WilmerHale provides the highest-quality legal services in international arbitration, investigations and criminal litigation, antitrust, regulatory, corporate and intellectual property to corporations, financial institutions, government entities and individuals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With offices in Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt and London—considered among the world’s critical financial centers—we offer clients a global perspective, the collaborative strength of seasoned multidisciplinary teams, and lawyers with first-hand experience in business and government. The firm takes pride not only in the quality of its work across jurisdictions, but also in its ability to effectively and efficiently coordinate multi-jurisdictional representation when appropriate. This combination of excellence and experience has earned WilmerHale top-tier recognition from Global Investigations Review, Global Competition Review, Global Arbitration Review, and Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa.
We excel at resolving high-stakes disputes, focusing primarily on litigating and arbitrating matters that raise complex strategic, legal or factual issues, and we have broad experience in matters involving foreign states and state-owned entities. In recent years, we have acted in arbitrations or similar matters involving Algeria, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Congo, Croatia, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Lesotho, Pakistan, Romania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sudan, Tanzania and Yemen.
WilmerHale has one of the world’s leading investigations practices, ranked no. 2 among the GIR 100 in 2019, with lawyers who have worked in more than 100 countries worldwide. Our legal teams have advised on most, if not all, major financial scandals of recent years, and we have a fully integrated domestic and cross-border compliance team. We advise on all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, working across jurisdictions on matters such as fraud, insider dealing, market abuse, bribery and corruption, cartel defense, and corporate investigations.
Our Europe-based IP litigation practice is part of WilmerHale’s preeminent global intellectual property practice. Our work ranges from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, technology and FRAND patent litigation and advice to trademark disputes, advice on confidential information and breach of confidence, and software license disputes.
Our team serves clients in all aspects of antitrust and competition law, including cartel investigations and other infringement defense work, abuse of dominance cases, merger control and state aid. Our German offices feature leading practices in EU regulation, trade and legislative advocacy, and our firm is known for its appellate work before the European Courts and high-quality competition and EU regulatory work—and success rate—before the European Commission. We also advise on unilateral conduct issues, EU antitrust rules, standards and deal structuring, and cross-border transactions.
We are also experienced in representing corporate clients in complex and often multinational transactions, and in their financing. We support these clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity, and company and capital market law.