Rachel Brandenburger

Rachel Brandenburger

Senior Advisor and Foreign Legal Consultant
New York

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 212 918 3777

Fax +1 212 918 3100

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Recognized globally as a leading international antitrust and competition law and policy advisor, Rachel Brandenburger has been a senior advisor to Hogan Lovells US LLP since 2014. She provides strategic advice to the boards and senior executives of major U.S., European, and global companies on international antitrust and competition law, foreign investment, and trade issues.

With over 30 years as a practicing lawyer based first in Europe and now the U.S., with leadership level contacts in many antitrust agencies around the world, Rachel has advised on countless "bet the company" matters of strategic importance investigated by antitrust agencies in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere, including emerging jurisdictions such as Brazil, China, and India.

From 2010-2013, Rachel was Special Advisor, International to the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, based in Washington, D.C. She advised on: investigations involving cooperation efforts between the Division and its international counterparts, including the Apple eBooks, Deutsche Boerse/NYSE, and United Technologies/Goodrich investigations; the revision of merger investigation cooperation best practices between the U.S. antitrust agencies and the European Commission; groundbreaking memoranda of understanding between the U.S. antitrust agencies and the Chinese antimonopoly agencies and the U.S. antitrust agencies and the Competition Commission of India; Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and International Competition Network cooperation and transparency initiatives; and  the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership proposals.

From 1988-2009, Rachel was a partner in a leading international firm. Based in Brussels and London, she advised clients on complex merger, conduct, and cartel investigations before the European Union, UK, and other competition and regulatory agencies around the world, and in the UK and Luxembourg courts.

"With a background in private practice and government in Europe and the United States that makes her unique in the field, she 'knows everything there is to know about competition law.'"

She is "very impressive" and "highly strategic in her approach." She "gives fantastic policy advice" and "has great knowledge of the agencies around the world."

Who's Who Legal 2016-2020

Awards and recognitions

Recent awards and rankings include:


Antitrust (New York), Rank 2
Chambers USA


Who's Who Legal


Antitrust: Merger Control
Legal 500 US


Women in Antitrust
Global Competition Review


U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Award of Distinction

Education and admissions


M.A., St Hilda's College, Oxford, with first class honors, 1976


Current memberships include:

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Oxford's Institute of European and Comparative Law where she teaches seminars on "The global dimension of competition law"

Member, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law's Future of Competition Law Standards Task Force

Member, European American Chamber of Commerce, New York, Brexit Working Group

Member, New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Section's Executive Committee

Non-Governmental Advisor, International Competition Network

Non-Executive Director, American Friends of the British Council

Trustee, University of Oxford Law Foundation

Bar admissions and qualifications

Licensed as a Foreign Legal Consultant, New York

Solicitor, England and Wales

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