Philipp Girardet advises on a broad range of EU and UK competition law issues, including complex merger and cartel matters. He also has an active competition compliance and competition litigation practice, across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including e-commerce, financial services, consumer goods, pharma, telecoms and transport. He also advises on UK criminal cartel offence matters. He was the Deputy Director of the Cartel Investigations division at the UK Competition Authority (then the Office of Fair Trading) and the Co-Chair of the Leniency Working Group of the European Competition Network (ECN) from 2005 to 2007.Philipp is recognised in ‘The Lawyer Hot 100’ list (2021) which notes that “Girardet is a market leader among a growing group of competition lawyers, highly regarded for his particular expertise in mergers and cartels”. He is also recognised as a leading practitioner in the area of Competition/European law by both Chambers UK (2022) and Chambers Europe (2022) with Chambers noting that “Philipp Girardet receives considerable praise for his work both on EC or CMA behavioural investigations and on large-scale mergers” and highlights that clients find him "incredibly reliable, quick and decisive" and that he presents “his advice in an easily digestible format.” Others comment that he “does not sit on the fence and is willing to give punchy advice.” Philipp is also recognised by The Legal 500 UK (2022) for “EU and Competition”, with clients commenting that he is “pragmatic but thorough, and cuts through the noise efficiently”, that he is a “go-to adviser for difficult compliance scenarios” and is “accessible, measured, calm under pressure and highly technically proficient.” He is also recognised in Best Lawyers (2022) for competition law. Willkie’s London Competition team was named a finalist in The Lawyer Awards (2020) for ‘Competition & Regulatory Team of the Year’ and also as a finalist in the Legal Business Awards (2020) for ‘Competition Team of the Year’.