Squire Sanders has announced the appointment of partner Martin Rees, who has joined the firm’s Regulatory Practice Group from DLA Piper.
Mr. Rees is a seasoned competition lawyer, with experience working in private practice as well as in-house in the coal and brewing industries, before joining DLA Piper in 1999. His practice encompasses cartel and abuse of dominance cases before the UK Office of Fair Trading and European Commission, both on behalf of firms under investigation and on behalf of complainants, merger control advice before the UK and EU merger control authorities, and plaintiff and defendant litigation before the High Court in London. In addition, his practice includes appeals and references to the European Court General Court/Court of Justice, as well as major international arbitration proceedings involving competition law issues.
“The expansion of our global competition law practice has been one of the firm’s key strategic goals as cross-border merger and international cartel activity and related global antitrust civil litigation continue to grow,” commented Joseph Markoski, Squire Sanders’ Regulatory Practice Group leader. “Martin is one of a number of senior appointments we have made over the past year, which included the addition of three partners to our antitrust team in Washington, DC and one in Paris, and bolsters our ability to handle competition matters of any type anywhere in the world.”
Mr. Rees is held in high regard for his “wide-ranging expertise in cartel investigations and appeals,” according to Chambers and Partners in its 2013 client guide to the UK legal market, and he has considerable knowledge of the competition issues associated with the finance, energy, mining, drinks, retail, telecoms, sports and services sectors. A recognized lobbyist, having represented the European brewing industry before the European Commission on new legislation concerning vertical restraints, Mr. Rees is currently advising the British Beer and Pub Association and the Brewers of Europe on the internal market aspects of indirect taxation.
Mr. Rees is the fifth competition law partner to join Squire Sanders over the past year, with Mark Botti, J. Brady Dugan and Anthony Swisher joining the firm’s Washington, DC office from Akin Gump, and Edouard Sarrazin joining the firm in Paris from the Magenta law firm.
“Martin will play a pivotal role in enhancing our distinctive global cartel and competition litigation practice and our ability to represent clients in government investigations and related civil litigation that span the Atlantic,” noted Mark Botti, Washington DC partner and co-leader of Squire Sanders’ competition law practice.
Brian Hartnett, co-leader of the firm’s competition law practice and managing partner of the Brussels office, commented: “Martin is one of the leading lawyers in his field and we are delighted to welcome a partner of his pedigree to the firm. By adding his skills to our growing Asian competition practice and existing practices in Europe and the US, we will be reaching our goal of having one of the premier global competition practices.”
“Squire Sanders’ global presence, strong US regulatory practice and ambition to grow its competition law offering are compelling, and the reasons behind my decision to join the firm,” said Mr. Rees. “I am looking forward to playing a part in the continued development of the firm’s services in competition law.”