Our practice is global, and we have a significant presence in the United States, the European Union, Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and China.
We represent clients before competition authorities in multiple jurisdictions including:
United States (U.S.)
We defend clients in some of the largest global cartel investigations, parallel civil cases, and class actions, and we obtain regulatory clearance of multi-billion dollar transactions for Fortune 500 companies. Our lawyers have handled complex antitrust/competition law matters on every continent, except Antarctica. Our global reach is especially valuable to clients given the increasing cooperation between antitrust/competition authorities throughout the world. Sixty antitrust/competition practitioners, supported by a global firm of more than 2,000 lawyers, provide coverage everywhere our clients face competition issues. Our partners have held senior positions and have led enforcement efforts at key antitrust and competition law authorities and judicial bodies, including the U.S. DOJ, the U.S. FTC, and the Court of Justice of the EU. Recognized for our trial skill and ability, we have shaped antitrust law through appellate advocacy and the preparation of policy comments on behalf of the American Bar Association to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and on behalf of the Law Council of Australia to the Australian Government and other regulatory agencies. We have also served in leading roles in several landmark U.S. Supreme Court antitrust decisions.
Regulatory ClearancesWe help clients structure transactions by isolating or minimizing competition concerns. This involves analyzing substantive competition issues, preparing merger control notifications, clearance applications and representing merging parties before the competition authorities. For multi-jurisdictional mergers, we evaluate notification and approval obligations and manage the merger clearance process across multiple jurisdictions.
ChallengesWe advise clients that are opposed to or concerned about mergers of competitors or suppliers. We assist them in presenting concerns to the relevant enforcement agencies, proposing appropriate divestitures or other relief, and acquiring assets to be divested.
Our clients rely on us for help with criminal and cartel investigations spanning multiple countries and continents. When an investigation involves several jurisdictions, the strength of our global presence differentiates us from other law firms. We coordinate the defense across time zones and jurisdictions as part of one unified and experienced team.
When one member of an industry is raided by the U.S. DOJ, the European Commission, or another antitrust/competition authority, every member of that industry should conduct a thorough internal review to assess its own potential exposure. Our team works closely with clients to identify business risks and needs, and assists them in acting promptly in the best interest of the business. If a client faces a criminal investigation, we have a strong and experienced team, including several former government enforcers, to defend our client’s vital interests. In many instances, we have persuaded government enforcers to drop an investigation. When necessary, we have represented our clients aggressively and successfully at trial and on appeal.
Our lawyers have extensive experience representing clients before legislative bodies and regulatory authorities that are considering legislation or regulations that regulate or affect competition. We have helped shape competition regulations promulgated by such agencies as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation, Federal Maritime Commission, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and the UK Environment Agency. We have participated in drafting state legislation and regulations that have an impact on competition in the industries in which our clients participate. We have also advised and represented clients in appellate and judicial proceedings in which challenges to federal and state regulatory actions affecting competition are considered.
For more information, visit our Regulatory practice page.