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The Politics of Antitrust: Candidates & Newsmakers Bringing Antitrust into the Spotlight

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: January 23, 2020
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• Antitrust in the news
• Consumer Welfare Standard
• European Perspective
        - Increased political focus on Antitrust
        - Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines
        - FTC v Qualcomm Highlights
        - Administrative and political role of the EU commission

Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: January 23, 2020


The panel will discuss the implications of the heightened attention to antitrust in the political arena, e.g., politicians' proposals for big tech firms, including Google, Facebook & Amazon; whether increased media scrutiny is impacting agency practice; and the politicization of antitrust in Europe.

This program was recorded on January 23rd, 2020.

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Jeffrey White

Partner, Antitrust
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Jeff White is a partner in the Antitrust/Competition practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Mr. White provides counsel for all aspects of antitrust law, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, as well as government investigations, private litigation, and general counseling. He assists companies as they navigate their way through the U.S. and international antitrust review process, as well as guides them through complex and high-stakes litigation in court. He has experience across a wide range of industries, including information technology and software, telecommunications, internet, hospitality and leisure, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, oil and gas, energy and power, chemicals, financial services, automotive, and retail.

In addition to being named by Who’s Who Legal: Competition as a Future Leader for both 2018 and 2019, Mr. White was selected as a “Rising Star” for Competition in 2018 by Law360. Legal 500 has named Mr. White a “Next Generation Lawyer” for merger control since 2017, and clients describe him as an adviser who is “beyond excellent.” Further accolades include Global Competition Review naming Mr. White among its “40 Under 40” list in 2015. He is also recognized for Antitrust Litigation by Super Lawyers. Mr. White was previously honored with the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for co-authoring the article “Private Equity: Antitrust Concerns with Partial Acquisitions,” published in Antitrust, an American Bar Association publication.

Mr. White is an active member of the antitrust bar. For several years he served as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section's Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Committee and the Executive Editor for the Committee's quarterly publication, the Antitrust Health Care Chronicle. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Antitrust Section’s Distribution and Franchising Committee. He also has published a number of articles and other papers in the antitrust field, including generic drug merger enforcement, and actively participates in speaking engagements. He devotes time to pro bono work for the D.C. community, assisting the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and aiding other local organizations.

Mr. White obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law where he served as a member on both the Virginia Law Review and Virginia Tax Review.

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Benjamin Sirota

Kobre & Kim LLP

Benjamin Sirota is an experienced litigator who handles white-collar criminal matters, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations, with a particular focus on global competition issues. A former prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Mr. Sirota also brings significant private sector experience to his representation of corporations and individuals in multiple industries.

While at the Department of Justice, Mr. Sirota oversaw high-profile, cross-border criminal antitrust investigations and civil merger and conduct matters. In this capacity, Mr. Sirota worked with a number of competition enforcers and financial regulators, both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Sirota also has extensive experience litigating disputes touching the financial industry, including those involving claims of price fixing, fraud and market manipulation.

Mr. Sirota’s trial experience includes serving as lead counsel on a number of cases during his time as a Special Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

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Helge Heinrich

Noerr LLP

Helge Heinrich is a lawyer and partner at Noerr LLP in Brussels and Munich. Helge specialises in European State aid law (especially regional aid in the context of greenfield investments, gov-ernment guarantees, State aid-compliant hospital finance and infrastructure investments) and in German and European competition law (especially defending against/enforcing supply, cease-and-desist and compensation claims based on competition and antitrust law, and developing and implementing compliance programmes). He is a (co-)editor of the commentary on European State aid law published by Nomos Verlag and the author of regular publications in leading legal journals on State aid and antitrust issues.

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Marin Boney

Partner, Antitrust & Competition
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Marin Boney is an antitrust and competition partner in Kirkland’s Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Boney regularly represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice in complex merger reviews and government investigations. She also counsels clients on a range of business issues, including joint ventures, pricing, and distribution agreements. Ms. Boney has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, with particularly strong experience in software and technology, energy, healthcare, and consumer products and services transactions.

Before law school, Ms. Boney was an analyst at the economic consulting firm Lexecon Inc. (now part of Compass Lexecon).

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