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Latham & Watkins LLP
SUITE 2000
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-6538
United States
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Daniel M. Wall is globally recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States, with a practice that encompasses complex antitrust litigation, government conduct investigations, merger reviews and counseling. His specialties are merger litigation, single-firm conduct litigation (e.g., monopolization actions) and the application of the antitrust laws to high technology industries.


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

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Christopher YatesLatham & Watkins LLP

Shining across the full range of antitrust litigation, Latham & Watkins LLP undertakes conduct litigation, strategic business-to-business litigation as well as follow-on defense. The team in Washington DC fields valuable government expertise, while the California office specializes in high tech. Amanda Reeves in Washington DC shares the practice lead with San Francisco-based Christopher Yates. The latter puts an emphasis on the representation of Californian innovators and sports clients. Operating out of the same office, Daniel Wall frequently litigates antitrust appeals and defends class actions as well as merger challenges. Al Pfeiffer also in San Francisco, represents clients from healthcare, agriculture, music licensing, and communications. Adding to the bench strength in San Francisco, Sadik Huseny is retained by corporations and technology titans for defense in bet-the-company disputes. Lawrence Buterman is a name to note for the growing New York-based antitrust group.

United States > Antitrust > Merger control

Latham & Watkins LLP applies creative solutions to antitrust issues arising from transactions in the US and beyond, for instance in collaboration with the firm’s EU offices or using team members’ jurisdictional expertise across the globe. Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and Christopher Yates in San Francisco are in joint charge of the ‘efficient and client-oriented’ department displaying significant experience with second requests. Reeves has sector expertise in pharmaceuticals as well as life sciences and regularly undertakes merger clearances involving Brazil and Canada. The team has a particularly strong bench in the capital: The development of cohesive clearance strategies for cross-border transactions is one of Michael Egge‘s strong suits and Farrell Malone excels at handling large merger reviews in the US, Europe, China and India. Operating out of San Francisco, Karen Silverman has deep knowledge of regulatory aspects of strategic mergers and acquisitions.

United States > Antitrust > Cartel

Latham & Watkins LLP fields an excellent cartel investigation team which often appears as global coordinating counsel in international cartel investigations thanks to the firm’s global reach. Follow-on litigation defense stemming from government investigation is also covered by the team spearheaded by Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and Christopher Yates in San Francisco. Several team members count on government experience working at the DOJ or FTC to supplement their cartel practice. Thanks to its strength in numbers, the group is well-equipped to assists clients from a range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, consumer products, aviation, automotive and financial services. San Francisco powerhouse Niall Lynch specializes in criminal and civil price-fixing investigations with an international twist, whereas Elizabeth Prewitt in New York showcases a strong suit in financial institutions, technology and pharmaceutical industries. Experienced litigator Belinda Lee, who sits in San Francisco, is familiar with cartel investigations in overseas markets such as Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and South Korea.

United States > Industry focus > Sport

The sports practice at Latham & Watkins LLP provide a wide range of services across the spectrum of sports work, with a strong roster of specialists in sports transactions and commercial work, litigation, and IP matters including broadcast deals. Century City-based Joseph Calabrese chairs the practice, and advises a range of sports and media clients on their transactional work, such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, who he advised on the team’s equity exit from Fox Sports Arizona as part of the sale of Fox’s Regional Sports Networks. Another key member of the firm’s non-contentious practice is Adam Sullins, who handles a wide range of commercial transactions such as broadcast rights deals and sponsorship matters, as well as M&A transactions and joint ventures. On the litigation side, San Francisco-based Christopher Yates is highly recommended for antitrust and complex commercial litigation, with a client list including high-profile governing bodies and federations. Russell Sauer, Jr. retired at the end of 2019, and now sits as an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, while M&A specialist Justin Hamill joined from the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in early 2019.