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Covington & Burling LLP has an outstanding track record in global cartel investigations and associated follow-on actions, including those concerning automotive parts, air cargo and power cables. Michael Fanelli has had a key role in the majority of the firm’s cartel matters since 1996. Thomas Barnett and Deborah Garza previously held leadership positions at the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), while San Francisco’s Phillip Warren headed the Antitrust Division’s field office in San Francisco for 12 years. Lanny Breuer, Mythili Raman and Bruce Baird are other names to note in the team.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP excels in US and global cartel investigations, and San Francisco’s Trey Nicoud is acting for NEC Tokin and NEC Tokin America in the DOJ’s investigation into the capacitor industry, as well as in follow-on actions pending in the Northern District of California. Other key representations include matters concerning cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and TFT-LCD panels, automotive parts and the foreign exchange markets. The group is jointly led by Washington DC-based Scott Hammond (whose 25-year career as a DOJ prosecutor included an eight-year spell as the Antitrust Division’s deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement) and Sean Royall as well as New York-based Peter Sullivan and Daniel Swanson in Los Angeles. Eric Stock, who was formerly chief of the Antitrust Bureau at the New York Attorney General’s office, joined the firm in 2016. Cynthia Richman is a strong up-and-coming lawyer.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Jeremy Calsyn, who is a member of the ABA Antitrust Law Section’s International Cartel Task Force, is working with Mark Leddy, Mark Nelson, Brian Byrne and Kenneth Reinker as global counsel to several financial institutions (including HSBC and Citigroup) in worldwide investigations and litigation concerning foreign exchange trading, Libor and ISDAfix, among other matters. The firm’s other recent highlights included representing seven automotive parts manufacturers in an investigation into price-fixing. Reinker, Daniel Culley and Elaine Ewing made partner, while David Gelfand rejoined the firm after serving as deputy assistant attorney general for litigation at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division.

Latham & Watkins LLP leverages its sizable network in global cartel investigations and is also extremely active in domestic US cartel defense work. The firm’s recent mandates have spanned areas such as optical disk drives, automotive parts and generic drugs. Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and San Francisco’s Christopher Yates are co-chairs of the global practice, a notable hallmark of which is that a number of individuals have previous government experience in cartel investigations; in the US, these include Lawrence Buterman in Washington DC, and Niall Lynch and Karen Silverman in San Francisco. Counsel Farrell Malone joined the Washington DC office from Arnold & Porter LLP.

Global antitrust chair Mark Gidley spearheads White & Case LLP’s practice, which is recommended for high-stakes US and global investigations and associated civil litigation. Christopher Curran and Eileen Cole are working with the Tokyo office to advise Maruyasu Industries on a DOJ investigation into price-fixing and market allocation of multiple automotive parts. Christopher Curran and New York-based Martin Toto and John Chung are other notable members of the team, as are recently promoted partners Heather Burke in Silicon Valley and Kate Dyson in Boston. Peter Carney is a rising star.

Reflective of WilmerHale’s high-end practice, Thomas Mueller and Palo Alto’s Heather Tewksbury are working with the firm’s Brussels office to represent ELNA in a multi-jurisdictional price-fixing cartel investigation involving manufacturers of capacitors. This matter is being scrutinized by the DOJ, the Korean Fair Trade Commission and the European Commission, among other authorities. Steven Cherry’s expertise in US and international investigations is complemented by his experience of antitrust civil litigation, including class actions. Molly Boast in New York and Perry Lange are among other key members of the team. James Burling and Michelle Miller retired from private practice.

Jonathan Gleklen leads the newly merged team at Arnold & Porter, which brings together the antitrust expertise of two firms. The combined group includes James W Cooper, John Nassikas and James L Cooper, as well as the New York pair of Saul Morgenstern and Jennifer Patterson. Members are experienced in acting for corporates and individual executives in investigations and related private litigation spanning a range of industries, including auto parts, Libor/Tibor and maritime shipping. Susan Hinchcliffe, who was based at the London office, joined General Electric.

In 2016, Baker Botts L.L.P. represented Royal Philips in landmark multi-district litigation (MDL), in which it successfully pleaded the client’s withdrawal from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among cathode ray tube (CRT) manufacturers. The firm also previously assisted the client with avoiding a fine in a related DOJ investigation. Elsewhere, it acts for clients in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations and matters before the European Commission, among other antitrust authorities. John Taladay and Stephen Weissman are co-chairs of the antitrust practice, which also includes the highly regarded Joseph Ostoyich, Erik Koons and James Rill.

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s US antitrust team comprises more than 40 lawyers and also draws on the resources of its wider global network to handle US and international cartel investigations for clients from a wide range of sectors, including financial services, electronics and aviation. Recent matters involved multi-jurisdictional investigations in areas such as Libor, auto parts and pharmaceuticals. Names to note in the team, which is led by Janet McDavid, include San Francisco’s Megan Dixon, who was formerly a prosecutor in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, and Kathryn Hellings. Senior associate Daniel Shulak is also recommended.

Jones Day represents US and global clients in large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations across a broad cross-section of industries, including oil and gas, healthcare and financial services. In addition, the firm’s credentials are supported by its strong track record in high-profile follow-on actions; John Majoras, Cleveland’s Michelle Fischer and others are defending Yazaki and its US subsidiary in automotive parts class actions, having also represented the client in the DOJ’s investigation of the industry. Julia McEvoy rejoined the firm, having served as deputy associate attorney general at the DOJ.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP is representing Bumble Bee Foods in a DOJ investigation and related class actions connected with its alleged participation in a price-fixing cartel in the packaged seafood space. In a separate matter, the firm advised Samsung on the Korean Fair Trade Commission’s investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing of mobile phone patents, and successfully opposed Qualcomm’s court application for highly sensitive information to be turned over to the KFTC in response to that investigation. Ian Simmons and Richard Parker jointly head the team, which includes Michael Tubach in San Francisco and Ted Hassi.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘very capable and experienced’ group was significantly strengthened by the addition of a team from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, including Charles Rule, Andrew Forman, Joseph Bial and Jonathan Kanter. The firm particularly stands out in global investigations involving multiple regulators. Highlights included handling Libor and ISDAfix investigations (and related civil litigation) for Deutsche Bank, and acting for Europe Chemi-Con in a European Commission investigation into price-fixing in the capacitors industry. Kenneth Gallo, Aidan Synnott in New York and Joseph Simons are also recommended.

Sidley Austin LLP has a leading reputation in government agency investigations and handles a varied workload, which has recently spanned areas such as auto parts, foreign currency exchange and generic pharmaceuticals. Peter Huston (a former assistant chief in the Antitrust Division’s San Francisco office), Jeffrey Green and New York-based Joel Mitnick and Timothy Treanor are recommended.

In 2016, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s global antitrust head Steven Sunshine, who has a strong track record in assisting clients with avoiding indictments or pleas in federal investigations, represented Corning International Kabushiki Kaisha (CIKK) in a DOJ investigation into the pricing of certain automotive products. The firm also had an active role in the automotive parts investigation. Another key individual is Tara Reinhart, who is experienced in criminal and civil investigations involving sectors such as transport and industrial chemicals, among others.

Allen & Overy LLP’s team, which is split between New York and Washington DC, represents US and international clients in US DOJ and cross-border cartel investigations, as well as in associated litigation. Reflective of the breadth of the practice, recent mandates spanned some of the largest and most active areas in the cartels space, such as foreign exchange, automotive parts and precious metals. John Roberti and New York-based David Esseks and Michael Feldberg are also recommended. Since publication, John Terzaken has joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Domestic and multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations are areas of strength at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, where the antitrust team is led by Paul Yde. The group draws work from clients across a wide range of sectors, such as healthcare, financial services and aviation. Yde is the lead adviser to United Airlines in a DOJ investigation and associated civil litigation connected with an alleged conspiracy with other US airlines over price-fixing and seating capacity. Bruce McCulloch, Tom Ensign and of counsel Terry Calvani are among other key individuals, as is recently promoted partner Mary Lehner.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a strong choice for criminal and civil US and cross-border investigations, as well as follow-on damages actions. James Mutchnik in Chicago and Cormac Connor acted for global chemicals manufacturer Geo Specialty Chemicals in a DOJ investigation into an alleged price-fixing and customer allocation conspiracy. Other active practitioners include Daniel Laytin, San Francisco-based Eliot Adelson and Los Angeles-based Tammy Tsoumas. Katherine Rocco and Yi-Chin Ho joined respectively from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, while Matthew Reilly joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Mayer Brown’s vastly experienced team fields several partners who served in key positions at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, including practice head Mark Ryan, William Stallings and Robert Bloch. The firm assists companies and executives with conduct investigations brought by the DOJ, the FTC, the European Commission and antitrust authorities further afield. Follow-on actions are another area of strength. HSBC, Google Inc and Nestlé USA are among the firm’s key clients.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s 65-strong US team, which is led by Raymond Jacobsen, handles a mix of federal and state-level grand jury investigations, as well as matters initiated by the FTC, the European Commission and national antitrust authorities based worldwide. Illustrative of the extensive experience of the group, its workload has previously spanned areas such as chemicals, vitamins and heavy lift shipping. Stefan Meisner, Paul Thompson and Nicole Castle are other members of the team, which acts for clients such as Amgen, Lockheed Martin and Mars. Mary Strimel joined the firm from the DOJ, where she had served as chief of one of two antitrust criminal enforcement sections in Washington DC.

Clients value Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘extremely high level of service’, with the ‘fabulous and easy-to-work-with’ global practice head Steven Reed and Brendan Fee, who are both based in Philadelphia, being singled-out for particular praise. The firm’s varied practice includes DOJ and FTC investigations as well as matters initiated by antitrust authorities in Europe and Asia. Darren Tucker, Hill Wellford and Silicon Valley’s Mark Krotoski are among several lawyers who have previously served in high-ranking positions at the US antitrust enforcement agencies. Royal Dutch Shell, ICAP and Merck & Co are among the firm’s active clients.

Morrison & Foerster LLP has a reputation in the cartels arena dating back 30 years and is a go-to for domestic and international clients in DOJ and worldwide investigations, as well as associated civil litigation. Reflective of its high-end practice, recent mandates have spanned areas such as automotive parts, drywall and liquid crystal displays. Jeff Jaeckel and Stephen Smith are co-chairs of the global antitrust practice, which also includes Roxann Henry and Bradley Lui. Stuart Plunkett joined Baker Botts L.L.P., while Sean Gates left to establish Charis Lex P.C..

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has been handling global cartel investigations for more than 40 years. In San Francisco, practice head Gary Halling worked with James McGinnis and Michael Scarborough in representing Samsung SDI in US and cross-border investigations into alleged price-fixing of CRTs, as well as in related class action litigation. Michael Cohen in San Francisco is recommended along with Leo Caseria in Los Angeles and Donald Klawiter.

Winston & Strawn LLP features prominently in some of the largest and most high-profile US and global cartel investigations; in a recent highlight, it acted for Panasonic in the DOJ’s investigation into the capacitors market. Other recent mandates for the firm have involved areas such as optical disk drives, CRTs and rechargeable batteries. Jeffrey Kessler chairs the global antitrust practice. Paul Victor, Seth Farber, Eva Cole and of counsel James Lerner are other notable practitioners in the team. All named attorneys are based in New York. Heather Kafele joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, a former trial attorney with the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, is ‘building a good team’ at DLA Piper LLP (US), which represents clients in US criminal cartel investigations across a wide range of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals and aviation. The group also works with offices within the firm’s wider network on cross-border matters. Associate Matthew Bartlett is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in San Francisco.

William Kolasky’s team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP includes the ‘smart and tenacious’ Elizabeth Prewitt in New York, who in 2015 joined from the DOJ’s Antitrust Division (where she was a trial lawyer and served as assistant chief in its New York office). Robert Bell and New York-based Marc Weinstein are other key members of the group, which was further bolstered by Ali Stoeppelwerth’s arrival from WilmerHale. The firm is currently acting for clients in investigations involving sectors such as pharmaceuticals, financial services and e-commerce. Ethan Litwin joined Dechert LLP.

In addition to handling DOJ and FTC investigations, Linklaters LLP’s US team leverages its sizable global network in high-stakes multi-jurisdictional matters. New York-based practice head Douglas Tween is particularly well regarded for his expertise in matters involving allegations of some of the most serious antitrust violations, including bid-rigging, price-fixing and group boycotts. Thomas McGrath in New York and Jeff Schmidt are among other standout practitioners at the firm, which acts for clients such as Deutsche Börse, BP and The Linde Group.

Outstanding and experienced’ practice head Kirby Behre and Lauren Briggerman are key contacts at Miller & Chevalier Chartered, which has a first-rate reputation for successfully resolving cartel investigations initiated by US and international antitrust authorities for companies and executives. The firm recently acted for UTi Worldwide and UTi-Brazil in a global cartel investigation involving the freight forwarding industry. Other recent cartel investigations have involved areas such as generic drugs, drywall and municipal bonds.

San Francisco-based Roxane Polidora leads the antitrust group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, which represents clients at all stages of US-centered and cross-border cartel cases, from their investigation and criminal prosecution to associated civil litigation. The firm’s practice is also actively involved in civil antitrust investigations. James Dick joined in Washington DC from Squire Patton Boggs.

New York-based Michael McGovern is a key contact at Ropes & Gray LLP, which represents companies and individuals in domestic and international criminal antitrust investigations. McGovern, who jointly heads the practice with Mark Popofsky, has experience in a wide variety of investigations, including those concerning automotive parts, capacitors, Libor and foreign exchange products.

Shearman & Sterling LLP has strong capabilities in federal grand jury and European investigations, and has expertise in the full range of the most serious anti-competitive practices, including price-fixing, bid-rigging and group boycotts. In New York, Adam Hakki, Richard Schwed and of counsel Wayne Dale Collins are names to note, as is San Francisco-based John Cove. The firm’s notable client roster includes names such as Barclays and JTEKT. Beau Buffier left the firm to lead the Antitrust Bureau at the office of the New York State Attorney General. Heather Kafele moved to Winston & Strawn LLP in March 2017.

James Reeder in Houston and Craig Seebald head Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team, which is representing Hitachi Automotive Systems in a DOJ investigation into the auto parts industry (this DOJ investigation is also being coordinated with antitrust authorities in Canada, Japan and the EU). The group also assists clients with investigations initiated by the FTC, state attorneys general and foreign antitrust agencies. Huntsman International, Phadia US and TriStar Investors are among the firm’s notable clients in this space.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Steven Reiss and Adam Hemlock spearhead the firm’s cartel practice out of the New York office, handling criminal investigations and related civil litigation. The firm’s diverse workload has seen its advise on matters involving automotive parts, liquid crystal displays and e-books, among many other areas. Key clients include ExxonMobil, Sumitomo Chemical and Pirelli.

Williams & Connolly LLP’s longstanding experience in the criminal antitrust arena makes it well placed to advise on investigations in the US and internationally, with recent mandates involving financial benchmarking, automotive parts and ocean shipping services, among other areas. John Schmidtlein’s broad practice includes investigations brought by the DOJ, the FTC and state attorneys general. Jonathan Pitt and David Zinn are other names to note.

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