Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

Lamadrid & Petit LLP

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We live in a world of “experts“.

Readers, corporations, public institutions all crave for expert advice.

And the beauty of it is that we are all experts at something, including at unexpected subjects.

Take a look at what landed in my mailbox last week:

Dear Nicolas,

Chambers & Partners is producing a new guide for clients which provides practical insights into doing business around the world.

We are currently doing research for the guide on Merger Control. The contributing editor is John Doe of Doe, Doe & Doe LLP.

I am writing a chapter in the guide which will give useful advice to clients who are new to undertaking mergers in Spain. Given your experience in merger control proceedings in Spain, I was hoping you might talk to me for a few minutes to pass on some of the insights that you’ve gained.

The interview would be in complete confidence.

If you are willing to be interviewed, please let me know a time that would be convenient for me to ring you. My email is: Or please feel free to call my direct line: +__________.

 With thanks for your consideration.

Kind regards,

John Q.

Legal Practice Guides

Chambers and Partners”

I guess the selling argument in this email is the “Given your experience in merger control proceedings in Spain“.

John Q must have been confused by my credentials as a founding partner of Lamadrid & Petit LLP.

To me, this says it all about the reliability of those “guides“.

On second thoughts, I should have taken the interview to prove my point.

Written by Nicolas Petit

24 June 2013 at 10:27 am

Posted in Uncategorized

4 Responses

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  1. In spite of appearances, this is a very useful post because:

    (i) it shows that Nicolas still preserves the ability to surprise me;
    (ii) it confirms that Nico has no intention of ever returning to private practice;
    (iii) it further evidences the fact that we don’t consult each other before posting stuff;
    (iv) it will significantly contribute to reducing Nico’s email flow… 😉

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    24 June 2013 at 12:26 pm

  2. 🙂 I commit to reporting anything that looks like retaliation from Chambers against you.

    Nicolas Petit

    24 June 2013 at 7:02 pm

  3. Very caring…

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    24 June 2013 at 7:30 pm

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