Anthony Van Vuren litigates antitrust and other complex commercial cases in trial and appellate courts, including class actions. Anthony also conducts internal investigations and defends clients under investigation by government regulators including the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and state agencies. He represents clients in various industries, including financial services, technology, energy, and pharmaceutical, and counsels clients on a range of antitrust issues.
Anthony also maintains an active pro bono practice, including assisting a Kosovan NGO in opposing development bank funding for a coal-fired power plant, Eighth Amendment litigation involving the imposition of a life-sentence on a minor, landlord and tenant disputes, and custody matters.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Anthony practiced in the Washington, DC, office of a leading international law firm where he counseled major corporations from a wide range of antitrust and white collar issues. He also worked for several years at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration as a trade policy analyst in the Under Secretary’s office and as a regional manager in the Advocacy Center, where he advised US companies competing for foreign government procurements.
Louisiana v. Bank of America (M.D. La.) — Represent broker-dealer in action alleging that financial institutions rigged the prices of bonds issued by government-sponsored mortgage lenders.
In re ICE Libor Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) — Represent panel bank in action alleging manipulation of the ICE Libor financial benchmark.
Dennis v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (S.D.N.Y.) — Represent financial institution in case alleging manipulation of the Australian Bank Bill Swap Rate.
In re Interest Rate Swaps Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) — Secured interdealer-broker’s dismissal from class action alleging a conspiracy to rig the market for interest rate swaps.
In re Treasury Securities Auction Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) — Defend trading platform defendants in class action alleging conspiracy to boycott and restrict the development of competing trading platforms for the sale of Treasury securities.
Sonterra Capital Master Fund, Ltd. v. UBS AG and Laydon v. Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (S.D.N.Y.) — Defended Japanese bank in class actions alleging a conspiracy to manipulate the Yen Libor and Euroyen Tibor financial benchmarks.
Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. Bank of America (S.D.N.Y.) — Defended financial institution in action alleging conspiracy to manipulate the ISDAFIX benchmark used in swaps and other financial derivatives.
Simon v. KeySpan Corporation and Perez v. KeySpan Corporation (New York) — Obtained dismissal of treble damages action alleging antitrust violations arising from a financial swap transaction relating to the price of New York City electrical capacity after favorable rulings from the Southern District of New York, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the New York Court of Appeals in companion state court action.
Cordes & Co. Financial Services, Inc. v. A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. (2d Cir.) — Represented Merrill Lynch in private antitrust class actions challenging initial public offering underwriting fees.
Wood v. Baum (Del.) — Represented a real estate and investment finance management company in shareholder derivative lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duties relating to the company’s accounting practices.
Persuaded the CFTC, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency not to pursue enforcement action against financial services client in connection with alleged financial benchmark rate manipulation.
Defended mobile technology company in connection with Federal Trade Commission investigation into licensing practices.
Favorably resolved DOJ antitrust investigation in to alleged energy market price fixing.
Defended electronic trading platform in settlement with the states of Connecticut, Iowa, and Missouri related to an investigation into alleged collusive conduct in the retail securities brokerage industry.
Dissuaded Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from bringing market manipulation action against financial services firm.
American University, Washington College of Law, 2006, Juris Doctor
Michigan State University, 2000, Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the District of Maryland
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Competition, Law360 (2017–2019)
Recognized, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 Practice Group of the Year for Antitrust Law
Recognized, Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2014, 2015)
Member, American Bar Association, Antitrust Section