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Cartel enforcement continues to be a top priority for competition regulators around the world, with reports of global cartel fines surging in recent years.
With stakes this high, you need a global strategy that is sensitive to legal risks across jurisdictions while positioning you to achieve business goals.
Through the full life cycle of civil and criminal cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, we seamlessly manage parallel investigations in multiple jurisdictions and provide critical insight on agency goals.
We drive to the core of the facts in every case to identify possible defenses and have successfully asserted novel jurisdictional and market-based arguments with enforcers. Our aggressive defense of our clients’ legal rights has helped them avoid adverse government action in many cases.
Our team has defended clients in almost every major global cartel investigation in recent history:
We also conduct internal investigations, design compliance programs and perform audits, and provide “second opinions” in high-stakes matters.
Defending a large European manufacturer of power cables in a criminal antitrust investigation by the DOJ.
Represent several Japanese and European manufacturers of automotive parts in investigations of alleged anticompetitive activity.
Defending senior executives in auto parts-related investigations.
Represented a global electronics manufacturer concerning all aspects of the European investigation into alleged collusion in TFT-LCD (1&2).
Represented executives of various airlines in investigations in the air cargo and passenger industries in several jurisdictions.
Represented a global electronics manufacturer in the European investigation into alleged collusion in DRAM.
AstraZeneca in an FTC investigation and private antitrust class action litigation concerning settlements of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving Nexium.
We represent a major European carrier in the European Commission’s container liner shipping investigation into alleged collusion/abuse of dominance.
Representation of Microsoft, Expedia, and Trip Advisor in the U.S. and Europe in connection with investigations regarding Google’s abusive search-related conduct.
Represented a major financial services company in an investigation by the FTC of alleged exclusionary conduct with no action being taken against our client.
Represented a major U.S. transportation company in a DOJ investigation with no action taken against our client.
Represented technology firm in connection with a FTC investigation of a standard setting organization.
Representation of Microsoft in connection with its complaint regarding the anticompetitive patent licensing practices of Motorola Mobility.
Represented company in DOJ investigation of employee recruiting practices.
September 2016, Competition Law & Policy Debate
July 26, 2016, Competition Law Insight
Kevin Coates discusses his career highlights and the legal landscape in this interview with Competition Law Insight.
July 20, 2016, Global Competition Review
Phillip Warren participated in the American Bar Association’s bi-monthly criminal antitrust update and is quoted in a GCR article regarding the lower amount of criminal antitrust fines this year. According to Warren, “More than anything, the drop in numbers results from the winding down of the current financial sector and auto parts matters.” He continued, “It ...
July 19, 2016, PaRR
Kevin Coates spoke at an American Bar Association webinar entitled “Cartel and Criminal Practice Update” and is quoted in a PaRR article regarding the significance of the European Commission’s July truck cartel decision. According to Coates, this is the first case in which the EC issued a normal procedure statement of objections (SO) to parties, and then agreed ...
April 5, 2016, Global Competition Review
Eric Holder’s remarks from “GCR Live: Cartels” are quoted extensively in this GCR article. Holder said, “Regardless what the election holds in November, my strong belief is that the antitrust division will continue to focus on cartel enforcement. This is a priority for the Justice Department now, and will continue to be for the next attorney general.”
Robert Wick recently spoke at “GCR Live: Cartels” and was quoted extensively in an article about the event. Without government enforcers coordinating during cartel investigations and follow-on actions, Wick says there is a risk of disproportionate punishment, “whether it’s criminal sentences or whether it’s fines that could be disproportionate.”
April 4, 2016, Global Competition Review
Kevin Coates, Johan Ysewyn and Deborah Garza are quoted in this GCR article announcing the arrival of Coates as a partner in the firm’s European competition practice.
March 31, 2016, Global Competition Review
Peter Camesasca discusses private cartel actions in the European Union in this interview with GCR.
March 18, 2016, BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
February 22, 2016, The Law Society Gazette
Johan Ysewyn is quoted by The Law Society Gazette in an article discussing changes in competition policy and enforcement, and what these changes mean for lawyers. “The commission likes its fines, but I think it takes a balanced view that it also likes companies changing their trading behaviour,” says Ysewyn. Ysewyn continues by commenting on the changing nature ...
January 15, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Global Competition Review has again named Covington to its 2016 “Global Elite,” a list of the top 25 antitrust practices worldwide.
Each year, GCR undertakes extensive analysis of antitrust and competition law groups in 50 jurisdictions around the world. In its profile of the firm, GCR calls Covington’s antitrust and competition practice an ...
April 20, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC, April 20, 2015 — Global Competition Review has selected matters led by Covington lawyers as winners of two 2015 GCR Awards.
Litigation of the Year, Cartel Defense was awarded for the defendants’ win in Motorola Mobility v AU Optronics, et al. Covington partners Robert Wick and Derek Ludwin in Washington, DC, and Jeffrey Davidson in San ...
March 20, 2015, Covington E-Alert
March 2, 2015, Law360
February 23, 2015, Covington E-Alert
December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2014 — The Global Competition Review (GCR) has named Covington & Burling to its Global Elite, a list of the top 20 competition practices worldwide, ranking it among the top practices in both Brussels and Washington, D.C.
Each year, GCR undertakes extensive analysis of competition law groups in 50 jurisdictions around the world. In ...
February 6, 2012
BRUSSELS, 6 February, 2012 — The Global Competition Review has named Covington & Burling to the Global Elite, a list of the top 20 competition practices worldwide recognised in its annual GCR 100 rankings.
The 2012 edition of the publication’s GCR 100 provides extensive analysis of antitrust groups in 41 jurisdictions around the world. In honoring Covington, ...
February 25, 2011, Competition Law360
Summer 2009, Antitrust