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The global cartel arena has seen a notable drop-off in the issuing of fines to corporates and individuals; the total value of fines handed out by regulators worldwide in 2017 was $4.2bn, compared with $7.8bn in 2016. This is largely attributable to a dearth of new large, cross-border investigations led by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and existing ones - such as the automotive parts investigation - winding down. The DOJ has been active in other large ongoing cross-border investigations, such as in the financial services and shipping sectors.

Notwithstanding the lack of new blockbuster investigations, the overall level of global enforcement activity remains broadly consistent; in the US, there has been a notable focus by the DOJ on smaller, domestic cartel investigations, including in the packaged seafood industry, among others.

On the merger control front, there was much anticipation in 2017 as to what impact the incoming Trump administration would have; there has been some uncertainty, with Makan Delrahim only being confirmed in September 2017 as the DOJ’s assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust enforcement, and also with key Federal Trade Commission positions still remaining unfilled. Merger enforcement has for the most part continued on broadly the same tramlines as the final year of the Obama administration. It should be noted that Makan Delrahim has stated that the DOJ will rely more on structural remedies - such as divestitures - to address merger concerns, and will move away from consent decrees. The DOJ’s recent lawsuit challenging the proposed AT&T/Time Warner deal caught attention in relation to vertical mergers, but it remains to be seen whether this case is an outlier or whether it heralds more of these types of transactions being challenged in the future.


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Named lawyers are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is at the forefront of advising clients on civil and criminal government investigations and follow-on litigation. Mark Leddy, who became co-chair of the global competition practice in 2017, has worked alongside Jeremy Calsyn, Brian Byrne, Elaine Ewing and Kenneth Reinker to assist automotive parts manufacturers with various international cartel investigations. In the financial services arena, members of the team represented clients such as HSBC and Citigroup in Libor and ISDAfix investigations (among others) and related civil litigation. Omron, Whirlpool and Bosch are other notable clients. Leah Brannon is a key figure. Daniel Culley divides his time between Washington DC and Brussels.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has an outstanding track record in US and international cartel investigations and related litigation. Jarrett Arp recently co-led a global team representing UBS in Libor and foreign exchange investigations. Trey Nicoud and Rachel Brass (who are based in San Francisco) are defending Mitsuba and American Mitsuba in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) arising from the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into price-fixing in the auto parts industry; Nicoud and Brass represented the clients in the investigation itself. The firm’s work has also spanned areas such as container shipping and consumer electronics. Other recommended individuals include Daniel Swanson (who divides his time between Los Angeles and Brussels) and Cynthia Richman. Swanson jointly heads the practice with Sean Royall and Scott Hammond. Denver-based Richard Cunningham made partner in January 2018, while Peter Sullivan has retired. In June 2018, Richard Parker joined the Washington DC office from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s US team, which includes global co-chairs Amanda Reeves and San Francisco-based Christopher Yates, is highly active in national and global cartel matters. A group including Marguerite Sullivan, New York-based Lawrence Buterman, Michael Egge and San Francisco-based Daniel Wall defended Sumitomo against global antitrust investigations and related civil litigation connected with alleged anti-competitive practices in the auto parts industry. Niall Lynch in San Francisco and New York-based Jeff Hammel are the lead advisers to Omnicom in the DOJ’s ongoing bid rigging grand jury investigation, which is part of a wider criminal antitrust investigation into the advertising agency market. In another matter, Lynch and associate Meaghan Thomas-Kennedy represented StarKist in an investigation into alleged price-fixing in the packaged tuna industry. In 2017, Joshua Holian transferred from the San Francisco office to the Brussels office. Christopher Campbell in San Francisco made partner, while Allyson Maltas was promoted to counsel.

White & Case LLP has an impressive reputation defending clients in DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations, as well as those brought by antitrust regulators overseas, and also in related civil litigation. Christopher Curran, Eileen Cole, Claire DeLelle and others are representing Maruyasu Industries in the DOJ’s investigation into alleged price-fixing and market allocation of auto parts. The firm is also assisting individuals and companies with investigations related to generic drugs, capacitors and container shipping, among other areas. Mark Gidley is the global practice head. Other names to note include Martin Toto and John Chung (both are based in New York), Peter Carney and George Paul. In recent developments, Ross Elfand and David Suggs (who both practice in New York) made partner, as did Frank Hogue.

At WilmerHale, global co-chair Thomas Mueller is among the notable practitioners in the team, which excels in negotiating leniency protection and non-prosecution agreements for clients as well as securing the closure of investigations without enforcement action being taken. Mueller and Palo Alto-based Heather Tewksbury are representing Citigroup’s head of European spot foreign exchange trading in an investigation brought by the DOJ and other antitrust agencies into alleged manipulation of the forex market. Mueller and Tewksbury also represent the CEO and chairman of a generic pharmaceutical drugs company in the DOJ’s generic drugs price-fixing investigation. Molly Boast in New York, Steven Cherry and Mark Ford in Boston are among other recommended individuals.

Arnold & Porter’s practice was boosted thanks to three notable individuals re-joining the firm; new global antitrust head Debbie Feinstein moved from the FTC, where she was director of the Bureau of Competition. In addition, Bill Baer (a former assistant attorney general for antitrust and acting associate attorney general) and Sonia Pfaffenroth (a former deputy assistant general for civil and criminal operations) arrived from the DOJ. James L. Cooper, James W. Cooper and Wilson Mudge are representing MinebeaMitsumi in civil litigation arising from the DOJ’s criminal prosecution of alleged price-fixing of ball bearings. Nucor, Visa and Philip Morris USA are other clients. Jonathan Gleklen leads the US antitrust practice.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s John Taladay, who is a co-chair of the practice along with Stephen Weissman, is representing the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and 27 airlines in the European Commission (EC) investigation into allegedly restrictive after-market practices by CFM (a joint venture between GE and Safran) and Honeywell in the aviation industry. Members of the team are also acting for Toyoda Gosei in an MDL involving more than 30 individual actions and over 50 individual defendants, and are representing the client as the leniency applicant in the DOJ’s trial against Tokai Kogyo. Heather Choi is experienced in handling criminal and civil enforcement matters initiated by the SEC, DOJ and FTC, among other federal and state enforcement authorities. Other key figures are Erik Koons, James Rill, Joseph Ostoyich and Stacy Turner.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s international platform makes it a strong choice for cartel investigations spanning the US, EU and places further afield. Its team includes San Franciso-based Megan Dixon, who was formerly a prosecutor at the DOJ (where she focused on international cartel cases). In addition, Kathryn Hellings acted as the assistant chief of the DOJ’s National Criminal Enforcement Section. Recently promoted partner Justin Bernick has experience in government antitrust investigations. Senior associate Daniel Shulak is another name to note in the group; his recent work spans areas such as generic pharmaceutical drugs, financial services and container shipping. Former FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez joined the firm in September 2017 and succeeds Janet McDavid as leader of the US team. Andrew J. Lee recently joined from Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

In 2017, Jones Day hired Marc Siegel to its San Francisco office from the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, where he had worked for 30 years, operating at the forefront of criminal cartel enforcement and policy development. Also based in San Francisco are Craig Waldman and Margaret Ward. The highly regarded group (which spans various other offices in the US) also includes John Majoras and Los Angeles-based Eric Enson, who are leading a cross-border team in advising a client on cartel investigations by multiple competition authorities into an alleged cartel in the auto parts industry. Michael Knight and Geoffrey Oliver are representing a client in an FTC investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices concerning a drug used to treat opioid addiction. Chicago-based Erin Shencopp and recently promoted partner Aimee DeFilippo are also noted. David Wales departed the firm.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s antitrust team is led by Ian Simmons and has an excellent reputation in high-stakes criminal and civil investigations (and related civil litigation). Its recent investigations work includes acting for Bumble Bee Foods in a DOJ investigation into price-fixing in the seafood industry, and acting for several clients in the auto parts sector. Michael Tubach in San Francisco and Ted Hassi are other active practitioners.

At Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a New York-based team consisting of Roberto Finzi, Brad Karp, Elizabeth Sacksteder, Aidan Synnott, Theodore Wells Jr and Moses Silverman is acting as lead US counsel to Deutsche Bank in multi-jurisdictional investigations into the setting of various Interbank Offered Rates. The group is also assisting the same client with around 50 related individual and class actions. Other key clients in relation to cartel matters include Cigna, MasterCard and Sharp. Washington DC-based attorneys include Charles Rule, Joseph Simons, Joseph Bial and Kenneth Gallo.

Winston & Strawn LLP stands out in matters involving heavily regulated industries, such as lithium ion batteries, capacitors and optical disc drives. New York-based Eva Cole, who is a member of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s International Cartel Task Force, undertakes a significant amount of work for clients in the electronics, sports and private equity industries. Heather Kafele (who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in 2017) and others acted for a number of Japanese auto parts manufacturers in the DOJ’s cartel investigation and in related follow-on price-fixing litigation. Seth Farber in New York is another name to note in the team; his clients include Corning, Nishikawa Rubber, Panasonic and NTN.

Allen & Overy LLP’s John Roberti succeeds John Terzaken as team head, following the latter’s move to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2017. Roberti specializes in civil antitrust investigations and litigation, and was the lead adviser to Samsung SDI in investigations by state attorneys general and in opt-out litigation related to the client’s alleged involvement in international price-fixing conspiracies in the cathode ray tube (CRT) industry. In another matter, Roberti, New York-based Michael Feldberg and others acted for the Bosch Companies in civil litigation arising from a DOJ cartel investigation into the automotive parts industry. David Esseks in New York is experienced in criminal and regulatory investigations involving securities and commodities, among other areas.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in DOJ and international civil and criminal behavior investigations, as was evident in 2017 when Bruce McCulloch and counsel Richard Snyder worked with members of the Frankfurt office to represent Kiekert in the DOJ’s price-fixing investigation in the auto parts industry. In the aviation sector, US antitrust practice head Paul Yde, Mary Lehner, Snyder and New York-based counsel Hiram Andrews are representing United Airlines in the DOJ’s investigation into alleged price-fixing and seating capacity co-ordination. Tom Ensign is another key figure, as are senior associates Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum, Jennifer Mellott and Jan Rybnicek.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a strong proposition in cartels matters, with its workload spanning a broad cross-section of US and international antitrust investigations and litigation. James Mutchnik in Chicago and Cormac Connor are representing Geo Specialty Chemicals in civil litigation arising from a DOJ criminal investigation into an alleged price-fixing and customer allocation conspiracy over water treatment chemicals sold to municipalities and other customers in North Carolina and elsewhere. In the automotive parts space, Mutchnik and San Francisco-based Eliot Adelson are advising Tenneco on a global investigation. Yi-Chin Ho and Tammy Tsoumas, who are based in Los Angeles, are also recommended.

Mayer Brown’s team is led by Mark Ryan and has a strong track record acting for corporates and individual executives. In addition to handling matters initiated by federal and state authorities in the US, the firm’s global reach gives it a strong footing in investigations and litigation in Europe and Asia. Ryan, Richard Favretto, William Stallings and Robert Bloch bring the experience of having held high-ranking positions in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Nestlé USA, Google and Cargill are among the firm’s notable clients.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Stefan Meisner and Daniel Powers are acting for a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in an MDL being heard at the Eastern District of Michigan arising from a concluded DOJ-led price-fixing and bid-rigging investigation. Another key figure is Mary Strimel, who previously served as chief of one of two antitrust criminal enforcement sections at the DOJ in Washington DC. Raymond Jacobsen leads the team, which also includes Paul Thompson and Chicago-based Joel Chefitz.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s US team, which forms a key part of the wider global cartel practice, has a 30-year track record assisting clients with investigations and litigation domestically and overseas. The firm acts for companies and individuals across a wide range of industries, with particular experience in technology, transportation, automotive parts and financial services. Roxann Henry, US team head Jeff Jaeckel, Bradley Lui and David Cross have first-rate reputations.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s team has experience defending companies and executives in investigations and litigation involving issues such as price-fixing, bid-rigging and other types of collusive agreements. Michael Cohen is representing The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in an FTC investigation concerning allegations of collusion over automotive enterprise dealership management operating system software. Gary Halling and Michael Scarborough, who are located in San Francisco, acted for various Samsung SDI entities in DOJ Antitrust Division and foreign enforcement investigations, as well as related class action and direct action lawsuits, relating to alleged price-fixing of lithium ion batteries between 2000 and 2011.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP strengthened its cartel investigations practice in 2017 with the hire of John Terzaken from Allen & Overy LLP. Terzaken has recently assisted corporate executives and companies with criminal antitrust investigations into areas such as oncology services, generic drugs and bond trading. Jeffrey Knox represented a European transportation company in a price-fixing investigation. Mark Stein is based in New York.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s team has a wealth of experience in handling government investigations and related litigation for clients. Tara Reinhart, David Leland and New York-based Warren Feldman are representing a global pharmaceuticals company in the DOJ’s investigation into an alleged price-fixing conspiracy concerning generic pharmaceutical drugs. Elsewhere, practice head Steven Sunshine and Tiffany Rider are acting as co-ordinating counsel to Corning Incorporated in CADE’s investigation of the ceramic-substrates industry in Brazil.

Baker McKenzie LLP assists clients with US and multi-jurisdictional investigations and related litigation across a wide range of industries, including auto parts, defense and pharmaceuticals. Craig Lee, who leads the firm’s global cartel task force, formerly served as assistant chief of the Washington Criminal 1 section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Another ex-DOJ lawyer, Creighton Macy, joined in 2017, having most recently acted as chief of staff and senior counsel. William Devaney in New York and San Francisco-based Robert Tarun are other key figures.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’ global cartel practice is led by San Francisco-based partner Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, whose experience of criminal cartel investigations includes those involving allegations of bid-rigging, price-fixing, market allocation and other types of conspiracies. Tenorio-Kutzkey has previously acted for companies and individuals from industries such as ocean transportation, pharmaceuticals and technology, among others. In June 2018, experienced antitrust litigator Robby Robertson joined the Chicago office from Hogan Lovells.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is currently handling investigations for clients in areas such as electronic components, auto parts, financial services and e-commerce. Elizabeth Prewitt in New York, who is one of only a few US lawyers on the IBA Cartel Working Group, chairs the antitrust practice with William Kolasky. Other notable practitioners are Robert Bell and Marc Weinstein; the latter formerly served as co-chief of the Major Crimes Unit at the Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Linklaters LLP’s US cartel practice, which is led by Douglas Tween, assists corporates and individual executives with criminal and regulatory investigations, internal investigations, civil litigation and compliance advice. Tween’s team, which operates as part of a wider global network, features prominently in the most significant global antitrust investigations; recent mandates include Libor, CRTs, credit default swaps, auto parts and other areas.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered has ‘strong white-collar experience, so it can handle cartel matters presenting a range of issues beyond potential antitrust violations’. Team head Kirby Behre is ‘highly experienced, practical and strategic’. Another practitioner who garners client praise is ‘very dependable and thorough’ Lauren Briggerman. The firm has built a strong track record of negotiating favorable outcomes for individuals and corporate executives in DOJ and international cartel investigations. Recent matters include auto parts, generic pharmaceutical drugs and drywall, among others.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles major government investigations and all other related aspects of cartel defense (including litigation) for executives and companies across a number of industries, including automotive, electronics and transportation. Silicon Valley-based Mark Krotoski was formerly assistant chief of the National Criminal Enforcement Section at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Other key figures at the firm are Daniel Savrin, who practices in Boston, and Dallas-based David Monteiro. Hill Wellford, Clayton Everett, Willard Tom and Scott Stempel are names to note in Washington DC. Darren Tucker departed for Vinson & Elkins LLP. Philadelphia-based Steven Reed leads the global antitrust practice.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP handles all aspects of criminal grand jury and civil antitrust investigations, and also advises on cartel prevention. Follow-on civil litigation (including direct and indirect purchaser class actions, and opt-out litigation) is another cornerstone of the practice, which represents corporate executives and companies. Clients include Sharp, China Airlines and Mikuni. Practice head Roxane Polidora is located in San Francisco, as is Jacob Sorensen, while Aaron Dyer is based in Los Angeles and Fusae Nara practices in New York.

Ropes & Gray LLP fields 15-plus former enforcement attorneys and federal prosecutors from bodies such as the DOJ, FTC and SEC. New York-based Michael McGovern previously acted as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District. Christopher Conniff is also based in New York. The firm’s recent work includes assisting clients with federal investigations into areas such as generic pharmaceutical drugs, financial benchmarking (including ISDAfix and Libor) and freight forwarding. Mark Popofsky heads up the antitrust practice.

Shearman & Sterling LLP bolstered its global antitrust offering in 2017 by adding a team of partners in Washington DC from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, comprising David Higbee, Djordje Petkoski, Ryan Shores and Todd Stenerson. Bruce Hoffman also made the move but has since been appointed acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. The firm covers a broad range of DOJ, EC and standalone EU member state investigations and follow-on litigation; recent areas of activity include interbank benchmark rates, auto parts and lithium ion batteries, among others. Petkoski and others are representing capacitors manufacturer Rubycon in an international price-fixing investigation and in related civil litigation. Higbee is the firm’s global antitrust head. Heather Kafele joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s US team has vast experience in FTC and DOJ investigations, where it assists clients from industries such as technology, telecoms, aviation and insurance. It also plays a key role in EC-led investigations, where it works with members of the firm’s London and Brussels offices. Edward Schwartz leads the team, which also includes Kenneth Ewing.

At Vinson & Elkins LLP, Matthew Jacobs in San Francisco as well as Craig Seebald and Alden Atkins are acting as the lead advisers to Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in a DOJ investigation into alleged price-fixing in the automotive parts industry, and in related civil litigation; the DOJ investigation is linked with similar investigations in the EU, Canada and Japan. Seebald and Jacobs also represent Joseph Giraudo in federal grand jury real estate bid-rigging litigation.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s cartel team, which is jointly led by New York-based duo Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock, covers a broad spread of cartel defense work for companies and individuals in industries such as aviation, consumer electronics and automotive, among others. In addition to handling DOJ-led criminal antitrust investigations, the group assists clients with investigations in the EU and elsewhere around the world as well as in related civil litigation. The group’s experience includes matters involving issues such as bid-rigging, market allocation and price-fixing.

The credibility of Williams & Connolly LLP’s practice is illustrated by its work for names such as Bank of America, Celgene and Intel. It also acts for individual corporate executives. The firm handles a mix of criminal and civil antitrust investigations as well as litigation. Reflective of the breadth of its experience, its team is currently assisting clients with investigations into automotive parts, Libor, forex and ocean shipping services, among other areas. John Schmidtlein, Jonathan Pitt and David Zinn are recommended.


Civil litigation/class actions: defense

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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP is among the standout names defending clients in bet-the-company antitrust litigation. Richard Feinstein, recently promoted partner Nicholas Widnell and Greg Dubinsky represented Carolinas HealthCare in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the North Carolina attorney general over allegedly anti-competitive healthcare system contract provisions. In addition, James Denvir III, Scott Gant and Michael Mitchell successfully defended Delta Air Lines in an MDL in which it had been alleged that it colluded with AirTran Airways over a first checked baggage fee. New York-based Donald Flexner heads up the department. Armonk-based David Boies is also a key figure. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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According to clients, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s ‘service is top notch and consistent with our expectations of one of the top antitrust practices in the world’. A recent highlight saw Mark Nelson and Jeremy Calsyn successfully defend Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and its US subsidiary K-Line America against class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers of ocean vehicle carrier services. Brian Byrne is acting for HSBC in putative class actions wherein it is alleged that the client colluded with other financial institutions to manipulate the market for US Treasury securities. George Cary, Kenneth Reinker and Elaine Ewing are among other recommended individuals. Mark Leddy in New York became co-chair of the global competition practice in 2017. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC. Daniel Culley divides his time between the Brussels and Washington DC offices.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s broad practice includes class actions and MDLs, opt-out litigation and merger challenges. A team including Jarrett Arp in Washington DC and New York-based Mark Kirsch, Eric Stock and Lawrence Zweifach is defending UBS in more than a dozen litigated matters in the Southern District of New York; these include cases involving interest rate benchmarks, foreign exchange and precious metals. Daniel Swanson, who divides his time between Los Angeles and Brussels, and Steven Sletten in Los Angeles are representing Chevron in a putative class action in which it is alleged that the client was part of a price-fixing conspiracy with other oil and gas companies with refining operations in California. Swanson heads the antitrust practice with Scott Hammond and Sean Royall. Denver-based Richard Cunningham made partner in January 2018; Peter Sullivan has retired. Cynthia Richman is also noted. Top antitrust litigator Richard Parker joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in June 2018. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Jones Day’s longstanding track record in complex and high-profile cases sees it act for clients such as Parker Hannifin, Indivior and Cardinal Health. Paula Render in Chicago and New York-based partners Henry Klehm and Tracy Schaffer are defending Deutsche Bank against a class action centered on alleged collusion among 12 of the world’s largest banks to manipulate the market for interest rate swaps. Washington DC-based practitioners Julia McEvoy and Rosanna McCalips are acting for Sanofi-Aventis US in a putative class action in which it is claimed that the client improperly filed certain patents in the Food and Drug Administration’s ‘Orange Book’ and engaged in patent litigation to delay competition for insulin product Lantus. John Majoras in Washington DC, Eric Enson, who divides his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Erin Shencopp in Chicago and Kate Wallace in Boston are among other key individuals. David Wales left the firm. Michael Gleason in Washington DC is also noted.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s expertise in behavioral matters spans the gamut of anti-competitive practices. Members of the Chicago office, including David Zott, Daniel Laytin and Jeffrey Zeiger, are defending the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and multi-state licensees Health Care Service Corporation and Highmark against a series of putative nationwide class actions; these relate to BCBSA’s licensing of its ‘Blue Cross’ and ‘Blue Shield’ marks in certain exclusive geographic territories. Tammy Tsoumas, Melissa Ingalls, Michael Baumann and Robyn Bladow (who are all based in Los Angeles) successfully defended DirecTV against class actions brought by residential and commercial subscribers to NFL Sunday Ticket over a broadcasting deal agreed between the client and the NFL. Other notable practitioners include James Mutchnik, Barack Echols and Christa Cottrell (all based in Chicago).

Latham & Watkins LLP delivers excellent results in high-stakes litigation. As an example, Amanda Reeves (who chairs the US antitrust practice alongside Christopher Yates in San Francisco), Lawrence Buterman in New York and Daniel Wall, also in San Francisco, successfully defended Genentech against a lawsuit brought by Russian drug manufacturer Biocad JSC over an alleged scheme to delay Biocad from entering into the US market generic versions of three cancer drugs. In the auto parts space, Marguerite Sullivan and others represented Sumitomo in MDL class action cases related to wire harnesses and heater control panels. Elsewhere, the firm is defending the US Soccer Federation (USSF) against a lawsuit filed by the North American Soccer League (NASL) over the USSF’s allegedly anti-competitive division structure. In recent developments, Alan Devlin re-joined the firm from the FTC, while Joseph Serino and Eric Leon in New York were hired from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. San Francisco-based Kirsten Ferguson made partner. Margaret Zwisler is also noted. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s team in the US is jointly led by John Taladay and Stephen Weissman. It covers the full spectrum of behavioral issues which give rise to antitrust litigation, including monopolization, price-fixing, market allocation and patent misuse. Its wide-ranging workload includes civil cartel cases brought by the FTC, class actions involving direct and indirect purchasers, and opt-out litigation. Taladay, Joseph Ostoyich, Erik Koons and William Lavery are representing Eaton Corporation in a series of direct and indirect purchaser class actions over an alleged conspiracy with four truck makers to monopolize the heavy-duty truck transmissions market. James Kress, Stuart Plunkett in San Francisco, Paul Cuomo, and Van Beckwith in Dallas are other key figures. Michael Perry joined from the FTC. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has earned a strong reputation as a major player in class actions, individual actions and arbitrations. It represents many industry leaders and blue-chip companies from a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, transportation, chemicals and telecoms. Evan Chesler and David Marriott are the key partners representing Mylan Laboratories in a set of lawsuits related to alleged reverse payment settlement agreements between Cephalon and generic drug manufacturers. Daniel Slifkin, Michael Paskin and Damaris Hernández are defending Morgan Stanley in litigation brought by Tera Group over an alleged conspiracy among 12 credit default swap (CDS) dealers to boycott and block the emergence of Tera’s CDS trading platform. Kevin Orsini and Peter Barbur are recommended. Christine Varney leads the team. Other clients of the firm include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Alcon Laboratories and American Express.

Dechert LLP’s Steven Bizar and Christine Levin are representing RW Sauder in two trials (including class action litigation initiated by direct purchaser plaintiffs) over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among producers of shell eggs and egg products. Another ongoing matter involves George Gordon, counsel Stephen Brown and others defending Lannett Company in a generic pharmaceuticals price-fixing MDL. Washington DC-based Paul Denis, and Ethan Litwin in New York, are part of the team which is handling 100 putative class actions for American Airlines over allegations it colluded with three other US airlines to co-ordinate capacity for air passenger services. Michael Weiner, who heads the practice with Bizar, also practices in New York. The firm’s other work covers litigated DOJ/FTC merger challenges and regulatory proceedings. Named lawyers are based in Philadelphia, except where otherwise stated.

Hogan Lovells US LLP is sought after to defend companies against high-profile multibillion-dollar claims before federal and state courts nationwide. Its group includes Washington DC-based Justin Bernick, who is representing multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plans in Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. Also located in Washington DC is Benjamin Holt, who is working with New York City practitioners Marc Gottridge, Dennis Tracey and senior associate DeNae Thomas to advise Société Générale on 30 individual and putative class actions arising from an alleged conspiracy among banks to manipulate the London Gold Fixing. Air Canada, American Express and United Healthcare are among other active clients. Edith Ramirez joined joined the Washington DC office from the FTC in 2017 to lead the US team, succeeding former head Janet McDavid. Since publication, Robert Robertson has moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s first-rate team fields a number of notable heavyweight practitioners, including antitrust practice chair Ian Simmons (‘a star of the antitrust bar’), Kenneth O’Rourke in Los Angeles, Katrina Robson and Ben Bradshaw. Andrew Frackman in New York and Ted Hassi are also recommended. In 2017, highlights for the team included representing Samsung in a case against Qualcomm at Seoul High Court, which involved a landmark decision on the competitive impact of licensing (or non-licensing) of standard essential patents. San Francisco-based Michael Tubach is representing Leoni Wiring Systems and Leonische Holding in class actions brought by multiple classes of plaintiffs over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the market for automotive wire harness systems. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s strengths in particularly complex, multidimensional antitrust litigation are underpinned by the fact that it acts for clients such as MasterCard, Becton Dickinson and Mitsubishi. Martin Flumenbaum, Kenneth Gallo and William Michael are defending Bumble Bee Seafoods against class action claims and in opt-out litigation in connection with an alleged packaged seafood price-fixing conspiracy. The firm is also representing Deutsche Bank in more than 50 individual and class actions connected with alleged manipulation of IBOR rates. Charles Rule, Robert Atkins, Craig Benson, Aidan Synnott, Jonathan Kanter and Joseph Bial are among other standout practitioners. Named practitioners are based in New York or Washington DC.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a longstanding track record defending clients in reputationally significant, high-value antitrust litigation. John Quinn and Michael Williams are representing boxing manager Alan Haymon and his companies at the Ninth Circuit in relation to claims brought by Oscar De La Hoya, De La Hoya’s Golden Boy companies and former boxer Bernard Hopkins that the clients unlawfully monopolized the markets for the management and promotion of ‘championship caliber boxers’. Harold Barza, Williams and Kristen Bird successfully defended JG Wentworth and Peach Holdings (known as Peachtree) against an antitrust lawsuit filed by Novation Ventures over the JG Wentworth’s acquisition of Peachtree (which had been a competitor) in 2011; Novation had claimed that the acquisition resulted in an illegal monopoly of the structured settlement market. Stephen Neuwirth, Steig Olson and Daniel Brockett are other names to note. Named practitioners are based in New York or Los Angeles.

White & Case LLP is a consistently strong performer in antitrust litigation involving novel and cutting-edge issues. A team including global practice head Mark Gidley and Peter Carney in Washington DC, Jack Pace and Martin Toto in New York, and Heather Burke and Noah Brumfield in Silicon Valley is representing Forest Laboratories in follow-on litigation arising from the launch of Forest’s Namenda XR drug; the matter involves issues of reverse payments and improper use of pediatric exclusivity. Gidley and others also successfully defended Warner Chilcott against certain product-hopping claims made by direct purchaser plaintiffs in relation to ulcerative colitis drug Asacol. Outside of life sciences cases, Christopher Curran in Washington DC, Toto and New York-based John Chung are defending Toshiba against a $1.5bn lawsuit brought by Illinois’ attorney general against manufacturers of LCD panels. Other recent clients include Nestlé Purina PetCare, Tyson Foods and Furukawa Electric.

WilmerHale’s strong capabilities defending clients in US federal grand jury and state level cartel investigations make it a natural choice for related follow-on class actions and opt-out litigation. It also handles parallel proceedings connected with international cartel investigations. A team including Leon Greenfield, David Donovan, Patrick Corome and David Molot assisted Denso with the US DOJ and parallel international antitrust investigations into an alleged auto parts price-fixing cartel, and also represented the client in an ongoing MDL involving 40 sets of class actions. Steven Cherry and Thomas Mueller have been acting for Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores in US and international cartel investigations, and also in related putative class actions brought by direct purchasers, auto dealers, truck and equipment dealers, and end-payors. Practitioners such as Mark Ford and Timothy Syrett in Boston have particular expertise in litigation at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, including cases involving reverse payment settlement agreements in the pharmaceuticals industry, and challenges to standard-setting activities in high-tech industries; the firm’s international platform enables it to undertake multi-jurisdictional litigation in this space, along with other types of cross-border antitrust disputes. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Mayer Brown’s practice is led by Mark Ryan, who was the first-ever director of litigation at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. The team has an excellent record of securing summary judgments and appellate victories at US federal and state level. Andrew Marovitz and Britt Miller, who are located in Chicago, are defending Lear Corporation against direct, indirect and public entity purchaser putative class actions connected with alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging by manufacturers of automotive wire harnesses and related components. Elsewhere, litigated merger challenges are another pillar of the practice; William Stallings, Ryan and others acted for CNH Industrial as the initial complainant in the DOJ’s lawsuit against Deere & Company’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto. Other notable practitioners include Carmine Zarlenga and Adam Hudes. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provides ‘high-quality and effective representation’ to clients in civil antitrust litigation across a range of sectors, with particular strengths in areas such as financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals. Richard Taffet (New York), Donn Pickett (San Francisco), Gary Adler (New York) , William Cravens (Washington DC) and others are defending Qualcomm against an FTC lawsuit and against follow-on class actions in the US connected with the client’s licensing and chip supply practices. The firm is also representing the client in similar proceedings before the Japan Fair Trade Commission and Taiwan Fair Trade Commission. In another highlight, in 2017, Steven Reed (Philadelphia), Brendan Fee (Philadelphia), Willard Tom (Washington DC) and others assisted Shell Trading and Shipping Company and Shell Trading (US) Company with obtaining a complete dismissal in an MDL concerning alleged collusion among energy companies to manipulate the price of North Sea Brent Crude oil. Darren Tucker joined Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Jeff Jaeckel leads Morrison & Foerster LLP’s US team, which undertakes antitrust-related class actions and MDLs, individual actions and litigated merger challenges. Particular areas of sector expertise include transportation, technology, financial services and telecoms. In 2017, David Cross successfully defended CSX Transportation against price-fixing claims brought by direct purchasers of rail freight shipping services. Jaeckel, Deanne Maynard, Gregory Koltun (Los Angeles) and others assisted UPS with defeating a lawsuit brought by AFMS, which claimed that UPS and FedEx conspired to refuse to deal with third-party consultants that negotiate contracts between shippers and carriers. Named partners are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted. Stephen Smith has retired from private practice.

In 2017, Shearman & Sterling LLP hired David Higbee, Djordje Petkoski, Ryan Shores and Todd Stenerson; all moved to its Washington DC office from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Bruce Hoffman, who also made the same move, subsequently became acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. The firm’s recent work includes financial benchmarking litigation, and New York-based partners Richard Schwed and Adam Hakki are defending Bank of America in an interest rate swaps class action. The firm is also acting for the same client and Nomura Securities in a class action in which it is alleged that they were part of a conspiracy among 15 defendant financial institutions to manipulate the ISDAfix benchmark rate. The firm has also handled cases involving Libor and TIBOR, Treasury securities and SSA bonds. Petkoski and New York-based Michael Mitchell defended GS Yuasa against lawsuits arising from a DOJ investigation into an alleged lithium ion batteries price-fixing conspiracy. Higbee is the firm’s global antitrust head. John Cove in San Francisco is recommended.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s clients have benefited from John Terzaken’s arrival at the firm’s Washington DC office, since his move from Allen & Overy LLP in 2017. Terzaken is defending Tri-Union Seafoods in an MDL, in which it is alleged that the client was part of a packaged tuna price-fixing conspiracy, along with Bumble Bee and StarKist. Terzaken also defended Deutsche Bank in a class action connected to an alleged conspiracy among financial institutions to manipulate prices of SSA bonds. Recently promoted partner Abram Ellis and New York-based practitioners Thomas Rice and Paul Gluckow are handling more than 60 benchmark interest rate (including Libor and Euribor) cases for JPMorgan. Peter Thomas is the group leader. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Adam Hemlock and Steven Reiss are representing Japanese auto parts manufacturer Calsonic Kansei in eight MDL class actions in the US, and oversee its strategy in the international aspects of matters in Canada, Japan, Europe and Brazil. Kevin Arquit and Washington DC-based Carrie Mahan are representing Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (the second-largest poultry producer in the US) in federal antitrust class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers in Re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, and by purported classes of broiler growers in Re Broiler Chicken Grower Antitrust Litigation. Eric Hochstadt and David Lender are representing C&S Wholesale Grocers in an MDL connected with an alleged market allocation conspiracy with Supervalu. Arquit is global co-head of the antitrust practice, along with Washington DC-based Steven Newborn. Named individuals are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

Winston & Strawn LLP blends the experience of seasoned practitioners, such as Jeffrey Kessler and Paul Victor, with its emerging talent, which includes Eva Cole, Jeffrey Amato and Elizabeth Papez (who divides her time between the Washington DC and New York offices). The firm has carved out a strong reputation in US antitrust litigation thanks to its prominence in high-profile class action litigation and individual actions. The firm is currently defending Discover Financial Services in a putative class action, in which it is alleged that the client and three other credit card companies unlawfully conspired to shift fraud liability to merchants, notwithstanding complications over the rollout of a new security chip system. In 2017, another matter involved acting for Goldman Sachs in a putative class action claiming the client conspired with certain trading platforms to restrain competition in the stock loan market. Heather Kafele and Keith Palfin joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Ian Papendick and Sean Meenan (who are located in San Francisco), Martin Geagan and Chicago-based Joseph Motto made partner. Named individuals are based in Washington DC or New York, except where otherwise stated.

Arnold & Porter assists clients with the entire ambit of behavioral and transactional issues in civil antitrust litigation. Its diverse practice includes parallel and follow-on actions connected with cartel investigations, class actions and MDLs, among other matters. Its impressive record in billion-dollar, industry-significant litigation makes it a go-to for US and international clients, such as General Electric, Penguin Random House and BP. Among other matters being handled for the client, Mark Merley, senior counsel Bob Vizas (San Francisco), Jonathan Gleklen and others are representing Visa in Re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation; this is an MDL which includes nationwide putative class actions and individual lawsuits filed by merchants (including retailers) against financial institutions that issue payment cards. Robert Katerberg is defending Nucor Corporation against a class action brought by purchasers of steel products against several US steel producers. James L. Cooper, James W. Cooper and Anne Davis are other key figures. Bill Baer and Sonia Pfaffenroth re-joined the firm from the DOJ, and Debbie Feinstein re-joined from the FTC. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise noted.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s global practice head Christopher Hockett (Menlo Park) has more than 30 years’ experience acting for clients from a wide range of industries, such as technology, media and financial services. Hockett’s team handles litigation running parallel to cartel investigations, follow-on class actions, private business-to-business disputes and merger challenges, among other matters. In 2017, Arthur J. Burke (New York/Menlo Park) defended Comcast against a $225m damages claim brought by Viamedia, which accused Comcast of blocking competition in the spot cable advertising market. Joel Cohen (New York) is representing The Royal Bank of Scotland in a class action involving allegations of collusion among more than 20 financial institutions to rig the market for US Treasury securities. Jon Leibowitz (Washington DC/New York) and Neal Potischman (Menlo Park) are other key figures.

In addition to acting for US companies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s global platform makes it a strong choice for international clients; Bruce McCulloch and counsel Richard Snyder are working with members of the Dusseldorf office to represent German auto parts manufacturer Kiekert and its North American subsidiary in follow-on class action litigation connected with an alleged conspiracy to fix prices of side-door latches. Practice head Paul Yde, Mary Lehner, Snyder, New York-based Hiram Andrews and others are acting for United Airlines in the DOJ’s seating capacity and pricing co-ordination investigation, and also in the follow-on civil litigation. Other notable clients include Hachette Book Group, Continental AG and PepsiCo. Named individuals are based in Washington DC except where otherwise stated.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s high-caliber team delivers excellent results for clients, as was illustrated by Joel Chefitz, David Hanselman, Michelle Lowery and others assisting Steel Dynamics with defeating class certification in relation to actions brought by direct purchaser plaintiffs over an alleged conspiracy among steel makers to restrict output and fix prices of all steel products. The team also obtained a motion to dismiss the case in relation to actions brought by indirect purchasers. Reflective of the firm’s particular strengths in healthcare-related antitrust matters, Chefitz and Katharine O’Connor assisted Silver Cross Hospital with defeating a class action lawsuit involving allegations of unfair competition and consumer fraud, among others. Raymond Jacobsen, who leads the team, is based in Washington DC, as are Stefan Meisner and Mary Strimel. Other named individuals are based in Chicago.

Led by Amy Manning in Chicago, McGuireWoods LLP’s 25-strong team defends clients in class actions and other commercial litigation involving allegations of monopolization, tying arrangements, bid-rigging and price-fixing, among others. Jonathan Lewis in Washington DC and Howard Feller in Richmond are among the notable individuals in the team, whose clients include Fresenius Kabi USA, Horizon Lines and Jo Tankers.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s longstanding track record representing technology companies in litigated antitrust matters is illustrated by the fact that it has acted for Microsoft for more than 20 years; Robert Rosenfeld, Russell Cohen, Washington DC-based practice head Jay Jurata and others are working with Canadian counsel to defend the client against an indirect purchaser class action in British Columbia. Howard Ullman is acting for Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in the circa $4bn DRAM antitrust price-fixing litigation. An area of strength of the practice is antitrust/patent litigation; Ullman represented Masimo Corporation in antitrust claims and counterclaims arising from patent litigation with Philips in 2016. Outside of the technology sector, the firm is defending Delta Dental of California in a circa $100m class action brought by the California Dental Association and certain individual dentists over changes Delta Dental made to contracts with Delta dentists. Named individuals are San Francisco based except where otherwise stated.

Paul Hastings LLP handles all forms of civil antitrust litigation under the leadership of Washington DC-based Scott Hataway, who was formerly a trial attorney at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. In 2017, Thomas Brown acted for eBay in court proceedings arising from the DOJ’s investigation into hiring practices in Silicon Valley. Sean Unger (who, like Brown, is located in San Francisco) is another key figure in the team, whose other clients include Monsanto, Electrolux and Samsung Electronics. Holly House departed to become a sole practitioner.

Proskauer Rose LLP represents clients in litigation involving allegations of anti-competitive conduct and also in merger reviews. The firm has a particularly strong track record acting for agricultural co-operatives in antitrust matters; Christopher Ondeck is defending broiler producer Wayne Farms against seven class actions brought by direct and indirect purchaser plaintiffs - this case concerns an alleged conspiracy among the top 13 US and international broiler producers to restrict the supply of broiler chicken in the US. Elsewhere, Colin Kass (who chairs the antitrust practice with Ondeck in Washington DC), and New York-based practitioners Bradley Ruskin and Bradley Bobroff represented Sanofi Pasteur as sole defendant in a class action accusing the client of engaging in anti-competitive bundling to maintain a monopoly in the market for the meningococcal vaccine.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP represents clients in class actions and large MDLs nationwide, and it also handles DOJ/FTC prosecutions, among other matters. Gary Halling, James McGinnis and Michael Scarborough acted for Samsung SDI in litigation brought by the State of Oregon (on behalf of consumers) in relation to an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of cathode ray tubes. Century City-based Seong Kim defended Korea Yakult and Paldo Co in a consolidated class action concerning an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of Korean ramen noodles being sold in the US. Dylan Ballard made partner in 2017. Named individuals are based in San Francisco, except where otherwise stated.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Tara Reinhart was formerly the chief trial counsel at the FTC, where her work included litigating contentious mergers. In addition to having merger-related antitrust experience, her current practice also covers class actions involving allegations of reverse payment agreements, abuses of monopolies and price-fixing. Practice head Steven Sunshine, Julia York and New York-based Karen Hoffman Lent defended Watson Pharmaceuticals in FTC and private litigation over challenges to patent litigation settlements. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has assisted clients with litigation connected with the setting of financial benchmark interest rates; Daryl Libow (Washington DC) and Christopher Viapiano (Washington DC) are acting for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in global regulatory investigations into the setting of Libor and SIBOR rates, and are also defending the client in MDL litigation concerning alleged conspiracies to manipulate multiple benchmarks. Steven Holley (New York), Amanda Flug Davidoff (Washington DC), Richard Pepperman (New York) and others are defending Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Nomura and Bank of Nova Scotia against actions centered on an alleged conspiracy to manipulate the Treasury securities market. Elsewhere, outside of financial services, Libow and Davidoff successfully defended BP against two putative class actions concerning an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of North Sea Brent Crude. The firm also acts for Volkswagen and Audi in Re German Automotive Manufacturers Antitrust Litigation.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s credentials in successfully defending class actions were recently illustrated by Corey Roush, Pratik Shah and others assisting Daimler Trucks with obtaining dismissals of claims brought by direct and indirect purchasers of Class Eight heavy-duty trucks. In the financial services arena, the team has defended clients such as OCBC Bank and Resona Bank in financial benchmarking cases. Elsewhere, the firm also demonstrates strong capabilities in single-plaintiff lawsuits; Fairley Spillman was lead antitrust partner in a team defending Inguran against a monopolization lawsuit brought by ABS Global. Litigated merger cases are another notable generator of work for the firm. Paul Hewitt leads the team. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Allen & Overy LLP represents clients in a significant number of headline cases. John Roberti, Erik-Raven Hansen and others are defending Tri-Union Seafoods against class actions related to an alleged price-fixing conspiracy with other producers of packaged seafood products. Roberti, Michael Feldberg and others acted for the Bosch Companies in the automotive parts antitrust MDL at the Eastern District of Michigan. Another recent highlight for the firm involved defending United Airlines against an opt-out case brought by DHL over an alleged conspiracy among airlines and air cargo carriers to fix the prices of air cargo surcharges between 1997 and 2006. Roberti and Hansen are based in Washington DC, while Feldberg practises in New York. John Terzaken joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2017.

At Baker & Hostetler LLP, a team including Gregory Commins, practice head Robert Abrams, Robert Brookhiser and Danyll Foix is defending Caterpillar against a lawsuit brought by a would-be importer of Chinese heavy-made equipment; the plaintiff alleges that the client and other manufacturers colluded to limit competition in the US market. John Fornaciari, Foix and Sally Qin are acting for the NYK companies in five class actions wherein it is claimed that the client and other carriers entered into agreements over market allocation and restriction of capacity in the ocean transport of vehicles. Abrams has more than 30 years’ antitrust litigation experience, as does Gregory Baker. Counsel Thomas Hogan is also recommended. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Illustrative of Crowell & Moring LLP’s strengths in large-scale and complex antitrust litigation, it is representing eight Blue Cross Blue Shield companies in an MDL, which consists of more than 20 class action cases nationwide. Shari Lahlou is defending DuPont in class action litigation arising from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the titanium dioxide industry. Also recommended are Jason Murray - who chairs the antitrust practice with Lalou - and Jordan Ludwig (both in Los Angeles), who are representing KOA Corporation and KOA Speer Electronics in several price-fixing class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers of resistors. Kent Gardiner and Matthew McBurney are other key figures. Juan Arteaga recently joined the firm’s New York office, having served as deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Another recent addition Alexis Gilman was Assistant Director at the FTC’s Mergers IV Division. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice head Layne Kruse (who divides his time between Houston and Washington DC) has a wealth of experience in courts across the US in jury trials and class actions, among other matters. Kruse’s team provides ‘highly prized advice’ to clients from a wide range of sectors, such as healthcare, finance, oil and gas, and insurance. Robin Adelstein in New York is particularly knowledgeable in antitrust issues in the life sciences sector. Kruse, David Foster (Washington DC), Jonathan Franklin (Washington DC) and others are acting for Robert Bosch Tool Corp and its German parent company at the Fourth Circuit in relation to a claim brought by SawStop that the client was part of a conspiracy to boycott SawStop’s patented safety technology for table saws. The firm is also defending Phillips 66 in a class action filed by Persian Gulf regarding an alleged gasoline price-fixing conspiracy among several major energy companies.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Roxane Polidora, Jacob Sorensen, John Grenfell and others are defending Kemet Corporation and Kemet Electronics Corporation in Re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, which concerns an alleged conspiracy by capacitor manufacturers to fix prices for aluminum, film and tantalum capacitors. The firm is also now acting for Tokin Corporation and Tokin America in this same matter. In Re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (Fuel Injection Systems), William Sullivan (Washington DC/New York), Michael Sibarium (Washington DC) and counsel Jeetander Dulani (Washington DC) are acting for Mikuni Corporation and Mikuni American Corporation in four indirect purchaser class actions and one direct purchaser action in the US, and working with Canadian counsel on similar matters in Canada. Air New Zealand, Bass Pro Shops and The Home Depot are other notable clients. Named individuals are based in San Francisco, except where otherwise stated.

Reed Smith LLP’s civil antitrust litigation work forms a core part of its broader antitrust offering, with the firm generating mandates from clients in sectors such as telecoms, energy, banking and finance, and media. Daniel Booker (Pittsburgh/Washington DC), Michelle Mantine (Pittsburgh) and others successfully assisted a financial services group with obtaining the dismissal of a putative nationwide class action lawsuit, which was brought by merchant plaintiffs claiming that there was a conspiracy to shift the cost of fraud liability from banks to merchants as part of the rollout of new chip card technology in the US. In another matter, Booker is leading the advice to a multinational pharmaceuticals company in a lawsuit brought by a competitor over the client’s allegedly unlawful monopolization of the US market for foot-care devices. Debra Dermody (Pittsburgh) and Bruce Blefeld (Houston) are recommended.

Ropes & Gray LLP’s team undertakes a significant amount of work for clients in sectors such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and biotechnology, among others; practice head Mark Popofsky (who is located in Washington DC) and Boston-based Jane Willis are defending Hitachi-LG Data Storage against price-fixing class actions in Re Optical Disc Drives Antitrust Litigation. In addition to handling class actions, the team’s workload also includes individual actions and merger litigation. IASIS Healthcare, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Yale Medicine and Polar Air Cargo are other key clients. Chong Park, whose practice is split between the Washington DC and San Francisco offices, has nearly 25 years of litigation experience.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team, which is led by Craig Seebald (Washington DC) and James Reeder (Houston), is trusted by clients such as AirTran Airways and Phadia US for their most significant litigated antitrust matters. Recent highlights include acting for Southwest Airlines in Re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, which concerns an alleged conspiracy among four US airlines to restrict passenger capacity in order to drive up the price of air fares; Alden Atkins (Washington DC) led the team in this matter, which also included Jason Powers (Houston), Neil Imus (Washington DC) and John Wander (Dallas). In 2017, Seebald, Jason Levine (Washington DC) and Matthew Jacobs (San Francisco) represented Hitachi in Re Optical Disc Drive Products Antitrust Litigation.

Williams & Connolly LLP’s Nicholas Boyle is ‘an exceptional orator, who is able to reduce complex legal matters to an accessible and persuasive narrative’. Also highly regarded in the Washington DC-based team is ‘very creative litigator’ Bryan Wilson. A team led by Dane Butswinkas and John Schmidtlein is defending Celgene against a lawsuit brought by Mylan - and in a separate putative class action brought by indirect purchasers - over Celgene’s alleged attempts to delay the development of generic versions of Thalomid and Revlimid. Heidi Hubbard and others are acting as lead trial counsel to Endo Pharmaceuticals in proceedings at the Northern District of California over a 2012 patent settlement agreement between Endo and Watson Pharmaceuticals, which is allegedly anti-competitive. Schmidtlein heads the antitrust practice with Jonathan Pitt. Carl Metz is recommended.


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Berger & Montague, P.C. has acted as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in antitrust cases of the utmost complexity and significance since its inception in 1970. The team, which represents businesses and consumers, is led by H. Laddie Montague, Merrill Davidoff, Eric Cramer and David Sorensen. Sorensen and senior counsel Daniel Simons acted as co-lead counsel to a class of direct purchasers of pharmaceutical drug K-Dur in Re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation, which settled for $60.2m in 2017. Another highlight involved Sorensen and Simons acting as co-lead counsel to a proposed class of direct purchasers in Re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation, which concerned the delayed entry into the market of generic versions of the drug Lipitor. Washington DC-based shareholder Daniel Walker2 re-joined the firm from the FTC. Other notable practitioners include Michael Dell’Angelo, Andrew Curley, recently promoted shareholder Caitlin Coslett and associate Zachary Caplan. Named attorneys are based in Philadelphia, except where otherwise noted.

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP is ‘clearly a leading firm’ acting as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in high-profile actions. In 2017, Scott Gant, Melissa Felder Zappala and Fort Lauderdale-based Carl Goldfarb represented a class of online purchasers of contact lenses in an antitrust lawsuit against 1-800 Contacts and other online retailers; the team reached a $7m settlement with two defendants in this ongoing case. Elsewhere, Armonk-based David Boies and others act as co-lead counsel to a class of health plan subscribers in an MDL challenging most-favored nation clauses and territorial restrictions used by Blue Cross entities across the US. Other key figures include William Isaacson, Michael Mitchell, Abby Dennis, Richard Feinstein and Christopher Renner. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Hausfeld, which is ‘at the top of its game’, houses a number of heavyweight practitioners, including chairman Michael Hausfeld (Washington DC/London), Brian Ratner (Washington DC/London), Megan Jones (San Francisco), Timothy Kearns (Washington DC) and Sathya Gosselin (Washington DC). Recent highlights include acting as co-lead counsel to a proposed class of participants in the foreign exchange market in Re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation; this matter has thus far resulted in the recovery of more than $2.3bn in settlements for US investors. The firm is also acting as co-lead counsel in Re Libor-based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, where it is alleged that a number of the world’s largest banks conspired to manipulate the Libor rate. Reena Gambhir and Melinda Coolidge in Washington DC and San Francisco-based Bonny Sweeney are among other recommended individuals.

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has ‘a deep bench of talent’, which ‘does an excellent job of representing plaintiff classes in civil antitrust litigation from inception to trial’. The team is led by Richard Koffman and Kit Pierson and includes a number of other highly regarded figures, such Daniel Small, David Young, Brent Johnson and New York-based Sharon Robertson. Small and others acted as co-lead counsel to a class of around 10,000 animation and visual effects workers in Re Animation Workers Antitrust Litigation; final approval of a $168.5m settlement was granted in 2017. In addition, Michael Eisenkraft and Douglas Richards (who both practice in New York) as well as Pierson are the firm’s lead partners in class action litigation in which it is alleged that a number of the world’s largest banks conspired to maintain anti-competitive control of the interest rate swaps (IRS) market. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Minneapolis-based firm Heins Mills & Olson, PLC, whose antitrust practice is jointly led by Vincent Esades and Renae Steiner, has prominent roles in litigation involving all manner of anti-competitive conduct. In 2017, it acted as co-lead counsel to an end-payor class of consumers and health plan sponsors in Re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation. Another highlight involved Esades acting as lead counsel to a class of direct purchasers in litigation concerning an alleged conspiracy to fix prices and output by manufacturers of after-market automotive sheet metal parts. Jessica Servais, Dylan McFarland and James Anderson are recommended.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP handles some of the most significant private civil and class action litigation (across multiple industries) for investors, companies, employees and other clients. The firm is currently representing the health and welfare fund of New York City’s largest public employee union in an MDL concerning price-fixing in the generic pharmaceuticals industry. It is also acting as co-counsel to a class of consumer plaintiffs in a lawsuit arising from an alleged abuse of market power by Carolina HealthCare System. Eric Fastiff heads up the practice, with Elizabeth Cabraser, Richard Heimann, Dean Harvey, Katherine Benson and Lin Chan among the other notable individuals. David Stellings practices in New York, but all other named lawyers are based in San Francisco.

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, New York-based Stephen Neuwirth and others are representing freight-forwarding company Schenker AG in its opt-out action against 11 airlines, which arises from an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of air cargo services. Other key figures in New York include Daniel Brockett and Steig Olson, who are part of a team acting as lead interim class counsel in litigation related to an alleged conspiracy among Wall Street banks to fix the ISDAfix benchmark rate. Harold Barza and Adam Wolfson are located in Los Angeles.

Robins Kaplan LLP’s practice co-chairs Hollis Salzman in New York and Craig Wildfang in Minneapolis together have more than 50 years of antitrust litigation experience. The firm regularly handles the most significant roles in groundbreaking class action litigation and private civil claims. Its recent work includes acting as co-lead counsel to a proposed class of businesses and consumers (who purchased or leased new vehicles containing various price-fixed auto parts) in Re Automotive Parts Antitrust Class Action. New York-based Kellie Lerner is acting as co-lead counsel to a proposed class of direct purchasers of the mumps vaccine in litigation against Merck.

Susman Godfrey LLP excels in representing businesses and individuals in large-scale antitrust class actions. In the auto parts space, Los Angeles-based duo Marc Seltzer and Steven Sklaver are the lead partners acting as co-lead counsel to a class of end-payor plaintiffs in multiple price-fixing and bid-rigging cases against dozens of automobile suppliers and their affiliates. The pair also worked with Seattle-based Matthew Berry to assist a class of animation employees with recovering more than $168m in settlements from a number of the largest animation companies in the industry. James Southwick and Barry Barnett (both based in Houston) are among other names to note.

Zelle LLP represents direct purchaser and indirect purchaser plaintiffs in class actions, and also advises corporate plaintiffs on standalone private civil actions. Judith Zahid and senior associate Eric Buetzow are acting for United HealthCare in litigation against pharmaceutical companies Cephalon, Teva, Ranbaxy, Mylan and Barr over allegedly unlawful pay-for-delay deals relating to the generic equivalents of branded drug Provigil. Christopher Micheletti and Qianwei Fu are acting for consumer purchasers in litigation concerning an alleged price-fixing conspiracy by producers in the packaged seafood industry. Miriam Vishio joined the Washington DC office from the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Named individuals are based in San Francisco except where otherwise specified.

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP’s team head Steve Berman, who practices in Seattle, ‘has been a significant player in the plaintiffs’ bar for a long time’. Also recommended are ‘charismatic’ Jeff Friedman and ‘very strong young partner’ Shana Scarlett; both are located in San Francisco. The group’s recent work includes acting for indirect purchaser plaintiffs in class action litigation against big-brand manufacturers of optical disc drives over alleged price-fixing. It is also representing consumers (as co-lead counsel) in a class action lawsuit against Qualcomm over an alleged abuse of monopoly power, leading consumers to pay more for cell phones and tablet devices.

Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, acting as co-lead counsel for a class of direct purchaser plaintiffs, assisted with the negotiation of a $30m settlement with several manufacturers of cast iron soil pipes and fittings; the matter had concerned an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among the manufacturers. The firm is also representing more than 20 purchasers of packaged seafood in opt-out litigation against a number of major sellers in the US, such as Starkist and Bumble Bee (and their foreign parent companies) over an alleged price-fixing cartel and other anti-competitive practices. Robert Kaplan in New York is a key contact.

Labaton Sucharow LLP is ‘definitely a player in the plaintiffs’ bar’. Gregory Asciolla, who has more than 20 years of antitrust litigation experience, is ‘easy to deal with’. Jay Himes is ‘an excellent, versatile antitrust lawyer’. Christopher McDonald and of counsel Karin Garvey are other notable practitioners in the team. In 2017, the firm was appointed as co-lead counsel in Re Treasury Securities Auction Antitrust Litigation, having filed the first nationwide class action in 2015. It also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in Re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation. Named individuals are based in New York.


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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is among the market leaders for big-ticket US and global merger clearances. Nearly half of the senior-level practitioners in its antitrust team have significant experience practicing in Brussels, adding real credibility to its advice on European antitrust issues. The firm also excels in Chinese merger reviews. In 2017, George Cary, Elaine Ewing and counsel Cunzhen Huang assisted Dow Chemical with obtaining clearances in more than 20 jurisdictions for its $130bn merger of equals with DuPont. David Gelfand, global practice co-chair Mark Leddy (who divides his practice between Washington DC and New York) and Daniel Culley (who splits his time between Washington DC and Brussels) are acting as global antitrust counsel to Essilor in its $49bn acquisition of Luxottica. Also recommended are Mark Nelson, Brian Byrne, Leah Brannon, Kenneth Reinker and Jeremy Calsyn. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Dechert LLP’s heavyweight team includes Paul Friedman, Michael Weiner and Ethan Litwin, who acted as lead trial counsel to Monsanto and its Precision Planting equipment business in the DOJ’s lawsuit challenging Deere & Co’s $190m acquisition of Precision Planting. In another highlight, Weiner and counsel Jill Ross are working with the Brussels and Hong Kong offices to assist SK Hynix (a subsidiary of SK Telecom) with obtaining clearances across multiple jurisdictions for its $18bn consortium bid with Bain Capital and others to acquire Toshiba’s NAND business. Paul Denis and Craig Falls are other key figures in the group, which has also acted for third parties in transactions, such as US Ecology and Amicus Economists. Weiner leads the team with Philadelphia-based Steven Bizar. Named individuals are located in New York or Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Jones Day, which is a major force in multibillion-dollar transactions, handles the entire ambit of antitrust issues for US and global companies. In 2017, a team led by Phillip Proger, John Majoras and San Francisco-based Margaret Ward acted as antitrust and trial counsel to Aetna in its $37bn acquisition of fellow health insurer Humana. Another matter saw Majoras, Julia McEvoy and others advise Parker Hannifin on a lawsuit filed by the DOJ challenging the client’s $4.3bn acquisition of Clarcor Inc; this matter represented the first DOJ challenge of a consummated merger under the Trump administration. Other practitioners are Michael Knight, recently promoted partner Aimee DeFilippo, Kenneth Field, Michael Gleason and Chicago-based Erin Shencopp. Named individuals are located in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated. David Wales departed the firm.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's US team works with the wider global network on complex cross-border antitrust issues associated with megadeals. Having successfully negotiated US merger clearance in 2017, an international team including Steven Sunshine, Steven Albertson and New York-based Maria Raptis is advising NXP Semiconductors on merger reviews involving other jurisdictions around the world in relation to its $47bn takeover by Qualcomm. Sunshine and Raptis, along with members of the Brussels and Beijing offices, assisted HP with obtaining unconditional EU approval of its $1.05bn acquisition of Samsung’s printer business, following a phase one review by the European Commission (EC). Tara Reinhart is another key figure, as is Clifford Aronson in New York. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields numerous heavyweight practitioners with experience in high-ranking government positions; Jeffrey Perry formerly headed up the FTC’s Mergers IV Division. In addition, Steven Newborn, Ann Malester and Steven Bernstein each have the experience of having led the FTC’s Mergers I Division. New York-based Kevin Arquit’s experience includes acting as director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. In 2017, a team including Newborn, Bernstein, Perry, Jeff White and counsel Vadim Brusser assisted Walgreens Boots Alliance with obtaining FTC clearance of its acquisition of around 2,000 Rite Aid stores. Another highlight involved Malester, John Scribner and others acting as antitrust counsel to Abbott Laboratories in its $5.3bn acquisition of Alere Inc. Brianne Kucerik is recommended. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

In 2017, Debbie Feinstein re-joined Arnold & Porter as global antitrust practice head, having served as director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. In addition, Bill Baer returned to the firm from the DOJ, where he held the position of acting associate attorney general - among others. Jonathan Gleklen assisted Monsanto with antitrust issues relating to its $66bn takeover by Bayer, and is also advising the same client on the proposed sale of its Precision Planting equipment business to AGCO. Another key client is General Electric (GE); recent highlights include handling the antitrust aspects of the combination of GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes, and of GE’s $1.65bn acquisition of LM Wind Power. BP, Anthem and Cristal USA are among other clients. Other key figures are Richard Rosen, Michael B. Bernstein and Claudia Higgins. Scott Lent practices in New York. Named partners are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s practice is led by Christine Varney, who acted as antitrust counsel to Alere Inc in its $8bn sale to Abbott Laboratories in 2017. Julie North advised Crown Castle International Corp on antitrust issues associated with its $7.1bn acquisition of LTS Group Holdings from Berkshire Partners, Pamlico Capital and other investors. Yonatan Even is another first-rate practitioner in the team.

In 2017, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s Ronan Harty (New York), Jon Leibowitz (who divides his time between Washington DC and New York) and Washington DC-based Jesse Solomon acted as antitrust counsel to Syngenta in its proposed $43bn takeover by ChemChina. Arthur Burke, who splits his time between the New York and Menlo Park offices, advised Suez on the antitrust aspects of its $3.4bn acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies from General Electric. Reckitt Benckiser, Equinix and Comcast are other notable clients.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong track record negotiating clearances of complex multibillion-dollar transactions with significant competition issues. Ian John, Peter McCormack, Chicago-based James Mutchnik and others advised Bain Capital on its $3.2bn carve-out acquisition of Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division, and also its food hygiene and cleaning business. The team also assisted the same client with the $1.2bn sale of Consolidated Container Company to Loews Corporation. Illustrative of its other work, John and Katherine Rocco acted as antitrust counsel to AkzoNobel in its successful defense against an unsolicited takeover attempt by PPG in 2017. Matthew Reilly, Mark Kovner, Marin Boney and recent hire Carla Hine (who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in 2017) are among the practitioners based in Washington DC. Named individuals are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

Latham & Watkins LLP features prominently in headline deals that are subject to particularly intensive regulatory scrutiny. Its extensive industry coverage spans areas such as pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, technology and telecoms, among others. Global co-chair Amanda Reeves, Michael Egge, counsel Farrell Malone and others are acting as global antitrust counsel to Agrium Inc in its $36bn merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. In 2017, Reeves, Marcellus Williamson and counsel Alan Devlin were part of a cross-border team that assisted Integra LifeSciences with obtaining global clearances for its $1bn acquisition of Codman Neurosurgery from Johnson & Johnson. Joshua Holian, Karen Silverman and Daniel Wall are names to note in San Francisco. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is an antitrust powerhouse in sophisticated US deals and cross-border transactions involving multiple regulators. Recent work includes New York-based Peter Guryan, Peter Thomas and counsel Ellen Frye (also in New York) working with the London office to assist ChemChina with the antitrust review of its $43bn acquisition of Syngenta; the team successfully negotiated clearances by the FTC, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and EC. Thomas also worked alongside Andrew Lacy, counsel Peter Herrick and others to advise Siliconware Precision Industries on the FTC’s investigation into its merger with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering. Sara Razi is another name to note, as is recently promoted New York-based counsel Richard Jamgochian. Named individuals are located in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Steven Holley in New York and Washington DC-based Joseph Matelis are working with the London office to assist Praxair with managing antitrust concerns in more than 20 jurisdictions regarding the client’s pending $67bn merger of equals with Linde AG. Holley is also leading a cross-office team to advise Bayer on the merger clearance issues associated with its pending $66bn mega-merger with Monsanto in the agrichemical industry. In addition to Holley, Yvonne Quinn, Eric Queen and Bradley Smith are other names to note in New York. Renata Hesse, who formerly headed the DOJ’s Antitrust Division as acting assistant attorney general, joined the Washington DC office in 2017. Also based in Washington DC is office managing partner Daryl Libow. Adam Paris is based in Los Angeles.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s antitrust practice chair Stephen Weissmanknows the ins and outs of the antitrust regulators in the US’. Weissman’s team, which also includes such names as John Taladay, Sean Boland and Joseph Ostoyich, also assists clients with merger reviews involving the EC and other international agencies. Paul Cuomo is acting for RealPage in the DOJ’s second request review of its proposed $300m acquisition of Lease Rent Options and other assets from The Rainmaker Group, and is also handling the antitrust aspects of the client’s $250m acquisition of OnSite Manager’s assets. In addition, Boland, Weissman and Michael Perry are acting as antitrust counsel to Valero in its proposed acquisition of petroleum storage facilities and distribution terminals in California. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Crowell & Moring LLP’s antitrust team is at the front end of many headline multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions. Shawn Johnson and Joseph Miller were key advisers to Humana (as part of the firm’s role as the lead counsel to the client) regarding the DOJ investigation and challenge of its $37bn merger with Aetna. Wm. Randolph Smith, Johnson, New York-based attorney Olivier Antoine and others are acting as antitrust counsel to AT&T in its merger with Time Warner; the DOJ has filed a lawsuit to block the transaction. In addition, Megan Wolf, Antoine and Mary Anne Mason assisted TransCanada with obtaining FTC clearance for its $13bn acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group. The practice has gone from strength to strength, with New York-based practitioner Juan Arteaga (the former deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division) and Alexis Gilman (most recently serving as the assistant director at the Mergers IV Division of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition) joining the team. Shari Lahlou and Los Angeles-based Jason Murray chair the antitrust practice. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s global footprint enables it to handle all types of antitrust-related complexities associated with high-profile transactions for US and international clients. Illustrative of the team’s breadth of experience, Richard Snyder has expertise in Latin American merger filings, while Hiram Andrews (New York) and Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum are particularly knowledgeable of European merger control matters. The team, which is led by Paul Yde, also represents clients before the FTC, DOJ and US state attorneys general. In 2017, Yde and Mary Lehner were part of a cross-border team that assisted Johnson & Johnson with obtaining global merger clearance for its $30bn acquisition of Swiss biotech company Actelion Pharmaceuticals. Bruce McCulloch, senior associate Jennifer Mellott and others acted as global antitrust counsel to Maersk Line in its $3.7bn acquisition of Hamburg Süd from the Dr Oetker Group. Other practitioners with significant merger control experience include Thomas Ensign, senior associates Jan Rybnicek and Laura Collins, and of counsel Terry Calvani. Special counsels Shawn Cooley and Christine Laciak have expertise in CFIUS-related reviews. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a strong track record in US and cross-border filings, and also in FTC and DOJ merger challenges. In a particularly headline-grabbing matter, the firm is acting for AT&T in the DOJ’s lawsuit challenging the client’s proposed $85bn acquisition of Time Warner; the lead partners are Robert Walters (who divides time between Dallas and Houston), Sean Royall (Dallas/Washington DC) Eric Stock (New York) and Adam Di Vincenzo (Washington DC). Elsewhere, the team has been particularly active in merger control matters in the healthcare sector; in 2017, this included advising Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative on its $1.8bn sale to Kaiser Permanente. Denver-based Richard Cunningham made partner in January 2018, and Joel Sanders has retired. Royall, Daniel Swanson (Los Angeles) and Scott Hammond (Washington DC) jointly head the antitrust practice. Cynthia Richman in Washington DC is also noted. Joshua Soven joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, while Richard Parker joined in Washington DC from O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s US team undertakes matters on a standalone basis, and also works with non-US offices across the global network in complex multi-jurisdictional billion-dollar transactions. The group fields a number of seasoned practitioners in the merger control space, including Joseph Krauss, Janet McDavid and Robert Leibenluft (who focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sector). Leigh Oliver and senior associates Lauren Battaglia and Robert Baldwin are working with members of the London office to advise LabCorp on the antitrust aspects of its $1.2bn acquisition of UK-based Chiltern. In 2017, Oliver and others successfully defended Advocate Health Care Network against the FTC’s action to stop the client’s merger with NorthShore University HealthSystem. Logan Breed, Rachel Brandenburger in New York and Meghan Rissmiller are other recommended individuals. Edith Ramirez, who joined the firm in September 2017, succeeded McDavid as head of the US team. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated. Since publication, Robert Robertson has moved to DLA Piper LLP (US).

Mayer Brown has a full-service practice covering all aspects of merger control, including pre-merger analysis (such as advice on strategic structurings and transactions to balance competition concerns), Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) and international filings, and merger investigations and litigation. William Stallings and Mark Ryan acted for CNH Industrial as the initial complainant in the DOJ’s lawsuit seeking to block Deere & Company’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto. The team also advised CNH on a review of the same transaction by Brazilian antitrust agency CADE. In 2016, Stallings, Ryan and counsel Meytal McCoy advised Virgin America on the DOJ’s review of its proposed takeover by Alaska Air Group, and also on a related private lawsuit. More recently, Scott Perlman and senior counsel Adrian Steel are acting for Global Houghton in the FTC’s second request investigation into the proposed $1.4bn sale of the business to Quaker Chemical; the firm’s Brussels office is handling a related investigation in Europe. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is particularly strong in obtaining clearances in hospital and other healthcare sector mergers. Raymond Jacobsen leads the team, which also has expertise in defense and consumer goods, among other areas. In 2017, Joel Grosberg, Gregory Heltzer and Daniel Powers assisted DaVita with successfully negotiating FTC clearance for its $360m acquisition of Renal Ventures Management. Jeffrey Brennan and Powers recently obtained clearances from the states of Tennessee and Virginia on behalf of Mountain States Health Alliance in relation to its merger with not-for-profit healthcare provider Wellmont Health System. Other key figures in the group are Stephen Wu in Chicago, William Díaz in Orange County and Jon Dubrow. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a high volume of HSR and non-US filings, and also provides assistance with merger investigations. In addition, another cornerstone of the practice is the team’s advocacy work in merger-related litigation. In 2017, Harry Robins in New York and Washington DC-based Scott Stempel and David Brenneman acted as antitrust counsel to animal health company Zoetis in its acquisition of Nexvet Biopharma. Brenneman made partner in October 2017. Intercontinental Exchange and Apollo Global Management are among the firm’s other clients. Steven Reed in Philadelphia is the global practice head.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is especially sought after by clients due to its strengths in extensive regulatory investigations and merger-related litigation. In 2017, Ted Hassi assisted Bass Pro Group with obtaining clearance for its $4.2bn merger with Cabela’s Incorporated, following an intensive second request investigation by the FTC. In another highlight, Ben Bradshaw, Los Angeles-based partner Kenneth O’Rourke and Courtney Dyer successfully obtained DOJ clearance on behalf of Alaska Airlines for its proposed $4bn acquisition of Virgin America; the DOJ’s clearance of the deal followed a now-settled lawsuit brought by several private plaintiffs seeking to block the transaction. Ian Simmons. Katrina Robson is also noted. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Paul Hastings LLP’s highly rated US team is supported by a wider network of international offices, giving it an enhanced capability in transactions requiring multi-jurisdictional clearances, and involving other cross-border antitrust issues. In 2017, demonstrating its work on major matters, Scott Hataway and senior associate Michael Wise advised Samsung on antitrust issues associated with its $8bn acquisition of Harman International Industries (the largest Korean outbound M&A transaction on record). In addition, MJ Moltenbrey and Wise are assisting Monsanto with antitrust issues associated with its $66bn sale to Bayer. Dick Clark Productions, CDH Investment Partners and Electrolux are among other recent clients. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s team is ‘at the high end of the scale for knowledge, expertise and experience’ when it comes to high-stakes merger control matters. Key figures include Jonathan Kanter, who is ‘available around the clock’, and New York-based Aidan Synnott, who delivers ‘level-headed, thoughtful and practical advice’. Synnott heads the practice with Kenneth Gallo, Charles Rule and Joseph Simons. In 2017, a team including Scott Barshay in New York and Andrew Forman acted as corporate and antitrust counsel to Ariad Pharmaceuticals in its $5.2bn sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical. On the merger litigation front, Joseph Bial, counsel Daniel Howley and others represented Cigna in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ and several states seeking to block the client’s proposed $54bn headline merger with Anthem. The team has also acted for clients such as Kate Spade & Company, Virtu Financial and Eli Lilly. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

New York-based M&A powerhouse Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz assists clients with the antitrust issues connected to big-ticket transactions. In 2017, Damian Didden acted as antitrust counsel to Broadcom in its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm. Ilene Gotts’ recent work includes assisting Danone with obtaining DOJ clearance of its acquisition of WhiteWave. Nelson Fitts handles antitrust issues within sectors such as energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services, among others. Joseph Larson is another notable partner.

White & Case LLP delivers results in accordance with the expectations of global clients in US second request investigations, multi-jurisdictional merger reviews and merger litigation. The US merger control practice is anchored by George Paul and Rebecca Farrington, who worked alongside Mark Gidley, Christopher Curran and others to advise Anthem on the DOJ’s and plaintiff states’ lawsuit challenging the client’s proposed $54.2bn acquisition of Cigna. Farrington, Robert Milne in New York and counsel Anna Kertesz assisted Vertex Pharmaceuticals with obtaining FTC clearance (without remedies, following the issue of a second request) for its circa $250m acquisition of cystic fibrosis drug CTP-656 from Concert Pharmaceuticals. The firm has also acted for clients such as Calpine Corporation, Aramco Services Company and Sempra Energy. John Donaldson and counsel Douglas Jasinski are recommended. Named individuals are based in Washington DC, except where otherwise stated.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a strong client following in industries such as technology, financial services, energy and healthcare. It handles all stages of the merger process, ranging from cross-border merger analysis and merger filings to US/EC/UK CMA merger investigations and litigation. In 2017, Corey Roush, Paul Hewitt and others assisted VCA with successfully negotiating an FTC second request investigation and obtaining clearance for its $9.1bn sale to Mars Petcare. Roush was also the lead partner in a team which acted as antitrust counsel to 7-Eleven in its $3.3bn acquisition of Sunoco LP. Gorav Jindal has 18 years of transactional antitrust experience at public sector level and private practice. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

In 2017, in a demonstration of Baker McKenzie LLP’s strengths in high-profile multi-jurisdictional deals, David Clanton and John Fedele advised Safran SA on the global merger review related to the divestment of Morpho Detection to Smiths. Other key figures in the team include Brian Burke and Teisha Johnson, who together acted as antitrust counsel to Konica Minolta in its $1bn acquisition of Ambry Genetics. The practice is gaining momentum under the leadership of North America antitrust head Mark Hamer, and was strengthened by the arrival of Creighton Macy at the firm in 2017. Macy joined from the DOJ, where he served as chief of staff and senior counsel in the Antitrust Division. Craig Lee is another active practitioner. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Cooley LLP’s team, which is led by Jacqueline Grise, assists clients with the antitrust aspects of US and international M&A, which includes handling related merger investigations. The group, which also includes Howard Morse and Marc Schildkraut, is particularly well known for acting for clients from hi-tech industries. Grise is acting for BroadSoft in its $1.9bn acquisition by Cisco. Another highlight involved assisting Dynamic Network Service with obtaining DOJ clearance for its sale to Oracle Corporation. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s group, which is jointly led by Daniel Abuhoff and Gary Kubek, assists clients with negotiating merger clearances from the DOJ and FTC. It also works with practitioners located in offices outside of the US on multi-jurisdictional merger filings and cross-border investigations. Abuhoff, Kubek, Michael Schaper, Erica Weisgerber and Kyra Bromley are acting for Discovery Communications in the DOJ’s second request investigation into the client’s proposed $14.6bn acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive. In 2017, the team advised Showa Denko KK on obtaining DOJ clearance for its acquisition of SGL Carbon’s worldwide graphite electrodes business. Kelso & Co, Pernod Ricard and Dover Corporation are other notable clients. All named individuals are based in New York.

At Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, New York-based partner Nathaniel Asker is the main contact in the US, following former global chair Bernard Nigro’s appointment as deputy assistant attorney general at the DOJ. Tobias Caspary, who divides time between London and Frankfurt, is the key EU partner. Asker works closely with Caspary on all antitrust aspects of US and cross-border transactions. In 2017, highlights included acting as antitrust counsel to Coach in its $2.4bn acquisition of Kate Spade & Company, and advising Knight Transportation on its merger with Swift Transportation. Associate Aleksandr Livshits in New York is highly regarded.

Goodwin’s merger control head Andrea Murino (Washington DC) has ‘brought the practice to the next level and put the firm on the map’. A hallmark of the team is its ‘strong agency experience’, which was evident in 2017 when Murino, Andrew Goodman (New York) and Kirby Lewis (Boston) assisted Concert Pharmaceuticals with the FTC’s second request investigation of the client’s agreement to sell cystic fibrosis drug CTP-656 to Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Todd Hahn (New York) is another recommended individual in the team, whose clients include SGL Carbon, Eventbrite and TA Associates.

Linklaters LLP’s antitrust team provides ‘perfect guidance in a highly complex, international merger transaction’. Jeff Schmidt in Washington DC, who heads the department with New York partners Thomas McGrath and Douglas Tween, has ‘deep industry and government knowledge, and is measured and practical in his advice’. McGrath is leading a team - which includes counsel Antonia Sherman and senior associate John Eichlin in New York and members of the Beijing and Brussels offices - that is advising Linde on the global antitrust aspects of its $73bn merger of equals with Praxair. Another highlight saw McGrath, Sherman and practitioners in London and Beijing act as antitrust counsel to Siemens in a DOJ investigation into a merger of Siemens’ and Gamesa’s wind turbines businesses.

Morrison & Foerster LLP has ‘good people to work with’, who are ‘bright and engaged’ in transactional antitrust matters. In 2017, Jonathan Gowdy, Roxann Henry, David Meyer and others acted for Deere & Company in the high-profile DOJ lawsuit related to its proposed acquisition of Precision Planting’s equipment business. Another highlight involved Henry and Steven Kaufmann assisting Axalta Coating Systems with obtaining clearances from the FTC and Canadian Competition Bureau for its $420m acquisition of Valspar’s North American wood coatings business; this deal was a condition of Sherwin-Williams’ acquisition of Valspar. Jeff Jaeckel leads the US team. Stephen Smith has retired from private practice. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP handles all stages of the US and global merger review process for clients such as GCC America, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, and Dentsply Sirona. In 2017, Daniel Wellington obtained unconditional FTC clearance on behalf of Good Shepherd Health System in relation to its acquisition by CHRISTUS Health. Wellington also assisted Gemalto with the antitrust aspects of its $850m acquisition of 3M’s identity management business. David Foster is another key figure. Layne Kruse, whose time is split between Houston and Washington DC, heads up the US antitrust practice. Wellington and Foster are based full time in Washington DC. Neely Agin joined Winston & Strawn LLP.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is viewed by many clients as a destination firm for merger control work. In the technology sector, names such as Microsoft, Apigee and Cisco have hired the firm specifically to handle the antitrust aspects of complex M&A transactions. Key figures in the team include James Tierney and Alex Okuliar, who together led the advice to Planet Labs on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Google’s Terra Bella satellite business. The firm also attracts work from sectors outside of technology, including healthcare, food products and industrial machinery. Okuliar and of counsel Patricia Zeigler advised Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka Pharmaceutical on antitrust issues associated with its acquisition of Neurovance. Jay Jurata leads the group, which also includes Garret Rasmussen. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Boston-based counsel Deidre Johnson leads Ropes & Gray LLP’s merger control practice. In addition, Ruchit Patel, who is a key contact in the London office, adds UK and EU competition law expertise to the global offering. The team handles HSR filings and co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional merger clearances, and also assists clients with merger investigations and challenges. In a multifaceted transaction, which required multiple HSR filings, the team acted as antitrust counsel to Bain Capital in its acquisition of Surgery Partners from HIG Capital, and also in its acquisition of National Surgical Healthcare from Irving Place Capital. Michael McFalls and Jonathan Klarfeld, who are both based in Washington DC, are recommended individuals in the team. Mark Popofsky, whose practice is split between Washington DC and San Francisco, is overall head of the antitrust group.

In 2017, Shearman & Sterling LLP expanded its footprint in Washington DC by hiring David Higbee, Djordje Petkoski, Ryan Shores and Todd Stenerson from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Bruce Hoffman, who also made the move, subsequently became acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Higbee, who is now the global antitrust head, ‘manages his team very efficiently and effectively’. In 2017, New York-based practitioners Jessica Delbaum and associate Aleksandra Petkovic worked with practitioners in the Brussels office to advise B/E Aerospace on the antitrust aspects of its $8.3bn acquisition of Rockwell Collins. In another highlight, Delbaum, New York-based of counsel Wayne Dale Collins and others assisted American Axle & Manufacturing with obtaining clearances in the US, Mexico, South Korea, Austria and Germany of its $3.2bn acquisition of Metaldyne Performance Group. Counsel Daniel Francis, who practises in Washington DC, is also recommended.

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team, which is chaired by Houston-based James Reeder and Craig Seebald in Washington DC, works closely with the firm’s corporate group to advise on all types of antitrust issues connected with transactions. Its wide-ranging workload includes HSR filings and global merger notifications, merger investigations and litigation. William Vigdor (Washington DC), Reeder, counsel Deborah Milner (Houston) and others represented Plains All American Pipeline (Plains) in an FTC investigation into the client’s agreement with Valero Energy providing for the acquisition by a Valero subsidiary of two petroleum storage facilities in Northern California owned by a subsidiary of Plains. The team also handled a subsequent related lawsuit filed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California seeking to block the transaction. Washington DC-based Neil Imus’ work in 2017 included assisting Select Energy Services with antitrust issues associated with its merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions. The team has also acted for clients such as MoneyGram International, Omega Protein and Concho Resources.

WilmerHale’s team, which is led by Thomas Mueller (Washington DC/Brussels), works closely with other offices across the network in industry-defining transactions that attract regulatory scrutiny both inside and outside the US; this was demonstrated in 2017 when Molly Boast (New York) and Hartmut Schneider (Washington DC) worked with the Brussels office to advise Baker Hughes on the global merger review of its $32bn merger with General Electric’s oil and gas unit; the combined entity is now the second-largest oilfield service company in the world. In addition, Boast is working with members of the Berlin office to assist Monsanto with its $66bn sale to Bayer. Leon Greenfield (Washington DC) is another name to note.

Bracewell LLP has an excellent reputation for acting on behalf of energy sector clients, but its merger control work also extends to healthcare, financial services and technology, among other areas. In 2017, New York-based Daniel Hemli and Washington DC-based counsel Jacqueline Java advised Pembina Pipeline on the US antitrust aspects of it’s circa C$9.7bn acquisition of Veresen. The firm’s other energy sector clients include Chevron, Holly Energy Partners and Hydro One. Outside of energy, another highlight involved assisting Delta Card Services, as the holding company of Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS), with the antitrust aspects of MCPS’ sale to Paysafe Group for $470m.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s Elai Katz and counsel Lauren Rackow (both in New York) advise clients on transactional antitrust matters arising at all stages of M&A transactions. In 2017, the pair assisted Tembec with obtaining FTC and DOJ clearances for its $807m sale to Rayonier Advanced Materials, and co-ordinated related regulatory approvals in Canada, Germany and China. The team also advised Empire District Electric on obtaining antitrust and CFIUS approvals associated with its acquisition by a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities.


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Press Releases worldwide

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to