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Antitrust and Competition – Litigation and Investigations

Companies across every major industry, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and agricultural products, finance, telecommunications, insurance, media and entertainment, energy, utilities, heavy manufacturing, healthcare, semiconductors, software, transportation and defense, rely on our premier practice for every aspect of their global antitrust and competition needs.

Clients appreciate our in-depth understanding of how the competition authorities operate. Our bench includes former enforcement attorneys, prosecutors, and trial lawyers from the FTC and DOJ.

“Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s practice impresses with its breadth, with the team assisting with follow-on actions arising from government investigations, standalone class actions, private antitrust lawsuits and merger litigation.”
The Legal 500 2017

Litigation and Government Investigations

Corporations and financial institutions have turned to us for many of the highest-profile antitrust litigations of recent decades. Together, these cases have involved billions of dollars in potential damages and the possibility of significant criminal penalties. Our successes in criminal and civil antitrust matters, as well as in FTC administrative proceedings, have shaped antitrust law through cutting-edge legal arguments on issues such as monopolization, price fixing and tying claims.

Clients around the world entrust us to steer them through government investigations of suspected anticompetitive activity, which can raise grave financial risks for corporations, as well as impose a distracting burden on senior executives. Clients benefit from our extensive experience in resolving government investigations, many of which involve multiple regulatory authorities from different regions of the world—including investigations conducted by the DOJ, the FTC, the European Commission and various EC regulatory authorities.

Cartels

Multinational corporations seek our advice in cases involving high-profile international and national cartel investigations and subsequent litigation. Our experience includes: conducting audits; identifying potential competition law issues and risk assessment; preparing for inspections and challenging dawn raids; coordinating legal and communications strategy; negotiating leniency and settlement agreements; and advising on formal proceedings.

Antitrust Counseling

In addition to litigation, investigation and transactional work, we provide clients with ongoing antitrust counseling–advice on antitrust concerns arising out of our clients’ supply chain (e.g., suppliers, customers, competitors, contracting, etc.).

“Especially well equipped to handle multijurisdictional and multinational transactions and investigations.”
Chambers USA 2017

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