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Antitrust & Competition

From the largest cartel investigations to the biggest merger matters to bet-the-company class actions, the Morgan Lewis top-rated antitrust and competition team helps clients manage antitrust risk and achieve their strategic goals. As one of the largest practices in the world, we offer unique cross-jurisdictional assistance and depth that includes a number of former high-level government enforcers with superior insights into enforcement agendas and practices around the world.

The strength of our antitrust group comes from the caliber of our lawyers. Our team consists of prominent criminal, civil, agency, and international lawyers who bring diverse backgrounds in investigations, merger clearance, and civil litigation—and years of hands-on experience—to our clients. Our cartel and government investigations lawyers have been involved in almost every major cartel investigation in recent history, and our merger control team is highly sought after for complex, multinational deals, often serving as special antitrust counsel for clients for whom the firm is not deal counsel.

A Cross-Jurisdictional Practice

Our antitrust lawyers work as a single worldwide integrated team, bringing a broad and coordinated approach to client problems and the skills to address complex multijurisdictional issues. With cross-jurisdictional experience in the United States, the European Union, and Asia, we regularly practice before antitrust enforcement agencies and courts worldwide. This offers clients one-stop service for matters involving multiple antitrust agencies, which is essential given the increased coordination among enforcers across borders.

Our team includes former senior officials from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as the Japan Fair Trade Commission through our joint venture with TMI Associates in Tokyo.

Leaders in All Aspects of Antitrust & Competition Law

We have first-chair experience in civil cases brought by the government, lawsuits brought by competitors, and class actions. We also have one of the world’s largest cartel and government investigations practices, with experience in cross-border investigations by the DOJ, European Commission, Competition and Markets Authority (United Kingdom), German Federal Cartel Office (the Bundeskartellamt), Japan Fair Trade Commission, Korea Fair Trade Commission, and Chinese competition regulatory agencies (National Development and Reform Commission, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and Ministry of Commerce), to name a few. In addition, our merger clearance practice has the knowledge and resources to handle the largest and most complex transactions.

Demonstrated Breadth & Depth

We handle antitrust matters in all sectors of the economy around the globe, including:

  • Cartel investigations and litigation, including representation of corporations and individuals
  • Civil antitrust litigation, including prosecution and defense of class actions and competitor cases
  • Complex mergers and acquisitions
  • Internal investigations

We also provide compliance training, perform compliance audits, and counsel clients on the antitrust laws of the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Our clients come from a variety of industries, including the chemical, communications, e-commerce, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, manufacturing, medical devices, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, retail, technology, and transportation sectors.