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With the beginning of the new year, there has been a significant number of moves in the EU antitrust law league (practitioners’ market).

Legal500, Chambers, GCR and others have failed to report them because they only focus on big fish. So here’s our report of recent associates moves:

  • David Henry felt like talking German. He thus left Howrey LLP for McDermott Will and Emery, where he will work with P. Werner;
  • Despite the exodus, Miguel Rato got a raise and thus stayed at Howrey LLP where he was promoted from Associate to Partner;
  • Marc Abenhaim got bored of Belgian competition law and felt like living under tougher targets and deadlines. He left Van Bael & Bellis to Willkie Farr and Gallagher;
  • John Wileur does not run against the grain. He thus moved from Howrey LLP to Covington & Burling;
  • David Mamane probably got a raise too, and was promoted to Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer (Switzerland)
  • Alexis Brunelle got bored of private practice and joined the Autorité de la concurrence as case handler (Rapporteur). The bad news about this move is that from now on, Alexis will have to blog undercover.

All those chaps share four common features:

  1. they are all supersmart young competition lawyers
  2. they are all friends of chillin’competition
  3. they are not full of themselves
  4. I have had at least once, a challenging, interesting conversation on a subject of substantive competition law (note: strangely enough, people seem increasingly reluctant to discuss such issues )

Please do not hesitate to report to us other moves which fit this profile, and apologies for those we missed.

(PS: Image possibly subject to copyrights: source here)

Written by Nicolas Petit

8 February 2011 at 11:22 am