King & Spalding’s antitrust lawyers provide sophisticated, solution-oriented advice on all aspects of competition law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances, government civil and criminal investigations, private antitrust litigation, and counseling. Described by Chambers USA as “a sharp, practical, and business-oriented group,” our antitrust practice group has been recognized as one of the top antitrust practices in the country. Many of our antitrust lawyers have been singled out by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and other publications as leaders in the field.
Our antitrust lawyers have handled antitrust issues in a broad variety of industries, including:
- air cargo services
- broadcast, cable and radio
- electronic networks
- food and beverage
- financial services
- health care
- marine hoses
- oil and gas
- pharmaceuticals, publishing
- TFT-LCD panels
In addition to guiding our clients through government enforcement agency investigations and prosecutions and the civil litigation that often results from government action, we assist our clients in assessing the potential antitrust risks associated with contemplated business conduct, strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions. We accurately assess potential competitive risks and then work with clients to structure a plan to reach their goals. Clients rely on our antitrust lawyers for constructive counseling and guidance on legitimate arrangements with competitors, entry into new markets, product distribution systems and appropriate participation by clients at trade associations and standard setting organizations, as well as to steer them through complex civil, criminal, and merger investigations and litigation. The key to our antitrust success is consistent, comprehensive, and responsive counsel to our clients.
Our antitrust lawyers have served in senior positions in U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies and include the former deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement and former Assistant Chief at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and former federal prosecutors. Our lawyers regularly appear before all key competition authorities, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in the U.S and the European Commission in Europe. We draw on our extensive enforcement authority experience and private practice expertise to guide clients safely and successfully through all phases of civil and criminal enforcement actions and merger investigations.
Members of our antitrust group are also active in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, where our lawyers hold or have held numerous leadership positions, including Chair of the Criminal Practice and Procedure Committee, Vice Chair of the Section 1 Committee, and Co-chair of the 2008 International Cartel Workshop. Also among our group are two former Chairs of the Antitrust Section of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association. Our antitrust lawyers are also active in the International Competition Network, where one of our partners serves as a non-governmental advisor and has provided private sector comments on all phases of the ICN’s draft guidelines and best practices publications in the cartels area.