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Antitrust & Competition

Ensuring clients have leading antitrust and competition law professionals around the world.

Husch Blackwell provides clients with key antitrust and competition law advice on a range of challenges and opportunities, including corporate transactions and compliance issues. Our antitrust and competition law team maintains a large network of contacts and resources—including federal enforcement agencies, state attorneys general, trade groups, and legislative policymakers—and delivers practical, real-world advice to clients on their most complex and challenging matters.

When antitrust and competition law issues are global in scope, our team works hand in hand with local attorneys at local firms on the ground in more than 100 countries. Husch Blackwell is a member of TerraLex, a select network of premier law firms around the world, ensuring that clients have instant access to leading antitrust and competition professionals around the world.

When litigation is unavoidable, our antitrust litigation team is fully integrated into our wider practice and works seamlessly with our corporate lawyers and industry teams to provide clients with end-to-end legal counsel.

Merger Clearance

Our antitrust and competition law team represents clients in connection with mergers, joint ventures, and strategic alliances around the world and coordinates antitrust efforts on their behalf from initial notification through closing. We routinely work with the firm’s M&A clients to achieve their business objectives, handling premerger notification with federal authorities, and our team is skilled in addressing all manner of federal- and state-level inquiries from agencies tasked with antitrust enforcement.

Members of our team have served in key regulatory and enforcement positions within the government, including the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. We understand the intricacies of the merger review process and know how to best position clients to achieve their objectives.

Our team is also well-versed in handling antitrust issues in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare and telecommunications, where there are often high-profile inquiries and added layers of agency review to navigate.

Counseling & Compliance

Husch Blackwell’s antitrust and competition team provides counseling to a wide range of businesses, organizations and associations in connection with a variety of antitrust concerns, including coordinated conduct such as price-fixing, market allocation, bid rigging, and group boycotts. The team also advises clients regarding unilateral conduct taking the form of monopolization, attempted monopolization, refusals to deal, and unfair competition. Husch Blackwell also guides clients through antitrust issues that may arise in a distribution system, including resale price maintenance, minimum advertised price policies, and price discrimination, and works with clients to develop and strengthen antitrust training and compliance programs. Our team’s approach to compliance and counseling is client-centric and carefully tailored to the risks and operations of each client.

Legal Updates | March 18, 2020
Merger Reviews During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Legal Updates | January 31, 2020
Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Filing Thresholds Increase in 2020

Noncompliance with the HSR Act may result in increased civil penalties as of the effective date of up to $43,280 per day.

Media Mentions | August 02, 2021
Austin Monthly: Austin's Top Attorneys 2021
News Releases | September 16, 2019
Mark Tobey Joins Husch Blackwell's Austin Office

“Mark is a leading authority on competition and antitrust matters pertaining to agriculture,” said Steve Carman, the leader of Husch Blackwell’s Food & Agribusiness industry group.

Media Mentions | June 26, 2019
Wisconsin Law Journal: WLJ honors its 2019 Women in the Law

Wendy Arends was one of 22 outstanding women attorneys honored at the 16th annual Women in the Law event June 20 sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Journal.