Latham & Watkins LLP

Antitrust Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected antitrust practice with recognized strength in its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Excels in merger clearances and cartel defense and offers particular expertise in matters involving IP issues, especially for technology companies. Frequently retained in large-scale class actions and investigations, acting for clients such as major pharmaceutical, life science and electronic manufacturing companies. Noted capability handling highly complex antitrust litigation at both trial and appellate level. Accomplished DOJ and FTC facing representation aided by several team members offering former governmental experience.

Strengths Clients note that the firm "has brilliant, super-smart lawyers who provide value for money."

Sources attest: "All the Latham attorneys have substantial antitrust expertise and are thoroughly prepared."

One source states that "the firm is sophisticated, efficient and provides high-quality services with the best solution for the client."

Work highlights Defended Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) in a lawsuits brought by the International Swimming League (ISL) and a putative class of Olympic and elite level swimmers. The complaints allege that FINA conspired with its national member federations to boycott ISL from establishing a competing league for top-tier international swimmers.

Notable practitioners

Alfred Pfeiffer leads complex antitrust trials for prominent companies in the healthcare, agricultural and telecommunications sectors. Clients describe him as "one of the very top antitrust experts in the country. He provides sophisticated, strategic advice and a calm, creative approach."

Belinda Lee handles a broad range of antitrust work including cartel defense, private and class action litigation and agency investigations. She appears before US and international regulatory bodies, with particular expertise in Asian jurisdictions.

Christopher Yates offers leading technology and sports industry clients expert representation across a wide range of anticompetitive behavior lawsuits. Source describe him as "prepared, thorough and knowledgeable."

Star practitioner Daniel Wall is renowned for his expertise in monopolization and price-fixing conspiracy litigation both national and international in nature. He has decades of experience practicing at the highest level including appearances before the US Supreme Court. He is sought out by household-name clients from a variety of industries to handle high-stakes cases. Sources say: "He does a great job with his clients' biggest cases." 

Karen Silverman is a merger clearance expert who regularly assists clients with high-value sales and acquisitions. She advises on US clearance as well as approval procedures in jurisdictions around the world. Clients attest that she is "very good at simplifying the complex and explaining it in layman's terms."

Niall Lynch skillfully manages cartel matters including high-stakes DOJ investigations. He also leads clients through follow-on civil litigation. Sources report that he is "calm, intelligent and really looks after his clients."