GCR Awards 2017: Nominations Now Open

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Global Competition Review is now accepting nominations for their annual antitrust and competition law awards, which for the past seven years have honoured the world’s top lawyers, academics, economists and enforcers for their work.

GCR awards Nominations are open until 5pm Pacific Time in the US (9:00 am UTC/GMT) on Wednesday 25 January. Practitioners and observers are welcome to nominate any case, law firm, lawyer, academic, economist or enforcement agency they believe deserves an award in the following categories:

Team Awards

  • Merger control matter of the year – Americas: Creative, strategic and innovative competition work for a client on a landmark merger control matter in the Americas.
  • Merger control matter of the year – Europe: Creative, strategic and innovative competition work for a client on a landmark merger control matter in Europe.
  • Merger control matter of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa: Creative, strategic and innovative competition work for a client on a landmark merger matter in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa.
  • Litigation of the year – Cartel defence: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of a defendant in a private action for cartel damages.
  • Litigation of the year – Non-cartel defence: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of a defendant in a non-cartel private action.
  • Litigation of the year – Cartel prosecution: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of plaintiffs in a private action for cartel damages.
  • Litigation of the year – Non-cartel prosecution: Creative, strategic and innovative litigation on behalf of plaintiffs in a non-cartel private action.
  • Behavioural matter of the year – Americas: Creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in a non-merger matter before an enforcer in the Americas.
  • Behavioural matter of the year – Europe: Creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in a non-merger matter before an enforcer in Europe.
  • Behavioural matter of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa: Creative, strategic and innovative work carried out in a non-merger matter before an enforcer in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa.
  • Matter of the year: Merger control, cartel, unilateral conduct, litigation or any other competition matter worldwide. Creative, strategic and innovative work by teams of in-house and external lawyers and economists.

Enforcement Awards

  • Agency of the year – Americas: An agency in the Americas whose work in 2016 was particularly effective, strategic or innovative.
  • Agency of the year – Europe: An agency in Europe whose work in 2016 was particularly creative, strategic and innovative.
  • Agency of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa: An agency in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa whose work in 2016 was particularly creative, strategic and innovative.
  • Enforcement action of the year: The best decision or enforcement action from a competition authority or court in 2016.

Individual Awards

  • Academic Excellence Award: An academic competition specialist who has made an outstanding contribution to competition policy in 2016.
  • Economist of the year: A competition economist whose superior technical skill, practical judgment and excellence in client service in 2016 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.
  • Corporate counsel of the year: An in-house competition lawyer whose superior technical skill and practical judgment on behalf of his or her company in 2016 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.
  • Litigator of the year: A competition litigator whose superior technical skill, practical judgment and excellence in serving clients in court in 2016 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.
  • Dealmaker of the year: A lawyer whose superior knowledge, practical judgement and negotiation skills in merger clearance matters in 2016 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.
  • Lawyer of the year – Under 40: A competition lawyer under the age of 40 whose superior technical skill, practical judgement and excellence in client service in 2016 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.
  • Lawyer of the year: A competition lawyer whose superior skill, practical judgement and excellence in client service in 2016 demonstrate that he or she is among the very best in the field.

Firm Awards

  • Regional firm of the year – Americas: A firm based solely in North, South or Central America that has had an outstandingly successful 2016 in terms of the quality and quantity of its competition work.
  • Regional firm of the year – Europe: A firm based solely in Europe that has had an outstandingly successful 2016 in terms of the quality and quantity of its competition work.
  • Regional firm of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa: A firm based solely in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa that has had an outstandingly successful 2016 in terms of the quality and quantity of its competition work.

For all nominated cases and decisions, a substantial amount of work relating to the matter must have been carried out between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

How to submit a nomination: All nominations should be sent to: [email protected]



To nominate a person, team or organisation for an award, send the following information via email:

  • Award category
  • Name of nominating party
  • Name of nominee or nominated matter; if a matter, please state the approximate beginning and end dates
  • An explanation in no more than 200 words of why that matter, person, team or organisation deserves to win the award. We will not consider nominations that do not include an explanation.
  • For team awards, if known, please name the full teams that worked on the matter.

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The shortlisted candidates of the GCR awards will be announced in February by the GCR editorial team. Voting will be subsequently open between Wednesday 1 February and Friday 24 February. On Tuesday 28 March 2017 the award winners will be announced at the GCR Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.