Antitrust Counseling Practice

Crowell & Moring's antitrust professionals regularly counsel high-profile clients on antitrust compliance issues, not only in conjunction with ongoing litigation or transactional work, but as a long-term relationship, collaborating with our clients on the day-to-day running of their businesses.

Our philosophy is grounded in business reality. We help our clients be responsive to their stakeholders and accomplish their business goals while minimizing — and managing — antitrust risk. We focus on quick turnaround and sophisticated advice grounded in the most up-to-date knowledge of the law, no matter how quickly it changes.

Crowell & Moring lawyers have particular knowledge in the following counseling "hot topics," and bring decades of experience in these areas to bear on their clients' daily business decisions:

  • Distribution relationships, including distributor and dealer agreement formation and enforcement, "gray market" and transshipment issues, channel management, distributor terminations, and distributor communications
  • Vertical pricing, including resale prices, price advertising, and price discrimination
  • "Dominant firm" conduct issues, including bundling and other pricing strategies, tying, discounting strategies, and aftermarket issues
  • Horizontal conduct issues, including competitor contacts and collaborations, participation in trade associations, and other industry collaborations
  • Employee antitrust training, and internal compliance audits and assessment

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

  • Advising a major manufacturer of electronics and musical instruments on its management of multiple dealer and distributor networks, including pricing, e-commerce and gray market issues
  • Representing a major chemical manufacturer in connection with multiple distribution networks, pricing, and production joint ventures
  • Representing a major rail and shipping company in matters concerning compliance reviews and training
  • Advising a major technology and manufacturing company with respect to its relationships with aftermarket service providers for its products
  • Advising a major manufacturer of aircraft engines on all antitrust issues and providing training to members of its team
  • Representing a major scuba gear manufacturer in matters related to its distribution networks, pricing, and gray market issues