Antitrust & Competition

Latham’s globally top-ranked Antitrust & Competition Practice helps clients navigate the world’s antitrust regimes, secure merger approvals, and avoid, resolve, or defeat challenges from litigants and enforcement bodies.

Why Latham

We solve the most vexing antitrust and competition challenges companies face. Our integrated team brings deep experience across every aspect of antitrust and competition law, everywhere in the world. We address all dimensions of risk locally and across borders. Our team includes practitioners and enforcers with experience shaping and enforcing antitrust laws in the major global jurisdictions, helping clients clear make-or-break mergers and defend against high-stakes enforcement and litigation actions.

Our deep bench of first-chair antitrust litigators and trial lawyers regularly defeat or resolve competition and trade-related litigation brought against corporations and governments in venues throughout the world. We defend clients facing the full spectrum of charges in private and public damages litigation, competitor actions, class actions, and administrative actions. Our team represents some of the world’s leading multinational companies, which informs our practical and commercial approach.

As one of the most experienced merger clearance practices in the world, we operate at the center of global merger and buyout activity, representing some of the largest and most active dealmakers. We secure hundreds of merger clearances every year and regularly handle Second Requests in the US and Phase II proceedings before the European Commission and EU Member State authorities. Our fearsome courtroom reputation serves as a powerful incentive for agencies and opponents to work constructively with our clients.

We regularly defend clients facing government investigations and enforcement actions, including cartel, price-fixing, abuse of dominance, and unfair competition charges. We have defeated cases brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the European Commission (EC) in court. Our expert rapid response to surprise “dawn raids” by antitrust authorities helps clients avoid critical pitfalls and mount an effective defense within the critical first hours and days of such actions. Whatever the jurisdiction, accusation, or government agencies involved, we bring vast local and global experience, trial know-how, and a track record of winning similar cases on behalf of our clients.

Awards & Rankings

  • Two Bay Area Partners Again Named Top IP Lawyers in California - May 03, 2022
  • Latham Wins 2022 GCR Award for Merger Control Matter of the Year – Europe - April 17, 2022
  • Concurrences Honors Latham with 2022 Antitrust Writing Award - April 17, 2022
  • Latham Scoops Multiple Benchmark Litigation Awards - April 14, 2022
  • Four Latham Articles Shortlisted for 2022 Antitrust Writing Awards - January 24, 2022

Latham again earned a Top Ten spot as one of the world's best antitrust teams. Acknowledging the strength of its global platform, GCR singled out the team's "strong cross-Atlantic capabilities."

Global Competition Review GCR100 2020

Events

ABA Panel – FinTech Enforcement: Lessons from 2020 for 2021

Media Coverage

2022 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers: Andrew M. GassLatham Adds Former Assistant AG To Antitrust Practice In DC'Our Heads Were Spinning': Trial Atty Explains Rare Strategy

News

Latham & Watkins Advises Centennial Resource Development in its Merger with Colgate EnergyLatham Advises ArcLight in its Acquisition and Financing of a 25% Interest in the Gulf Coast Express PipelineLatham Advises Adani Group on its US$10.5 Billion Acquisition of Holcim's Stake in Ambuja Cements and ACC

Thought Leadership

Federal Judge Affirms Enforceability of Judgment Sharing Provisions in Antitrust CasesGlobal Legal Insights: 2022, 10th Edition – KoreaEU State aid temporary crisis framework in the context of the invasion of Ukraine

Webcasts & Podcasts

The New Antitrust Era: Life SciencesThe Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities: A Six-Month UpdatePodcast – Foreign Investment Controls: Are We Seeing a More Nuanced Approach to Private Equity?