Antitrust & Competition

Achieving Your Goals

There’s a reason Microsoft turned to our Antitrust & Competition group when it needed counsel for the highest-stakes litigation it had faced in years.

Or why Whole Foods instructed us to represent it before the FTC, why Telenor came to us for the European Commission’s review of its mobile telephony merger in Denmark and Aland Jiangsu Nutraceutical Co. chose us to defend it in the first cartel case ever brought against a Chinese company in a U.S. court.

Simply, we are relentless in helping our clients.

The tireless pursuit of business success would mean little if we didn’t have the skill and experience to back it up. Our lawyers have helped shape antitrust law in groundbreaking decisions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our success as lead counsel in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Continental T.V. v. GTE Sylvania laid the framework for modern antitrust analysis in the United States. We were the first firm to try a follow-on damages case in the UK. We also tried the first case to be accepted by the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court under the 2008 Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.

Our record of success is well recognized. Chambers USA 2019 and Chambers Europe 2019 rank members of our team in California, Washington, D.C., France, Italy and the UK. And Chambers USA 2019 reports that we "work together well as a team to provide high caliber legal advice."

Leveraging Government Experience

When you’re facing an investigation brought by government regulators, understanding their mindset and priorities is key. Not only in cartel or abuse of dominance cases, but also in sector inquires and merger control investigations. From Washington, D.C., to Brussels to Beijing, we have that perspective.

Members of our team have served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the FTC, the European Commission’s DG COMP and France’s competition authority.

Facilitating Deals

In the transactional arena, we have represented dozens of leading companies in obtaining merger clearance at the FTC, the Antitrust Division, the European Commission and other authorities smoothing the way for strategic business combinations. These include Instagram in its $1 billion sale to Facebook, Crane Co. in its $800 million acquisition of MEI Conlux Holdings, Paddock Labs in its $540 million asset sale to Perrigo, Areva T&D’s €4.1 billion sale to Schneider and Alston, and Yammer in its $1.2 billion sale to Microsoft.

Business-Oriented Counseling

Of course, much of the work we do is designed to help clients avoid investigations litigation in the first place. Our counseling practice draws upon deep experience in navigating the most complex antitrust issues with respect to dominant firm conduct, joint ventures, distribution restrictions, antitrust compliance and other areas.

Through our technology sector work, we have developed a strong focus on areas at the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property law. We counsel leading global tech companies and startups on intellectual property licensing and enforcement and competitive intelligence.

Global Reach

Antitrust and competition strategy requires a global perspective. We help companies develop strategies that are effective and consistent across the entirety of their operations. We also help create a cohesive strategy and action plan for dealing with regulators worldwide, especially in the context of cartel investigations and M&A transactions.