Anne Federle, a partner in Bird & Bird's EU & Competition law group, has been featured in the Global Competition Review's (GCR) 2013 "Women in Antitrust" survey. This special report, which is published every four years, profiles 100 successful women in the field of competition law from jurisdictions across the world.
Anne commented: "I am delighted to be included in such an impressive group of women and hope that GCR's survey will encourage many young female lawyers to pursue ambitious careers."
When asked if antitrust is still considered a "boy's club", Anne told GCR: "I never had the impression that being a woman was a disadvantage, quite the opposite. For instance, as a woman I find it easier to establish a cooperative working relationship and trust with female clients or female competition officials. There is a sense of solidarity between women who have to juggle work and family, which can create strong bonds. That makes women-only networks very powerful – and great fun! At Bird & Bird we have been organising Ladies@Bird events for our female clients for many years and each time we've had enthusiastic feedback".
Anne joined Bird & Bird's EU & Competition Group in early 2010 after 12 years as partner in a major international law firm in Brussels. Anne has extensive experience in German, EU and international merger control and has been involved in a large number of complex Phase 2 cases before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. She regularly advises clients in cartel proceedings and internal cartel investigations. Her practice also covers abuse proceedings as well as advising on the competition law aspects of cooperation, distribution and license agreements.
The current edition of GCR's "Women in Antitrust" is available for subscribers.