Antitrust enforcement, or competition law as it is known elsewhere, is international in scope. Cartels (“the supreme evil of antitrust”) are the top priority of all the major enforcement agencies worldwide. While I occasionally comment on enforcement actions in other countries, I’ve always wondered what the leading practioneers in those countries thought. So, I asked them! And, the idea grew to post occasional comments on Cartel Capers from experienced cartel defense attorneys from around the globe. As you can see below, it is my good fortune to know some pretty accomplished international colleagues. Today, I am posting short bios, and soon (as soon as I can figure out the software) I will have a drop down tab as a home for their bios and their insights.
Disclaimer: We have all worked on and continue to work on major international cartel matters. Ethics and good judgment limit us from commenting on cases we are working on and prevent us from disclosing non-pubic/sensitive information. The information posted is not intended to be legal advice. We are not offering legal opinions, just our personal insights on major cartel developments. But, let me introduce my friends. I am sure you will be anxious to read their take on important cartel practice and procedure developments in the jurisdictions where they practice. Guest posts will begin appearing in the near future.
Brazil: Mauro Grinberg
Mauro Grinberg is a partner at Grinberg Cordovil. He is one of the leading competition lawyers in Brazil with an incredible range of experience. Mr. Grinberg is a former Commissioner of CADE, the Brazilian antitrust agency; Former Attorney of the National Treasury of Brazil; Founder, Former Head and presently member of the Board of IBRAC (the main Brazilian antitrust think tank); Member of IBA (Antitrust Committee) and of ABA (Section of Antitrust Law); and author of many articles and frequent speaker on antitrust issues.
Canada: James Musgrove
James Musgrove is the Co-Chair, Competition and Antitrust Practice of the Canadian law firm, McMillan. Mr. Musgrove is recognized as a leading competition lawyer by various organizations, including Chamber Global, GCR, Lexpert, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal, amongst others. He is active in national and international antitrust organizations, is Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Competition Law Section, and currently serves on Council of the American Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law. In 2014 he won the GCR award for Behavioural Matter of the Year – Americas for his successful defence of MasterCard, and was recently named Advertising and Marketing Lawyer of the Year—Toronto—by Best Lawyers’.
China: Jingwen Zhu
Jingwen Zhu leads DLA Piper’s Asia competition practice. She is experienced in advising Chinese and international clients on multi-jurisdictional merger notifications, antitrust investigations, private antitrust litigations, antitrust counseling and compliance. She also has experience in state owned monopolies, privatisation of infrastructure and subsequent sector regulation, especially in cases concerning essential facilities.
Ms. Zhu is qualified as a lawyer in the People’s Republic of China. Ms. Zhu speaks Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), English and German.
Markus Röhrig is a partner at the European law firm Hengeler Mueller. Hengeler Mueller is a partnership of lawyers with offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels and London. Mr. Röhrig joined Hengeler Mueller in 2004 and has been a partner since 2009. He is based in the Brussels office.
Mr. Röhrig has received his legal education at the University of Cologne and Georgetown University. He is admitted to the German and the New York bars. Mr. Röhrig specialises in German and European competition law. Mr. Röhrig frequently advises clients with respect to European and German cartel investigations, behavioral issues (abuse of dominance) and merger control cases. Recently, he has been involved in major international cartel cases that are being pursued by the European Commission, the US Department of Justice and the Japanese JFTC in the automotive and other sectors.
India: Avinash B. Amarnath
Avinash Amarnath is an associate at ‘Vinod Dhall and TT&A’ in New Delhi, India. Prior to his current position, Mr. Amarnath was an associate at the competition team in Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co. He has advised clients across various sectors such as automobiles, financial services, pharmaceuticals, steel, private equity, petrochemicals and electronic lab equipment on Indian competition law. Mr. Amarnath has written numerous articles on the Competition Commission of India and competition law in India. Mr. Amarnath is a graduate of Kings College London with an LLM in Competition Law.