10 January 2017
Latham’s Global Antitrust & Competition Practice continues its decade-long streak in the top echelon of Global Competition Review (GCR)’s “GCR 100”, the definitive guide to leading antitrust and competition firms around the world. In addition to honoring the firm’s antitrust group broadly as a “Global Elite,” Latham also earned recognition in several other key categories, including taking the top spot for Litigation as well as ranking among the top 10 for Mergers and for Cartel matters.
Involving the assessment of more than 300 law firms, the "GCR 100" report offers “a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the law firms and economic consultancies doing the most important antitrust work around the world.” To earn the “Global Elite” designation, firms must regularly perform on the biggest stages on the biggest matters and illustrate stability, longevity as well as an ability to attract and retain top talent.
One of the differentiating factors GCR highlighted in describing Latham as a “Global Elite” is the firm’s broad geographic reach, with lawyers strategically placed around the globe and in key competition hubs.
Discussing the group’s merger control work, GCR noted, “As one would expect from a firm ranked in the top 10 of the Global Elite for mergers, Latham worked on a couple hundred billion dollars’ worth of deals in the past year.” Industry-wise, the report added, “technology and telecommunications are a sweet spot for the firm, and not just because of its Californian roots.”
GCR also honed in on the impressive roster of talent Latham’s antitrust group offers clients who’d previously spent time on the other side of the table, working at the US Department of Justice and other agencies. Leveraging the firm’s “global platform and team members’ deep relationships and experience with regulators and government agencies,” Latham racked up “a pile of impressive work for clients in cartel investigations” and “linked its handling of follow-on lawsuits stemming from cartel and other investigations, to its ability to defend against the competition authorities in the first place.”