Antitrust + Competition

Whether facing a government investigation or seeking government approval for a complicated transaction, companies consistently turn to Goodwin’s experienced and accomplished Antitrust & Competition Practice. With a roster of former United States government officials, business counselors and seasoned trial lawyers, our Antitrust & Competition practice works collaboratively with the firm’s business law, intellectual property, SEC and white collar defense lawyers. Through this unique collaboration, we are well-armed to advance our client’s interests at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and competition law enforcers outside of the U.S. We have tried competition cases to juries, judges and arbitrators throughout the U.S., on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Our experience runs deep, as does our success. And with the breakneck pace of technology disrupting industries around the world, we partner with clients to embrace the promise and potential of innovation to make a lasting impact.

Counseling & Acquisitions

Goodwin’s Antitrust & Competition lawyers have advised clients – from the largest Fortune 500 companies to emerging growth companies – on more than 2,500 transactions before U.S. and international antitrust agencies. We have successfully defended hundreds of matters through the second request process or other intensive government investigations. Each transaction poses unique challenges, and we understand our clients’ business in such a way that we can quickly and efficiently explain the procompetitive benefits of any transaction to antitrust and competition enforcers. Our success is measured by one key motivation: keeping our clients out of the news and securing clearance.

Litigation & Enforcement

Our team handles the complete array of non-transactional antitrust and competition matters, including civil non-merger disputes (monopolization, attempted monopolization, and dominant firm behavior), as well as criminal matters. We further provide counseling on pricing policies and distribution practices, supplier and customer relations, advertising and marketing practices, joint ventures and related competitor collaborations, and interlocking directorates.

Antitrust Services for Life Sciences Companies

Pharmaceutical and life science companies turn to Goodwin to address all of their most important competition-related issues. Our antitrust lawyers are deeply immersed in the legal issues at the forefront of antitrust enforcement, with particular experience in issues involving the interaction of antitrust with IP laws and U.S. FDA regulations. We have litigated cases and advised clients in this area on matters involving licensing, sham litigation, settlement of IP litigation, reverse payments and patent hold-up with standard setting organizations, among others.

We represent clients in private antitrust litigation, government investigations, and licensing disputes with competitors, among other matters. We have provided counseling on strategic business transactions, patent litigation settlements, citizen petitions, potential antitrust claims in relations to the misuse of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) policies to delay generic entry, and other topics.

We have deep expertise and experience with the competition issues presented by lifecycle management practices, sham litigation, the reverse payment doctrine, licensing, and related issues including:

  • Advising pharmaceutical clients on settling patent litigation between brand and generic companies
  • Complying with regulatory requirements for submission of materials to the U.S. federal government, including under the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA)
  • Defending investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commissions and state attorneys general, including into alleged “reverse payment” agreements
  • Defending public enforcement actions and private class-action lawsuits challenging alleged “reverse payment” agreements
  • Advising on and litigating issues concerning “product hopping”
  • Litigating disputes among competitors involving patent and product licenses



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Christopher T. Holding

Chair, Antitrust + Competition
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