GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Covington & Burling LLP

17 January 2011

At Covington & Burling LLP, the DC antitrust group is led by Tom Barnett and Deborah Garza. Barnett served for four years as assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice's antitrust division.

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Since moving to private practice at Covington, he has worked on a number of high-profile deals including the Merck/Schering Plough merger. He also continues to participate in global competition policy issues, including testifying at the DoJ and FTC hearings on the horizontal merger guidelines and testifying before Congress on the Chinese Antimonopoly Law.

Immediately before rejoining Covington, Deborah Garza was the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the antitrust division. She also served by presidential appointment as chair of the Antitrust Modernization Commission from 2004 to 2007.

The firm has had a busy year, representing ExxonMobil in obtaining antitrust clearance for a $41 billion merger with XTO Energy. It acted for Bank of America in an alleged price-fixing case over interchange fees charged at overseas ATMs.

Covington is also involved in one of the biggest cartel investigations of late: the air cargo and air passenger rates and surcharges probe. The firm is acting for Philippine Airlines.

The team is advising Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on the FTC's antitrust investigation of its affiliation with the Catholic Hospital Center of Manchester.

Other clients include Eli Lilly, Microsoft, NFL, Samsung, Verizon, Bank of America and Boehringer Ingelheim.


Covington & Burling LLP is another firm that can boast new competition capabilities, after hiring two new partners earlier this year. Peter Camesasca and Lars Kjølbye both joined from Howrey, and practice head David Hull says they won't be the last hires. "The firm's aim is to expand its antitrust offering in Brussels. We have built strong foundations over the years and want to expand our team to allow us to handle a broader range of matters," says Hull. The firm is planning to build on its existing regulatory experience, particularly in the pharmaceutical, energy, IT, intellectual property and communications sectors.

Major clients include Ryanair, Harley Davidson and Eli Lilly. Camesasca is lead counsel to Samsung. He represented the company in DG Comp's DRAM cartel settlement earlier this year, and continues to advise on other cartel matters.

The firm is counsel to CEZ in commission proceedings over alleged abuse of dominance in the Czech electricity sector. Covington & Burling also represented Ryanair in its appeal against the decision blocking its takeover of Aer Lingus. The firm continues to represent Ryanair in other matters.

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