USA Question and Answer

Exit interview with FTC commissioner Terrell McSweeny

Exit interview with FTC commissioner Terrell McSweeny

GCR USA - 20 April 2018

Terrell McSweeny has announced that she will step down on 28 April, the fourth anniversary of her joining the Federal Trade Commission. A few weeks ago, she sat down with GCR USA’s Charles McConnell to reflect on her time at the agency and discuss some important topics impacting antitrust enforcement – including some of the challenges the incoming slate of commissioners will face.

Q&A with Baker Botts partner William Lavery

Q&A with Baker Botts partner William Lavery

GCR USA - 01 February 2018

Baker Botts partner William Lavery will moderate a panel on deterrence in cartel enforcement at the seventh annual GCR Live Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami Beach, which begins tomorrow. He, like many others, is keeping a close eye on the government’s challenge to AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner.

Q&A with Mike Knight

Q&A with Mike Knight

GCR USA - 31 January 2018

Jones Day partner Mike Knight, who served as the assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition, is moderating a panel on whether efficiencies are likely to become a concern for the US agencies in antitrust analysis at next week’s seventh annual GCR Live Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami. In a Q&A with GCR USA, Knight highlights his thoughts on increased scepticism of efficiency claims in the US, and says he’s eager to hear from his fellow panellists about the differences in the theoretical standards for identifying merger efficiencies in different jurisdictions.

Q&A with Juan Arteaga

Q&A with Juan Arteaga

GCR USA - 30 January 2018

Crowell & Moring partner Juan Arteaga, a former deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, will moderate a panel at next week’s seventh annual GCR Live Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami Beach. Here, Arteaga previews that panel – which focuses on rethinking settlements in merger cases – and shares his thoughts on the Antitrust Division’s new hardline stance against behavioural remedies.

Q&A with Ethan Litwin

Q&A with Ethan Litwin

GCR USA - 29 January 2018

Dechert partner Ethan Litwin will be moderating a panel on algorithms that track competitors’ platform pricing and have potential for cartel activity at next week’s seventh annual GCR Live Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami Beach. In his Q&A he previews his views on pricing algorithms and what he hopes to hear from his fellow panellists.

Q&A with Danny Sokol

Q&A with Danny Sokol

GCR USA - 25 January 2018

D Daniel Sokol is a professor at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law and will moderate a panel at next week's seventh annual GCR Live Antitrust Law Leaders Forum in Miami Beach. In this Q&A, he previews his panel on how protectionism will manifest itself in antitrust.

An interview with Steven Benz

An interview with Steven Benz

GCR USA - 11 December 2017

Kellogg Hansen Todd Figel & Frederick partner Steven Benz works on antitrust cases for plaintiffs and defendants. He recently served as co-lead counsel in The Dial Corporation v News Corporation, a Sherman Act monopolisation case involving third-party in-store promotions, in which he secured a $250 million settlement and injunctive relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 consumer product goods companies. Benz also recently spoke on how companies can monetise litigation assets; he shared his thoughts on the issue and others with Charles McConnell.

Q&A with Cravath Swaine & Moore's Margaret D'Amico

Q&A with Cravath Swaine & Moore's Margaret D'Amico

GCR USA - 25 September 2017

In the run-up to GCR's annual conference in New York this week, Cravath Swaine & Moore partner Margaret D'Amico previewed what she expects to ask acting assistant attorney general Andrew Finch and weighed in on other antitrust issues.

Q&A with Shawn Cooley

Q&A with Shawn Cooley

GCR USA - 07 August 2017

Shawn Cooley is a special counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the firm's Washington, DC, office. A nine-year veteran of the Department of Homeland Security, he works on national security and foreign investment regulations in the antitrust and trade group, and will participate in a panel on public interest considerations during merger reviews at GCR Live in New York on 28 September.

Q&A with Phil Weiser

Q&A with Phil Weiser

GCR USA - 04 August 2017

Philip Weiser first came to the Department of Justice's antitrust division during the Clinton Administration, as a senior counsel focused on telecommunications. After serving as lead agency reviewer of the Federal Trade Commission for the Obama transition team, he returned in 2009, under Christine Varney, as deputy assistant attorney general for international, policy and appellate matters. Now back at University of Colorado Law School, Weiser talked about how his antitrust resume applies to seeking the Democratic nomination for Colorado attorney general in 2018.