EU Competition Team
Yves Botteman represents companies in cartel and antitrust investigations and has secured early termination without fines or very favourable outcomes in several European Commission proceedings. In recent years, his practice included representations in significant follow-on damages cases before national courts as well as advising on the antitrust aspects of e-commerce, in particular geo-blocking, algorithms, big data and the Internet of things. In addition, Yves helps clients shape their market entry strategy and design and implement their distribution network in Europe. He also provides assistance in implementing antitrust compliance programs and conducting audits. Yves has gained substantial exposure to the media and Internet, chemicals, aviation and aerospace, consumer products, automotive, mining, and insurance industries.
Jean-Nicolas Maillard’s practice focuses on EU and French competition law, in particular cartel and other behavioral investigations. Over the past five years, he has represented companies in connection with nine EU and French Competition Authority’s cases (flour, consumer electronics, payment systems, freight forwarding) and related litigation and has been defending several follow-on litigation cases in French courts. In addition, he organizes, implements, and manages antitrust compliance initiatives with in-house teams, including risk-mapping and comprehensive antitrust audits. Jean-Nicolas has advised clients in relation to over 100 corporate transactions and obtained merger control clearances from the European Commission and numerous national competition authorities throughout the world. He also works closely with suppliers on all issues connected to the distribution of their products and services. Throughout his career he has gained significant exposure to the food, retail, consumer electronics, financial services and private equity, construction products, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals sectors.
Paul Hughes focuses on UK and EU merger control, preparing and advising on merger notifications with the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority. He frequently advises on competition law aspects of collaborative and co-operative joint ventures, agency distribution, and licensing, and he works with specialist strategy consultants on technology licensing and distribution matters. Paul has a longstanding career in the academic community, and he is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Essex.
Camille Keres advises clients on cartel investigations, merger control, and compliance and distribution law, drawing on a distinct background in competition, IP, and distribution law experience developed both in private practice as well as through in-house positions at Kenzo and L’Oreal. She has been working with companies across a variety of sectors, such as Internet and media, consumer products, luxury goods, food, pharmaceutical, financial services, and oil and gas.
Chiara Conte advises on all aspects of European competition law: merger control, cartels, anticompetitive agreements, IPRs, distribution law, state aid, and regulatory matters. She has experience across a broad range of fields, including consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, postal services, and gambling.
Daniel Barrio Barrio advises clients on all aspects of European and national competition law: merger control, cartel investigations, private antitrust litigation, distribution agreements, antitrust compliance and state aid. His practice has a particular focus on antitrust developments in the digital economy. He has also participated in international merger reviews of major transactions in the food and drink, medical and energy sectors and advised clients in cross-border cartel investigations in the shipping sector.
US Antitrust Team
Ed Schwartz represents clients in antitrust cases and other complex disputes, and before the antitrust enforcement agencies. With more than 30 years of experience, he aggressively and successfully defends his clients in class action and other cases alleging a variety of antitrust claims. In addition, he frequently represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and state attorneys general in merger, civil non-merger and criminal investigations. His experience with the FTC includes representing clients in investigations undertaken by the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Ed also counsels clients with respect to minimizing antitrust risk in connection with their pricing, distribution, licensing and other practices, as well as in connection with joint ventures and other collaborations with competitors.
Ken Ewing defends companies and individuals in US and multi-jurisdictional criminal cartel investigations and related civil damages suits and civil investigations by the FTC and US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division. In addition, he handles class action and other civil antitrust suits in US courts. Ken advises clients about the antitrust implications of proposed mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. He also counsels clients about other kinds of business initiatives, such as long-term, exclusive or reciprocal supply or distribution arrangements, responses to industry de-regulation, and antitrust compliance programs.
Jon Sallet provides counsel and litigation strategy on matters involving antitrust law, communications law, and broader issues of competition policy. As former general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the US DOJ he is able to authoritatively advise clients on merger and non-merger antitrust matters, and to effectively represent clients in connection with antitrust investigations and/or litigation. Further, he served in the US Department of Commerce (DOC) in the Clinton Administration, focusing on technology-policy issues.
John Kavanagh focuses his practice on complex litigation including antitrust and securities matters as well as on insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes. He advises clients in government investigations and criminal defense matters. John served as Secretary of Defense Honors Legal Intern in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel—International Affairs and Intelligence. He also worked as a special assistant to the Assistant US Trade Representative for Japan and China, and as a Honors Intern with the Federal Bureau of Investigation—National Security Division.
Karl Herrmann advises clients on complex issues relating to and arising under the antitrust laws, from counseling to merger clearance to litigation. He defends clients in mergers before the FTC, the DOJ, and foreign competition authorities. In addition, Karl counsels clients on a wide variety of antitrust issues, including pricing and distribution. He also regularly assists in government investigations, discovery issues, and complex antitrust litigation, including defense of class action litigations. Karl has served clients in an array of industries, including consumer products, aerospace, defense, healthcare, metals, and software and hardware, among others.
Tracy Huang advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law, including complex antitrust litigation and merger control matters. She assists clients with strategic transactions, advising on issues from pre-signing to close, including: Second Request responses, divestiture negotiations, consent decree compliance, foreign filing analyses, and Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings. Tracy represents clients before the DOJ, the FTC, and the state attorney generals.