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Craig Seebald

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Antitrust

Position

Craig serves as a leader of Vinson & Elkins' Antitrust Group. He focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust law, including defending companies involved in government investigations, defending mergers and joint ventures before the antitrust agencies, providing antitrust counseling, and representing clients in civil and criminal litigation.

A key area of Craig’s practice is defending companies involved in cartel and price fixing investigations. He has successfully defended companies in grand jury investigations and coordinated the defense of multi-jurisdiction cartel investigations. He has also represented clients in obtaining amnesty from the Department of Justice. He has successfully defended companies in state and federal class actions in cartel cases.

Another key area of Craig’s practice is representing clients in antitrust matters involving intellectual property. He has counseled clients on patent pools, standard setting, patent acquisition, and licensing. He has litigated several antitrust cases involving patent pools, licensing agreements, standard setting, and the enforcement of invalid patents.

Craig also has successfully defended large-scale acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and other collaborations before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense. In addition, Craig regularly counsels clients on distribution issues.

Craig has been ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2009 - 2012. Clients note that Craig impresses with “his in-depth knowledge of our business and the issues we confront.” He has also been recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers for antitrust litigation in 2012 and 2013.

Education

Craig graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1989 and the National Law Center at George Washington University (with honors) in 1992. He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1992 and the DC bar in 1993.


United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

James Reeder in Houston and Craig Seebald head Vinson & Elkins LLP’s team, which is representing Hitachi Automotive Systems in a DOJ investigation into the auto parts industry (this DOJ investigation is also being coordinated with antitrust authorities in Canada, Japan and the EU). The group also assists clients with investigations initiated by the FTC, state attorneys general and foreign antitrust agencies. Huntsman International, Phadia US and TriStar Investors are among the firm’s notable clients in this space.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Alden Atkins and senior associate Vincent van Panhuys are representing Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways in a ‘first-checked baggage fee’ price-fixing MDL. In another matter, Houston-based Jason Powers and James Reeder and others recently defended Shrimp Improvement Systems against antitrust claims brought by competitor Global Blue Technologies that the client conspired with two foreign entities to attempt to monopolize the shrimp ‘broodstock’ market. Reeder and Craig Seebald jointly head the team, which also counts Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Joseph Giraudo and Phadia US among its clients. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Vinson & Elkins LLP is ‘excellent on all fronts’ for merger review work. Neil Imus combines ‘deep experience in HSR filings and antitrust concerns’ with ‘a very measured approach to a tough negotiation’. William Vigdor is another highly regarded individual in the team, which is jointly headed by Craig Seebald and James Reeder. Imus assisted LSB Industries with the antitrust aspects of the $364m sale of its climate control business to NIBE Industrier. Vigdor and Seebald are based in Washington DC, and Reeder is based in Houston.

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