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Paul’s practice involves representing parties before the DOJ, FTC, and State Attorneys General on the antitrust aspects of M&A, joint ventures, distribution and intellectual property arrangements, and other competitive conduct. He acts as lead counsel on complex matters in a variety of industries, including a continuous docket of merger and conduct investigations at the DOJ and FTC. He also litigates antitrust cases before federal and state courts and in federal administrative proceedings. Paul previously held positions in government antitrust enforcement, serving as counsel to two Federal Trade Commissioners and as a litigation attorney in the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Paul has been recognized as a leading US antitrust lawyer by Global Counsel, Chambers Global, and International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers. He has been active in the leadership of the ABA’s Antitrust Section, and has served on the editorial boards of Antitrust Law Journal and Antitrust Magazine. Paul is trained in both law and economics, having received undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics with a specialization in industrial organization (antitrust) economics. Paul received his JD and an MA (economics) from the University of Kansas, and a BS (economics) from the University of Wisconsin. He is admitted in the District of Columbia and Ohio.
United States: Antitrust
Cooperating closely with its international network of antitrust attorneys, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s US antitrust group receives a steady flow of work on high-profile domestic and multi-jurisdictional cartel investigations. The practice, which is headed by Paul Yde, is involved in matters related to LIBOR, the global forex market and credit default swaps. Bruce McCulloch represented Vita Group in a DOJ price-fixing investigation into the polyurethane foam industry. The firm also acted for autoparts manufacturer Continental. Other key clients include Intel, Novartis and the London Stock Exchange. Tom Ensign appears regularly before the DOJ and the FTC.
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Washington DC team was particularly active in 2015, notably in litigation following on from cartel investigations. As an example, practice head Paul Yde led the defense of United Airlines in more than 100 civil complaints brought nationwide following a DOJ investigation into potential airline price and capacity collusion among domestic carriers. The group acts for numerous international clients, such as Beijing Matsushita Color (Re Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation) and Hachette Book Group. Bruce McCulloch is an additional key contact. Since publication, Michael Lacovara has joined Latham & Watkins LLP.
Within: Leading lawyers
Paul Yde - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Within: Merger control
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s antitrust group is known for its ‘pragmatic approach and good understanding of the regulatory environment’. Headed by the recommended Paul Yde, it has seen an upsurge in deals triggering scrutiny by the DOJ, the FTC, state attorneys general and foreign regulators. Yde and counsel Mary Lehner advised global drinks can maker Rexam on the merger control aspects of its $6.35bn takeover by US competitor Ball Corporation. Intel is another major client. Tom Ensign is also noted.