Government antitrust investigators are increasingly vigilant in enforcing antitrust and unfair trade practices laws. But the government’s zeal often comes at great cost to businesses caught in the crosshairs of an investigator. Criminal and civil antitrust investigations require significant company and individual resources and may well threaten the business viability of a company. When threat turns into reality, clients entrust their defense to Venable.
Venable represents companies and individuals through all phases of criminal and civil antitrust investigations and litigation. We have achieved favorable outcomes for businesses of all sizes and types, including multinational corporations faced with charges of price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, and other anticompetitive conduct. Our experience spans all major industries in cases brought by federal and state investigators throughout the United States.
The Right Response for Your Business
One size does not fit all; your company's response to an antitrust investigation must be tailored to your interests as a business and the nature of the allegations. Individuals and companies rely on our knowledge and experience to craft solutions that meet their unique circumstances.
An antitrust investigation does not allow for a learning curve or ramp-up time. Clients need a legal team that is ready to respond. This level of preparedness is achieved only through experience.
In Investigations, Experience is Essential
At Venable, our team is distinguished by its experience on both sides of investigations, including service as a former U.S. attorney general. Other attorneys are former top lawyers in the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state offices of the attorney general. Venable leverages the cumulative knowledge of veteran lawyers with broad experience in antitrust law, white-collar defense, and complex litigation.
For our clients, this background offers a distinct advantage: it provides Venable with the unique ability to analyze antitrust cases from the investigator's perspective. As a result, we are equipped to respond swiftly, effectively, and strategically.
Venable offers experience in all phases of antitrust investigations and litigation involving allegations of anticompetitive conduct. We have represented clients in civil and criminal investigations and proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general. We also represent complaining parties and recipients of third-party subpoenas in connection with government investigations, and defend businesses in follow-on class actions related to government antitrust investigations.
This breadth of experience enhances our ability to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. In some cases, we convince the government to terminate its investigation. In others, we secure immunity from prosecution or leniency under the Justice Department's amnesty program. When litigation is the best or only option, we fight hard to bring about a favorable result.