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United States: Antitrust
Latham & Watkins LLP’s team handles a large number of high-profile cartel investigations in the US and Europe, and is often successful in convincing the authorities not to press charges against its clients. In a recent highlight, the DOJ dropped an investigation against a major autoparts manufacturer. The team also has experience of investigations within industries such as advertising, capacitors, power cables, precious metals and consumer products. Michael Egge in Washington DC and Niall Lynch, Belinda Lee and Daniel Wall acted as lead partners in these matters. One of the firm’s great assets is its global reach: the US antitrust team, which comprises 25 partners and counsel, works closely with colleagues in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Egge chairs the global practice alongside Al Pfeiffer and Christopher Yates. Jason Cruise in Washington DC was promoted to partner, while Marguerite Sullivan began a two-year tenure in the firm’s Brussels office. All attorneys are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.
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Daniel Wall - Latham & Watkins LLP
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
The ‘highly recommended’ team at Latham & Watkins LLP handles business-to-business antitrust disputes, follow-on litigation defense, contentious merger clearance issues and frequently represents clients in large multidistrict litigation (MDL). A team of lawyers from the firm’s Washington DC office, led by highly regarded litigator Margaret Zwisler, successfully argued that The London Metal Exchange was immune from prosecution in relation to claims that it had conspired with a number of banks to restrict supply and inflate the price of physical aluminum. In San Francisco, Daniel Wall, Sadik Huseny and Tim O’Mara defended Live Nation Entertainment in a number of claims brought by StubHub under the Sherman Act and California state law alleging that the firm’s client and NBA team Golden State Warriors were contractually precluding consumers from reselling tickets on StubHub. Oracle Corporation, Cox Communications and Toshiba are other recent clients. The practice, which fields around 140 lawyers worldwide, saw Washington DC-based Jason Cruise make partner and Lawrence Buterman arrive from the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in New York. Since publication, Michael Lacovara has joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.