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.

Our attorneys have been at the forefront of emerging trends and developments in the antitrust and competition arena. In addition to being recognized as a top-tier firm for antitrust and competition by Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers Best Law Firms, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, The Legal 500: UK and The Legal 500: United States, Skadden and its practitioners were:

  • Named 2024 Chambers USA Antitrust Firm of the Year and a finalist for the recognition in 2023.
  • Named Best International Law Firm: Competition and Antitrust at the China Business Law Awards 2023.
  • Ranked among Global Competition Review’s Global Elite in the GCR 100.
  • Named to The BTI Consulting Group’s 2023 Feared Opponents list, its inaugural ranking of the three elite litigation practices top legal decision-makers do not want to encounter as opponents.
  • Named a finalist in the General Litigation category of the Litigation Department of the Year competition at the New York Law Journal’s 2023 New York Legal Awards.

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.
  • 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.