GCR 100 2023

Bates White

Bates White

Professional notice

Global headAles Filipi, Anna Meyendorff and Slava Zayats
Home jurisdictionUS
Countries with competition specialists1
Continents with competition specialists1
Total number of economists196
Competition economists91
Percentage of firm specialised46%
Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees9
Group one11
Group two13
Group three10
Group four57
Lateral hires1
Internal promotions3

Bates White is routinely tapped to handle high-profile matters before the world’s top competition enforcement agencies. The Washington, DC-based outfit has a close relationship with highly regarded European consultancy E.CA Economics, extending its reach across the Atlantic. At the forefront of the consultancy’s antitrust practice are Ales Filipi, Anna Meyendorff and Slava Zayats, who are joined by 88 other competition economists.

Notable recent merger control highlights include advising Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health on the likely competitive effects of their proposed tie-up. Experienced partners Cory Capps and Leemore Dafny – a former deputy director for healthcare and antitrust at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics – led the way on the deal, which was pulled-and-refiled before being approved by the FTC. George Rozanski and Arun Sharma, meanwhile, handled another healthcare assignment, advising Centene on its $2.2 billion acquisition of Magellan Health, which required remedies before its eventual approval. Elsewhere, Nicholas Hill was retained by US Sugar in relation to its proposed acquisition of Imperial Sugar, which closed in September 2022 after the Department of Justice failed to block the deal. Hill was also hired by the DOJ as it successfully sued to block the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster on the basis that it would cause substantial decreases in book advances to authors of anticipated bestsellers.

On the litigation front, former FTC Bureau of Economics director Joseph Farrell submitted expert reports in a Canadian class action litigation on behalf of plaintiffs who allege that Amazon forced third-party sellers to agree a most-favoured nation provision that prohibited them from offering their products on other platforms at prices lower than those charged on Amazon. Michael Whinston, the Sloan Fellows Professor of Management at MIT, meanwhile, was instructed by the DOJ in a civil antitrust suit against Google alleging that it monopolised internet search and search advertising by denying competitors access to distribution channels. Bates White is also involved in the Rail Freight Surcharge antitrust litigation, acting on behalf of plaintiffs who allege that BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific conspired to increase the price of rail freight transportation in the US by imposing unreasonable fuel surcharges.

Beyond experts. Better experience.

Bates White is a leading provider of economic analysis and testimony for complex antitrust and competition matters. Our experts have played important roles in numerous high-profile matters, including those before, or on behalf of, some of the world’s foremost competition enforcement agencies. Our analyses are based upon a deep understanding of the relevant industry, established economic and econometric theory, and pertinent financial and market data.

By combining the theoretical and empirical skills of our experts along with support from our deep bench of experienced economists and consultants, we help our clients navigate matters related to all types of anticompetitive conduct. We excel at analyzing the likely competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions across industries. We also have extensive experience supporting price-fixing litigation as well as monopolization matters, including exclusive dealing, tying, and bundling.

Our rigorous analysis and compelling testimony on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants have earned us a reputation for credibility among agencies and law firms. We balance our technical expertise with clear, persuasive, and tailored communication in testimony and reporting.

Our international capabilities are strengthened by a close relationship with E.CA Economics, a leading European economic consultancy on competition analysis.

To learn more about our capabilities, visit us at our website: www.bateswhite.com

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