Anthony Van Vuren counsels clients in connection with government investigations, enforcement proceedings, and parallel litigation involving the Department of Justice (DOJ); Federal Trade Commission (FTC); Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and other federal, state, and local government regulators. He represents clients in various industries, including financial services, energy, pharmaceutical, technology, and medical devices.
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.
Global Benchmark Rate Investigations — Representing global financial institutions in industry-wide investigations by agencies in several countries and related class action litigation involving potential irregularities in the setting of LIBOR and other benchmark rates.
In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (Northern District of California) — Represented Sharp Corp. and Sharp Electronics Corp. in direct and indirect purchaser class actions and opt-out litigation alleging price-fixing in the sale of TFT-LCD panels that are used in TVs, computer monitors, laptops, cellphones, and other products.
E*Trade Financial Corp. (Connecticut, Iowa, Missouri) — Represented E*Trade in its settlement with the states of Connecticut, Iowa, and Missouri related to an investigation into alleged collusive conduct in the retail securities brokerage industry.
Simon v. KeySpan Corporation, et al. and Perez v. KeySpan Corporation, et al. (New York) — Obtained dismissal for Morgan Stanley in separate federal and state court actions alleging antitrust violations arising from a financial swap transaction relating to the price of New York City electrical capacity. The courts in both actions granted Morgan Stanley’s motions to dismiss, holding that the claims were barred by the filed rate doctrine, federal preemption and lack of standing. 694 F.3d 196 (2d Cir. 2012), cert. denied, 2013 WL 308460 (Apr. 22, 2013) (No. 12-919); 941 N.Y.S.2d 608 (App. Div. 2012), leave to appeal denied, 19 N.Y.3d 809, 951 N.Y.S.2d 109 (Table) (2012).
Cordes & Co. Financial Services, Inc. v. A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. — Represented Merrill Lynch in private antitrust class actions challenging initial public offering underwriting fees. 502 F.3d 91 (2d Cir. 2007)
Wood v. Baum (Delaware) — Represented Municipal Mortgage & Equity LLC, a real estate and investment finance management company, in shareholder derivative lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duties relating to the company’s accounting practices. 953 A.2d 136 (Del. 2008)
Represented a government-sponsored enterprise in SEC investigation
Represented a multi-platform media company in a defamation action
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)
Recognized, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 Practice Group of the Year for Antitrust Law
Recognized, Super Lawyers, Washington, DC (2014, 2015)
Member, American Bar Association, Antitrust Section