Morrison & Foerster’s European offices play a leading role in the firm’s highly integrated global antitrust practice. Our competition practice represents some of the world’s largest companies on their most important matters, earning recognition in leading legal directories, such as Chambers Global and Legal 500. Lawyers in our Brussels, London and Berlin offices are qualified to practice under the national laws of a number of European countries. In addition to frequent appearances before with the European Commission in Brussels, our lawyers represent clients on a regular basis before competition authorities in EU Member States.
Investigations and Litigation
Lawyers in our European offices have played an important role in most of the cartel investigations that the European Commission has brought since 2007, including those concerning cathode ray tubes, freight forwarding, optical disk drives, smart card chips, rechargeable batteries, mobile LCDs, and auto parts. Our antitrust litigators' record of success includes a favourable settlement for our client in the TFT-LCD cartel damages action brought by Nokia in the United Kingdom against various LCD panel manufacturers.
Merger Control Proceedings
We frequently advise companies contemplating mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, and represent them in merger control proceedings before the European Commission and competition authorities in EU Member States. We have assisted clients in obtaining approval of a number of significant mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries in recent years. In particular, we represented Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget in its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s tissue operations, and advised Hitachi on its divestment of its hard disk drive business to Western Digital.
We also counsel clients regarding a wide range of antitrust issues, including vertical restraints, horizontal agreements, technology licensing, and competition compliance programmes. Morrison & Foerster has particular expertise in handling investigations at the cross-section of IP and antitrust law. And lawyers in our Berlin office have unparalleled experience counselling clients on sector-specific regulation in the technology, media, and telecom (TMT) industry.
Recent European Matters Our Attorneys Have Worked on
IFLR1000 2012EU Competition
Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2011Belgium: EU Competition
PLC Which lawyer? 2009European Union: Competition/Antitrust: EU Competition
“[Morrison & Foerster’s] wide range of expertise includes extensive experience in cartel defence and resulting private class actions, and in merger clearance mandates.” (Chambers Global 2013)
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