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Bruce is a partner in Freshfields’ ACT group based in Washington, DC. Bruce focuses on 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 is a leader in the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He speaks frequently at ABA programs and authors 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
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.