He provides "tremendously practical advice, is incredibly responsive and really makes the effort to understand the business and strategy."
Chambers USA 2015
John M. Taladay is Co-Chair of the Antitrust practice of Baker Botts. He is well known for his work in gaining merger approvals, defending criminal cartel investigations, litigating civil antitrust cases and managing complex international competition matters.
In working closely with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the European Commission and other international agencies, Mr. Taladay has extensive experience in gaining merger clearances particularly in the technology, media, telecommunications, consumer products, software and pharmaceutical sectors and traditional industries including the automotive, airline, primary metals, agriculture, food, chemicals and electronics sectors.
Mr. Taladay has also counseled U.S. and foreign clients and individuals in dozens of major cartel matters including antitrust grand jury investigations into allegations of price fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation and related offenses. He has navigated corporate clients through a range of cartel representation strategies from steadfast defense to leniency application to formal non-prosecution treatment. His litigation work includes acting as lead counsel in numerous civil antitrust class action and other litigation matters involving nearly all aspects of the antitrust laws.
Previously, Mr. Taladay served in the antitrust leadership of Howrey LLP, and as International Legal Counsel at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal.
Mr. Taladay has been extremely active in the development of international competition policy. He serves as a Vice Chair of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD Competition Committee and as Chair of the United States Council for International Business Competition Committee. He has been appointed as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, and has been invited by the U.S. FTC and DOJ to serve as a faculty member at several international merger workshops aimed at training more than 50 ICN member agencies in the analysis of mergers. He also acts as Co-Chair of the Procedural Transparency Task Force of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and as a member of the ICC Commission on Competition.