Anthony Bochon

Anthony Bochon is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in Belgium on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Anthony directly using the contact details listed above.

Anthony obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (2010) and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the Université Saint-Louis (2010). He then obtained a Master’s Degree in European and Economic Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom, 2011) and joined the Brussels Bar the same year.

Anthony Bochon previously worked in the Brussels office of the international law firm Squire Patton Boggs. He joined EVEREST in 2018.

Firm Overview:

Everest is a law firm specialised in legal services for businesses and corporations. Everest is comprised of a team of lawyers, each highly specialised in those fields of law with which companies are faced on a daily basis. Our legal services focus on the things that truly matter to you: quality, economy, expertise – and a regional and an international focus in which your business takes centre stage.

Our lawyers have practised for years in renowned law firms, where they have built up their reputations, counselling large corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, several of our lawyers lecture at university. Everest has offices in Brussels, Ghent and Bruges.

Francis O. Scarpulla

Francis Scarpulla is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Francis directly using the contact details listed above.

A 50+ year veteran of the San Francisco antitrust bar, Francis has recovered billions of dollars for consumers worldwide since 1970. Francis scope of work is truly global: he is active in class action cases in both the United States and Canada, and was admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors in the United Kingdom in 2010. In addition to practicing law, Francis was the past Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the California State Bar. He has participated in both ABA and CEB panels on competitive business practices, as well as being a guest lecturer in MBA programs. Francis was also an instructor at The University of California, Hastings College of the Law and an adjunct professor of Antitrust Law at Golden Gate University Law School. Francis is on the approved list of mediators for the Northern District of California, the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Upon graduation from Hastings School of Law in June 1967, Francis became an associate in the Law Offices of Joseph L. Alioto with responsibilities for the preparation of complex civil antitrust cases. In November 1970, Francis formed his own firm and continued prosecuting complex civil cases. In June 2006, Francis joined the firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason as a senior partner where he led that firm’s antitrust practice until March 2015, when he returned to his original firm.

Francis has participated in many federal antitrust class actions which have served to develop both state and federal law. Francis has been appointed as lead or co-lead for indirect-purchaser plaintiffs’ counsel in many federal class actions, which position has led to outstanding settlements on behalf of plaintiffs. See, for example, In re: TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1827.

Francis is on the approved list of mediators for the Northern District of California, the State Bar of California, and the San Francisco Bar Association. He has taught antitrust law courses at several bay area law schools, including University of California’s Hastings School of Law, the University of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University Law School.

Francis specialises in prosecuting complex civil cases, primarily antitrust lawsuits, most of which are Class Actions. Francis is an advocate for the plaintiff.

Francis Scarpulla received his B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley; and his J.D. at University of California, Hastings School of Law.

John Treece

John Treece is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details listed above.

John is a practice area team leader in the firm’s Antitrust and Competition practice.

In the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, John was recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Antitrust Law. Also in 2017, LMG Life Sciences selected him as one of six candidates for Antitrust Litigator of the Year.

In 2015, Benchmark Litigation named John a “Litigation Star,” listed him among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the United States; in 2015 and 2016, he was one of six finalists for Benchmark’s Antitrust Lawyer of the Year.

Client and peer comments include “very strong technically and extremely responsive”; “a great writer, a practical litigator and someone creative enough not to have to always go by the book”, and “good with the big picture” and “a fierce competitor”.

Firm Overview:

More than 150 years after the founding of our firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of legal professionals from many cultures who are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. Forging enduring relationships with the business community, while remaining attuned to the dynamic legal landscape, we understand and work to fulfil the needs of our global clients.

We are proud to serve this varied and high-calibre group of market leaders, many of whom are pioneers in their respective industries and professions.

Kevin Arquit

Kevin Arquit is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in New York on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kevin directly using the contact details listed above.

Kevin has secured approvals for some of the largest and most complex mergers over the past 25 years, and represented clients in high-profile antitrust litigation before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as well as numerous state and international competition authorities.

He also provides a wide variety of companies with ongoing antitrust counselling. Prior to joining private practice, Kevin held prominent roles at the FTC, including General Counsel, followed by Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

Kevin has been consistently ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in his field. Chambers notes that “he is one of the leading transaction antitrust attorneys in the country” and a “first-rate antitrust litigator” who is “right at the top of the market.” Clients and peers comment that they “really like working with him” and consider him to be an “impressive person” with “a phenomenal reputation” and “good instincts” and note “He’s a great tactician. The agencies like him and the clients love him.” The Legal 500 has named him a leading practitioner in his field for more than 10 years. Benchmark Litigation has consistently recognised him as a “Litigation Star” both nationally and in New York.

Law360 named him on its list of the “10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys” and in 2015, he was one of 50 lawyers named to the “Lawdragon 500: The Legends” list for being recognised on the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list for 10 consecutive years. Lawdragon wrote that Kevin is “one of the most accomplished antitrust lawyers ever and a model for public service and professionalism.”

In March 2010, National Law Journal selected him as one of the “Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers,” one of only 40 selected. Best Lawyers selected Kevin as the “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019 for New York Litigation – Antitrust and in 2017 for New York Antitrust Law. Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who Legal recognised him as a top-ranked lawyer as well as a “Thought Leader” in the Competition area from 2017-2019. In 2012, and previously in 2008, he was named on The BTI “Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms.”

He received the inaugural award for “The Chambers Shield of Excellence for Antitrust” in 2006 and similarly the “Global Competition Lawyer of the Year” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. Kevin serves on the Board of the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation, the Board of USA Nordic  and the Adirondack Land Trust.

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.”

Yao Feng

Yao Feng is our exclusively recommended Competition Law expert in China on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Yao directly using the contact details listed above.

Yao a founding member of Broad & Bright since 2004, She worked in MOFTEC as governmental counsel until 2001 and gained further experience in the Washington D.C. Office of Covington & Burling from 2001 until 2003.

Yao focuses on Antitrust laws, International Trade and FDI areas in her practice.

She has acted as the attorney for hundreds of filings to MOFCOM regarding Concentration of Undertakings, and has provided legal service in various International Trade disputes for companies and governments in China, South Korea, Japan, United States, European Union and Russia. At the same time, she has rich experience in Customs Affairs, WTO, International Trade Dispute and FDI areas.

Yao was graduated from Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. After graduation, Mr. Xing worked in Sinopec Group Yan shan Petrochemical Company from 1992 to 1995. Since then Mr. Xing worked for the Foreign Investment Management Department of MOFCOM from 1995 to 2014.

During this period, Mr. Xing was sent to the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of Chinese Embassy in Ghana and the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong S.A.R. Mr. Xing got the EMBA degree from Milwaukee Business School of University of Wisconsin in 2006. He joined in Slaughter and May as a special adviser in 2015. In 2016, he joined in Broad &Bright Law Firm.

Mr. Shipo XIE joined Broad & Bright Beijing Office as a partner in 2017. Before joining Broad & Bright, Mr. XIE worked in Clifford Chance LLP Beijing Office and Zhong Lun Law Firm Beijing Office.

In his over 7 years practising experience, Mr. XIE gave assistance to various of transnational corporations and Chinese companies in filings regarding concentration of undertakings, national security review as well as antitrust investigation and compliance.

Mr. XIE has significant experience in filings regarding concentration of undertakings and antitrust investigation and he provided help to clients in many global M&A projects, coordinating the antitrust filing and foreign investor review issues in major jurisdictions in the world, including EU, US, Australia, Germany, Israel, Argentina, Brazil, etc.

Mr. XIE has extensive involvement and experience in the fields of antitrust and Chinese companies’ overseas investment, he has represented many influential cases.