21:36, May 22 516 0 law.com

2017-05-22 21:36:04
With Wilson Sonsini Hire, Sullivan & Cromwell Heads to Brussels

Sullivan & Cromwell has opened an office in the de facto capital of the European Union after adding Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner Michael Rosenthal.

The New York-based firm announced Monday its recruitment of Rosenthal, an EU and German competition expert who spent nearly the past six years at Wilson Sonsini, which he joined in late 2011 after serving as managing partner of Hunton & Williams’ Brussels office. Rosenthal, 47, also served as chair of Hunton & Williams’ European competition practice. At Wilson Sonsini, he founded and headed the firm’s first European office in Brussels.

Rosenthal’s clients include German auto giant Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (better known as BMW), energy colossus Chevron Corp., private equity-owned computer company Dell Technologies and streaming music service Spotify AB. Last year Rosenthal was part of a Wilson Sonsini team advising London-based private equity firm Cinven Group Ltd. on its $1.8 billion sale of web services provider Host Europe Group to GoDaddy.com LLC.

“Michael is a demonstrated leader in the European competition field,” said a statement by Sullivan & Cromwell chairman announcing his hire. “[H]is experience and expertise will continue to expand our antitrust and merger clearance practice servicing clients in Europe and throughout the world.”

Sullivan & Cromwell’s addition of Rosenthal is not the first time the firm has recruited from Wilson Sonsini. Earlier this year, Sullivan & Cromwell welcomed antitrust partner Renata Hesse to its ranks in Washington, D.C., where the former Wilson Sonsini partner most recently served as acting assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division. In 2010, Sullivan & Cromwell hired Wilson Sonsini partner Nader Mousavi as co-head of its intellectual property and technology practice in Palo Alto, California.

The news of Sullivan & Cromwell’s new Brussels base comes only a few days after Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan bolstered its operations in the city by recruiting two more antitrust partners from Shearman & Sterling. In April, Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May confirmed that it would relocate six partners from London to Brussels this year to cope with the fallout from last year’s so-called Brexit vote in the U.K.

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Brussels launch will give the firm its fourth office in Europe, alongside current outposts in Frankfurt, London and Paris. The high-powered Am Law 100 firm, which had $1.36 billion in gross revenue last year, now has 13 offices around the world.