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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

300 NORTH LASALLE, CHICAGO, IL 60654, USA
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Work +1 312 862 2000
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Fax +1 312 862 2200
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www.kirkland.com

Daniel Laytin

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Work +1 312-862-2198
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Mr. Laytin represents clients in high-profile commercial, antitrust and class action litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. In the antitrust area, he regularly litigates conspiracy and monopolization cases arising in both commercial and class action contexts, and counsels clients on distribution, pricing and competitor collaboration issues.

Member

Past Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Antitrust Section.

Education

University of Michigan, A.B., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995; University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1998.


United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

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.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team, which is led from Chicago by James Mutchnik and Daniel Laytin, features prominently in cases of the utmost complexity and significance, particularly in sectors that attract close regulatory scrutiny, including energy, hi-tech, telecoms and healthcare. ‘Reverse payment settlement’ cases in the pharmaceuticals sector is a notable area of activity and the team is handling multiple matters for Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Barr Laboratories Unit, including litigation arising from an alleged conspiracy to delay market entry of the generic version of antibiotic Cipro. In the financial services arena, a group including Joseph Serino and Eric Leon in New York and Robert Khuzami and Patrick Montgomery in Washington DC is representing Deutsche Bank in various matters, including two putative class actions concerning an alleged conspiracy with other financial institutions to manipulate the Gold Fix and Silver Fix markets, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. Matthew Reilly recently joined the firm in Washington DC from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, while other key hires are Katherine Rocco (New York), Yi-Chin Ho (Los Angeles) and Anna Rotman (Houston), who joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Yetter Coleman LLP respectively.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)

Within: Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)

The combination of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and specialist appellate firm Bancroft PLLC has helped form ‘a top-notch team of highly skilled and creative attorneys’. This includes the renowned Paul Clement, from the legacy Bancroft firm, who achieved unanimous victories in Encino Motorcars v Navarro and Hughes v Talen Energy Marketing, supported by Jeffrey Harris and Erin Murphy respectively. Christopher Landau led a team that persuaded the US Supreme Court to reverse a California state court judgment and compel arbitration proceedings against DirectTV under the Federal Arbitration Act, effectively prohibiting state courts from infringing federal arbitration rights. The group had notable successes for clients in the energy and technology sectors. Chicago’s Andrew McGaan convinced the Third Circuit to affirm a bankruptcy court order approving a $4.4bn settlement in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Energy Future Holdings. Daniel Laytin, also based in Chicago, secured a favorable judgment for Trina Solar at the Sixth Circuit, resulting in the dismissal of a complaint regarding alleged predatory pricing. John O’Quinn convinced the Federal Circuit to vacate a $16.2m damages award against Cisco arising from patent infringement proceedings. In the Delaware Supreme Court, Chicago-based of counsel Robert Kopecky secured an affirmation of the dismissal of a shareholder derivative action for General Motors, preventing a potential flood of liability claims following a large-scale safety recall. Daniel Donovan and New York-based Jay Lefkowitz are also noted.

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