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10-14-2021

Silicon Valley Antitrust Seminar Series

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Freshfields is pleased to launch our Silicon Valley Antitrust Seminar Series.
Antitrust enforcement across the globe has evolved rapidly and significantly in just the last year with no signs of slowing down soon. Freshfields’ leading global antitrust team has first-hand experience navigating the changing tides and is keeping an eye on all the major changes and what it means for our clients.

In this series we’ll bring together practitioners from our Silicon Valley office and across our global network to provide you with key insights and practical guidance on the evolving antitrust regulatory landscape. Sessions will be in person at various locations around the bay area and will cover:

  • December 9: Labor markets: A key antitrust focus? The President’s Executive Order focuses sharply on using antitrust to increase wages and employees’ bargaining power: via prosecution of wage agreements and no-poach agreements and analysis of the impact of M&A on workers. How will this directive be reflected in the FTC’s and DOJ’s enforcement activity?
    Speakers:
    Bruce McCulloch, Meredith Mommers, and Ermelinda Spinelli
    Location:
    Freshfields' Silicon Valley office

  • December 2: Data as an antitrust issue: What do antitrust lawyers need to know? What do data and privacy lawyers need to know?
    Speakers:
    Chris Lyon, Meghan Rissmiller, Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum, Rikki Haria, and Bertrand Guerin
    Location: 
    The Village Pub

  • November 10: Antitrust and life sciences: Much of the press commentary has been focused on Big Tech, but much of the enforcement has been in life sciences. How will enforcement change? 
    Speakers: John Fisher, Mary Lehner, Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum, Simon Priddis,and Bertrand Guerin
    Both a Lunch and Happy Hour Session: Lunch will be hosted at the Freshfields' Silicon Valley office. The Happy Hour will be at Waterbar. 

  • October 21: Are the CMA and EC the real gatekeepers?: The CMA and EC took unprecedented steps to challenge the Sabre/Farelogix and Illumina/Grail deals, respectively, despite there being de minimis or no revenue in their jurisdictions. Can they really do that? And how do you prevent them from blocking your deal when the DOJ or FTC can’t or won’t? 
    Speakers: Megan Yeates, Bertrand Guerin, and Jenn Mellott.
    Location: Freshfields’ Silicon Valley Office

  • October 14: M&A strategies in the USA, EU, and UK: How to optimize corporate development strategies in response to the new world of antitrust enforcement and M&A agreements. 
    Speakers: Ethan Klingsberg, Eric Mahr, Meghan Rissmiller, Megan Yeates, Jan Rybnicek, and Alan Ryan.
    Location: The Village Pub

About our practice:

Ranked atop the list of “Global Elite” by Global Competition Review and recipient of Who’s Who Legal’s “Global Competition Law firm of the Year” for the 16th consecutive year, Freshfields’ antitrust team offers clients across industry unparalleled advice on the full host of antitrust concerns. With our expanded presence in Silicon Valley we are able to offer clients tailored insight with a global perspective. Our team includes attorney advisors to multiple FTC commissioners, seven attorneys from the US FTC’s Bureau of Competition, the former US DOJ Antitrust Division Director of Litigation, former counsel to the Director of Litigation, and three attorneys from the DOJ Antitrust Division. We are also at the forefront of evolving antitrust regulatory and litigation landscape and presently represent some of the biggest names in the valley.

Meet the team

Julie Elmer

US Head of antitrust, competition, and trade

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Andrew Ewalt

Partner

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John Fisher

Partner, Head of US Technology and Life Sciences M&A

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Joseph Halloum

Partner

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Ethan Klingsberg

Partner, Co-Head of US Corporate and M&A

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Christine E. Lyon

Partner and Global Co-Head of Data Privacy and Security

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Eric Mahr

Joint Head – Global Antitrust Litigation Group

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Jenn Mellott

Partner

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Bruce McCulloch

Partner

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Simon Priddis

Partner

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Meghan Rissmiller

Partner

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Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum

Partner

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Bertrand Guerin

Counsel

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Jan Rybnicek

Counsel

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Ermelinda Spinelli

Counsel

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Rikki Haria

Senior associate

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Angela Landry (nee Diveley)

Senior associate

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Meredith Mommers

Counsel

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Megan Yeates

Associate

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