Latham’s global Antitrust & Competition Practice advised on three award-winning matters announced during the 2023 GCR Awards in Washington, D.C., which annually honors the world’s leading antitrust lawyers, economists and the biggest cases based on votes collected from the global competition community. Latham teams were recognized for counseling Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for the top prize of the night, Matter of the Year: Amazon/MGM; for advising Microsoft in Matter of the Year – Europe: Microsoft/Nuance Communications; and for representing one of the individuals in the high-profile Broiler Chickens multi-defendant litigation, which earned defense counsel Behavioural Matter of the Year: Americas.
Additionally, renowned practitioner and member of Latham’s Executive Committee Mike Egge was honored as the 2023 Dealmaker of the Year for, among other achievements, leading the charge for GRAIL in the historic Illumina/GRAIL merger, which has broken new ground in the US and around the world.
All told, Global Competition Review honored Latham-advised matters and individuals with more than a dozen GCR Award Finalist nods, including an incredible seven Merger Control Matter of the Year nods, two overall Matter of the Year honors, and three individual recognitions.
Finalist, Team Awards
Merger control of the year – Americas
Merger control of the year – Europe
- Microsoft/Nuance Communications – Winner
- Orange Belgium/Voo
- Merger control of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa
- Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)/Xilinx
Behavioural matter of the year – Americas
Matter of the Year
- Amazon/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – Winner
- US Department of Justice Broiler Chickens litigation
Finalist, Individual Awards
Dealmaker of the year
- Partner Mike Egge – Winner
Litigator of the year
- Partner Chris Yates
Lawyer of the year – Under 40
- Partner Anna Rathbun
Advising MGM for GCR’s Matter of the Year: Amazon/MGM were Latham partners Amanda Reeves, Kelly Fayne, Lars Kjølbye, and David Little; counsel Rita Motta; and associates Anthemis Economou, Mark Wagh, Jerome de Ponsay, Charlotte Yeung, Ehson Kashfipour, Saffa Khan, Constance Dobelmann, and Natalia Solarova. Counsel was also provided by Latham corporate partners Kendall Johnson, Rick Offsay, Jason Silvera, Julie Crisp, Ghaith Mahmood, and Robert Blamires, and associates Omeed Anvar and Jennifer Howes. A team from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison also provided antitrust counsel to MGM in the tie-up.
For GCR Award winner, Merger control of the Year – Europe: Microsoft/Nuance Communications, Microsoft was represented by partners Lars Kjølbye, David Little, and John Wileur, with associates Giuditta Caldini, Mark Wagh, Maria Loudjeva, Nathan Wilkins, Nadeem Brora, Nootan Vegad, and Ben Isaacs
Counsel to one of the individuals in the multi-defendant Broiler Chickens litigation, which earned the GCR Award for Behavioural matter of the year – Americas, were partner Elizabeth Prewitt and associates Caroline Rivera and Karen Kim.