Christopher Yates > Latham & Watkins LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Latham & Watkins LLP
SUITE 2000
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-6538
United States
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Chris Yates, a partner in Latham & Watkins’ San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, litigates and tries precedent-setting antitrust cases in courts across the United States.

Mr. Yates regularly counsels and represents clients at the forefront of the sports, technology, travel, healthcare, and life sciences industries. Drawing on more than two decades of litigation and trial experience, he routinely achieves success for clients facing a variety of cutting-edge antitrust and competition issues, including:

  • Consumer class actions
  • Challenges to sports governing bodies
  • IP-related antitrust claims
  • Distribution and pricing policies
  • Industry standard-setting and related claims of anticompetitive collusion or monopolization
  • Alleged aftermarket monopolization

Mr. Yates has successfully argued in federal trial courts throughout the country, including New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Delaware, and California, and has won appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and other appellate courts.

Mr. Yates previously served as Global Vice Chair of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice.


Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Clifford Chance LLP‘s footprint in the sports sector is largely down to commercial litigator Christopher Yates, who recently successfully acted for VB Football Assets on its high-profile dispute over the ownership of Blackpool FC.  He is also highly skilled in contentious issues surrounding regulations and anti-doping. The team also handles non-contentious corporate work through Tim Lewis, who continues to advise Kroenke Sports & Entertainment on its interests in Arsenal FC; he was recently added to the Premier League club’s board as a non-executive director. Jennifer Mbaluto, who focuses on M&A and TMT matters, is also recommended.

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

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Christopher YatesLatham & Watkins LLP

Distinguished in the field of antitrust for some time‘, Latham & Watkins LLP routinely handles all strands of antitrust and competition law, both in the US and globally, securing early dismissals, negotiating advantageous settlements and prevailing at trial in cases alleging anti-competitive collusion, monopolization, distribution and pricing policies, industry standard-setting and unfair pricing. In Washington DC, the team is notable for its DOJ and FTC expertise; while on the West Coast, the firm’s Californian offices focus on antitrust issues affecting big-tech. Amanda Reeves chairs the global antitrust and competition group in Washington DC. In San Francisco, Daniel Wall has an enviable track record in litigating antitrust appeals and defending high-profile class actions, including in the US Supreme Court, while Christopher Yates specializes in assisting hi-tech and sports sector clients. It also has a nascent practice in New York, led locally by Lawrence Buterman. Other names to note in San Francisco are Al Pfeiffer and Jennifer Giordano, and Belinda Lee, who serves as global vice chair of the group from the Bay Area office.