Willkie grows once more, including large London crew from Quinn Emanuel

  • Latest hires embody UK competitors apply co-lead, at the least 10 others
  • Willkie additionally simply launched a London arbitration apply and new L.A. workplace

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(Reuters) – A yr after breaking into Chicago and a few month after establishing store in Los Angeles, Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been busily including extra muscle in London, launching a brand new arbitration apply and including shut a dozen antitrust legal professionals there.

The newest London hires, introduced Tuesday, are a crew of antitrust litigators from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, together with the co-leader of its UK competitors litigation apply, Boris Bronfentrinker.

Bronfentrinker’s shoppers have included European automotive and auto components corporations Daimler AG, Fiat Chrysler Automotives NV, Continental AG and Deutsche Bahn AG, in addition to South Korean electronics firm Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and UK oil and gasoline firm BP Plc, in accordance with his former Quinn Emanuel webpage.

Also becoming a member of as companions from Quinn Emanuel are Elaine Whiteford and Nicola Chesaites, together with “at least eight associates,” Willkie mentioned.

The announcement comes lower than week after Willkie mentioned it had launched an arbitration apply in London with the addition of companion and barrister Duncan Speller from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Having Bronfentrinker, Whiteford and Chesaites be a part of Willkie “represents another significant expansion of our London office and demonstrates our commitment to growing our services in response to the needs of our clients,” London managing companion Peter Burrell mentioned in a press release.

The agency touted Bronfentrinker’s expertise navigating the UK and EU court docket methods, in addition to his illustration of shoppers earlier than the European Commission and different nationwide competitors authorities.

In a press release launched by his new agency, Bronfentrinker mentioned Willkie was “a perfect fit for our practice and ambitions for the future,” including that they are going to have the ability to characterize shoppers who’re both pursuing or defending towards antitrust claims.

Quinn Emanuel in a press release mentioned it wished its departing companions properly.

“Antitrust and competition litigation remains a key focus for Quinn Emanuel in the U.S., London, and Brussels and we will continue to build on our existing practice that encompasses both claimant and defense representation,” the agency mentioned.

A consultant for Willkie didn’t reply to requests for added touch upon its newest hires.

Outside London, the New York agency has been scaling up its U.S. presence lately. Since 2018, Willkie has added three workplaces in California – Palo Alto, San Francisco and Los Angeles – in addition to an workplace in Chicago.

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David Thomas

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