ANTITRUST

WSGR's antitrust attorneys are uniquely positioned to assist clients with a wide range of issues, from day-to-day counseling and compliance to crucial bet-the-company matters. Our accomplished team consistently is recognized among the leading antitrust practices worldwide by such sources as Global Competition Review, Chambers Global, and Law360. In fact, Global Competition Review hailed the group as "perhaps the best antitrust and competition practice for high-tech matters in the world," while Chambers USA characterized them as "a dominant firm for matters involving the hi-tech sphere, acting for many of the most prominent technology firms," with a "deep and diverse bench of outstanding practitioners."

Based in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Brussels, our highly regarded antitrust attorneys advise clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions, criminal and civil investigations by government agencies, antitrust litigation, and issues involving intellectual property, consumer protection, and privacy. We advise clients on a full range of issues, including pricing, distribution, vertical restrictions, standard-setting activities, joint ventures, and patent pooling. Working with Fortune 100 global enterprises as well as venture-backed start-up companies, our attorneys have expertise in virtually every significant industry sector, including technology, media, healthcare, services, transportation, and manufacturing.

WSGR's attorneys have held senior positions at U.S. federal agencies, including:

  • Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
  • FTC Director of the Bureau of Competition
  • Deputy head of a cartel unit of the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission
  • Assistant Chief of DOJ Antitrust Division's National Criminal Enforcement Section
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Mergers at the Antitrust Division
  • Chief of Staff and Counsel to Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ Antitrust Division
  • Special Counsel for International Trade at the Antitrust Division
  • Assistant Director of the FTC's Mergers IV Division
  • Assistant Chief of the New York field office of the DOJ Antitrust Division
  • Attorney Advisor to the FTC Chairperson

In addition, one of the firm's partners served as a congressionally appointed commissioner to the 12-member Antitrust Modernization Commission, which was responsible for reviewing and recommending potential changes to the nation's antitrust laws. All of our senior lawyers are asked to write and speak extensively, with Jon Jacobson, Josh Wright, Jamillia Ferris, and Susan Creighton in particular having earned reputations as thought leaders on important antitrust issues. Many of our attorneys also hold high-level positions in numerous national and local antitrust bar organizations.

Our attorneys have successfully defended clients in many high-profile litigation matters, such as cases brought against Google, Netflix, Live Nation, Vector Capital, Coca-Cola, Transitions Optical, and Clear Channel. Notably, in 2015 the firm achieved significant victories on behalf of Live Nation and Netflix in high-stakes complex litigation matters. Our antitrust attorneys have represented clients in connection with the most important civil non-merger investigations by the Department of Justice in recent years. For instance, the firm successfully represented Google in connection with the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into a number of the company's business practices. We have also represented clients in connection with some of the most important criminal investigations brought by the Department of Justice in recent years, and we are currently representing a number of individuals and companies in several ongoing matters.

Few firms can match the success that Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has achieved in obtaining favorable agency reviews of proposed mergers. Our attorneys have represented clients as diverse as Google, Twitter, Trulia, Netflix, Seagate, Dell, Glencore, Aruba, Dolby, The McClatchy Company, Pharmacyclics, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Brocade, Pixar, Micron, Autodesk, Varian, UPMC, Coca-Cola, Nuance, Blackboard, Salesforce.com, and Sun Microsystems before the U.S. and international antitrust agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the European Commission.

Our antitrust team's ability to secure favorable results when advocating for third-party clients before various government agencies in the most high-stakes civil merger and non-merger matters is unmatched. For instance, our attorneys are credited with triggering the DOJ's investigation and eventual suit against Microsoft for illegal monopolization in one of the most important antitrust cases of the 20th Century. More recently, we represented NVIDIA in the FTC's case against Intel and, significantly, Netflix and other third-party complainants in the DOJ's investigation of Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner, which was ultimately abandoned because of antitrust concerns we raised.

Moreover, our antitrust attorneys are able to draw upon the firm's deep expertise in corporate finance, technology licensing, intellectual property litigation, white collar defense, consumer protection, privacy, and patent and regulatory matters to provide clients with an integrated practice directed to their most important business needs. For example, the firm has the largest dedicated life sciences patent counseling practice in the United States, serving more than 500 life sciences clients. Similarly, our patent litigation practice has enjoyed enormous success in prosecuting or defending more than 200 patent infringement lawsuits in the past five years. Our privacy and data security practice was twice named a "Privacy & Consumer Protection Group of the Year" by Law360. And our corporate finance practice has represented more technology companies in mergers and acquisitions than any other U.S. law firm, and has extensive experience representing international clients in cross-border transactions, with particular strength in the Pacific Rim, India, Israel, and Europe.

We are recognized among Global Competition Review's "Global Elite," honored as one of Law360's "Competition Practice Groups of the Year," ranked as one of the top antitrust practices worldwide by Chambers Global, and named among the best antitrust practices in the United States by Chambers USA. As one client noted in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, the group "is incredibly, incredibly talented. We'd never look for anyone else for antitrust guidance. The level of sophistication of the advice is outstanding. For an antitrust group that understands the tech sector, they are the best." In addition, we won three consecutive "Matter of the Year" awards (2013, 2012, and 2011) from Global Competition Review for our defense of Google in the FTC's investigation, our representation of Seagate in its $1.4 billion strategic transaction with Samsung, and our representation of Sun Microsystems in its acquisition by Oracle. Please see our "Recognition in the Marketplace" page for further information on our third-party accolades.

While WSGR's antitrust team is truly global in scope, it operates as a singular unit that tackles the largest, most complex, and most high-profile antitrust matters throughout the world—and does so with an unmatched record of success. A more detailed illustration of the depth and breadth of representation offered by our antitrust attorneys can be drawn from these case studies.