Private Antitrust Litigation Global Guide

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The Private Antitrust Litigation Global Guide provides a high level overview of the legal basis for bringing private antitrust litigation actions; parties to an action; limitation periods and forum; standard of proof and liability; costs and timing; pre-trial applications and hearings; alternative dispute resolution; settlement or discontinuance of an action; proceedings at trial; available defences; available remedies; appeals and proposed legislative reform. The Private Antitrust Litigation Global Guide serves as a single, essential, starting point of practical reference for both clients and practitioners in considering the various merits of commencing, defending or settling antitrust claims.

Bernardine Adkins (LLB (Hons), DHEE (College of Europe)) was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1987, qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1992, and is currently a member of the Barreau de Bruxelles.

Bernardine joined Gowling WLG as a Partner in 1999, and has been Head of the firm's EU, Trade and Competition team since 2004. Consistently recognised as a "leading individual" by legal directories, Bernardine is described in Chambers as a "heavyweight antitrust specialist", and has been named as one of The Lawyer's "Hot 100". She has a wealth of over 25 years' EU, trade and competition law experience, providing clients with strategic advice before the European Commission and competition authorities in the UK. In addition, Bernardine has a strong reputation as an innovative litigator, advising upon a range of high-profile and complex cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. Bernardine also has particular expertise in relation to damages claims (defendant and claimant), and the IP/competition interface, and was named as a leading expert in Euromoney's Women in Business Law 2016 guide.

Samuel Beighton (BA (Hons) (First Class), PgDip (BPP University Law School), PgDip (King’s College, London)) is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, and is admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland.

Samuel joined Gowling WLG in 2006, training and qualifying with the firm. His practice addresses all aspects of EU and UK competition law, including defending complaints and investigations by competition authorities into suspected competition law infringements; securing merger control clearances; and resolving disputes in respect of actual or alleged competition law infringements. In this latter context, Samuel has advised clients on significant disputes brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the High Court. In addition, he has a specific interest in the interface between competition law and IP rights, particularly as regards issues arising in relation to patents declared essential to standards. Samuel speaks and writes regularly on EU and UK competition law, and has contributed to a number of publications in recent years covering subjects including cartel investigations, merger control, and private antitrust litigation.

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Belgium Van Bael & Bellis
Brazil Magalhães e Dias Advocacia
China Fangda Partners
France Aramis
Germany Oppenländer
Hungary Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (CHSH)
Iceland LOGOS Legal Services
Ireland A&L Goodbody
Italy NCTM
Lithuania Glimstedt Bernotas & Partners
Malaysia Zaid Ibrahim & Co
Malta Fenech & Fenech
The Netherlands BarentsKrans NV
Portugal Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
Russian Federation Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
South Korea Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
Spain GÓMEZ-ACEBO & POMBO Abogados
Turkey Hergüner Bilgen Özeke
UK (England and Wales) Gowling WLG
UK (Scotland) Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
United States Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Article Contributing firm
Advantages of a multi-disciplinary approach to competition damages Berkeley Research Group
Preface Gowling WLG

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