Antitrust & Trade Regulation

McGuireWoods’ global team of antitrust and competition lawyers excels at finding creative, practical ways for clients to compete aggressively while minimizing risks. Recognized individually and as a practice by Chambers, U.S. News-Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and Global Competition Review, our lawyers strategically guide clients through antitrust and competition challenges. We handle civil antitrust disputes, criminal cartel investigations and transactions clearance, and counsel on business and compliance issues and international competition laws.

Our team includes a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, and many of our lawyers currently hold leadership positions with the organization. Global industry and legal publications and media outlets such as Corporate Briefing, Law360,Journal de droit européen, and L'observateur de Bruxelles seek us out for insight on antitrust and competition-related legislative, regulatory and judicial developments.

We serve clients as business counselors, trial lawyers and agency professionals throughout the world in virtually every significant area of antitrust and competition law, including:

  • Antitrust counseling, audits and compliance programs
  • Antitrust litigation, government investigations and class actions
  • Grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions
  • International cartel investigations
  • Merger and acquisition clearance
  • European competition law



    Obtained total dismissal of claims against health care plan

    Representation of a health care plan that was sued by The American Chiropractic Association, the Virginia Chiropractic Association and several chiropractors. The plaintiffs alleged a conspiracy in violation of the federal and state antitrust laws, attempted monopolization, a RICO violation, tortious interference, a common law conspiracy, breach of contract, and violation of state law. Obtained a total dismissal of all of the plaintiffs' claims through a summary judgment motion, which subsequently was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.


    Defeated summary judgment in a civil antitrust lawsuit alleging illegal tying, bundling, and exclusive dealing

    Representation of an ambulatory surgery center in civil litigation in which it alleged the defendant hospital used anticompetitive tying and bundling to secure an exclusive contract from the area's largest employer self-funded health plan.  The case settled after the antitrust claims survived the defendant hospital's motion for summary judgment.


    Defended client in criminal price fixing investigation by the DOJ and follow-on civil litigation.

    Representation of a domestic ocean container shipping company in a criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice of price-fixing of ocean transportation rates  and defense of related treble-damage actions brought by customers seeking to recover damages as a result of the alleged conspiracy.


    Guided clients through the global merger control regime maze

    Counsel on various transactions subject to the EU Merger Regulation, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include construction machinery, agricultural machinery, process machinery, transport, healthcare, electronic equipment and chemicals. Counsel on various transactions reviewed under the UK merger control and public interest rules, including phase one and two clearances subject to remedies. Sectors include process machinery, transport, chemicals, defence and retail. Counsel on a large number of multi-jurisdictional merger control matters on a worldwide basis, including obtaining clearances subject to remedies.


    Houston office receives favorable ruling from 5th Circuit clearing BP Traders of propane antitrust plot

    McGuireWoods recently received a favorable ruling from the 5th Circuit affirming the dismissal of a criminal case accusing four ex-BP Products North America Inc. commodities traders of conspiring to manipulate the U.S. propane market. This case was only the second attempted criminal prosecution for manipulation in the long history of the Commodities Exchange Act.

Team Leaders

Full Team
Back to top