Recognized as a leading international antitrust and competition law and policy advisor, Rachel Brandenburger has practiced international antitrust and competition law for 30 years in Europe and the USA, advising board level executives of major global corporations and the senior leadership of antitrust agencies around the world, including the US Department of Justice. As well as her experience on both sides of the table and both sides of the Atlantic, she also lectures and writes in the field, and holds, or has held, non-executive board positions in a variety of organizations in the USA and the UK.
Rachel is a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Institute of European and Comparative Law, and a Visiting Law Fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University, where she created and teaches seminars on “The Global Dimensions of Competition Law”. She speaks and writes frequently on international antitrust and competition law and policy issues. Her recent publications include a review of the interplay of competition law and public interest assessments in the UK and EU. She is also a co-editor of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.
Rachel has been a Senior Advisor to Hogan Lovells US LLP since 2014 advising clients on the key strategic antitrust, foreign investment and, increasingly, Brexit-related aspects of their major projects. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and licensed as a foreign legal consultant in New York.
From 2010 to 2013, Rachel was Special Advisor, International to the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, based in Washington, D.C. (the only non-US citizen to hold such position). She advised on over 50 Antitrust Division investigations that involved extensive cooperation efforts between the Antitrust Division and its international counterparts, including cases where the Antitrust Division and other antitrust agencies around the world were investigating the same merger, conduct or cartel, revised best practices for merger cooperation with the European Commission, the establishment of memoranda of understanding with the Chinese and Indian antitrust agencies, and the competition provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership proposals.
Before that, Rachel was a partner for 21 years in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Based in the firm’s Brussels and London offices, she led many high-profile and complex cases involving investigations into mergers, anti-competitive practices, monopolization or dominant positions, and cartels before the UK competition and regulatory agencies, the European Commission and other agencies around the world. She was the co-head of the firm’s global telecom, media and technology regulatory group and a member of the firm’s Partner Recommendation Committee.
Rachel is also a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network; a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law’s International and Transparency and Procedural Fairness Task Forces and of the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.
She is also a trustee of the University of Oxford Law Foundation, a member of the Cyrus R. Vance Center’s Committee for International Justice, and a non-executive director of the Friends of the British Council.