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Global antitrust in 2020

10 key themes

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Antitrust, competition and trade

The world's pre-eminent antitrust lawyers.

Competition and antitrust laws around the world are evolving rapidly. Authorities are increasingly using a wide range of powers to investigate mergers, markets, cartels and other behaviour.

Our competition practice offers unrivalled expertise in international, EU and national competition law matters. We have a large, highly integrated team of leading experts in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, who work together across multiple locations on a daily basis.

Our clients recognise that this sets us apart, so they come to us with their most significant matters.

With more than 50 partners and 300 lawyers  in our worldwide competition team, we are leaders in all aspects of competition law, including mergers, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid, follow on claims and stand-alone litigation. Freshfields is the only firm to have worked on the leading cases in all these areas.

Client successes

We advised CK Hutchison on three separate four-to-three consolidations in Austria, Ireland and Italy (and a fourth proposed transaction in the UK).

Each of these involved strategic and innovative advice in the face of in-depth scrutiny and remedies examination by the European Commission and national regulatory authorities.

Libor was the largest global investigation post-financial crisis, involving antitrust and financial services regulatory elements, and more than 25 regulators in more than 10 countries.

The action was brought on behalf of around 46 million UK consumers for a total of £14bn in damages, the largest ever claim before the UK courts. Read more about the litigation in our case study.

The deal transformed the parties into global leaders in animal health and consumer healthcare respectively.

It prompted merger filings in over 20 countries around the globe, including a rare triple 'fix-it-first' phase one clearance from the European Commission.


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