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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Corporate Law Trademark Law Antitrust Law Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Antitrust Law Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
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David Boies was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Boies

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Location:
    Armonk, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Real Estate Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Individuals First Amendment Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation Antitrust Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - ERISA
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Antitrust Law Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Mining Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Municipal Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Administrative / Regulatory Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Securities Antitrust Law Franchise Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Franchise Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Litigation - Banking and Finance Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Administrative / Regulatory Law Health Care Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Health Care Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Health Care Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
Helene D. Jaffe was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Helene D. Jaffe

Law Offices of Helene D. Jaffe
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Employment Law - Individuals Labor Law - Management Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Natural Resources Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Energy Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
Roberta D. Liebenberg was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Roberta D. Liebenberg

Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mediation Antitrust Law Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Antitrust Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Insurance Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Antitrust Law Litigation - Construction Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Antitrust Law Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Winter Park, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Arbitration Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Financial Services Regulation Law Banking and Finance Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Utilities Law

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Practice Area Definition

Antitrust Law Definition

The antitrust laws are designed to foster competition and promote consumer welfare by ensuring that businesses compete fairly based on the strength of their product and service offerings. The antitrust laws target unlawful business practices that may lead to higher prices, fewer choices, or lessened innovation for consumers. For example, the antitrust laws prohibit agreements among competitors to fix prices or allocate customers (Section 1 of the Sherman Act), illegal or attempted monopolization by firms with leading market positions (Section 2 of the Sherman Act), certain tying and exclusive dealing arrangements (Section 3 of the Clayton Act), mergers and acquisitions that are likely to substantially lessen competition (Section 7 of the Clayton Act), price discrimination between competing purchasers (Robinson-Patman Act), and, generally, unfair methods of competition (Section 5 of the FTC Act). In addition, individual U.S. states and more than 100 countries around the world have enacted antitrust laws.

Courts and governmental enforcement reflect the inherently fact-specific nature of antitrust jurisprudence. Variations in laws across different jurisdictions can add further complexities to analyses of business arrangements and practices. Accordingly, clients typically engage antitrust counsel to assist with the following types of matters:

Strategic Transactions. When contemplating a merger, acquisition, joint venture, or minority investment, antitrust counsel are engaged early in the decision-making process to advise clients regarding the potential antitrust risks of a proposed business combination and to help structure the transaction to address those risks. Antitrust counsel also assists in identifying jurisdictions that may require a pre-merger notification filing and coordinating antitrust review from enforcement authorities around the globe.

Litigation. Antitrust litigations frequently involve allegations of monopolization, price-fixing, and other agreements and activity that lessens competition. These suits often proceed as class actions, in many cases involving enormous exposure representing treble damages across entire industries. In their roles as plaintiffs, defendants, or third parties, businesses require advice from antitrust counsel regarding the risks and benefits of the antitrust litigation process, which can involve treble damages (in civil litigation) or incarceration and significant fines (in criminal prosecutions).

Government Investigations. Antitrust counsel play an indispensable role in guiding companies through administrative and, when necessary, criminal processes in the U.S., European Union, and other jurisdictions for issues related to cartelization, price-fixing, monopolization, and vertical restraints. In particular, antitrust agencies around the world increasingly investigate and prosecute illegal cartels. Antitrust counsel provide overall coordination of approaches to multiple jurisdictions, especially with regard to the potential for criminal sanction, third-party access to evidence, and follow-on private litigation.

Counseling. On a day-to-day basis, many firms require antitrust guidance regarding strategic pricing decisions, structuring distribution and licensing agreements, potential competitor collaborations, interlocking directorates, and a variety of other customer-, supplier-, or competitor-facing issues that may implicate the antitrust laws. In addition, many businesses implement antitrust compliance, monitoring programs, and internal reviews in consultation with antitrust counsel.

The antitrust laws are designed to foster competition and promote consumer welfare by ensuring that businesses compete fairly based on the strength of their product and service offerings. The antitrust laws target unlawful business practices that may lead to higher prices, fewer choices, or lessened innovation for consumers. For example, the antitrust laws prohibit agreements among competitors to fix prices or allocate customers (Section 1 of the Sherman Act), illegal or attempted monopolization by firms with leading market positions (Section 2 of the Sherman Act), certain tying and exclusive dealing arrangements (Section 3 of the Clayton Act), mergers and acquisitions that are likely to substantially lessen competition (Section 7 of the Clayton Act), price discrimination between competing purchasers (Robinson-Patman Act), and, generally, unfair methods of competition (Section 5 of the FTC Act). In addition, individual U.S. states and more than 100 countries around the world have enacted antitrust laws.

Courts and governmental enforcement reflect the inherently fact-specific nature of antitrust jurisprudence. Variations in laws across different jurisdictions can add further complexities to analyses of business arrangements and practices. Accordingly, clients typically engage antitrust counsel to assist with the following types of matters:

Strategic Transactions. When contemplating a merger, acquisition, joint venture, or minority investment, antitrust counsel are engaged early in the decision-making process to advise clients regarding the potential antitrust risks of a proposed business combination and to help structure the transaction to address those risks. Antitrust counsel also assists in identifying jurisdictions that may require a pre-merger notification filing and coordinating antitrust review from enforcement authorities around the globe.

Litigation. Antitrust litigations frequently involve allegations of monopolization, price-fixing, and other agreements and activity that lessens competition. These suits often proceed as class actions, in many cases involving enormous exposure representing treble damages across entire industries. In their roles as plaintiffs, defendants, or third parties, businesses require advice from antitrust counsel regarding the risks and benefits of the antitrust litigation process, which can involve treble damages (in civil litigation) or incarceration and significant fines (in criminal prosecutions).

Government Investigations. Antitrust counsel play an indispensable role in guiding companies through administrative and, when necessary, criminal processes in the U.S., European Union, and other jurisdictions for issues related to cartelization, price-fixing, monopolization, and vertical restraints. In particular, antitrust agencies around the world increasingly investigate and prosecute illegal cartels. Antitrust counsel provide overall coordination of approaches to multiple jurisdictions, especially with regard to the potential for criminal sanction, third-party access to evidence, and follow-on private litigation.

Counseling. On a day-to-day basis, many firms require antitrust guidance regarding strategic pricing decisions, structuring distribution and licensing agreements, potential competitor collaborations, interlocking directorates, and a variety of other customer-, supplier-, or competitor-facing issues that may implicate the antitrust laws. In addition, many businesses implement antitrust compliance, monitoring programs, and internal reviews in consultation with antitrust counsel.