A partner and co-chair of the Antitrust Group, Rick Rule currently serves as antitrust adviser to U.S. and international corporations in “bet-the-company” matters, particularly high-profile M&A transactions and global cartel investigations. He has over 30 years of experience representing corporations and executives in civil and criminal antitrust investigations and in private and governmental litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels. He has represented clients not only before the federal and state antitrust authorities in the U.S. and various federal courts but also before antitrust regulators in major jurisdictions around the world. Prior to joining the private bar, Rule held various senior positions in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, ultimately becoming the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the country’s top antitrust enforcer. Representative clients include Microsoft, CIGNA, Eli Lilly, Nippon Chemi-Con, Refinitiv, Goodyear, ExxonMobil, Dexia, Monsanto, Nucor Corporation, US Airways, Celanese Corporation, Morgan Stanley and The Pasha Group, among others.