in

14 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – McDermott Will & E…

14 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – McDermott Will & Emery announces that an agreement has been reached with the senior partners of the highly rated Brussels-based firm Stanbrook & Hooper under which Clive Stanbrook QC and a team of lawyers will join the Firm, practicing in Brussels under the name of McDermott Will & Emery/Stanbrook LLP.

Chairman Harvey Freishtat comments, “By incorporating Clive’s team into our existing European practice, we will be able to provide our clients with an insight and experience to compare favorably with the best in the market. This venture is consistent with the Firm’s goal of establishing a fully integrated European service in each of the major European financial and commercial centers. We are delighted to be joined by such a group of high caliber lawyers.”

Clive Stanbrook agrees, “McDermott is a dynamic player in Europe, its combination with Carnelutti last year and its growing strength elsewhere in Europe show it has the ambition and the size to compete at the top table in Europe. Our competition practice compares with the best but in the emerging landscape of legal practice the time has come for us to integrate into a broader based resource. We look forward to working with McDermott Will & Emery’s competition lawyers around Europe and its highly rated practice in the United States to provide our clients with an exciting fully integrated competition resource.”

The combination of Stanbrook and McDermott’s competition practices will produce a heavyweight contender in the European and international competition field. McDermott Will & Emery already provides substantial European competition law advice and representation to its European and international clients, to which will be added the considerable resources and experience of the Stanbrook team. Stanbrook and his team have represented clients in many of the most high profile cases, involving merger control and cartel investigations before the European Commission. They led the merger control filings in a number of cases including MCI/BT, MCI/Worldcom EY/Cap Gemini and in the cartel area have a track record that started with the paper pulp case and includes sectors such as oil and gas, LDPE and vitamins. The Stanbrook team’s extensive experience before the European Courts will also enhance our ability to provide competition advocacy services to our clients. Scott Megregian, Head of the Firm’s European Competition Group, confirms, “Their wealth of experience and knowledge with Commission procedures will significantly enhance the services we can offer clients of both firms and be a valuable addition to our integrated cross-border practice.”

Stanbrook & Hooper, pioneered the development of international trade practice in Brussels, and since its first case in the late 1970s, has been involved in more than 100 EU anti-dumping cases, including a number of precedent setting cases in the European Courts. The Stanbrook team represents individual and multinational producers/exporters in China, India, Pakistan and other Asian countries, and will complement McDermott Will & Emery’s capacity to provide crucial trade/customs services to international investors and exporters in the emerging economies.

The addition of the Stanbrook team will also enhance McDermott’s ability to provide a full service EU and U.S. regulatory practice. With the addition of the new EU regulatory capabilities, the Firm will be uniquely positioned to provide integrated trans-Atlantic regulatory advice to clients in a diverse range of industries, including chemicals, energy, food, drugs and agriculture, telecoms and transport.

McDermott Will & Emery Facts

McDermott Will & Emery’s European practice consists of more than 165 lawyers practicing from six European offices. In conjunction with the Firm’s international offices, our lawyers provide cost effective business solutions to a wide range of clients.

McDermott Will & Emery is an international law firm (among the top 20 both in the United States and globally) with more than 1000 lawyers who practice from the Firm’s offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

Stanbrook & Hooper Facts

Stanbrook & Hooper is one of the longest standing regulatory law firms in Brussels. Founded by English barristers in 1978, the firm has broadened its cultural and linguistic capabilities and now comprises lawyers from many different countries.

The strength of the firm lies in the personal involvement of its partners and the experience they bring to the firm’s areas of specialization. Known for the quality of its practice in competition and international trade, the firm has been involved over the years in many of the landmark cases in EU law.

British MP George Galloway and his opponent the Daily Telegraph will leave no stone unturned to sort out what could be a spectacular libel case.