Stephen Mavroghenis and Miguel Rato will join the firm as partners based in its Brussels office, working together with both Trevor Soames, who joined in December 2016, and Dr. Nadine Herrmann. Stephen and Miguel are recognized by all the prominent legal directories and publications as leading Brussels competition lawyers. Stephen was formerly the practice group leader of Shearman & Sterling’s worldwide antitrust practice and managing partner of the Brussels office.
Stephen’s practice is global, covering the full range of competition and antitrust matters, including complex mergers and joint ventures, monopolization (industry dominance), government investigations and EU litigation, vertical arrangements, state aid and cartel investigations in Europe the USA and Asia, as well as contentious matters in the EU. He is expert in many business areas, including aviation, banking and financial institutions, chemicals, energy, high-tech and information technology, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, manufacturing, and media and entertainment industries.
Miguel advises clients on a wide array of contentious and non-contentious EU competition law issues, with a particular focus on complex unilateral conduct matters, transactions, and IP licensing in high-tech industries. He has been involved in some of the leading competition cases in the high-tech filed and at the intersection of IP and competition law.
Stephen and Miguel will bring with them a team of talented lawyers from Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office.
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.