John W. Treece

JOHN TREECE 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 U.S.; in 2015 and 2016, he was one of six finalists for Benchmark’s Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. Recent notable cases include:

– In November 2013, John led a trial team that won a $104 million judgment for client AstraZeneca by applying antitrust economic principles to obtain a “reasonable royalty” of 50% of net profits from the fourth generic entrant to the market. In April 2015, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed $98.5 million of that judgment.

– He represented AT&T Mobility in In re Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation, in which plaintiffs sought more than $10 billion in trebled damages for alleged price-fixing of “pay per use” text messages. In April 2015, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment in defendants’ favor.

– In June 2015, in a case alleging retailer monopolization, the district court struck the plaintiff’s economic expert testimony after a 2-1/2 day evidentiary Daubert hearing, followed in July 2015 with an order entering summary judgment in favor of John’s client.

– From 2008 to the present, John has represented SSAB Swedish Steel in a price-fixing case brought against all major U.S. steelmakers, alleging a collusive restriction of output. SSAB alone filed a summary judgment motion while plaintiffs’ class certification motion was pending, leading to focused, limited discovery and a 2016 settlement that, on a per market share basis, was the least costly of any in the case and 75% less than the average settlement.

John has been recognized as one of the country’s leading antitrust lawyers in such publications as Chambers USA (ranked since 2004; Illinois–Band 1; U.S. and Global–Band 3); U.S. News and World Report; Global Competition Review: Who’s Who Legal (as the only ranked antitrust lawyer in Illinois); The Legal 500 US; and PLC: Which Lawyer? (highest ranking for antitrust law). Since 2012, he has been a “Life Sciences Star” in LMG Life Sciences. Client and peer comments include “very strong technically and extremely responsive” (The Legal 500 2009); “a great writer, a practical litigator and someone creative enough not to have to always go by the book” (Chambers USA 2007), and “good with the big picture” and “a fierce competitor” (Chambers USA 2014).

About Sidley:

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 fulfill the needs of our global clients. We are proud to serve this varied and high-caliber group of market leaders, many of whom are pioneers in their respective industries and professions.

Leadership in Law

The firm has built a reputation for successfully representing clients on complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters spanning a range of legal areas. From our offices in the commercial, financial and regulatory centers of the world, we harness our knowledge to provide thoughtful advice for the myriad legal and business challenges that our clients face.

Committed to Positive Change

We strongly believe in creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds by retaining and promoting outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and communities that we serve. Our dedication to achieving greater diversity and inclusivity extends beyond our firm to the legal profession as a whole. We are passionate about making a meaningful impact by fostering positive change in many ways. Through our four firmwide pro bono projects, our lawyers and staff devote more than 100,000 hours annually to pro bono work, playing a vital role in people’s lives around the world. In addition, we partner with several charitable organizations as part of our corporate responsibility program, enabling our professionals to contribute their talents to a variety of volunteer projects that benefit communities in need.

Kevin J. Arquit

Kevin J. Arquit, Co-Chair of Kasowitz’s Antitrust Group, is regularly recognized as one of the world’s top antitrust attorneys. He is described as “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country” and “a true leader of the Bar” by Chambers.

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 (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as numerous state and international competition authorities. He also provides a wide variety of companies with ongoing antitrust counseling.

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 recognized 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 recognized on the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list for 10 consecutive years (2005-2015). 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 recognized 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 (U.S. Ski Team), the Board of USA Nordic (responsible for developing in the U.S., the Nordic disciplines of ski jumping and Nordic Combined) and the Adirondack Land Trust.

Todd R. Seelman

Todd R. Seelman is the managing partner of the Denver and Colorado Springs offices of Lewis Brisbois. He is the national chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice and chair of the Government Investigations Practice.

Todd has more than 25 years’ experience representing clients as an advisor and in litigation involving antitrust and competition, securities and financial fraud, and related complex commercial matters. Todd has extensive experience in class actions and multi-district litigation.

For the past ten years, Todd has been an Adjunct Professor of Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Antitrust and Competition
Todd provides litigation and non-litigation strategic advice to general counsels and corporate executives to simplify the complexities of the U.S. antitrust laws. Todd advises companies on matters involving federal and state antitrust issues including: antitrust compliance programs; trade association compliance; resale pricing programs; advertised pricing programs (MSRP, MAP, and Colgate polices); pre-merger review (outside of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act); pre-merger review and government reporting (Hart-Scott-Rodino Act); messenger models and clinical integrations (healthcare); price discrimination compliance (Robinson-Patman Act); interlocking directorates and officers compliance; competitor collaborations; joint ventures; information exchanges; and labor issues (collective bargaining). Todd also represents companies in federal and state antitrust law litigation matters involving: monopolization; price-fixing; bid-rigging; market divisions; product and customer allocations; and tying.

Securities and Financial Fraud
Todd represents companies in federal and state litigation matters involving securities and financial fraud areas in the banking, mortgage, insurance, energy, and financial services industries.

Complex Commercial
Todd represents companies in federal and state litigation matters involving: financial fraud; securities; breach of contract; partnership disputes; shareholder disputes; loan disputes; construction defects; and product defects.

Client & Peer Recognition:

I have been privileged to be recognized by my clients and peers as a top-rated attorney across a wide spectrum of review platforms, including:

– Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (Antitrust and Commercial Litigation) (2008-2018)
– Rated Top Lawyer for Antitrust Law by 5280 Magazine (2015-2018)
– Rated Barrister’s Best Antitrust Lawyer by Law Week Colorado (2016-2018)
– Rated Top Antitrust Litigation Attorney by Super Lawyers ​(2017-2018)
– Rated Martindale-Hubbell Silver Client Champion (top 1% of all rated lawyers) (2017)

Admissions:

– Colorado
– Wisconsin
– U.S. Supreme Court
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
– U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
– U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
– U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
– U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Associations:

– Past Chair, Antitrust Subsection, Colorado Bar Association
– Member, Executive Council, Business Law Section, Colorado Bar Association
– Member, Pricing Conduct Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
– Member, Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
– Member, Antitrust Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
– Past President, Nonresident Lawyer Division, Wisconsin Bar Association
– Past Governor, Board of Governors, Wisconsin Bar Association
– Member, Federal Bar Association, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section
– Member, Denver Bar Association
– Member, Faculty of Federal Advocates

Education:

– Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1990

– University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Bachelor of Arts, 1986

Firm Overview:

Lewis Brisbois offers legal practice in more than 40 specialties, and a multitude of sub-specialties. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to our clients’ unique needs. Through interaction among our practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation across multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale.

At Lewis Brisbois, diversity is an integral part of our firm culture and our daily life. We accomplish diversity not by committee or initiative, but through the honest and consistent practice of hiring the best people for the job and rewarding excellence. The success of these policies is reflected in the fact that Lewis Brisbois has repeatedly received national recognition for its commitment to embracing diversity. Lewis Brisbois is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff, and demonstrates that commitment through non-discriminatory hiring, retention and promotion policies. The diversity of Lewis Brisbois’ client base is matched by the diversity of our attorneys.

With offices from Los Angeles to New York and Seattle to Miami, our attorneys reflect the communities in which they live. Lewis Brisbois’ culture has fostered a diverse group of professionals committed to promoting the best interests of our clients, our communities and the legal profession. We support diversity in communities across the nation through new and ongoing relationships with minority and women-owned businesses.

Lewis Brisbois is known for its commitment to principled advocacy, an unflinching work ethic, and unyielding recognition of our duty to provide the highest level of service to our clients, who choose us because we take the time to understand their business interests and internal culture. We have developed sophisticated proprietary risk evaluation and litigation management processes that many of our clients have incorporated into their business practices, and we help them manage and defend claims and litigation. As a result, they are avoiding and reducing losses that impact their bottom line.

Our practice includes pre-suit counseling and problem solving based on a structured and accurate analysis of likely outcome. We know our clients’ objectives are often best served by a pre-suit resolution and we are often judged by the advice and counsel we provide toward that end. However, when trial is the answer and in the client’s best interest, Lewis Brisbois brings to bear the full force of our tenacious and sophisticated litigation prowess, utilizing our nationwide network of attorneys and support staff as well as our considerable technological resources to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

Laurence Bary

Laurence Bary focuses her practice on EU and French competition law. She represents clients in cases concerning integrations, lawsuits involving anticompetitive practices, and State aid matters before the French and EU competition authorities. She has experience in helping clients during full (Phase II) merger control investigations, including before the European Commission, and has represented leading companies in the digital sector during investigations conducted by various competition, administrative, and judicial authorities.

Ms. Bary has developed impeccable credentials working for major international groups in the information technology, new technologies, aeronautical, and defense sectors.

Ms. Bary is a lecturer at the University of Montpelier (DJCE) and has published numerous articles on competition law in Concurrences and Revue Lamy de la Concurrence. Prior to joining Dechert as a partner, she worked at another international law firm in Paris and Brussels.

Formation:

– Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2006
– Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, 2006
– Université de Paris XI – Paris-Sud, M.A. in EU Business Law, 2007

Admissions:

– Paris

Languages:

– French
– English

Clerkships:

– Paris Court of Appeal, Antitrust Section – Référendaire

Law Firm:

We deliver deep legal expertise and practical commercial judgment for high-stakes matters in sectors with the greatest complexities, intricacies and regulatory demands.

Dechert is organized by practice area, not geography. Our 27 offices around the globe are seamlessly integrated.

This approach allows us to deliver a team responsive to unique project requirements and provide the resources needed to complete work with speed-to-market execution. Our lawyers understand the current marketplace, as well as rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory challenges, making us a preeminent full-service advisor.

We are a global, mobile workforce of diverse skills and areas of expertise. We use a project management approach to our workflow, enabling us to quickly adapt to changing client needs, maximize technology, drive efficiency and deliver value to our clients.

Our work is widely recognized within the legal industry, including top global-wide rankings for corporate investigations, international arbitration, investment funds and life sciences (Chambers Global, 2017).

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

Mr. Yunfeng XING 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.

Broad & Bright’s quality service has won the recognition by the clients and the legal society. It has been awarded by prestigious legal ranking publications such as Chambers, Global Competition Review, China Business Law Journal, China Law & Practice, Asian Law & Practice in their annual awards for PRC Firm of the Year or deal of the year in Competition law in recent years.