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Quinn Emanuel hires RPC Competition Head in London

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced today that Lambros Kilaniotis is joining the firm as a partner. Kilaniotis – previously Head of Competition at RPC – will be based in Quinn Emanuel’s London office and will co-head the UK Competition practice alongside partner Kate Vernon.

Kilaniotis, a solicitor advocate, practices all aspects of UK and EU competition law with a specific focus on contentious competition cases including market investigations, competition litigation and cartel disputes (including dawn raids.) He is also hired by clients for non-contentious strategic competition advice and merger advisory work. He has advised both claimants and defendants in relation to follow-on damages cases, including in relation to collective actions and settlements before the issue of proceedings.

Notable representations include:

(i) Representing the French sea-workers co-operative operating the MyFerrylink service on behalf of Eurotunnel before the CAT and in the Court of Appeal, successfully challenging the Competition and Markets Authority decision in the Eurotunnel/Sea France merger on jurisdictional grounds

(ii) Advising St James Holdings Limited in its competition law claims in the CAT against the Premier League in connection with the sale of Newcastle United Football Club.

(iii) Representing Google in its defense of consumer collective opt-out proceedings in the CAT in connection with the Play Store 

(iv) Kilaniotis also has extensive experience in international card related scheme matters, particularly Interchange.

John B. Quinn, founder of Quinn Emanuel, said ‘Lambros has a stand-out reputation in the competition litigation market, both as a tactician and talented solicitor advocate. He will be a great fit with our expanding London practice.’

Richard East, Senior Partner at Quinn Emanuel’s London office, said ‘Lambros is a great addition to our existing Competition practice which has gone from strength to strength this year.  He has an impressive track record for both winning complex competition disputes and achieving very favourable out of court settlements. As a higher rights advocate he has the legal and technical skills our clients demand and we are sure he will flourish at Quinn Emanuel’

Kate Vernon, Quinn Emanuel’s UK Head of Competition, said ‘Lambros is an outstanding lawyer with the technical and tactical skills required to win the most demanding cases. We are building a compelling competition litigation brand here in London and Lambros will be integral to that process.’ 

Kilaniotis said, ‘I am excited to be joining Quinn Emanuel at a time of significant growth for its competition practice. The firm has as unparalleled reputation for winning the most complex cases around the world and has transformed the London disputes market since its launch almost 15 years ago. Its no-conflict, innovative, international platform is highly appealing to me and I am looking forward to being part of such a compelling litigation brand.’

2022 has been a stellar year for Quinn Emanuel’s competition practice. High profile cases include representing UK consumers in a multi-billion pound collective action against Meta (formerly Facebook) and Allianz Global in a multi-billion pound FX rigging dispute.