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Covington & Burling LLP

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Deborah Garza

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Covington & Burling LLP

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Partner

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With more than 35 years of experience in the private and public sectors, Ms. Garza counsels clients in all areas of antitrust law, including transactions, complex litigation, and government civil and criminal investigations. Ms. Garza previously served as Acting Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff and Counselor and a Special Assistant during various tours of duty with the US Justice Department Antitrust Division from 1983 through 2009. From 2004 to 2007, while in private practice, she chaired by Presidential appointment the Congressionally-created Antitrust Modernization Commission, which advised Congress and the President on US antitrust enforcement policy. In addition to maintaining a busy private practice, Ms. Garza continues to participate in the public policy sphere through testimony before Congress and service as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network and as an officer of the ABA Antitrust Section and as a member of the Federalist Society.


United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

Covington & Burling LLP is ‘one of the best antitrust firms in the US’ and ‘a leader in cartel representation’. The practice includes 30 partners nationwide involved in cartel investigations and follow-on litigation, and currently has an emphasis on the automotive, manufacturing, hi-tech, telecoms and financial sectors. Fielding two former heads of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, Deborah Garza and Thomas Barnett, the group ‘understands the DOJ’s enforcement approach, using that knowledge to formulate the strongest possible defense for clients’. The group recently successfully represented a manufacturer of submarine power cables. The practice also includes the former head of the Antitrust Division’s San Francisco office, Phillip Warren, who is ‘able to think both strategically and practically’. Eric Holder rejoined the firm after serving as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States for six years. Bruce Baird and Michael Fanelli are recommended. All attorneys work in Washington DC except Warren, who is based in San Francisco.

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Civil litigation/class actions

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Deborah Garza - Covington & Burling LLP

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Covington & Burling LLP combines ‘strong industry knowledge’ with ‘fast response times’ to provide a ‘high level of service’. The team’s comprehensive antitrust capabilities extend to acting in high-profile trials, with Robert Wick successfully defending on appeal Samsung Electronics’ notable victory against Motorola in the latter’s cartel price-fixing allegations against a group of LCD display manufacturers. On the class action side, Derek Ludwin is representing the San Francisco 49ers in a suit brought against the NFL team by its ticketholders alleging anti-competitive ticket distribution arrangements, while a cross-office team, which includes Emily Johnson Henn in Silicon Valley, is acting for Walt Disney and others in defending a putative class action filed by animation studio employees alleging unlawful agreements not to cold-call each other’s employees. Key contact and practice co-chair Deborah Garza also featured in this matter. All individuals named are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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Merger control

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Deborah Garza - Covington & Burling LLP

Within: Merger control

Complex merger review makes up a significant part of Covington & Burling LLP’s antitrust practice. The firm handles work for a range of clients, but it has special expertise in relation to life sciences, technology, and privacy and data security. Recently, the group secured an important victory for Expedia in its $1.6bn acquisition of Orbitz, with Thomas Barnett and Anne Lee acting as lead partners. Highly regarded Deborah Garza represented Steel Partners Holdings in the sale of Arlon to Rogers Corporation, obtaining HSR clearance without a second request. Other key clients include Facebook and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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