Charles F (Rick) Rule

Charles F (Rick) Rule

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A partner and co-chair of the antitrust group, Rick Rule focuses his practice on providing US and international antitrust advice to major corporations in connection with “bet-the-company” matters, particularly high-profile mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Formerly head of the antitrust division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Rick currently represents corporate clients in connection with civil and grand jury investigations by the DOJ, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Commission and in private and governmental litigation both at the trial and appellate levels. Recent clients include Microsoft Corporation; ExxonMobil; US Airways Inc; Celanese Corporation; Morgan Stanley; Dexia; Bacardi & Company Ltd; Eli Lilly & Co; Monsanto Co; Nucor Corporation; CIGNA Corp; Nippon Chemi-Con; Fair Isaac Corp; The Pasha Group; and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Rick has represented numerous corporations and individuals in connection with criminal grand jury investigations by the DOJ and other enforcement agencies involving allegations of price-fixing, market allocation, bid-rigging and other criminal conduct on a national or global scale. Recently, Rick has represented several financial institutions and Asian corporations and senior executives in connection with ongoing grand jury investigations. Based on his former government experience and his ongoing professional interactions with senior government officials, Rick advises clients in effective strategies for protecting their interests throughout the investigation process. In several cases, he has been hired to replace original counsel and helped the company/individual avoid indictment and, in many cases, avoid the need for a plea agreement or amnesty application. Rick has also been retained as an expert witness concerning the government's criminal antitrust enforcement and its leniency programme. Rick is at the forefront of antitrust law and is uniquely capable of advising clients on the antitrust regulatory environment affecting the way they do business globally. As agencies and rules evolve, he helps clients to understand the new legal framework; assess the legal risk and rewards associated with a range of competitive strategies; and work with government bodies to take advantage of, and insure appropriate compliance with, the regulations governing the clients' chosen strategy. He has unique experience counselling on antitrust and competition matters for multinational clients operating in China and guiding companies in complying with China's foreign antitrust laws as they expand into Asia. Rick began his career as William Baxter's special assistant in the antitrust division of the DOJ. He served as acting head of the Division for part of 1985 and was permanently appointed to the position in late 1986. In 1988, in recognition of his exemplary performance, he received the Edmund J Randolph Award from the DOJ. Following his departure from the DOJ in 1989, Rick has been a partner and head of the antitrust practice at several leading New York and Washington, DC law firms. Rick is regularly listed in Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, Global Competition Review and Benchmark Litigation (Top 10 Practitioner - Antitrust in the United States). The Financial Times’ "US Innovative Lawyers" report named Rick a top legal innovator for his work on behalf of Microsoft Corporation. He has also been recognised consistently for his antitrust work by The Legal Times, Lawdragon's "Top 500 Leading Lawyers", multiple Who's Who Legalpublications, Washingtonian and Super Lawyers.

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