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Willkie grows again, adding big London team from Quinn Emanuel

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(Reuters) – A 12 months after breaking into Chicago and a few month after establishing store in Los Angeles, Willkie Farr & Gallagher has been busily adding extra muscle in London, launching a brand new arbitration follow and adding shut a dozen antitrust attorneys there.

The most recent London hires, introduced Tuesday, are a team of antitrust litigators from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, together with the co-leader of its UK competitors litigation follow, 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 line with his former Quinn Emanuel webpage.

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

The announcement comes lower than week after Willkie stated it had launched an arbitration follow 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 stated in a press release.

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

In a press release launched by his new agency, Bronfentrinker stated Willkie was “a perfect fit for our practice and ambitions for the future,” adding that they’ll be capable to characterize shoppers who’re both pursuing or defending towards antitrust claims.

Quinn Emanuel in a press release stated 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 stated.

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

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

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