News: (03.01.2012) SJ Berwin hires Riccardo Croce to enhance the firm’s Competition & Regulatory team in Brussels

January 03, 2012

SJ Berwin's Managing Partner Rob Day said: "This is a fantastic start to the New Year and will present some exciting opportunities for the firm in 2012. Attracting high calibre people is testimony to the quality of our firm and supports our strategic goal of strengthening our core practice groups across our international business. We are really pleased the partners that are joining us have decided that SJ Berwin is the best platform from them and their clients.

“Competition is an area in which SJ Berwin has long been known to excel and the further strengthening of our international team in Brussels is a natural step which supports our clients’ needs for top quality advice on antitrust, merger clearance and European regulation.”

Partner Riccardo Croce joins from Squire Sanders Hammonds and has worked on a very wide range of competition, regulatory, antitrust, trade, litigation and IP related matters, at Italian and international law firms and at the Merger Task Force, DG Competition at the EU Commission.

His practice is focused on advising companies and organisations in emerging regions including China, Latin America and the CIS (particularly Ukraine), and his clients include leading companies and associations in Ukraine, Italy and the US, as well as a royal family in the MENA region.

Riccardo is a member of the Italian, Brussels, American and International Bar Associations, and of the Ukrainian European Business Association.

SJ Berwin’s EU and Competition practice now comprises 11 partners in its offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The firm features regularly in the Global Competition Review's 'GCR 100', a survey of the world's leading competition firms, and has three times won Competition Team of the Year in the Legal Business Awards.

Ramon Garcia-Gallardo, Head of SJ Berwin’s Brussels office, said: “We are very pleased that an EU/Competition lawyer of Riccardo’s experience and quality is joining us. It strengthens our market-leading competition offering in Brussels and across Europe.”

Stephen Kon, European Head of EU and Competition at SJ Berwin, said: “Riccardo is a first rate competition lawyer who will play a major role in the further development and expansion of our market-leading EU and competition practice.”