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Increased antitrust scrutiny and enforcement in tech: the risks and opportunities are not just for big tech firms

Crowell & Moring LLP


This webinar will look at how the recent increased antitrust scrutiny and enforcement related to technology can present risks and opportunities for both big tech firms and other companies operating in the tech space.

The webinar will cover, among other issues:

  • Recent developments and increased scrutiny in the United States, European Union and elsewhere
  • Enforcement actions involving innovation, non-price competition and nascent competitors that may have implications for tech enforcement
  • Potential theories of harm, including:
    • Consummated acquisitions
    • Prospective acquisitions
    • Conduct issues
    • Non-traditional antitrust issues

The webinar will explore how the recent increased antitrust scrutiny and enforcement related to large technology platforms will present risks and opportunities beyond big tech firms and impact companies across all industries. The discussion will also address how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting these investigations worldwide.


Andrew I Gavil, senior of counsel, antitrust group

Andrew I Gavil is a member of Crowell & Moring’s antitrust group based in Washington DC. His considerable antitrust experience extends to all aspects of antitrust law, competition policy and antitrust litigation. Andy is a leading academic authority on antitrust law and offers decades of experience as a practitioner, professor and former director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. He has been a member of the faculty at the Howard University School of Law since 1989, where he teaches courses on antitrust law, federal regulation, civil procedure and complex litigation. He has written, lectured and commented extensively on antitrust law, jurisdiction, and procedure in the United States and abroad. He has also co-authored several books, including a leading antitrust casebook and Microsoft and the Globalization of Antitrust Law: Competition Policy for the Twenty-First Century.



Alexis J Gilman, partner, antitrust group

Alexis J Gilman brings significant prior government experience to his work with clients. Alexis advises and represents clients on a broad range of civil antitrust and competition matters, including merger reviews and clearances, government investigations, pre-merger Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) notifications and antitrust litigation, with a particular focus on representing merging parties and third parties in merger investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and state attorneys’ general offices. He also counsels businesses and trade associations on antitrust compliance. His experience spans a wide range of industries and includes deep experience in technology, healthcare, retail, consumer goods, food and beverage, distribution, casinos and gaming, biotechnology and energy.


Jeane A Thomas, partner, antitrust group, privacy and cybersecurity group, and co-chair of e-discovery and information management group

Jeane A Thomas is engaged in all types of antitrust representations, including mergers and joint ventures, class and other civil litigation, and civil and criminal government investigations. She also counsels clients on a broad range of antitrust issues, including intellectual property and licensing issues, trade association law, HSR and pricing and distribution issues. She has focused extensively on the telecommunications, technology, agriculture, chemicals and healthcare/pharmaceuticals industries. Jeane has played a key role in many antitrust investigations and transactions before the DOJ and FTC, including a number of litigated matters such as AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.  


Thomas De Meese, co-managing partner, Brussels office

Thomas De Meese has been a member of the Brussels bar since 1993. He focuses on competition and unfair competition, telecommunications, media and technology law and gambling regulatory matters. Thomas represents parties in competition investigations and merger proceedings with both the Belgian Competition Authority and the European Commission. He regularly litigates competition cases before national courts.


Andrew I. Gavil
Alexis J. Gilman
Jeane A. Thomas
Thomas De Meese


15 April 2020
15:00 - 15:55 UTC
55 min