News — 16/12/2021
Geradin Partners recommended in leading competition law and data protection directories – GCR 100 and GDR 100
16 December 2021
Geradin Partners is very pleased to be recommended again in the GCR 100 list of top European competition law firms in Global Competition Review for 2022, which is the authoritative source for competition lawyers. The firm is recognized for its work acting for both complainants and companies under investigation, and for both antitrust investigations and merger control. The firm’s ground-breaking work in the telecoms, media and tech sectors is recognised alongside its work in other sectors.
The GCR 100 entry for Geradin Partners states: “Damien Geradin and his team routinely act for complainants in antitrust cases against Big Tech companies. Indeed, the firm represents the Coalition for App Fairness in the European Commission’s investigations into Apple and Google, as well as News Corp as the lead complainant in an investigation by France’s Competition Authority into Google’s online advertising practices, which led to a fine of €220 million in June 2021. The firm also advised The Daily Mail newspaper in responding to consultations on the EU’s Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act. Away from complainant and advocacy work, the team acted for O2 Czech Republic in the European Commission’s investigation into its network sharing agreements with T-Mobile and a local infrastructure provider. The companies offered commitments to address the agency’s concerns, which it then opened for public comment in October 2021. The firm also advised PKN Orlen in its acquisition of Polish oil and gas company Grupa Lotos, which the European Commission cleared subject to structural and behavioural remedies after a Phase II review in July 2020.”
Geradin Partners is equally pleased to be recommended in the GDR 100 by Global Data Review 2022. GDR describes the firm as follows: “Founded in 2020, the nascent Geradin Partners has managed to grow during covid-19 pandemic, celebrating the launch of its London office in July. The otherwise Brussels-based boutique specialises in competition law issues arising from online platforms and digital markets. Geradin provides cutting-edge advice on the legal and public policy issues raised by digital platforms, and assists top news publishers whose use of targeted advertising as a vital revenue source provokes important data treatment and access questions. The team also advises on data and competition issues in a transactional context.” It also includes some client feedback: “Geradin has been hailed by the adversaries of big tech as one of the few proficient firm that isn’t conflicted by having a history of working with companies such as Google or Facebook. “Geradin and Partners are one of the very few firms that refuse to take any work from the platforms, and are therefore free to represent those companies whose businesses are damaged by platform market dominance,” a client says. “The fact that they operate across multiple jurisdictions means they have unrivalled knowledge of data and competition law.””