Antitrust and Competition Law

"We appreciate the partners' responsiveness and creativity in digesting our problems and coming up with practical solutions."
"The lawyers have excellent commercial vision."

Chambers Global 2023

Clients facing “bet the company” transformative mergers, litigation, and rapidly evolving regulatory landscapes all rely on Baker Botts’ internationally acclaimed competition law team——for its deep antitrust experience across a host of industries.

Our integrated transatlantic team, with over 50 lawyers based in Washington D.C., Brussels, and London, includes former antitrust enforcers, as well as leaders in the fields of economics, compliance, and policy. We have advocated for clients before numerous administrative and regulatory agencies around the world, including the following:

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) European Commission and numerous Member States
UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) PR China (SAMR) Others incl. Australia (ACCC), Brazil (CADE), South Africa (SACC) and others

Our Capabilities

Antitrust Litigation and Class Actions. We have extensive experience litigating antitrust cases relating to all theories of liability, helping clients assess their risks and adversaries and craft the right legal strategy to fit their objectives.

Merger Control, FDI and FSR. We offer insightful and strategic guidance throughout the transactional process, working with clients on front-end risk assessment, risk-shifting negotiations, and the development of strategic acquisition and divesture programs. Our pioneering team pairs merger control expertise with extensive foreign investment control experience.

Antitrust Government Investigations and Enforcement. Our lawyers have handled antitrust investigations in every major jurisdiction around the globe, helping companies and their management teams navigate through the crisis of an antitrust investigation with candor and transparency through every phase of the process.

Antitrust and Competition Law Counseling. Our collective experience runs the gamut of all conceivable antitrust issues facing companies, allowing us to deliver practical solutions to the competition challenges faced by our clients.

Intellectual Property and Antitrust Intersection. Our antitrust work, combined with a longstanding position at the forefront of antitrust/intellectual property policy developments in Europe, the U.S., and other key jurisdictions, provides us with meaningful insight into governmental enforcement priorities.

State Aid. We assist clients on a range of state aid issues and represent both companies and governments in formal and informal state aid investigations.

Key Industry Sectors

Our antitrust and competition lawyers are well-equipped to tackle matters across a wide array of industries, with particular  experience in consumer products, life sciences and healthcare, energy, chemicals, heavy industry and transportation, and TMT.

Contacts

Related Experience

News

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Merger of Shipbuilding Giants Halted as EU Reinforces Tough Line On Antitrust

Legal Week

Legal Week

Brussels

Global Competition Review

Global Competition Review

United States: Texas

Global Competition Review

Global Competition Review

Brussels

Global Competition Review

Global Competition Review

Thought Leadership

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Recap: States v. Google Explained

External Article

Monopoly Matters, American Bar Association (ABA) Unilateral Conduct Committee Newsletter, Vol 18, No. 1

Merger Enforcements

Speeches & Presentations

Panelist, 14th Annual Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium

Events

Upcoming

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Digital and UK Antitrust

Baker Botts in partnership with Concurrences is delighted to host a webinar titled Digital and UK Antitrust on Monday 22 March at 2.30pm (GMT).

GCR Interactive: Women in Antitrust

Baker Botts Partner Catriona Hatton is speaking at the GCR Interactive: Women in Antitrust Conference on November 18th.