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Prominent European Competition Attorney Joins Cadwalader; Will Manage Firm’s New Office in Brussels

Alec J. Burnside, a prominent European competition attorney, will join as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Burnside will open and manage Cadwalader’s new office in Brussels.

W. Christopher White, Chairman of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft was quoted as saying in a press release at PR newswire: “Alec is recognised as one of the leading competition lawyers in Europe.  His attraction to Cadwalader and our investment in him and the opening of an office in Brussels reflect a mutual commitment to fielding the finest global antitrust team practicing today.  We welcome him to our Partnership.”

Burnside focuses his practice in EU competition law. Over the past twenty years, he has practiced across a broad range of competition law disciplines. He has regularly worked on high-profile cases with implications for global industries, governments and blue chip corporations.

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He is a highly sought after expert in merger clearances, cartel defence, state aid and abuse of dominance with deep sector expertise that spans a wide variety of industries, including financial services, IT, consumer products, energy, and natural resources.

Rick Rule, head of the Antitrust group at Cadwalader was quoted as saying: “To be able to bring on board a solicitor of the calibre of Alec Burnside is a game changer for our global antitrust group. Our ability to service our international corporate clients has just been strengthened considerably and we look forward to growing this global practice.”

Mr. Burnside’s recent and leading transactions include advising Microsoft on its acquisition of Yahoo!’s search function, and SmithKline Beecham on its merger with Glaxo.

Established in 1792, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms.

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