Michael Fanelli is a partner in Covington's Antitrust, Litigation, and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups.
Mr. Fanelli has nearly twenty years of experience with competition matters, and represents U.S. and international clients before the U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies, foreign competition authorities, and courts. He represents companies and individuals in U.S. and international cartel investigations, defends class action and other antitrust litigation matters, and advises clients on joint ventures and antitrust compliance issues. His practice has focused particularly on international cartel enforcement matters on behalf of multinational businesses and individuals located in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Mr. Fanelli has helped to successfully navigate many of the firm's corporate and individual clients through criminal and civil antitrust investigations in which no adverse governmental actions have been taken.
Recent litigation victories in which Mr. Fanelli has played a leading role have included helping to achieve one of the first dismissals of a corporate defendant on jurisdictional grounds in the sprawling In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80337 (2013); and obtaining an early dismissal of novel resale price maintenance claims brought in federal court under New York's Donnelly Act. Worldhomecenter.com, Inc. v. KWC America, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104496 (2011).
Mr. Fanelli has expertise in a range of white-collar defense and internal and governmental investigatory matters, including with respect to corruption-related issues, financial transactions, NGOs, corporate governance, and compliance.
Mr. Fanelli previously served in the Federal Trade Commission’s Policy Planning Office, where he contributed to the drafting of the DOJ & FTC Competitor Collaboration Guidelines, advised on the antitrust treatment of joint ventures, and was involved in policy and investigatory matters.
Mr. Fanelli is currently a Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Joint Conduct Committee, which focuses on U.S. and international joint venture, cartel, and distribution issues. He was the Editorial Chair of the two-volume ABA Antitrust Section treatise Competition Laws Outside the United States (2011), and has been one of the leaders of the Section's International Committee and Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee. He also is a former member of the ABA’s International Cartel Task Force.
Mr. Fanelli's industry experience includes air transportation, automotive products and distribution, financial products and services, industrial chemicals and gasses, ocean shipping, logistics, electronics, petrochemical engineering, power systems, minerals, software, telecommunications, industrial products, agricultural products, consumer products, and electronic commerce.