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Our antitrust compliance investigation experience covers criminal and civil antitrust investigations of all kinds at the federal and state levels. It also includes investigations by European and Asian competition authorities, as well as internal investigations.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and/or state attorneys general have recently closed investigations without action in connection with clients we represented in the following industries:

  • Animal health products
  • Musical instruments
  • Printing supplies

We have also handled internal investigations in the United States and in Europe, as requested by companies in the following areas:

  • Oilfield services
  • Building products
  • Transportation

In addition to handling specific investigations for our clients, we routinely conduct audits covering the full range of antitrust issues in order to identify potential risks and recommend risk-reduction measures. Such audits can be calibrated from very targeted e-mail review, to more in-depth investigation of conduct most likely to lead to the greatest antitrust exposure (i.e., contacts with competitors).

As one example, we assisted a client in developing an audit of its trade association memberships and the level of antitrust compliance and sophistication of said associations. Based on the results of the audit, the client determined that it should eliminate nearly half of its association memberships and request other associations to enhance their antitrust compliance. The net result was both substantial annual cost savings with regard to association memberships and participation expenses and substantial reduction in the company's antitrust risk profile.

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"Antitrust Agencies Launch Vertical Merger Guidelines, Still Fall Flat with Two FTC Commissioners," Regulatory Alert (July 1, 2020). Contacts: Alexis J. Gilman, Britton D. Davis, Shaina Vinayek, Olivier N. Antoine, Juan A. Arteaga, Shawn R. Johnson, Jeane A. Thomas, CIPP/E, Ryan C. Tisch
Client Alert/Newsletter
"Antitrust Division Update Affirms Continued Efforts of Procurement Collusion Strike Force," Antitrust Law Alert (June 24, 2020). Contacts: Daniel L. Zelenko, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Alexis Victoria DeBernardis, Eric Ashby II
Client Alert/Newsletter
Sanctions Order May Accelerate Decline In US-ICC Relations (June 22, 2020). Authors: Caroline E. Brown, Erik Woodhouse, Brian McGrath, Carlton Greene, David Wolff, and Nicole Sayegh Succar.
Community Round-Up: Israeli Lawyer Opens New Boutique Global Competition Review (June 19, 2020)
Media Mentions
"AAG Delrahim Touts Success of DOJ’s Procurement Collusion Strike Force on International Stage," Antitrust Law Alert (June 17, 2020). Contacts: Gail D. Zirkelbach, Alexis Victoria DeBernardis, Eric Ashby II
Client Alert/Newsletter
Gaming and Hospitality Antitrust During a Pandemic (Summer 2020). Co-Author: Alexis J. Gilman.
"Managing Expectations: FTC Cautions Against Reliance on the Failing Firm Defense," Antitrust Law Alert (May 29, 2020). Contacts: Shawn R. Johnson, Alexis Victoria DeBernardis, Kate M. Watkins
Client Alert/Newsletter
Telenet GC Exits To Join Crowell & Moring In Brussels ICLG (May 28, 2020)
Media Mentions
"Update on State Antitrust Enforcement: A Panel Discussion with State Attorneys General," Crowell & Moring and Bates White Webinar (May 14, 2020). Co-Moderator: Alexis J. Gilman.
Minimizing Damages In Gov't Procurement Antitrust Cases (May 13, 2020). Author: Juan A. Arteaga.

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