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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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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.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Cartel

Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s antitrust team distinguishes itself through its ‘broad base of experience and consistently exceptional results‘; it is currently acting for an auto parts supplier as well as several of its executives in the ongoing DOJ investigation into the auto parts industry. Key figures in the team include James Mutchnik and litigation specialist Daniel Laytin, both of whom are based in the firm’s Chicago office. Mutchnik is acting for Geo Specialty Chemicals in the criminal DOJ investigation pertaining to water treatment chemicals sold to municipalities in North Carolina and other states. In addition, Tenneco appointed the group to advise on its response to the European Commission’s dawn raid of its European facilities as well as a subpoena filed by the DOJ. Other key clients include Deutsche Bank, Clemens Food, Hitachi and Murata. San Francisco-based Eliot Adelson joined Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2019.

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

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A stellar array of clients regularly appoints Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s ‘dedicated and invested team‘ to advise on a broad range of antitrust litigation; clients ‘trust fully in its advice and appreciate its intelligence and diligence’. Edwin U is currently defending the ABB Optical Group in a series of over 50 putative class actions alleging the client and its co-defendants conspired to maintain minimum resale pricing in the optical lens sector, while a Chicago team including practice co-head Daniel Laytin is defending Blue Cross Blue Shield in a number of class actions challenging its health insurance structure. Also based in Chicago, team co-head James Mutchnik is acting for a major hedge fund as a third party in a multi-district class action brought against global banks on the grounds of alleged collusion in the interest rate swap market. The group’s client base also includes names such as Deutsche Bank, DirecTV and also the Chicago Cubs, which Laytin and Paul Clement – among others – have been assisting with longstanding claims filed by the ‘Wrigley Rooftops’.

United States > Antitrust > Merger control

Kirkland & Ellis LLP recently advised Bain Capital and its portfolio companies on the antitrust aspects of a number of strategic transactions, and Blackstone appointed the group to handle its partnership with its portfolio company Alight and Wipro. Out of Washington DC, Mark KovnerJeffrey Ayer and Marin Boney advised Boeing on its acquisition of KLX and its proposed takeover of Millennium Space Systems. Also notable is Matthew Reilly, who was part of the team which guided Spectrum Brands through the sale of its battery and lighting business to Energizer. In New York, Ian John led advice to Charter Communications regarding its creation of a 50/50 operating platform partnership with Comcast. Katherine Rocco and Peter McCormack are also contacts to note in New York. Key names in Chicago include James Mutchnik and Luke Ruse, who are defending Citadel Securities as a third party in a DOJ investigation into the announced purchase of NEX by CME.

United States > Dispute resolution > E-discovery

Operating at the top of its game‘, the team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP is jointly led by New York-based James Mutchnik and Michelle Six, who is ‘incredible with clients‘ and has ‘a deep understanding of sophisticated systems and the folks who manage them‘. The group is often called upon to assist clients with litigation holds, data-retention policies, privilege issues, employee training, data management and privacy – in addition to e-discovery strategy and the development of data-collection procedures. The group successfully represented Juan Hernandez and James Dossett, on a pro bono basis, in a putative class action against the City of Houston alleging that the plaintiffs were detained beyond the constitutionally allowable window without neutral determination of probable cause; the firm’s e-discovery process uncovered a number of abuses committed by the defendant.