Scott+Scott To Open London Office

23 July 2015 London: Scott+Scott, Attorneys At Law, LLP will be opening its first European office and Belinda Hollway, joining from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, will be leading the office.

Scott+Scott, with offices in New York, Connecticut, Ohio and California, has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of its clients in precedent-setting cases involving competition law violations, corporate governance, and corporate malfeasance. The firm has earned a reputation for seeing difficult cases through to the end. Recently, after seven years of litigation, the firm obtained a $590 million settlement against several private equity firms for cartel violations. The firm is currently leading the Foreign Exchange anti-cartel litigation in the United States against twelve banks achieving $808.5 million in settlements to date. The firm is also co-lead counsel in an anti-cartel action alleging a conspiracy to manipulate the ISDAfix benchmark rate. The global nature of the cases led by Scott+Scott and the interest from European investors and clients have encouraged the firm's move.

Belinda Hollway, who has spent nine years in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's cartel defence and commercial disputes practice, has extensive experience representing clients from various industries in European Commission and domestic regulatory investigations, as well as private enforcement actions in the High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She is uniquely positioned to represent claimants, having spent most of her career defending defendants in private enforcement actions. 

Belinda has degrees in both Law (first class honours and University Medal) and History (first class honours) from the Australian National University. She also holds a master's degree in EC Competition Law from King's College, London. She is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and in New South Wales (Australia).

Johanne Peyre, Head of Antitrust Michelin Group, added: "Scott+Scott has an outstanding track record in complex cases and the firm's presence in the European private enforcement market is well-timed as the civil action framework for victims of corporate wrongdoing is fast developing."

Christopher Rother, the head of Deutsche Bahn AG's regulatory and antitrust department, welcomed this development: "Follow-on actions are a vital pillar of competition law enforcement in Europe. In that respect, London is one of the most prominent venues for corporate victims to file claims in global cartel cases. I welcome that law firms react to the increasing importance of private enforcement in Europe and set up highly qualified teams specialised in competition litigation."

Commenting on the establishment of the London office with an individual, who can provide top-notch legal work to its clients in private enforcement actions, David R. Scott, Managing Partner of Scott+Scott said, "Attracting someone of Belinda Hollway's calibre and experience underscores our commitment to recouping global losses for our clients, as well as our ambitions as we grow our European competition law practice.  "

Belinda said, "After seeing the leadership that Scott+Scott exhibited in the FX litigation, it was clear to me that the firm is going to be a leader in the field of private enforcement for corporations and institutional investors. I am very excited about joining the team to recoup losses stemming from violations of Europe's competition laws."

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Notes to editors

Scott+Scott, Attorneys At Law, LLP has an exceptional track record of high-profile cases involving competition law violations, corporate governance, and corporate malfeasance.  David R. Scott, Managing Partner of Scott+Scott, concentrates on high-stakes commercial and complex civil litigation, including antitrust, securities, and shareholder derivative disputes.  For his outstanding work in litigation, Mr. Scott has received a highly recommended ranking by Benchmark Litigation for each of the years 2013-2015.  He was also elected to Who's Who Legal: Competition 2015, a list of the world's top antitrust lawyers, who are selected based on comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and lawyers in private practice around the world.