McDermott Strengthens European Competition Team

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Byline: Sophie Brodie

McDermott, Will & Emery, the international law firm, has hired Ian Rose to strengthen its European competition practice, as increasing EU intervention into mergers and acquisitions activity is making a competition regulation a growing area.Rose previously headed the European Commission and competition law department at Watson, Farley & Williams, the UK law firm that sold its Paris office to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the San Francisco-based law firm, in October 2002.

He has experience of competition issues relating to European, UK and multi-jurisdictional merger controls across the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, energy and transport sectors. Rose has also advised on various cartel and abuse of dominance investigations before the commission, the OFT, Ofgem and Oftel regulators.

Scott Megregian, head of McDermott's European competition department, started expanding the London team after the company decided to create a competition practice in proportion to its 50-strong US team.

Rose's arrival gives the European team to four full-time competition lawyers. It is also recruiting two lawyers for its new office in Dusseldorf.

Falling markets and a decline in M&A deals have forced lawyers to diversify in an effort to make up the shortfall in advisory fees. …