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Cadwalader's antitrust leaders are hailed as "incredibly accomplished and bright" and provide "U.S. and international antitrust advice to major corporations on bet-the-company matters" - Chambers USA

Cadwalader's Antitrust team consists of market-leading practitioners who represent clients ranging from some of the world's most prominent corporations to venture-capital-backed start-ups in diverse industries, including software, entertainment, food and beverages, automobiles, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, surface and air transportation, telecommunications, energy, insurance, and retail, regarding the full range of antitrust matters.

Our attorneys have significant expertise with both domestic and international antitrust issues, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, and regularly appear before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the European Commission (EC) and other international competition authorities, as well as a wide variety of trial and appellate courts.

In addition to our U.S. capabilities, through our presence in Brussels, we offer counsel on EU competition law across a wide range of competition law disciplines, including matters involving merger clearances, cartel defense, state aid, and abuse of dominance.

The Antitrust team includes numerous high-level former government officials, including a former Assistant Attorney General of the Antitrust Division at the DOJ, a former Chief of the National Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Section of the Antitrust Division, and former merger enforcement attorneys from the FTC. The group also includes one of the leading competition lawyers in Europe, a Ph.D. economist and law school professor, and lawyers who have served in prestigious appellate clerkships. They work closely with Cadwalader's leading corporate and litigation teams, offering an essential link between antitrust and the major markets driving today's strategic business transactions.


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CFTC Releases Swap Dealer De Minimis Report
Sohair A. Aguirre,Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Jonathan H. Flynn,Andrew M. Greenberg,Neal E. Kumar, November 30, 2015
CFTC Staff’s Preliminary Report on whether to modify the swap dealer de minimis threshold highlights the difficulty in identifying swap dealing activity and problems with swap data reporting

What You Need to Know About Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 3) - The Second Conduct Rule
Simon H. Berry,Alec J. Burnside,Michael Liu,Jane Ng,Charles F. (Rick) Rule, November 20, 2015
The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and crosssector competition law.

What You Need to Know About Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 2) The First Conduct Rule
Alec J. Burnside,Viola Jing,Michael Liu,Jane Ng,Charles F. (Rick) Rule, November 05, 2015
The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has a general and cross-sector competition law.

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Draft Cartel Leniency Policy
Simon H. Berry,Alec J. Burnside,Viola Jing,Michael Liu,Jane Ng, October 08, 2015
On September 23, 2015, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the Commission) released a draft leniency policy for undertakings engaged in cartel conduct (the Policy) for public consultation. Feedback is invited by the deadline of October 23, 2015.1

CFTC Division of Market Oversight Holds Roundtable to Assess the Made Available to Trade Process
, July 31, 2015
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) hosted a public roundtable to discuss the process to determine whether a swap must be executed on an exchange. The roundtable assessed industry...

Crowley Executive Acquittal in Price Fixing Trial Highlights Importance of Evaluating Legitimate Defenses and Avoiding Costly Plea Agreements
Joseph J. Bial,Daniel J. Howley,Anthony V. Nanni,Charles F. (Rick) Rule,Eric Sega, May 25, 2015
A federal jury’s recent acquittal of a shipping company executive charged with price fixing highlights the challenges and uncertainties the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) faces when defendants force DOJ to prove its case at trial. It also highlights the...

Recent Court and Agency Actions Suggest Increased Antitrust Risk Over Disgorgement, Particularly in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Andrew J. Forman,Daniel J. Howley,Charles F. (Rick) Rule,Eric Sega, May 13, 2015
Recent court and agency rulings highlight important takeaways involving disgorgement in antitrust proceedings. Companies, especially those in the pharmaceutical industry, increasingly should ensure they properly calibrate the potential for disgorgement in their antitrust risk calculus.

Department of Justice Antitrust Division Charges Former E-Commerce Executive with Price-Fixing in First Ever Online Marketplace Prosecution
Joseph J. Bial,Anthony V. Nanni,Charles F. (Rick) Rule,Eric Sega, April 17, 2015
On April 6, 2015, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced that David Topkins, a former executive of an e-commerce seller of wall décor, had pled guilty to a one-count felony charge for conspiring to fix the prices of certain posters sold in the United States through Amazon...

Takeaways from the Ninth Circuit’s Opinion Affirming the FTC’s Victory Against the St. Luke's/Saltzer Merger
Andrew J. Forman,Daniel J. Howley,Jonathan S. Kanter,Charles F. (Rick) Rule,Eric Sega, March 26, 2015
On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of the independent physician group Saltzer Medical Group violated the antitrust laws. This appellate victory is another in...