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Cartels in the utility sectors: An overview of EU and national case law

Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis is the author of "Cartels in the utility sectors: An overview of EU and national case law," [PDF] published in Concurrences on January 23, 2020.

Publications | March 11, 2020

Gibson Dunn Wins Seven Awards at 2020 Benchmark Litigation US West Awards Ceremony

Benchmark Litigation recognized Gibson Dunn at its Benchmark US West awards ceremony with seven awards. Gibson Dunn was named the California National Firm of the Year and California Firm of the Year for both Antitrust and Labor & Employment.

Firm News | March 10, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 155 Rankings from Chambers Global 2020

In the 2020 edition of Chambers Global, Gibson Dunn earned 155 total rankings – 56 firm practice group rankings and 99 individual rankings. The firm and its lawyers were recognized globally and in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East regions, with additional recognitions in Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Firm News | March 5, 2020

Webcast: Antitrust Update on No-Poach and Non-Compete Agreement Enforcement

In this webcast, Gibson Dunn lawyers discuss global antitrust enforcement activity focused on employers’ use of no-poach and non-compete agreements.

Webcasts | February 27, 2020

Sustainability Priorities and Competition Law Policies – A Meeting of Minds

Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis and of counsel Alejandro Guerrero are the authors of "Sustainability Priorities and Competition Law Policies - A Meeting of Minds," [PDF] published in Our World magazine in February 2020.

Publications | February 25, 2020

Richard Parker Named Litigator of the Week

The Am Law Litigation Daily named Washington, D.C. partner Richard Parker as a Litigator of the Week for successfully persuading a federal judge to approve the $26 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger.

Firm News | February 14, 2020

Clampdown on mergers could make Britain less competitive

London partner Ali Nikpay is the author of "Clampdown on mergers could make Britain less competitive" [PDF] published by The Telegraph on February 14, 2020.

Publications | February 14, 2020

Research & Development – Beware of the Long Reach of the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s Jurisdictional Arm

Gibson Dunn lawyers provide an overview of the recent UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) case examining Roche Holdings, Inc.'s acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, Inc., and note the implications for transactions in innovative markets, particularly pharmaceuticals. Gibson Dunn acted for Spark in the matter.

Client Alert | February 12, 2020

Antitrust in China – 2019 Year in Review

Gibson Dunn lawyers highlight the most significant legislative, regulatory and litigation-related antitrust developments from 2019 and discuss what to expect for 2020.

Client Alert | February 10, 2020

European Court of Justice Adopts Strict Standard for Reverse Payment Settlements

In its judgment of 30 January, 2020, the European Court of Justice adopted a very strict standard for the assessment of settlement agreements entered into between originator and generic pharmaceutical suppliers. The ruling threatens to limit the ability of the settling parties to defend such settlements by relying on the strength of the underlying patents and illustrates a very sceptical attitude towards reverse-payment settlements.

Client Alert | January 31, 2020

Nine Gibson Dunn Partners Named as Thought Leaders in Construction and Competition by Who’s Who Legal

Who’s Who Legal named nine Gibson Dunn partners Thought Leaders in their respective fields. Washington, D.C. partner Joseph West was recognized for Construction.

Firm News | January 30, 2020

Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update and Outlook

Gibson Dunn lawyers address a number of important trends and enforcement priorities for firms and companies planning M&A transactions that may raise antitrust or competition law questions.

Client Alert | January 29, 2020

Webcast: The Price is Right (or Wrong): An Antitrust Update on the Treatment of Pricing Practices Under Sherman Act Section 2

In this webcast, part of an ongoing look at Sherman Act Section 2 monopolization law, Gibson Dunn lawyers discuss unilateral (single-firm) pricing practices, including low (or zero) prices, “high” prices, package prices and the definition of “price” and “pricing practices.”

Webcasts | January 24, 2020

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Publishes Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Thresholds for 2020

On January 28, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission announced its annual update of thresholds for pre-merger notifications of M&A transactions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”).

Client Alert | January 28, 2020

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Considers Rulemaking on Non-Compete Clauses in Employment Contracts

On January 9, 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to examine whether there is a sufficient legal and empirical basis to promulgate a Commission Rule restricting the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts.

Client Alert | January 28, 2020

Facebook Is Not An Illegal Monopoly

Washington, D.C. partner Kristen Limarzi is the author of "Facebook Is Not An Illegal Monopoly," [PDF] published by Law360 on January 24, 2020.

Publications | January 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Issue Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines

On January 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice released for public comment draft Vertical Merger Guidelines, which would replace the Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines originally published by the agencies in 1984.

Client Alert | January 14, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked Fifth Among the World’s Top Antitrust Practices by GCR

Gibson Dunn was ranked No. 5 in the 2020 edition of Global Competition Review’s GCR 100 – Global Elite, a list of the world’s top 25 antitrust practices.

Firm News | January 14, 2020

2019 Year-End German Law Update

Gibson Dunn lawyers in Frankfurt and Munich provide a recap of developments in German law across numerous areas during 2019.

Client Alert | January 10, 2020

INSIGHT: Even Without Marty McFly Powers, Antitrust Regulators Generally Get It Right

Washington, D.C. partner Kristen Limarzi is the author of "INSIGHT: Even Without Marty McFly Powers, Antitrust Regulators Generally Get It Right," [PDF] published by Bloomberg Law on January 3, 2020.

Publications | January 7, 2020

Dan Swanson Appointed as Co-Chair of International Bar Association Antitrust Section

The International Bar Association (IBA) has appointed Los Angeles partner Daniel Swanson to serve a two-year term (2020-2021) as Co-Chair of the IBA’s Antitrust Section, which provides an international forum for thought leadership with respect to antitrust law developments and the profession through submissions to competition agencies, training programs/missions, developing the law through conferences, publications, and interaction with antitrust enforcement authorities and the profession.

Firm News | January 7, 2020

Gibson Dunn Partner Appointed as Co-Chair of International Bar Association Antitrust Section

The International Bar Association (IBA) has appointed Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Daniel Swanson to serve a two-year term (2020-2021) as Co-Chair of the IBA’s Antitrust Section.

Press Releases | January 7, 2020

Seventh Circuit Sets Up Potential Supreme Court Review of FTC Monetary Relief Authority

Dallas of counsel Ashley Rogers is the co-author of "Seventh Circuit Sets Up Potential Supreme Court Review of FTC Monetary Relief Authority," [PDF] published in Antitrust, Vol.

Publications | December 13, 2019

California Legislation Increases Antitrust Scrutiny of Patent Settlements between Branded and Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

On October 7, 2019, California enacted Assembly Bill 824 (AB 824)[1] in an effort to increase antitrust scrutiny of patent settlement agreements between branded and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Client Alert | December 11, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2020 Chambers Asia Pacific

Gibson Dunn earned 16 firm rankings and 21 individual rankings in the 2020 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Firm News | December 6, 2019

Webcast: Preparing for Enhanced Antitrust Enforcement in Government Procurement

In this webcast, Gibson Dunn lawyers discuss the DOJ’s newly-announced Procurement Collusion Strike Force and what it portends for federal antitrust and False Claims Act enforcement in government procurement.

Webcasts | December 4, 2019

Gibson Dunn Promotes 13 Lawyers to Partnership

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elected 13 new partners, effective January 1, 2020. “We congratulate our new partners on this important and well-deserved professional achievement,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.

Press Releases | November 20, 2019

DOJ Announces a New Strike Force to Combat Antitrust Misconduct in Government Procurement

On November 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the creation of the Procurement Collusion Strike Force to combat antitrust violations and other crimes affecting government purchasing and programs at the federal, state, and local levels.

Client Alert | November 11, 2019

Competition 4.0 in Germany: Proposed Changes to German Antitrust Rules Targeting Digital Platforms

In November 2019, the German Ministry of Economics and Energy suggested a significant revamp of the country’s competition rules, targeting the increased scrutiny of digital platforms.

Client Alert | November 8, 2019

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Names Gibson Dunn Law Firm of the Year in Antitrust and Appellate

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® awarded Gibson Dunn its 2020 Law Firm of the Year for Antitrust Law and Appellate Practice. Additionally, the Firm earned Tier 1 rankings in 137 practice area categories in its 2020 Best Law Firms survey.

Firm News | November 4, 2019

German Directory JUVE Recommends Frankfurt, Munich and Brussels Offices for 2019/2020 Edition

The German publication JUVE recommended Gibson Dunn’s Frankfurt, Munich and Brussels offices in the 2019/2020 edition of its annual directory. The firm was recommended in the Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich regions and recognized in the Antitrust, Compliance Audits and Investigations, Corporate, M&A and Private Equity categories.

Firm News | October 31, 2019

Kristen Limarzi, Former Chief of the Appellate Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, Joins Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Kristen Limarzi has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. She previously served as the Chief of the Appellate Section of the U.S.

Press Releases | October 15, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2020

Gibson Dunn was recognized with four firm and 16 individual rankings in the 2020 edition of Chambers UK. The firm was recognized in the categories: Competition Law – London; International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration – UK-wide; International Arbitration: Investor-State Arbitration; and Real Estate Finance – London.

Firm News | October 10, 2019

LMG Life Sciences Names 12 Partners as Stars

In the 2019 edition of LMG Life Sciences, Gibson Dunn was recognized in six practice areas: Competition & Antitrust, General Corporate, General Patent Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Product Liability & Recall and White-Collar/Government Investigation.

Firm News | October 7, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2020 UK Legal 500

The UK Legal 500 2020 ranked Gibson Dunn in 15 practice areas and named seven partners as Leading Lawyers. The firm was recognized in the following categories:

Firm News | October 4, 2019

UK Supreme Court Decides Suspending UK Parliament Was Unlawful

On September 23, 2019, the UK’s highest court ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend (or “prorogue”) Parliament for five weeks, from September 9, 2019 until October 14, 2019, was unlawful.

Client Alert | September 24, 2019

DOJ’s Antitrust Division Elects Binding Arbitration to Resolve Merger Challenge

On September 4, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division challenged Novelis Inc.’s proposed $2.6 billion acquisition of Aleris Corporation. In a first, the Antitrust Division has agreed to resolve the matter through binding arbitration under the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996.

Client Alert | September 16, 2019

Gibson Dunn Adds Competition Partner Christian Riis-Madsen to Brussels Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Christian Riis-Madsen will join the firm’s Brussels office as a partner in the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group.

Press Releases | September 3, 2019

12 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers® named 12 Gibson Dunn partners as the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in their respective practice areas and cities: Rachel Brass – San Francisco – Litigation – Antitrust Lawyer of the Year, Miguel Estrada – Washington, D.C. – Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year, Sean Feller – Los Angeles Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year, Douglas Fuchs – Los Angeles Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Lawyer of the Year, Ronald Mueller – Washington, D.C. Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year, Douglas Rayburn – Dallas Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year, Brian Robison – Dallas Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year, Eugene Scalia – Washington, D.C. Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year, Jesse Shapiro –

Firm News | August 19, 2019

Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020

The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 has recognized 158 Gibson Dunn attorneys in 54 practice areas. Additionally, 48 lawyers were recognized in Best Lawyers International in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Firm News | August 15, 2019

New UK Prime Minister – what has happened?

An update on the political state of play in the United Kingdom after Boris Johnson was selected as Prime Minister, covering Brexit and other developments.

Client Alert | July 26, 2019

WirtschaftsWoche Ranks Gibson Dunn as a Top Law Firm in M&A and Antitrust

In its list of the most renowned law firms and lawyers in M&A and Antitrust, German publication WirtschaftsWoche has recognized Gibson Dunn as a Top Law Firm in both practices.

Firm News | July 23, 2019

DOJ Antitrust Division Will Now Consider DPAs for Companies Demonstrating “Good Corporate Citizenship”

In July 2019, the DOJ Antitrust Division announced that it will allow prosecutors to resolve criminal antitrust investigations with deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”) for qualified corporate defendants.

Client Alert | July 23, 2019

Balancing the Interests of Antitrust and Labor Laws

Los Angeles partner Daniel Swanson and Washington, D.C. partner Cynthia Richman are the authors of "Balancing the Interests of Antitrust and Labor Laws" [PDF] published by the Daily Journal on July 9, 2019.

Publications | July 9, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2019 U.S. Legal 500

Gibson Dunn earned 54 practice area rankings, including 18 top-tier rankings in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 – United States, and 32 partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices with an additional 15 partners recognized as Next Generation Lawyers and two attorneys recognized as Rising Stars.

Firm News | July 11, 2019

Information Exchange 2019 – European Union

Brussels partner David Wood authored "Information Exchange 2019 - European Union" [PDF] in contribution to the industry resource published by Global Competition Review Insight.

Publications | July 5, 2019

Best Lawyers in Belgium 2020 Recognizes Three Gibson Dunn Partners

Best Lawyers in Belgium 2020 has recognized three Gibson Dunn partners as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas: Peter Alexiadis – Competition/Antitrust Law, European Union Law, Media Law, Technology Law and Telecommunications Law; Ali Nikpay – Competition/Antitrust Law and Litigation; and David Wood – Competition/Antitrust Law and European Union Law.

Firm News | June 28, 2019

Best Lawyers in Germany 2020 Recognizes 14 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

Best Lawyers in Germany 2020 has recognized 14 Gibson Dunn attorneys as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas. In Frankfurt: Jens-Olrik Murach – Competition/Antitrust Law and Litigation; Dirk Oberbracht – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Private Equity Law; Wilhelm Reinhardt – Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Finn Zeidler – Arbitration and Mediation and Litigation.

Firm News | June 28, 2019

Webcast: Dealing with Online Markets and Digital Services from a Competition Law Perspective

Joined by Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon), our Gibson Dunn panel considers current and emerging trends in the EU and Asia in online markets and digital services.

Webcasts | June 20, 2019

Nineteen Gibson Dunn attorneys recognized by Who’s Who Legal Competition 2019

Nineteen Gibson Dunn attorneys were recognized by Who’s Who Legal Competition 2019. Brussels partners Peter Alexiadis, Jens-Olrik Murach and David Wood and associates Attila Borsos and Elsa Sependa; Dallas partners M.

Firm News | June 7, 2019

Webcast: Is It Bad To Be Big? An Antitrust Update On Monopoly Law And Enforcement

The topic of monopoly is in the news almost every day. Join us for a look behind the headlines to understand what you need to know about the current state of Sherman Act Section 2 monopolization law and enforcement. Our panel will include seasoned Gibson Dunn antitrust litigators and appellate advocates, former FTC and DOJ officials, and a leading antitrust economist.

Webcasts | May 23, 2019

Supreme Court Holds That iPhone Users Have Standing To Seek Federal Antitrust Damages From Apple For App Store Purchases

On May 13, 2019, the Supreme Court held 5-4 that iPhone users are “direct purchasers” from Apple when they purchase apps on Apple’s App Store, and thus have standing to sue Apple for alleged monopolistic overcharges under Section 2 of the Sherman Act.

Client Alert | May 14, 2019

Cartel Leniency in Hong Kong

Hong Kong partner Sébastien Evrard, Washington, D.C. partner Scott Hammond and Hong Kong associate Virginia Newman are the authors of "Cartel Leniency in Hong Kong," [PDF] published by Competition Policy International in May 2019.

Publications | May 1, 2019

Gibson Dunn Earns 79 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2019

In its 2019 edition, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awarded Gibson Dunn 79 first-tier rankings, of which 27 were firm practice group rankings and 52 were individual lawyer rankings.

Firm News | April 25, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2019

The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 has recommended Gibson Dunn in 14 categories in Belgium, France, Germany and UAE. The firm was recognized in Competition – EU and Global in Belgium; Administrative and Public Law, Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation Industry Focus – IT, Telecoms and the Internet, Insolvency, Insurance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Tax in France; Antitrust, Compliance, Internal Investigations and Private Equity in Germany; and Corporate and M&A and Investment Funds in UAE.

Firm News | April 19, 2019

Global Competition Review Recognizes Gibson Dunn for Merger Control Matter of the Year

Global Competition Review has named the AT&T/Time Warner matter as the “Merger Control Matter of the Year – Americas” at its annual GCR Awards. Gibson Dunn was counsel to AT&T.

Firm News | March 26, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers Europe 2019

Gibson Dunn received 30 rankings in Chambers Europe 2019: 22 individual rankings and eight firm rankings. The firm was recommended in the following categories: Competition/European Law – Belgium; Corporate Investigations – Europe-wide; Corporate/M&A: High-End Capability – France; Restructuring/Insolvency – France; TMT: Information Technology – France; Compliance – Germany; Corporate/M&A: High-End Capability – Germany; Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime: Corporate Advisory – Germany.

Firm News | March 8, 2019

FTC Publishes Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Thresholds for 2019

On February 15, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission announced its annual update of the thresholds for pre-merger notifications of M&A transactions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”). 

Client Alert | February 19, 2019

Antitrust in China – 2018 Year in Review

Gibson Dunn highlights the most significant developments in Chinese antitrust enforcement from 2018 and notes what to expect during 2019.

Client Alert | February 11, 2019

Nine Gibson Dunn partners recognized by Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders Competition

Nine Gibson Dunn partners were recognized by Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders - Competition 2019. Brussels partners Peter Alexiadis and David Wood; London partner Ali Nikpay; Los Angeles partner Daniel Swanson; San Francisco partners Trey Nicoud and Gary Spratling; and Washington, D.C. partners D.

Firm News | February 7, 2019

Europe’s Highest Court Finds in Favor of UPS in Merger Review Appeal

On 16 January 2019, the European Union’s highest court, the Court of Justice, upheld the claim of United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) that the European Commission (“Commission”) had breached its rights of defense.

Client Alert | January 29, 2019

“New Year Special”: European Commission’s DG Comp Sets Out Its Stall at the OECD’s Global Competition Forum

In December 2018, the European Commission presented eight papers at the OECD Competition Forum. Gibson Dunn provides an overview of the papers' insights and guidance for the competition community.

Client Alert | January 24, 2019

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its Competition 2018 Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its six Competition Practice Groups of the Year [PDF] for 2018. The practice group was recognized for scoring important wins for clients in high-stakes antitrust litigation last year.

Firm News | January 22, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

Gibson Dunn has been recognized in 12 categories in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. The Singapore office was ranked in the following Foreign Firms categories: Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Energy and Restructuring.

Firm News | January 18, 2019

Gibson Dunn Named a 2018 Law Firm of the Year

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce its selection by Law360 as a Law Firm of the Year for 2018, featuring the four firms that received the most Practice Group of the Year awards in its profile, “The Firms That Dominated in 2018.” [PDF] Of the four, Gibson Dunn “led the pack with 11 winning practice areas” for “successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.” The awards were published on January 13, 2019.

Firm News | January 13, 2019

Ninth Circuit Judges Call for En Banc Review of the Federal Trade Commission’s Authority to Obtain Monetary Relief

Does Section 13(b) of the FTC Act empower the Federal Trade Commission to obtain monetary relief? A group of Gibson Dunn lawyers recently published a piece on the Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Pulse blog discussing developments at the Ninth Circuit on the question.

Article | January 15, 2019

2018 Year-End German Law Update

Looking back at the past year's cacophony of voices in a world trying to negotiate a new balance of powers, it appeared that Germany was disturbingly silent, on both the global and European stage.

Client Alert | January 11, 2019

Landmark Judgments by General Court of the European Union Declare State Aid for Two Infrastructure Projects Illegal

In September and December 2018, Gibson Dunn attorneys won three cases before the General Court of the European Union, the latest in a series of prominent judgments setting out the compliance requirements for infrastructure projects within the EU

Client Alert | December 21, 2018

Rachel Brass and Scott Edelman Named Litigators of the Week

The Am Law Litigation Daily named San Francisco partner Rachel Brass and Century City partner Scott Edelman as “Litigators of the Week” [PDF] for successfully defending Ottogi Company, Ltd.

Firm News | December 20, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the Legal 500 Deutschland 2019

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2019 ranked Gibson Dunn in four practice areas and named Frankfurt partner Dirk Oberbracht as Leading Lawyer in Private Equity.

Firm News | December 20, 2018

The European Union’s General Court Rules (yet again!) That Margin Squeezes Are Problematic under EU Competition Rules

On December 13, 2018, in two separate but related appeals, the General Court of the European Union confirmed that the practice of margin squeezing by a dominant firm can constitute abusive behaviour, contrary to the terms of Article 102 TFEU.

Client Alert | December 13, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2019 Chambers Asia Pacific

Gibson Dunn earned 12 firm rankings and 21 individual rankings in the 2019 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Firm News | November 29, 2018

Three Gibson Dunn partners recognized by Who’s Who Legal

Three Gibson Dunn partners were recognized by Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2019 in their respective practice areas. Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis and Washington, D.C. partner Richard Parker were recognized in Competition, and Washington, D.C. F.

Firm News | November 21, 2018

Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and FTC Chairman Joe Simons Testify on Antitrust Enforcement Before Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust

On October 3, 2018, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. 

Client Alert | November 6, 2018

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Awards Gibson Dunn 132 Top-Tier Rankings

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® awarded Gibson Dunn Tier 1 rankings in 132 practice area categories in its 2019 “Best Law Firms” [PDF] survey. Overall, the firm earned 169 rankings in nine metropolitan areas and nationally.

Firm News | November 1, 2018

Lessons from FTC’s Loss in, and Subsequent Abandonment of, DirecTV Advertising Case

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") is increasingly focusing on the advertising, data privacy/security, and e-commerce processes of prominent companies marketing legitimate, valuable products and services, as compared to the types of fraudsters and shams that have been a central focus of FTC attention in the past.

Client Alert | October 24, 2018

Why We Think the UK Is Heading for a “Soft Brexit”

Our discussions with politicians, civil servants, journalists and other commentators lead us to believe that the most likely outcome of the Brexit negotiations is that a deal will be agreed at the “softer” end of the spectrum, that the Conservative Government will survive and that Theresa May will remain as Prime Minister at least until a Brexit deal is agreed (although perhaps not thereafter).

Client Alert | October 10, 2018

DOJ Antitrust Head Signals Move to Shorter, Less Burdensome Merger Review

On September 25, 2018, in a speech at the 2018 Georgetown Law Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division ("DOJ"), announced his intention to significantly reduce the time needed to review proposed mergers and to reduce the burden in responding to a Request for Additional Information and Documentary Material ("Second Request") regarding proposed transactions.

Client Alert | October 1, 2018

Lexology Navigator – Cartels

​San Francisco partners Rachel Brass and Trey Nicoud and Washington, D.C. partner Cynthia Richman contributed to the USA section of "Lexology Navigator – Cartels," [PDF] published by Lexology on September 26, 2018.

Article | September 26, 2018

Merger Control: ‘Around the World in 80 Days: Management of the Merger Review Process of Global Deals’

Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis and associate Elsa Sependa are the authors of "Merger Control: ‘Around the World in 80 Days: Management of the Merger Review Process of Global Deals’" [PDF] originally published in Business Law International, Vol19 No3, September 2018, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK.

Article | September 25, 2018

Cartels in the utility sectors: An overview of EU and national case law

Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis is the author of "Cartels in the utility sectors: An overview of EU and national case law” [PDF] published in e-Competitions Special Issue Utilities & Cartels, Art.

Article | September 6, 2018

The Politics of Brexit for those Outside the UK

Following the widely reported Cabinet meeting at Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence, on Friday 6 June 2018, the UK Government has now published its "White Paper" setting out its negotiating position with the EU.

Client Alert | July 12, 2018

Immunity, Sanctions & Settlements 2018 – Spain

Brussels associate Pablo Figueroa is the author of "Immunity, Sanctions & Settlements 2018 – Spain” [PDF] originally published on June 7, 2018 by Global Competition Review Know-How.

Article | June 7, 2018

Who’s Who Legal Recognizes 24 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

24 Gibson Dunn attorneys were recognized by Who’s Who Legal in their respective fields. In Who’s Who Legal Competition 2018, 20 attorneys were recognized for their work.

Firm News | July 9, 2018

Supreme Court Finds Failure to Prove a Sherman Act Section 1 Violation in Credit Card Market

On June 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States assuaged the concerns of many that antitrust enforcement would hobble new and creative ways of conducting business, particularly businesses that have relied on technology to bring consumers and sellers together by offering a "platform" that creates a highly convenient way for them to interact and consummate sales.

Client Alert | July 5, 2018

Gibson Dunn Named Competition Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2018

At its annual awards, The Lawyer named Gibson Dunn as the winner in the Competition Team of the Year category. The firm was recognized for its work for ICOMP as a complainant in Google’s abuse of dominance case brought by the European Commission.

Firm News | June 26, 2018

Supreme Court Raises The Bar For Antitrust Plaintiffs Challenging Two-Sided Platforms

Ohio v. American Express Co., No. 16-1454 Decided June 25, 2018 The Supreme Court held 5-4 that plaintiffs challenging American Express (“Amex”) credit-card rules for merchants did not prove an antitrust violation because their evidence focused on only one side of the relevant market (the effect of Amex’s rules on merchants) while ignoring the other side (the effect on cardholders).

Client Alert | June 25, 2018

Gibson Dunn Receives Chambers USA Excellence Award

At its annual USA Excellence Awards, Chambers and Partners named Gibson Dunn the winner in the Corporate Crime & Government Investigations category.

Firm News | May 25, 2018

Information Exchange 2018 – European Union

Brussels partner David Wood and associate Madeleine Healy are the authors of "Information Exchange 2018 - European Union," [PDF] published in Global Competition Review.

Article | May 1, 2018

Are Disgorgement’s Days Numbered? Kokesh v. SEC May Foreshadow Curtailment of the FTC’s Authority to Obtain Monetary Relief

Dallas partner M. Sean Royall, Denver partner Richard Cunningham and Dallas associate Ashley Rogers are the authors of "Are Disgorgement’s Days Numbered?

Article | April 6, 2018

Examining actions for damages claims based on the state aid rules – Part 1, 2 & 3

Brussels partner David Wood and of counsel Lena Sandberg are the co-authors of "Examining actions for damages claims based on the state aid rules – Part 1,2 & 3,” originally published as a three-part series in Competition Law Insight, Volume 16 Issues 10-12 (October, November and December 2017) © Informa UK 2017.

Article | December 1, 2017

The Düsseldorf Court of Appeals confirms a decision of the Bundeskartellamt against all prohibitions or restrictions imposed in relation to online sales made by traditional distributors (ASICS)

Brussels partners Peter Alexiadis, Jens-Olrik Murach and associate Balthasar Strunz are the co-authors of "The Düsseldorf Court of Appeals confirms a decision of the Bundeskartellamt against all prohibitions or restrictions imposed in relation to online sales made by traditional distributors (ASICS)” [PDF] published in e-Competition Bulletin April 2017, Art.

Article | April 1, 2018

EU competition law and selective distribution

Brussels partner David Wood contributed to the "EU competition law and selective distribution” [PDF] piece published by LexisPSL.  

Article | March 28, 2018

Antitrust in China – 2017 Year in Review

China's antitrust regulators had a noteworthy year of enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law ("AML") in 2017. Although there were fewer high-profile, record-breaking cases, 2017 saw China's antitrust regulators expand their scope of enforcement in both merger and non-merger cases and expend significant effort into producing new legislation and guidelines.

Client Alert | March 28, 2018

Co-operating with the Authorities: The US Perspective

Washington, D.C. partner F. Joseph Warin, San Francisco partner Winston Chan, Washington, D.C. associate Pedro Soto and San Francisco associate Kevin Yeh are the authors of "Co-operating with the Authorities: The US Perspective," [PDF] published in Global Investigations Review's Practitioner's Guide to Global Investigations in March 2018.

Article | March 1, 2018

Who’s Who Recognizes Six Gibson Dunn Partners as Thought Leaders in Competition

Who’s Who Legal has recognized six Gibson Dunn partners in its inaugural edition of Thought Leaders – Competition 2018. Brussels partners Peter Alexiadis and David Wood, London partner Ali Nikpay, Los Angeles partner Daniel Swanson, San Francisco partner Gary Spratling, and Washington, D.C. partner Scott Hammond were selected due to their “experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters” and “their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their clients.” The guide was published February 2018.

Firm News | February 1, 2018

Mixed Messages in the “By Object” vs “By Effects” Saga: The Enigma of Lundbeck

Brussels partner Peter Alexiadis and associate Pablo Figueroa are the authors of "Mixed Messages in the 'By Object' vs 'By Effects' Saga: The Enigma of Lundbeck” [PDF] originally published on February 3, 2018 by Competition Policy International.

Article | February 3, 2018

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among its Competition 2017 Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its five Competition Practice Groups of the Year [PDF] for 2017. The firm was recognized for scoring important wins for clients in high-stakes antitrust litigation last year, while also helping steer several major mergers through regulatory clearances.

Firm News | January 22, 2018

2017 Year-End German Law Update

"May you live in interesting times" goes the old Chinese proverb, which is not meant for a friend but for an enemy. Whoever expressed such wish, interesting times have certainly come to pass for the German economy.

Client Alert | January 7, 2018

The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? The General Court’s Ruling in the Coty Case

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (the "ECJ"), delivered a landmark Judgment in the Coty Case, issuing a Preliminary Ruling in response to a series of questions posed by the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

Client Alert | December 18, 2017