Dr. Connell Wise

Connell Wise is our exclusively recommended Business Services expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Connell directly using the contact details listed above.

Connell is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council, National Association of Executive Coaching, and the American Association of Business Consultants. Throughout the past decade, he has served in various positions in both government and management.

A lifelong learner, Connell Wise holds three degrees and is also currently working on his Executive MBA at the Jack Welch Management Institute. He is also currently pursuing a PSYD in Industrial-Organisational Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a focus on Coaching and Consulting.

Firm Overview:

Connell Wise & Associates, LLC, based in Washington D.C., is a boutique advisory firm that focuses on international Equitable Economic Development, Business, Industrial Organisational and Public Affairs. The company works with government and commercial clients around the world to deliver practical solutions and achieve lasting results.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Connell Wise, to initially help Youth & under-represented business owners and entrepreneurs start profitable and fully licensed businesses in the District of Columbia.

CW&A provides a wide range of full services to our clients including but not limited to: business technical assistance, referral services, entrepreneurship training, access to capital, bookkeeping, policy research, information technology (IT) services, and government relations. CW&A strives to offer diverse services that help grow our clients’ wealth and assets personally and business-wise.

Susan Creighton

Susan Creighton is our exclusively recommended Antitrust Law expert in Washington DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Susan directly using the contact details listed above.

Susan’s practice focuses on merger review, government conduct investigations, and antitrust litigation and counselling. Representative matters include serving as lead outside counsel for Google in the Federal Trade Commission’s search investigation of the company, and representing Netflix in connection with the Justice Department’s investigation of the proposed Comcast/TWC merger.

Susan was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Global Competition Review in 2013, and was one of The National Law Journal’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers” in 2015. She has testified before the Antitrust Modernisation Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Senate on antitrust-related issues. She also has written a number of widely cited articles, including on issues related to mergers, intellectual property, and unilateral conduct.

Firm Overview:

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm’s broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

The firm is nationally recognised for providing high-quality services to address the legal solutions required by its enterprise and financial institution clients.

Our services include corporate law and governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, antitrust counselling and litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions, tax, and employee benefits and employment law, among other areas. Our distinguished international roster of clients span a wide variety of industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy and clean technology, media and entertainment, communications, retail, and financial services.

Daniel Braun

Daniel Braun is our exclusively recommended Regulatory Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Daniel directly using the contact details listed above.

Daniel’s focus is on criminal and regulatory enforcement matters and related civil litigation, often involving allegations of market misconduct, foreign bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions violations, fraud and anticompetitive activity.

With more than 15 years working for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Daniel has extensive experience in cross-border investigations, interagency cooperation and market enforcement. Most recently he was Deputy Chief for Litigation in the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, where he managed a number of the department’s most significant cases.

Daniel Braun ran the DOJ’s global investigations focusing on LIBOR, foreign exchange and other benchmarks, and took the lead in coordinating with United States and international regulators and law enforcement agencies. He has also worked closely with the DOJ’s antitrust division and other authorities on cartel investigations.

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Steven F. Benz

Steven Benz is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Steven directly using the contact details above.

Steven represents corporations as plaintiffs in antitrust, unfair competition, class action, and complex commercial cases in federal and state courts in the United States and in matters relating to the abuse of dominance and cartels in the European Union. He has more than twenty-five years of litigation experience and has served as counsel of record in more than 140 litigated cases, trials, and appeals. Mr. Benz is a frequent speaker at conferences on competition law and complex civil litigation topics. In 2017 he was honoured with the “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” award by the American Antitrust Institute.

As a partner at the firm, Mr. Benz has prosecuted leading-edge cases involving in part the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights, including monopolisation, price fixing, and class actions under federal and state law; direct and indirect purchaser claims under state antitrust and unfair competition laws; and breach of contract, fraudulent transfer and deceptive trade practices litigation.

Mr. Benz currently represents Veeva Systems Inc. in antitrust claims against IQVIA Incorporated and IMS Software Services Ltd. in the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and Northern California. IQVIA Inc., et al. v. Veeva Systems Inc. (No. 2:17- cv-00177) (D.N.J.) and Veeva Systems Inc. v. IQVIA Inc., et al. (No. 3:19-cv-041371) (N.D. Cal.). Veeva is alleging that IQVIA has abused monopoly power as the dominant provider of data products for life sciences companies to prevent the parties’ mutual companies from using Veeva data products and MDM, CRM, and commercial data warehouse software solutions. Veeva is seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages exceeding $200 million.

Mr. Benz was also co-lead counsel and represented the Dial Corporation, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc., Kraft Heinz Foods Company, H.J. Heinz Company, L.P., Foster Poultry Farms, Smithfield Foods, Inc., HP Hood, LLC, and BEF Foods, Inc. in The Dial Corporation, et al. v. News Corporation, et al. (No. 13-CV-06802) (S.D.N.Y), a Sherman Act monopolisation case involving third-party in-store promotions. In 2016, on the first day of trial, he secured a settlement of $250 million and significant injunctive relief for his clients and the certified class of 699 CPG (consumer product goods) companies. In approving the settlement, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York lauded Steve as being among the “finest antitrust lawyers in the nation,” saying that the settlement “represents an outstanding result.” The American Antitrust Institute recognised this settlement as an “outstanding litigation achievement in private law practice.”