Antitrust Investigations

"Trusted advisers who understand the industry, as well as legal trends and policy influences affecting antitrust" … "Relied upon for the most important matters." – Legal 500

Our attorneys have deep experience with complex, transatlantic antitrust investigations and related litigation. When suspicions or allegations of misconduct arise, we provide clients with practical and strategic advice on how best to respond, taking into account all material eventualities from the beginning to the end of the process, and across legal disciplines and jurisdictions:

  • We have a team of market-leading practitioners in New York, Washington and London. Our attorneys regularly appear before the antitrust authorities and courts in those jurisdictions, and include a number of former government officials.
  • Where parallel investigations arise in the United States and Europe, our attorneys work together seamlessly to ensure an over-arching defense strategy and cost-effective advice.  Where parallel investigations arise in other regions, such as Asia-Pacific, we draw on close relationships with leading antitrust practitioners in those jurisdictions.
  • At the outset, the advice of our litigation attorneys ensures the risk of potential follow-on litigation is considered as part of an overall strategy.
  • We conduct internal investigations and large-scale document reviews, including working in tandem with a client’s preferred data provider and/or first-level review team, as well as market experts.
  • Our attorneys are reputed for their robust defense of clients in antitrust proceedings before government authorities and the courts, and have scored many notable successes, often against the odds.  The team's experience extends to related and follow-on civil litigation in the United States and Europe.
  • The team has significant experience in the financial services sector, and has represented clients in many of the most high profile cases that have arisen since the financial crisis.  As well as an in-depth understanding of those clients’ businesses and the markets in which they operate, they have a clear appreciation of the interplay with other regulatory enforcement actions, and work closely with their financial regulatory and white collar colleagues when parallel investigations arise.

Representative matters include:

  • Credit Default Swaps – Information Market: representing Deutsche Bank in defence of the European Commission’s antitrust investigation.  The Commission closed its proceedings against the banks, following written and oral submissions, due to a lack of evidence.
  • MasterCard – interchange fees: representing MasterCard in its long running defence of the European Commission’s investigation, and on its subsequent appeals to the EU Court of Justice.
  • Precious Metals: internal investigation into alleged antitrust misconduct at an investment bank, and representing the bank in its defence of a European Commission antitrust investigation.
  • Capacitors: representing a defendant in its defence of the European Commission’s antitrust investigation.
  • Syndicated loans: internal investigation into suspected antitrust misconduct at an investment bank, and advising it in connection with an investigation by a national antitrust authority.
  • Bonds and CDS: internal investigation into alleged antitrust misconduct at an investment bank, and representing the bank before the European Commission and other antitrust authorities in seeking immunity from fines.


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