Dechert has boosted its European competition practice with the hire of four lawyers from Cadwalader. The team is led by office head Alec Burnside, who joined US-headquartered firm Cadwalader from Linklaters in 2011 to launch the Brussels outpost. Also making the switch are special counsel Anne MacGregor and associates Marjolein De Backer and Adam Kidane. Dechert competition co-head Michael Weiner commented: ‘Alec is on everyone’s shortlist of outstanding competition law practitioners in Brussels. It’s a significant addition to the number of people in Brussels, but we will operate as a European team.’ Dechert also counts competition lawyers in Paris and Germany. Cadwalader, on the other hand, has been left with just six lawyers in Brussels.