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Shepherd+ Wedderburn appoints new partner

10 March 2006

Law firm Shepherd+ Wedderburn has appointed John Schmidt as a partner, bringing its total number of partners to 56.

Mr Schmidt joins from Shearman & Sterling LLP to strengthen the competition, regulation and public law team. He is the third new partner to join the firm since start of 2006

Heralded in Chambers (2006) as ' of the best merger control lawyers...', Mr Schmidt was London-based counsel for the US firm. Returning to an Edinburgh base - where he originally studied law - he brings with him substantial experience in European competition law gained in London and Brussels. 

Dual-qualified in Scotland and Germany, Mr Schmidt will use this expertise to benefit Shepherd+ Wedderburn's clients throughout the UK. He advises on the competition law implications of transactions, agreements, exclusivity provisions, pricing and distribution systems across a wide range of sectors such as healthcare, energy, media and financial services.

Patrick Andrews, chief executive at Shepherd+ Wedderburn, said:  "Attracting John to Shepherd+ Wedderburn is a major achievement, and there is no doubt that he will make a significant contribution to the firm, working with the existing team of specialists in his field to offer new and existing clients a first class service."