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James Mutchnik

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Antitrust & Competition


James Mutchnik represents corporate and individual clients in antitrust, white-collar crime, and commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States and before a variety of federal and state investigative agencies. In the antitrust area, he litigates various matters, from alleged price fixing to price discrimination, and represents clients in dealing with antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He counsels a wide range of small and large companies in diverse industries on pricing, marketing, distribution and dealer termination issues.


University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1986. Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1989.

United States: Antitrust


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James Mutchnik - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP defends clients in major government-initiated and private antitrust cases, handling the full spectrum of antitrust-related claims, including price-fixing, cartel and monopolization allegations. The firm recently represented autoparts manufacturer Tenneco in a joint investigation by the DOJ and the European Commission, with the result that the DOJ granted the client conditional leniency. Other highlights include matters related to the DOJ’s and European Commission’s ocean shipping investigations. Chicago-based James Mutchnik is the key antitrust partner in the firm.

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Civil litigation/class actions

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James Mutchnik - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s client base, which includes the Chicago Cubs, Bain Capital and EVA Air, reflects its breadth of expertise. Esteemed litigator James Mutchnik, based in Washington DC, was particularly active in 2015, and highlights included defending Health Care Services Corporation against allegations of suppressing competition for outpatient surgical services brought by a private clinic, and defending, as part of a cross-office team, Hitachi and Hitachi Display Products in multiple class actions alleging price-fixing of cathode ray tubes. In Chicago - another key office for antitrust work within the firm’s wide network - David Zott and Daniel Laytin are representing the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in a series of putative class actions challenging, under antitrust laws, the structure of the association’s health insurance provision. Jay Lefkowitz in New York and Karen Walker in Washington DC together handled a number of pharmaceutical-related cases. Since publication, Matthew Reilly has joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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Merger control

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s antitrust team includes many attorneys with experience working at the US government enforcement agencies, affording it additional insight in representations before the FTC, DOJ and state attorneys general. It is also well versed in many foreign jurisdictions. The group handles a large number of transactions each year, most notably for companies in the healthcare, energy and hi-tech sectors. In the FTC’s fiscal year ending in September 2015, the firm filed more than 200 Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) notifications. As an example, it represented Charter Communications in its proposed $55bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In another highlight, the team provided regulatory guidance to Danaher in its acquisition of water filtration systems producer Pall Corporation. Chicago-based James Mutchnik is the firm’s key antitrust partner. Mark Kovner and Ian Conner in Washington DC are noted. Since publication, Matthew Reilly has joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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