Heightened Antitrust Scrutiny on Technology Companies: A Comprehensive Compliance Guide
Over the years, antitrust scrutiny of technology companies has continuously ramped up. Although technology has unquestionably lived up to its promise of making our days efficient and easier, there has been a lot of setbacks concerning technology companies that led to heightened antitrust scrutiny. One of the cases is the heightened antitrust scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats targeting large technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google.
With this, the Justice Department has announced the opening of a new antitrust review that is designed to go beyond the recent plans for scrutinizing the technology sector that was created by the Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
In this LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide and present to the audience an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in the heightened antitrust scrutiny on Technology Companies. Speakers will delve deeper into the topic as they analyze critical issues and challenges, and will offer significant compliance practices to avoid pitfalls.
This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following key topics:
- Antitrust Scrutiny of Technology Companies – Reviews
- Antitrust Review of Big Tech
- Risk Issues and Challenges
- Best Compliance Strategies
Vishal Mehta, Partner
- Overview of the political environment, including investigations by Congressional committees, the DOJ, and the FTC’s “Tech Task Force”
- High profile recent enforcement actions by the DOJ and FTC, including consummated transactions
- Two-sided markets after the Supreme Court’s Amex decision
- Splits (actual or perceived) in enforcement between the DOJ and FTC
Megan Browdie, Attorney
- Global Antitrust Enforcement Landscape
- Snapshot of recent investigations into, and enforcement actions against, technology companies by antitrust authorities in the U.S. and abroad.
- How are the various enforcement vectors influencing each other and what does this mean for tech companies of all stripes?
- Key Antitrust Issues: Discussion of key concepts driving enforcement (e.g., platform abuse of dominance, Big Data, etc.), including which of these are being actively deployed and which have not (yet) ripened into cognizable theories of harm.
Peter Gronvall, Senior Managing Director
Ankura Consulting Group, LLC
- Trends: Commentary on the state of antitrust enforcement investigations, across federal and state enforcement agencies and offices.
- Technology: Discussion around the varying levels of sophistication around the deployment of data analytics and machine learning to assist in data productions.
- Enforcement in Tech: Finer points / observations on enforcement in the tech sector.
- I think there’s a divided debate about enforcement in this sector
- Perceived lack of direct enforcement – or at least some lag – in the Facebook, Amazon, Google realms
- Perceived ‘zealous’ enforcement in other respects – AT&T/Time Warner, etc.
- I think there’s a divided debate about enforcement in this sector
Who Should Attend:
- Antitrust Lawyers
- Corporate Counsel
- Top-Level Executives
- Compliance and Risk Officers
- Technology Companies
Vishal Mehta is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice. He advises clients on all aspects of antitrust law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, litigation, counseling, and compliance.
Mr. Mehta has extensive experience representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and foreign competition authorities in all phases of merger review. He has defended clients in high-profile merger investigations across a range of industries. In addition to his robust mergers practice, Mr. Mehta has represented companies in antitrust and other complex litigation involving claims of price-fixing, monopolization, breach of contract, and patent infringement. He has also defended clients in non-merger government investigations at the state, federal, and international level. Mr. Mehta regularly works with clients to provide practical solutions to commercial challenges touching on antitrust issues; conduct internal audits; design and administer antitrust compliance programs; and advance competition policy objectives through proactive engagement with government stakeholders.
Most recently, Mr. Mehta practiced antitrust law at a major international law firm and completed a secondment in-house at a leading global natural resources company, where he supported the company’s divestiture of its U.S. onshore shale assets.
Vishal Mehta is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law Practice. He advises clients on all aspects of …
Megan Browdie is an attorney in Cooley’s Antitrust & Competition practice group. She advises clients on all aspects of antitrust, including with respect to mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, joint conduct, pricing, and distribution. She has experience in matters before the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general, as well as in federal court. Megan has worked with clients in a number of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, IoT, 3-D printing, software, computer hardware, e-commerce, and telecommunications.
Megan is active in the antitrust bar, where she serves as a Vice Chair for the Federal Civil Enforcement Committee. Megan is recognized by Super Lawyers and LMG’s Expert Guides as a “Rising Star” in antitrust.
Megan Browdie is an attorney in Cooley’s Antitrust & Competition practice group. She advises clients on all aspects of antitrust, …
Peter is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura. He is an accomplished business visionary in the legal services and information-risk market place. He leads a global team of professionals that handles global investigations and large-scale litigation matters. Peter and his teams are routinely called upon to help corporate clients solve their most important legal needs as they relate to data-intensive requirements, especially as those matters implicate enterprise-level litigations and investigations. Peter’s engagements routinely involve C-suite executives, generals counsel, and outside counsel, confronting legal matters that involve information and technology concerns.
By background, Peter is a Wall Street law firm attorney with an esteemed track record in founding and growing business ventures in the legal technology, cybersecurity, and corporate risk management sectors. Since leaving the law practice in 2006, Peter has established a sterling record as an accomplished business visionary with exceptional leadership and strategic competencies, culminating in growing and selling businesses in the legal services and technology market space.
For more than a decade, Peter has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where his academic focus is on the role of technology in disrupting and transforming the business of the legal practice. Peter is a senior executive at Ankura, helping global corporate and law firm clients develop and leverage innovative technology solutions to solve challenges across a diverse portfolio of corporate risk concerns and legal matters. Peter and his team are at the leading edge of the industry, assisting companies and their lawyers confront their most difficult challenges in information security, eDiscovery, and investigations management.
Peter is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura. He is an accomplished business visionary in the legal services and information-risk …
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