Veteran Linklaters antitrust partner and outgoing global practice head Christian Ahlborn is set to join Covington & Burling, the third in a series of high-profile exits from the firm’s European and U.K. antitrust practice in recent weeks.
Ahlborn is the former London-based global head of Linklaters’ antitrust and foreign investment group and he co-heads the U.K. firm’s technology sector team. He joined the U.K. firm as a partner in 1993. According to Linklaters’ website, he spent three years in the Linklaters’ Brussels office during his time at the firm. His replacement to the global antitrust head role, Nicole Karr, was announced in March.
Ahlborn advises on all areas of global competition law and has a broad range of experience in relation to complex M&A, merger control, market dominance and state aid issues, according to a Covington press statement on Friday.
“The global antitrust landscape has never been more challenging,” Thomas Barnett and Anne Lee, co-chairs of Covington’s global antitrust practice, said in a statement. “Christian’s arrival will significantly strengthen our ability to guide clients through their most complex antitrust issues that require deep expertise on both sides of the Atlantic.
According to person close to the U.S. firm, Ahlborn will relocate from the U.K. to the Belgian capital over the summer.
Linklaters Brussels’ competition practice has experienced several high-profile exits in the last few months. In mid-March, competition lawyer Isabel Rooms left the U.K. firm for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton just two years after making partner in 2020, while Jonas Koponen, Linklaters’ former global head of competition and a partner of 15 years, made his exit to join Cooley’s Brussels office only two weeks later.
A spokesperson for Linklaters said: “We can confirm that Christian Ahlborn will be leaving Linklaters at the end of the summer. We thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.