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Global Competition Review sur Dr. Gerald Brei, le nouvel Associé de l’Étude Eversheds

  • Switzerland

    16-02-2016

    Global Competition Review (GCR) a présenté Dr. Gerald Brei, le nouvel Associé de l’Étude Eversheds, le 10 février 2016. Editrice Sonya Lalli note:

    Gerald Brei has joined Eversheds in Zurich, and will be the firm’s first full-time competition law partner in Switzerland.

    Brei, 54, became a partner at Eversheds on 1 February, after 10 years in Homburger’s antitrust group in Zurich.

    “I will be Eversheds’s first fully dedicated specialist in competition and regulatory law in Switzerland,” he said. “Homburger was a great, top-notch firm, but I was attracted to the opportunity at Eversheds to fill the gap in Switzerland – where a true specialist was missing.”

    As Eversheds does not yet have a competition-dedicated team in Switzerland, it will be a “task and a challenge to build up a competition practice on a more regular basis,” Brei said.

    He started his career as an in-house competition lawyer at engineering multinational Siemens in Munich. He then practiced at Gleiss Lutz and LMR Lindemann Mentzel before moving to Homburger in 2005.

    Eversheds managing partner Peter Haas said Brei’s addition will increase the firm’s offering for both national and international clients in Switzerland. “As Switzerland is located in the centre of Europe, clients are often asking for transnational advice which we will be happy to provide in the future,” Haas said. “With this lateral hire, Eversheds Switzerland has made a significant step to become an important player for high-end competition law work.”

    While at Homburger, Brei advised Swiss building materials company Holcim in its tie-up with Lafarge, and acted for German carrier Lufthansa in Air Cargo cartel proceedings in Switzerland – a groundbreaking case that involved the Swiss Competition Commission’s first-ever dawn raids and leniency applications.

    He was counsel to pharmaceuticals company Merck when it acquired Swiss biotechnology company Serono, and acted for Siba in merger control proceedings when the Swiss chemical company was bought for €3.8 billion by BASF.

    Brei also advised Swisscom and Coop in both Swiss and EU merger control proceedings, when the telecoms and retail cooperative entered into a joint venture to create the online marketplace Eos Commerce.

    Franz Hoffet, head of competition at Homburger, said the firm was grateful for Brei’s contribution to the success of its competition practice, particularly in EU competition law.

    “We wish Gerald all the best in his new position and look forward to crossing paths with him in the future,” Hoffet said.

    Brei studied law at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Lausanne. Eversheds has 35 competition partners in its EU competition and regulatory group.

    Lisez la version intégrale de l’article (en anglais): Eversheds hires in Zurich

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