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Global: Cleary Gottlieb promotes 3 new competition partners

 |  October 30, 2018

Cleary Gottlieb has elected three new competition partners effective January 1, 2019.

“I am delighted to welcome our new global partners and counsel to senior positions in our firm,” said Cleary Gottlieb Managing Partner Michael Gerstenzang. “This accomplished group of lawyers embodies our commitment to delivering the highest level of client service around the globe. They reflect the strength of our practice, the diversity of our talent, and the richness of our culture.”

Katharina Apel, counsel, focuses on German and European competition law. She is resident in the Cologne office.Katharina’s experience includes advising The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox on competition matters related to Disney’s US$52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets; Yageo Corporation on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Pulse Electronics Corporation from affiliates of Oaktree Capital and other shareholders; and Lavazza in merger control proceedings concerning its acquisition of Mars Drinks. She has also advised The Dow Chemical Company in its merger of equals with DuPont; and Baxter International in EU merger control proceedings with respect to the acquisition of Gambro. She is currently representing Deutsche Telekom in a case before the General Court of the European Union. Katharina joined the firm in 2009. From 2013 to 2014, she was resident in the Brussels office.

Frédéric de Bure, partner, focuses on EU and French competition law, including merger control, cartel investigations, market dominance cases, and related litigation matters. He is resident in the Paris office. Frédéric has advised clients in complex merger control cases before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority, and represented clients in a number of international cartel/dominance investigations. He has advised Airbus in a wide range of matters, including the acquisition of the commercial aircraft division of Bombardier and the purchase of Arianespace—Europe’s space launch services provider—by Airbus Safran Launchers (now Arianegroup); Hachette Livre in the context of the European Commission’s investigation into “most favored nation” clauses and Amazon’s e-book distribution deals with various publishers; and Google in the context of several abuse of dominance cases before the French Competition Authority.

Séverine Schrameck, partner, focuses on EU and French competition law and has experience in French public law. She is resident in the Paris office. Séverine has advised clients in several complex merger control and behavioral cases before the European Commission and the French Competition Authority. She represented Essilor in its €46 billion (US$52.2 billion) combination with Luxottica, where Cleary acted as global and European antitrust counsel.

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