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Bruce McCulloch

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Bruce is a partner in Freshfields’ ACT group based in Washington, DC. Bruce specializes in antitrust counseling and representation before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Bruce’s broad experience in civil and criminal matters makes him a reliable source to clients in a wide range of industries, including automotive products, consumer products, manufacturing, mining, natural gas gathering and processing, and wholesale drug distribution.

Bruce has been a leader in the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He speaks frequently at ABA programs and recently served as the co-editor of the Transportation Antitrust Handbook. He has also authored books and articles for the trade group’s publications, such as the Premerger Notification Practice Manual, Energy Antitrust Handbook and Market Power Handbook.

Bruce received his JD from George Mason University School of Law with high honors and his BA from the University of Virginia. He is admitted in Washington, DC and Virginia.

United States: Antitrust


Within: Cartel

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.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Within: Civil litigation/class actions: defense

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.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

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.

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