Janet (Jan) L. McDavid, Washington, D.C.
Suyong Kim, London
Joseph G. Krauss, Washington, D.C.
Christopher Thomas, Brussels
Stay on the right side of the competition laws. Whether you're a multinational corporation or a growing business looking to expand overseas, keeping up with competition laws can be complex and time-consuming. And as the rules keep changing, companies face new challenges and risks because competition laws are constantly evolving. There's heightened scrutiny on everyone, and the consequences of not following the rules get more extreme all the time.
Get it wrong, and you could face financial penalties, criminal liability, litigation, difficulty-closing deals, and damage to your reputation.
We can help you anticipate and deal with these risks before they become problems.
With a team of 135 lawyers in 17 countries, we can help you tackle multinational mergers and joint ventures; cartel, abuse of dominance, and restrictive practice cases; and other investigations. We’ll represent you in litigation, advise you on international legislation, and make sure you know how new policies could affect your business. And we’re extremely familiar with European Union State aid and public procurement.
Our antitrust, competition, and economic regulation practice offers practical support and advice, from compliance audits and online courses in compliance and dawn raid preparation, to mock dawn raids.
We know, because we’ve been there
We don’t just know the government agencies and authorities you’ll have to deal with — we’ve been part of them. Our lawyers have worked at the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the UK competition authority.
And we’ve been called a leader in the field by Global Competition Review, PLC Which Lawyer?, Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500.
Serving as U.S. and EU antitrust counsel to SABMiller in its US$106bn deal with AB InBev.
Served as global antitrust counsel to ALSTOM in the sale of its power businesses to GE for €12.4bn and its €700m acquisition of GE’s transportation signaling business.
Representing MHI in a cartel investigation involving the Japanese, U.S., European, Mexican, and Korean authorities and related private damages claims.
Advised IBM on the successful global antitrust review in the US$1.5bn acquisition of its microelectronics business by GlobalFoundries.
Acting for DFDS in successfully opposing Eurotunnel's acquisition of SeaFrance ferry business, one of the most high-profile and controversial merger cases in the UK and France.
Advised MHI on its entry into a US$2bn global JV between Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery, Inc., and Siemens, in the field of metals machinery technology.
Representing Fiat and Chrysler in proceedings by the Spanish Competition Commission involving an alleged information-sharing cartel among automobile manufacturers/distributors.
Represented Air Canada on its successful appeal of the EU Commission's air cargo cartel decision and in damages litigation in the U.S., UK, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Representing a defendant company in the German beer cartel investigation in which the Federal Cartel Office fined the targets €340m.
Representing container shipping giant Maersk Line in the European Commission's investigation into price signalling in the container shipping sector.
Represented Orbital in the Second Request investigation by the DOJ Antitrust Division in its US$4.5bn merger with ATK.
Defending more than a dozen BCBS health plans in a multidistrict antitrust litigation brought by separate putative classes of both health-insurance purchasers and healthcare providers.
Representing Daimler Trucks North America in its successful defense of two class actions alleging a conspiracy between the major manufacturers of heavy duty trucks and Eaton.
Representing Credit Suisse in multidistrict antitrust litigation.
Successfully advised IBM on the US$2.3bn sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo.
Serving as global antitrust counsel to ARRIS in its US$2.1bn acquisition of Pace
Advised ZTE in a landmark case decided by the ECJ resolving critical issues involving the relationship between competition law and standard essential patents (SEPs).
Advised a major automotive manufacturer in recovering >US$100m from a cartel among polyurethane foam manufacturers.
British Legal Awards
Global Competition Review
The Legal 500 UK
National Law Journal
National Law Journal and GCR's 40 under 40
16 November 2016