Date: 1 February 2024
Time: 4:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: In-House to In-House: Counseling, Litigating, and Merging in the Current Antitrust Morass

Two former in-house heads of antitrust at two of the largest U.S. corporations give actionable advice for in-house lawyers framed in the context of trending antitrust and merger-related issues.

Antitrust is hot with new and renewed theories of harm leading to increasing numbers of investigations, challenges, and litigation. This is all well and good until it's your client's turn under an enforcer's microscope or in a plaintiff's sights. How do you deal with these new theories, enforcers, and judges, as we as your CEO, senior management, and employees before and after the crisis hits? You already know the dangers of communication with competitors but what other issues should you be thinking about, or acting on now?  

  • The single most important thing to know as an in-house antitrust lawyer.
  • Getting your clients to ask before they do.
  • How to say no and still be viewed as a team player.
  • The key to an effective compliance program. 
  • How to deal with "yes, we did that."
  • Which businesspeople do I train, how, and about what?
  • The hidden value of pre-merger integration planning.
  • Three reasons to call outside counsel for assistance.

Steven Cernak (ex-GM) and Pat Pascarella (ex-AT&T) will touch on all these questions and more with responses relevant to today's hottest antitrust topics.

With audience Q&A, this is an excellent opportunity to get answers to questions that will help you to succeed as an in-house antitrust lawyer.

Moderated by Molly Donovan, Bona Law partner.

Steven Cernak

Steve is a respected leader in the international antitrust and competition law community. He is the Chair-Elect of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and will become Chair in 2024. Prior to Bona Law, Steve served as in-house antitrust counsel at General Motors for 20 years, responsible for mergers, antitrust litigation, and global antitrust compliance. Steve has experience tackling the toughest antitrust issues and assists clients on a wide array of competition and consumer protection matters, including compliance, joint efforts with rivals, pricing strategies and programs, and merger reviews and filings.

Steve now assists clients big and small on a wide array of competition and consumer protection matters, including compliance, joint efforts with rivals, pricing strategies and programs, and merger reviews and filings.

Pat Pascarella

Pat has successfully represented clients in the most important Supreme Court antitrust victories in the past twenty years including Bell Atlantic v. Twombly and Pacific Bell v. linkLine.  Prior to Bona Law, Pat was Chief Antitrust Counsel at AT&T, served with the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, and chaired the antitrust and competition law group at a major law firm.  Pat was recently retained by the California Attorney General to serve as trial counsel for the government in the prosecution of a high-profile price-fixing case. 

Molly Donovan

Molly is an antitrust litigator, and former partner at an AmLaw 50 firm, with over fifteen years of experience representing clients in antitrust disputes. Molly has defended clients in connection with worldwide cartel investigations and has represented companies and individuals in criminal proceedings by the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. Molly defends clients in private civil actions alleging price-fixing, no-poach agreements, bid-rigging, group boycotts, hub-and-spoke conspiracies, market allocation and other competition-related claims in multidistrict class actions and other complex litigations.

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