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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Jones Day Swope Prize

Posted by Shubha Ghosh

The following was received yesterday:

Young London-Based Lawyer Wins Jones Day's $10,000 Swope Antitrust Writing

WASHINGTON, March 25 -- A 2007 Yale Law graduate practicing in the UK has
won the Third Annual William E. Swope Antitrust Prize for a paper analyzing
the recent introduction of U.S.-style antitrust settlements in the European
Union. The $10,000 award celebrates a former Jones Day partner and his
pioneering fact-intensive approach to antitrust analysis.

The Prize was awarded today at ceremonies in Jones Day's Washington office
George Stephanov Georgiev, a 2007 graduate of Yale Law School currently
working as an associate in the London office of Sullivan & Cromwell. His
paper, "Contagious Efficiency: The Growing Reliance on U.S.-Style Antitrust
Settlements in EU Law," finds that "the use of settlements leads to
distortions in enforcement incentives . and is interfering with many of the
original goals of the antitrust modernization program."

Receiving $1,500 honorable mentions prizes were third-year Vanderbilt
University Law School student Yasmine "Becky" Carson for "Judicial
Interference: Redefining the Role of the Judiciary Within the Context of
U.S. and E.U. Merger Clearance Coordination" and Jesse Geraci, a third-year
at Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley, for
"Misusing Open-Source?  How Technology Companies Using the GPL Might Run
Afoul of Antitrust Law." All three winners have been invited to attend the
Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section as guests
of Jones Day.

"At a time when antitrust enforcement clung to rigid rules, tests, and
theories, Bill Swope insisted on focusing on the facts and how they
explained how specific markets worked in the real world," said Phil Proger,
the head of Jones Day's global antitrust practice. "While this is now the
accepted standard, Bill was one of the leaders in pushing for fewer slogans
and more factual analysis."

Only law students and recent graduates are eligible for the annual
competition. The deadline for submissions for next year's prize is December
31. Complete rules are available at

Jones Day's Antitrust & Competition Law Practice consists of more than 135
counselors and litigators worldwide, including more than 45 in Beijing,
Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Shanghai, and
Tokyo. The practice is frequently recognized in professional publications
and rankings as one of the leading antitrust/competition practices in the

Jones Day is an international law firm with 30 locations in centers of
business and finance throughout the world. With more than 2,300 lawyers,
including more than 400 in Europe, and 200 in Asia, it ranks among the
world's largest law firms.

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