GCR 100 - 19th edition
The most comprehensive listing of the world’s top competition practices.
For the 19th year, the GCR 100 provides a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the law firms and economic consultancies doing the most important antitrust work around the world.
Compiled by GCR’s editorial staff, this publication covers more than 300 firms from every inhabited continent and spotlights the top 25 global competition practices. It also includes the Economics 20, which describes the world’s leading consultancies for antitrust economics advice.
This year we feature firms in more than 50 jurisdictions, ranging from long-established competition regimes in the US and Germany to counterparts in China and Russia that are little more than a decade old.
Firms’ rankings in each jurisdiction are based on our periodic country surveys, in which GCR’s reporters meet leading practitioners and top officials on the ground to better understand how competition law is being applied in that state. The information gathered through this research, combined with the understanding of varied legal markets that we have gained from more than 20 years of reporting on the day-to-day news of competition matters, feeds into the stand-alone competition bar surveys.
In most of these surveys, firms are ranked into three categories: “elite”, “highly recommended” and “recommended”. The exceptions are for Brussels and Washington, DC, which also have a fourth “outstanding” category between elite and highly recommended, to better accommodate the two largest antitrust bars. Within each category, firms are listed alphabetically. We do not attempt to include every firm with a competition lawyer in the listed jurisdictions; we instead use our research to provide a picture of the leading practices.
While these periodic country surveys determine a firm’s ranking, we also use knowledge garnered from writing about antitrust news to inform the GCR 100 analysis. Each day, GCR reporters in London, Hong Kong and Washington, DC talk to competition lawyers, economists, academics and enforcement officials around the world, in conversations that bring us the real-time developments in antitrust law and policy.
For this publication, we have contacted each of the firms ranked in our latest periodic surveys and asked them to provide an updated overview of their competition team. Our data officially covers the period from 30 June 2017 to 31 May 2018, although we make every effort to note later significant happenings to ensure the publication is as relevant as possible.
We list practice heads, the number of specialists (broken down by partner, counsel, consultants and associates), the number of nominees to our sister publication Who’s Who Legal: Competition, and the major non-confidential clients of each firm featured in the GCR 100. In the rare instances where a firm had been ranked in our most recent on-the-ground bar survey but did not submit information for this year’s GCR 100 research, we cannot include a write-up, but we note the firm’s place in the accompanying table.
We hope that the GCR 100 continues to be used not only as a directory for in-house counsel or law firms looking to refer work or build contacts around the globe, but also as a reference on what demonstrates quality in competition practices.