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published SEPTEMBER 10, 2010, 10:45
John Davies and Martin Klusmann appointed to lead Freshfields global competition practice

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed John Davies and Martin Klusmann to co-head the firm’s global antitrust, competition and trade practice.
The two partners will take over on September 15 from David Aitman and Helmut Bergmann who have led the group since 2006 maintaining its standing as one of the top global competition practices with multiple number one rankings in the likes of Chambers Global, Global Competition Review's 'GCR 20' and PLC Cross-border Quarterly's 'Competition Super League'.
Freshfields senior partner Konstantin Mettenheimer says, ‘John and Martin are outstanding competition lawyers and recognised experts in their fields. Their client-driven approach, coupled with their determination to foster talent from within the firm, will ensure that we remain a market leader in this key area for our clients.’
‘We are hugely grateful to David and Helmut who have done a remarkable job leading the competition practice, sustaining its strength through a period of economic turbulence and driving forward its position in Asia and the US during a time of rapid change in competition enforcement,’ says Mettenheimer.
John Davies comments, ‘The strength of our competition practice lies in our depth and broad geographical presence, and in the last few years we have elected 10 partners in Europe, the US and Asia, giving a huge boost to our partner bench. We are looking forward to working with the team to maintain its leading market position and to meet our clients' increasing needs for experienced competition advice at a time when enforcement continues to intensify around the world.’
Martin Klusmann: ‘The rapid globalisation of business and a tougher regulatory climate have seen antitrust and competition services remain in high demand. Thankfully, David and Helmut are handing us a competition practice which is well equipped to handle the pressures of increasing government scrutiny and emerging market risk faced by our clients. We are looking forward to continuing their good work.’

John Davies
John Davies served previously as managing partner of the firm's Brussels office for over 10 years, having founded the Freshfields office in 1989.
He divides his time between the Brussels and London offices and has, until recently, headed the firm’s global Consumer and Healthcare group. He focuses on competition and regulatory matters at both European and national levels, including the co-ordination of cases before several different competition authorities in major international transactions and investigations.
He is recognised as a leading competition law practitioner in the principal legal directories and has been named as one of the top 20 antitrust lawyers worldwide. He has been a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network and is a visiting senior fellow at King’s College, University of London.
Before joining the firm in 1983, John worked as a case officer in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition.

Dr Martin Klusmann
Martin Klusmann has been a partner with the firm since 1997, managing the firm’s Düsseldorf office for the past four years and the local competition practice group leader for the last ten years.
Martin has primarily been involved in international and national cartel and abusive behaviour cases as well as major merger work, with a specialist track record for contentious work - competition litigation before the European and national courts, both on the enforcement and on the follow-on claims side. His particular industry expertise is in the chemicals, pharmaceutical and heavy Industries sectors as well as in Telecoms.
Martin, who is recognised by the leading journals and directories as one of the top ranked competition lawyers in Germany, completed his legal education at the universities of Hamburg and Bochum (Germany) and holds a doctor of laws degree (Dr iur) from the University of Bochum. In 1995, he was a visiting attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and is a co-author in Wiedemann, Handbuch des Kartellrechts.
Martin is a member of both the Düsseldorf and Brussels bar and joined the firm in 1992.






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