King & Spalding’s competition and regulatory team advises on all aspects of international competition law and counsels clients before various international competition regulatory authorities. In addition, we have an established network of local competition counsel in almost every global jurisdiction to assist clients with all aspects of local competition law.
Areas of Expertise
- Merger control, acquisitions and joint ventures
- Advisory and counselling (agreements and commercial practices)
- Antitrust disputes and litigation
- Regulated industries and industry specialties (including communications, energy (electricity and gas), financial services, life sciences, high-technology, media, transport (rail, airports))
- Compliance and dawn raids
Comprehensive Antitrust Experience
Our competition lawyers have local and international experience to provide analysis and solutions to the full range of our clients’ competition law needs. We assist our clients in:
Considering and securing merger control approval for complex transactions. We have a strong track record in assisting clients secure merger clearances and in coordinating multi-jurisdictional merger control filings in complex international transactions. We have recently advised on and obtained merger clearances in various countries, including the European Commission and individual Member States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Kazakhstan, and Russia.
Defending international cartel investigations. With broad investigative powers, international enforcement authorities routinely execute search warrants, issue subpoenas for documents and other information, and conduct other types of inquiries, including covert monitoring of employee activity. For companies with international operations, these matters often include coordinated investigations by multiple enforcement agencies across the globe. Our antitrust lawyers have been involved in virtually all the significant cartel cases over the past decade, including most of the major criminal cartel cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, and many of the cartel Statement of Objection/Oral Hearing proceedings before the European Commission. In addition, our antitrust team includes lawyers with substantial government prosecuting experience, including the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement and former Assistant Chief at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Drawing on our extensive enforcement authority and private practice experience, we effectively guide clients through all phases of these investigations, including seeking leniency, as well as through search warrants, subpoenas, "dawn raids," "drop-in" interviews of corporate employees, immunity and plea negotiations, and, where appropriate, trial. We also have extensive experience with parallel and coordinated investigations by U.S. and international authorities.
Assessing the legality of agreements commercial practices. We regularly advise on the international competition law implications of agreements, including cooperative joint ventures (which fall short of mergers), supply and distribution arrangements, agreements relating to IP and commercial practices.
Navigating antitrust disputes and litigation. We have wide experience in advising on, and representing clients in antitrust-driven international private actions and international arbitrations.
Developing competition risk management programs. We provide a complete competition compliance service that seeks to prevent antitrust and competition violations from taking place, addresses the immediate effects of an investigation, and helps the business address longer-term issues.
High Valued-Added Solutions
- Pre-eminent reputation in competition and antitrust. Our clients have the reassurance of working with a major international firm whose lawyers are widely recognized as leading authorities in antitrust, competition and dispute resolution.
- Deep industry expertise. Our range of experience extends to all sectors of the economy. This allows us to combine intimate knowledge of the sector with specialist experience of antitrust and to promote effective dialogue between industry participants and authorities.
- Relationships with authorities, policy makers and industry experts. Our team has developed important ‘on the ground’ relationships, including with competition regulators, economists and industry bodies.