alert | December 15, 2020

Merricks v Mastercard – Supreme Court Confirms Certification Test for UK Class Actions

In one of the most anticipated rulings of recent years, on 11 December 2020 the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in Merricks v Mastercard, dismissing (by a majority) Mastercard’s appeal against the criteria established by the Court of Appeal for the certification of class actions by the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).

Client Alert | December 14, 2020

European Court of Justice Annuls Commission Decision Failing to Account for Rights of Third Parties in Anti-Competitive Licensing Obligations

A recent Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case Groupe Canal + v. Commission provides some clarity about the sorts of commitments that defendants can give to reach a settlement with the European Commission in order to avoid it adopting a Decision under Article 101(1) TFEU.

Client Alert | December 11, 2020

The UK’s New National Security Regime

The UK Government has announced plans to upgrade and widen significantly its intervention powers on grounds of national security. Gibson Dunn lawyers detail key aspects of the proposed new regime.

Client Alert | November 18, 2020

Webcast: Antitrust Merger Trials – Lessons Learned and Strategies for Success

In this webcast, Gibson Dunn trial and appellate lawyers draw on their experiences in recent merger trials to discuss cases where the government did and did not have the benefit of a presumption of competitive harm, as well as the role of fact witnesses, party documents, and experts.

Webcasts | November 10, 2020

Global Competition Review Recognizes Gibson Dunn for Two Matters of the Year

At its annual GCR Awards, Global Competition Review named T-Mobile’s $26 billion acquisition of Sprint the “Matter of the Year,” in which Gibson Dunn was counsel to T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom, and the US v Heritage Pharmaceuticals matter as the “Behavioural Matter of the Year in the Americas,” in which Gibson Dunn was counsel to Heritage Pharmaceuticals.

Firm News | November 10, 2020

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Names Gibson Dunn Law Firm of the Year for 2021 in Antitrust and Real Estate

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® awarded Gibson Dunn its 2021 Law Firm of the Year for Antitrust Law and Real Estate Law. The title of Law Firm of the Year is awarded to only one firm per practice area.

Firm News | November 5, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named Among Top 50 Law Firms in Germany

German publication Kanzleimonitor 2020/2021 listed Gibson Dunn among the top 50 law firms in Germany recommended by in-house lawyers. In the categories of Stock Corporation and Corporate Governance Law, Munich partner Ferdinand Fromholzer was one of two most recommended lawyers, Munich of counsel Silke Beiter was frequently recommended, and the firm was ranked among the top 10 in Germany.

Firm News | November 5, 2020

Leading German Legal Publication JUVE Recommends Frankfurt, Munich and Brussels Offices in its Annual Handbook 2020/2021

The leading German legal publication JUVE recommended Gibson Dunn’s Frankfurt, Munich and Brussels offices in the 2020/2021 edition of its annual directory.

Firm News | November 5, 2020

We need to make our regulators more politically accountable

London partner Ali Nikpay is the author of “We need to make our regulators more politically accountable” [PDF] published by The Telegraph on November 1, 2020.

Publications | November 1, 2020

Webcast: In-house Guidance for Managing Non-U.S. Antitrust Investigations

With more than 130 competition authorities around the world, companies face numerous challenges in managing antitrust investigations outside the United States. In this webcast, Gibson Dunn lawyers help keep in-house counsel a step ahead of the competition authorities in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

Webcasts | October 27, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2021

Gibson Dunn was recognized with four firm and 14 individual rankings in the 2021 edition of Chambers UK. The firm was recognized in the categories: Competition Law – London; International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration – UK-wide; International Arbitration: Investor-State Arbitration; and Real Estate Finance – London.

Firm News | October 23, 2020

Gibson Dunn Adds Antitrust Partner Georg Weidenbach in Frankfurt

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Georg Weidenbach will join the firm’s Frankfurt office. Weidenbach, formerly a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, will continue his global antitrust practice.

Press Releases | October 19, 2020

Benchmark Litigation US 2021 Gives Top Marks to Gibson Dunn

Benchmark Litigation US recognized Gibson Dunn in eight national litigation practice areas in its 2021 edition and named 66 partners as Litigation Stars and Future Stars across the U.S.

Firm News | October 16, 2020

Common Shareholding and Competition in Europe

On 29 September 2020, the European Commission issued its first report on concomitant minority shareholdings by institutional investors in companies active in the same market. The findings of the 320 page Report were drawn upon lessons learned from five sectors which are considered by the Commission to be relatively concentrated, namely: Oil & Gas, Electricity, Mobile Telecoms, Trading Platforms, and Beverages. The Report was triggered by the identification of an increasing number of Common Shareholdings in recent years. For instance, in 2014, 60% of U.S. public firms had a shareholder that held at least 5% both in the firm itself and in a competitor. In Europe, Common Shareholdings with at least 5% participation concerned 67% of listed companies in 2016.

Client Alert | October 15, 2020

International Comparative Legal Guide to Sanctions 2021, Germany Chapter

Munich partner Michael Walther and associate Richard Roeder are the co-authors of the “Germany” [PDF] chapter of International Comparative Legal Guides' Sanctions 2021, 2nd Edition published in October 2020.

Article | October 6, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2021 UK Legal 500

Gibson Dunn earned 13 practice area rankings in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 UK. Four partners were named to Legal 500’s Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals who receive consistent feedback from their clients for continued excellence, and four other partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices.

Firm News | October 5, 2020

Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update: DOJ Antitrust Releases New Guidelines for Merger Remedies

On September 3, 2020, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice released a new Merger Remedies Manual. The Division traditionally reviews mergers involving airlines, health insurance, finance, publishing, media, beer, telecommunications, and other industries.

Client Alert | September 21, 2020

The EU is set to control foreign subsidies

Brussels partner Attila Borsos is the author of "The EU is set to control foreign subsidies," [PDF] published by Financier Worldwide in its September 2020 issue.

Publications | September 2, 2020

Lee Dunst, Mitch Karlan and Richard Parker Named Among National Law Journal’s 2020 Winning Litigators

The National Law Journal named New York partners Lee Dunst and Mitch Karlan and Washington, D.C. partner Richard Parker among its 2020 Winning Litigators, featuring “conquerors of the courtroom” who “have tackled some of the most widely watched cases of the year.” The list was published in The National Law Journal’s September 2020 issue.

Firm News | September 1, 2020

13 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers® named 13 Gibson Dunn partners as the 2021 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas and cities: Frederick Brown – San Francisco – Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year, Jessica Brown – Denver – Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year, Christopher Dillon – San Jose – Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, Baruch Fellner – Washington, D.C. – Litigation – Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Stewart McDowell – San Francisco – Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year, Peter Modlin – San Francisco – Litigation – Environmental Lawyer of the Year, Kenneth Parker – Orange County – Litigation – Patent Lawyer of the Year, Doug Rayburn – Dallas – Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year, Douglas Smith – San Francisco –

Firm News | August 20, 2020

California Supreme Court Answers Important Questions About The Bounds Of Legitimate Business Competition Under California Tort And Antitrust Law

On August 3, 2020, in response to a request from the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court provided guidance on important questions about the bounds of legitimate business competition under California tort and antitrust law in Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc.

Client Alert | August 4, 2020

U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Finalize Vertical Merger Guidelines

On June 30, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice released new Vertical Merger Guidelines, which replace the Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines published in 1984

Client Alert | July 1, 2020

European Commission Publishes Third Amendment to the Temporary Framework: Start-Ups (and Private Equity) to Get a Piece of the State Aid Pie

On June 29, 2020, the European Commission published a Third Amendment to the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Client Alert | June 30, 2020

Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 Recognizes 19 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 has recognized 19 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas. Frankfurt attorneys recognized include: Alexander Klein – Banking and Finance Law; Jens-Olrik Murach – Competition/Antitrust Law, and Litigation; Dirk Oberbracht – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Private Equity Law; Wilhelm Reinhardt – Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Sebastian Schoon – Banking and Finance Law; and Finn Zeidler – Arbitration and Mediation, Criminal Defense, and Litigation.

Firm News | June 26, 2020

Expiration of Federal Law Limiting Antitrust Civil Exposure Creates Uncertainty for Cartel Self-Reporting

The Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement & Reform Act (ACPERA) is an essential complement to the Corporate Leniency Policy, which the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division has described as its “most important prosecutorial tool.”

Client Alert | June 24, 2020

Rachel Brass and Dan Swanson Named Among California’s Top Antitrust Lawyers 2020

San Francisco partner Rachel Brass and Los Angeles partner Dan Swanson were named to the Daily Journal’s Top Antitrust Lawyers 2020 list, which features California’s top antitrust lawyers.

Firm News | June 24, 2020

The European Commission Publishes White Paper on Foreign Subsidies – Political Power Meets Legal Ambiguity

On June 17, 2020, the European Commission issued a White Paper asking for views on its plans for tackling foreign State subsidies that affect EU markets. If adopted, the reform will have far-reaching consequences on how non-EU owned businesses are run in the EU and how foreign entities can invest in Europe.

Client Alert | June 18, 2020

WirtschaftsWoche Ranks Gibson Dunn as a 2020 Top Law Firm in M&A and Antitrust

In its list of the most renowned law firms and lawyers in M&A and Antitrust, German publication WirtschaftsWoche has recognized Gibson Dunn as a Top Law Firm in both practices.

Firm News | June 15, 2020

“Killer Acquisitions,” Big Tech, and Section 2: A Solution in Search of a Problem

Washington, D.C. partner Kristen Limarzi and associate Harry Phillips are the authors of "'Killer Acquisitions,' Big Tech, and Section 2: A Solution in Search of a Problem," [PDF] published by the Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle in May 2020.

Publications | June 11, 2020

General Court Dismantles European Commission’s Tough Approach to Mobile Mergers

On May 28, 2020, the General Court of the European Union called into serious question the tough approach taken by the European Commission in its review of mergers in the mobile communications sector. In doing so, the General Court has subjected the Commission’s analysis to an unprecedented level of scrutiny on a range of important substantive issues, rather than seeking to catch out the Commission on more procedural technicalities.

Client Alert | May 28, 2020

Gibson Dunn named among top commercial law firms in Germany

The German monthly brand eins recognized Gibson Dunn's Frankfurt and Munich offices in its special issue „Commercial Law Firms“. The firm is recommended as „Beste Wirtschaftskanzlei 2020“ (top commercial law firm) in the Compliance and Mergers & Acquisitions categories.

Firm News | May 15, 2020

Attila Borsos Named to GCR’s 40 Under 40 List

Global Competition Review has named Brussels partner Attila Borsos to its 2020 40 under 40 list, which profiles the top young antitrust lawyers in the world.

Firm News | May 12, 2020

Webcast: Pharma, Medical Device, and Biotech Antitrust Update: New Developments and What They Mean

In this webcast, a panel of Gibson Dunn lawyers discuss how to navigate new and evolving approaches to antitrust enforcement and litigation within innovative health care markets.

Webcasts | May 6, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Provides Guidance on Cartel Fines

The Hong Kong Competition Tribunal (“Tribunal”) has issued its first decision on cartel fines in Competition Commission v W. Hing Construction Company Limited and Others (“Competition Commission v W. Hing”).

Client Alert | May 4, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2020

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 has recommended Gibson Dunn in 19 categories in Belgium, France, Germany and UAE.

Firm News | April 30, 2020

EU Merger Control and the Acquisition of Distressed Businesses in the Wake of COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the work-from-home restrictions throughout much of the world, the European Commission has adjusted how it deals with merger reviews.

Client Alert | April 30, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 84 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2020

In its 2020 edition, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awarded Gibson Dunn 84 first-tier rankings, of which 31 were firm practice group rankings and 53 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | April 24, 2020

COVID-19: Update on UK Financial Support Measures

In this client alert we summarise: (i) the announcement of details on the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (the “CLBILS”); and (ii) the announcement of a new funding scheme for innovative companies that are facing financing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic (the “Innovation and Development Scheme”).

Client Alert | April 22, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Commission Brings Major Changes to Leniency Program

The Hong Kong Competition Commission has brought significant changes to its leniency program. In particular, (1) leniency will now be available to individuals; and (2) corporate leniency applicants will, under certain circumstances, receive additional protection from follow-on damage claims.

Client Alert | April 20, 2020

Takeaways from the DOJ’s ACPERA roundtable and proposed next steps

Washington, D.C. partner Scott Hammond is the author of "Takeaways from the DOJ’s ACPERA roundtable and proposed next steps," [PDF] published by Global Competition Review on April 17, 2020.

Publications | April 20, 2020

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Issue Joint Statement Regarding COVID-19 and Competition in Labor Markets

As demands for goods and services—and the workers required to meet those demands—shift during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers should carefully consider the antitrust implications of any steps they might take to adjust to changing markets.

Client Alert | April 14, 2020

Corporate/M&A in Times of the Corona Crisis – Current Legal Developments for German Business

On March 28, 2020, the German Federal legislature’s response to the Corona crisis entered into force, introducing a varied array of far-reaching legislative measures to stabilize and support the German economy. In the sphere of corporate law, such statutory implementation measures are, in particular, contained in the Act on the Mitigation of the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Civil, Insolvency and Criminal Procedural Law (Gesetz zur Abmilderung der Folgen der COVID-19-Pandemie im Zivil-, Insolvenz- und Strafverfahrensrecht – “COVID-19 Pandemic Mitigation Act”) and the so-called Act on the Introduction of an Economic Stabilization Fund (Wirtschaftsstabilisierungsfondsgesetz - WStFG).

Client Alert | April 14, 2020

UK Government Schemes to Support Businesses during COVID-19 Disruption

The UK Government has announced a series of measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of severe - but temporary - disruption caused by COVID-19.  The Government’s measures are a mixture of tax relief, financing and support towards the cost of employees. Further clarity on the Government’s plans and practical processes for taking advantage of the support is expected to be provided as the days progress.

Client Alert | April 6, 2020

European Commission Authorisation of State Aid to Support the Economy Amid the Current COVID-19 Outbreak

As already described in Gibson Dunn's client alert of 20 March 2020, the European Commission (Commission) has announced that it will authorize the grant of State aid to the real economy for liquidity shortages and financial losses resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak in at least two ways.

Client Alert | March 27, 2020

Competitor Collaborations During COVID-19 Pandemic: Practical Antitrust Guidelines and an Update from the DOJ and FTC

Gibson Dunn lawyers provide practical guidance for companies considering competitor collaborations or discussing such plans with competitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, in compliance with antitrust and competition laws..

Client Alert | March 25, 2020

European Competition Regulators Publish Guidance on COVID-19 Enforcement Policies and UK Amends Competition Legislation

The Coronavirus crisis will undoubtedly have an impact on competition enforcement, as companies face seismic shocks to their industries in light of mass lockdowns and supply chain issues.

Client Alert | March 24, 2020

European Commission Adopts Initiatives to Support the Real Economy Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

Gibson Dunn lawyers outline steps taken by the European Commission in mid-March 2020 to allow the use of State aid to salvage the European economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Client Alert | March 20, 2020

U.S. Antitrust Enforcers Announce Additional Changes to Merger Review Procedures

On March 16 and 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission announced additional temporary changes to their civil merger investigation processes in response to COVID-19.

Client Alert | March 19, 2020

The Defense Production Act and COVID-19: What Industry Needs to Know

On March 18, 2020, President Trump announced that he was invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) in order to allow the administration to marshal American industry to prioritize production of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals that are in short supply to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Client Alert | March 19, 2020

U.S. Federal Trade Commission and DG COMP Implement Changes to U.S. and EU Merger Filing Procedures in Response to COVID-19

Gibson Dunn lawyers discuss announced adjustments by antitrust and competition enforcers in the U.S. and Europe to how they will process and review reportable transactions in light of COVID-19 mandatory remote working requirements. 

Client Alert | March 16, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers Europe 2020

Gibson Dunn received 32 rankings in Chambers Europe 2020: 24 individual rankings and eight firm rankings. The firm was recommended in the following categories: Competition/European Law – Belgium; Corporate Investigations – Europe-wide; Corporate/M&A: High-End Capability – France; Restructuring/Insolvency – France; TMT: Information Technology – France; Compliance – Germany; Corporate/M&A: High-End Capability – Germany; Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime: Corporate Advisory – Germany.

Firm News | March 16, 2020

Antitrust Implications of COVID-19 Response

As companies around the world respond to COVID-19, questions arise about whether coordinated or even unilateral efforts to deal with the virus could prompt antitrust scrutiny. Gibson Dunn lawyers address some of the most common questions regarding COVID-19 responses and antitrust laws in the United States, Europe, and China.

Client Alert | March 12, 2020

Cartels in the utility sectors: An overview of EU and national case law

Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis is the author of "Cartels in the utility sectors: An overview of EU and national case law," [PDF] published in Concurrences on January 23, 2020.

Publications | March 11, 2020

Gibson Dunn Wins Seven Awards at 2020 Benchmark Litigation US West Awards Ceremony

Benchmark Litigation recognized Gibson Dunn at its Benchmark US West awards ceremony with seven awards. Gibson Dunn was named the California National Firm of the Year and California Firm of the Year for both Antitrust and Labor & Employment.

Firm News | March 10, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 155 Rankings from Chambers Global 2020

In the 2020 edition of Chambers Global, Gibson Dunn earned 155 total rankings – 56 firm practice group rankings and 99 individual rankings. The firm and its lawyers were recognized globally and in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East regions, with additional recognitions in Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Firm News | March 5, 2020

Webcast: Antitrust Update on No-Poach and Non-Compete Agreement Enforcement

In this webcast, Gibson Dunn lawyers discuss global antitrust enforcement activity focused on employers’ use of no-poach and non-compete agreements.

Webcasts | February 27, 2020

Sustainability Priorities and Competition Law Policies – A Meeting of Minds

Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis and of counsel Alejandro Guerrero are the authors of "Sustainability Priorities and Competition Law Policies - A Meeting of Minds," [PDF] published in Our World magazine in February 2020.

Publications | February 25, 2020