December 20, 2022
Weil’s antitrust and competition capabilities have been highly ranked in Global Competition Review’s “GCR 100 2023.” Weil’s Washington, D.C. practice is ranked as “Outstanding,” New York is ranked as “Highly Recommended,” while the U.K. and France practices are both recognized as “Recommended.”
In Washington, D.C., GCR recognized the Firm for having a “strong merger control practice,” and highlighted the group’s recent work advising Meta in multiple high-value acquisitions, serving as lead global antitrust counsel to Microsoft in its pending blockbuster $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., and representing Norfolk Southern in the Surface Transportation Board’s review of Canadian Pacific Railway’s proposed $31 billion acquisition of Kansas City Southern – the first such STB proceeding in almost two decades.
In New York, the team includes “well-regarded litigators” who are noted as counsel to Grubhub surrounding allegations that it, among others, used their dominant market positions to force restaurants to charge customers elevated prices, BASF in more than 20 class actions, as well as Visa Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue, and Simon & Schuster, among others, in various antitrust litigation.
In the U.K. and Europe, the Firm’s expansion in London and Brussels was noted. The U.K. antitrust team was recognized for its work representing Microsoft in its high-profile acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Cinven in the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into alleged unfair pricing and anti-competitive agreements in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as counsel to Meta in its acquisition of Kustomer. Meanwhile, France’s Antitrust practice was recognized for the first time in the GCR 100 and highlighted for its “notable” and “novel” representation of Evolution and Interflora.