Global businesses feel the growing impact of new competition laws and more sophisticated competition law enforcement around the world. Regardless of whether our clients’ critical competition issues concern developed or emerging jurisdictions — or several jurisdictions at once — Skadden provides timely, seamless assistance with their competition law challenges. Our Antitrust/Competition Group possesses the proven ability to pilot the most sophisticated international competition investigations, merger reviews and litigations through the complexities of this new and shifting framework. Given that today’s competition law enforcers increasingly coordinate, clients should expect the same from their counsel.

Chambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and U.S. News — Best Lawyers Best Law Firms recognize Skadden as one of the top-tier firms in the area of antitrust and competition. According to Bloomberg Law, Skadden had the highest number of representations in federal antitrust cases involving the 10 companies with the largest market capitalizations in the technology, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors from 2007-21. Additionally, according to Lex Machina, we were the most active defendants’ law firm in antitrust cases filed from 2018-20. In addition, we rank among Global Competition Review’s Global Elite in the GCR 100, the publication’s guide to the world’s leading competition law practices.

Skadden is consistently recognized as having one of the leading antitrust/competition practices in the area of European Union and International Competition by Chambers Europe, Global Competition Review, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500. We were named one of Law360’s Competition Groups of the Year for 2020. In 2019, Skadden was recognized as Competition Team of the Year by Legal Business. We also were named Transatlantic Antitrust Team of the Year by The American Lawyer and Legal Week at the 2019 and 2018 Transatlantic Legal Awards. Our antitrust/competition team has 10 attorneys listed in Who’s Who Legal: Competition at all levels of seniority: partner, counsel and associate.

Our accomplishments on behalf of clients across industries include:

  • obtaining timely clearance from antitrust merger control agencies around the globe, including in the U.S., the EU, the U.K., Japan, China, Australia, Brazil and South Africa, for highly complex mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures;
  • the successful defense of major clients in treble-damage U.S. class action litigation, monopolization claims and other government and private U.S. civil disputes;
  • guiding companies through U.S. grand jury investigations and EU and EU Member State administrative investigations and court procedures for claims including merger litigation, cartel, price-fixing, excessive pricing, dominance, parallel trade, geoblocking and vertical restraints issues;
  • advising clients in connection with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations and administrative proceedings;
  • coordinating strategies in leniency applications and cartel investigations in parallel actions by authorities around the world;
  • successfully completing commitment proceedings, avoiding any finding of antitrust infringement, and successful completing informal engagement with U.S., EU and EU Member State antitrust agencies, avoiding formal allegations being raised and leading to the closure of infringement proceedings; and
  • establishing and maintaining global antitrust compliance programs, including audits, dawn raid training, in-house counsel workshops and in-person and online compliance training.

Our Antitrust/Competition Group draws on the resources of Skadden’s worldwide platform, which includes focused, integrated services in global mergers and acquisitions, government enforcement and white collar criminal investigations and litigation, trial-level and appellate litigation, and international arbitration. In the U.S., Skadden lawyers assist clients in hearings before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies, including those in health care, energy, transportation and communications as well as the Department of Defense. In the EU, our lawyers have capabilities in U.K., German and French competition laws.