'This is a highly competitive market but with the depth and breadth of experience of our team and our commitment to excellent client service, we are confident that we can win new cutting edge work and continue to expand our work for existing clients.'
Catriona Hatton is the partner in charge of the firm’s Brussels office. Her practice focuses on European Union (EU) competition law.
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Clients, Lawyers, Staff Produce Successful 1st Year in Brussels
Editor's Note: This is one in a series of Q&As with Baker Botts partners on the 1st anniversary of the opening of the firm's Brussels office.
Looking back on your first year as Partner in Charge of the Brussels office what would you point to as the most challenging issue you faced and how did you address it?
CH: Dealing with a large amount of client work within just a couple of weeks of opening the office. We have been lucky to be able to recruit an excellent team of associates and staff within a relatively short period. Also, we integrated quickly with the D.C. antitrust group who have a large and very experienced team that supported us on a number of projects.
How have you managed to balance the administrative side of your assignment with representing your clients since joining Baker Botts last September?
CH: I have had excellent support on the administrative side from our Houston and London offices and from our Brussels staff. So, happily, we got up and running very quickly and I could focus on my clients.
You just recently announced the move of Georg Berrisch, a leading competition and trade law practitioner, to Baker Botts. How did you convince Georg that the firm would provide him the best opportunity to continue growing his practice?
CH: I think Georg was encouraged by what Paul and I had managed to achieve in our first year in attracting work to the Brussels office from our own clients and the firm's client base in the U.S., London, Moscow and the Middle East. Looking at our experience in Brussels and having visited a number of the firm's offices, Georg could see the prospects to grow his practice at Baker Botts. Also, we are lucky to have a dynamic, hard working and fun team and on a personal level, it 'clicked' from the start.
What are your goals for your second year managing the Brussels office and representing clients on antitrust/competition law matters in the region and around the world?
CH: To continue to grow our antitrust and trade law practice. This is a highly competitive market but with the depth and breadth of experience of our team and our commitment to excellent client service, we are confident that we can win new cutting edge work and continue to expand our work for existing clients.
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