23 June 2006
LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – David Aitman and Helmut Bergmann have been appointed joint practice group leaders (PGLs) for international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s leading antitrust, competition and trade (ACT) group.
They take over on 1 August 2006 from Frank Montag and Deirdre Trapp, who have led the group since August 2000. Under Frank and Deirdre’s leadership, the group has achieved enormous success in both professional and business terms. The firm was recently ranked as having the top international competition law practice for the third consecutive year in PLC Cross Border magazine’s ‘Competition Super League’; in April it was named Global Competition Law Firm of the Year 2006 for the second consecutive year in the Who’s Who Legal Awards; and in January it topped this year’s ‘GCR 100’ international survey for preferred law firms according to corporate counsel, compiled by Global Competition Review.
Commenting on the new appointments, outgoing joint PGL Deirdre Trapp said, ‘The last six years have been immensely rewarding. Our group has been honoured by the trust and loyalty of our clients on their most challenging mandates and has repeatedly been voted the world’s best antitrust team. This is a testimony to the terrific team of people I have had the privilege to lead since 2000. It has been an unforgettable experience for me personally and I know that in David and Helmut we will be leaving the group in great hands’.
Frank Montag added, ‘I have really enjoyed the last six years at the helm of our competition group, in particular as we ventured further into international waters by establishing our practices in Washington and Asia. In doing so we are meeting the growing requirements of our international clients by providing a global antitrust service from a single, integrated firm. It’s been a pleasure working with Deirdre and the other members of the group. I am certain that David and Helmut will be great leaders, and the group will continue to maintain its pre-eminent position under their leadership.’
David Aitman has practised in London and Brussels since 1980. David established the competition department at Denton Hall in the early 1980s and joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner in July 2001. He has managed Freshfields’ London ACT department since May 2002. David has advised in all areas of competition law, specialising in advice to the media and telecoms companies, to regulated industries and in the consumer products and retail sectors. Recent experience includes advising O2 on its merger with Telefonica, Industri Kapital in its disposal of Dyno Nobel, Rockware in its acquisition of Rexam’s UK glass business and English Welsh and Scottish Railway Limited in acquiring Marcroft: advising on a series of joint ventures in the media sector (including establishing joint ventures between Sony, Disney and others); advising on sector inquiries in the financial services, retail and advertising sectors; acting on price control cases in the water and airports sectors; and advising on major cartel cases (including in the steel sector and for the Football Association in the replica football kit cartel). David has published and lectured frequently on European competition law. He is the author of the chapter in Butterworth’s Encyclopaedia of Competition Law on licensing and intellectual property; of the chapter in Bellamy & Child on telecommunications; of the chapter in Practical Intellectual Competition Law on competition law; and of the annual reports on competition law in the media sector in the Yearbook of Media Law (1995 – 2001).
Dr. Helmut Bergmann has been a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer since 1996 and managing partner of the firm’s Berlin office since 1998. He specialises in European and German competition law with a special focus on international mergers and acquisitions, including multi-jurisdictional filings. He has particular experience in the healthcare, chemicals, consumer products, automotive, media, telecommunications, software, financial services, and energy sectors. His recent work includes advising Hoffmann-La Roche on the acquisitions of Disetronic and of Chugai; Smiths Medical in respect of its acquisition of Medex; Fresenius on its acquisition of Clinico; Dow Chemical on its merger with Union Carbide; Lanxess on its divestiture program; Mars on the acquisition of Doane Petcare; Sumitomo Electric on its acquisition of VW Bordnetze GmbH; Advent on the acquisition of RWE Solutions; Apax Partners, Goldman Sachs and Providence on the acquisition of Deutsche Telekom’s TV cable business; and advising on major cartel cases. Helmut was born in Nürnberg in 1961. He received his legal education at the universities of Würzburg, Geneva and Tübingen. His international experience includes working as a “stagiaire” with the European Commission’s DG Competition and spending one year with a US law firm in New York. He is author and co-author of several books and articles on antitrust law and he frequently lectures on competition law topics.