Global cartel investigations can be one of the most serious legal issues a company and executives can face. At best, they divert attention and resources away from a company’s core mission; at worst, they can stop a business in its tracks.
McDermott has extensive experience defending global antitrust criminal cartel investigations at every step. We help clients respond immediately to coordinated actions of regulatory and law enforcement officials around the world (including to so-called “dawn raids”). McDermott has assisted clients with Amnesty and leniency applications, successfully defended a US criminal trial, assisted clients in securing the lowest fines and has assisted individuals in reaching non-prosecutorial agreements and immune status for individuals targeted by enforcement agencies such as the US Department of Justice.
Our record of success speaks to the quality and efficiency of our representation. Among recent matters we currently represent clients in ongoing investigations in the auto parts and industrial chemicals industries by antitrust and competition authorities in the EU, the United States, Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Canada.
Our lawyers have first-hand knowledge of agency policies and procedures, and a number have held senior positions of responsibility in several global enforcement agencies including US Department of Justice and the European Commission. We recognize that targets of cartel investigations and defendants in litigation need real-world options in a high-pressure environment. We help clients quickly investigate the facts, secure documents, ensure forensic evidence preservation when necessary, protect attorney-client privilege, and use efficient document collection and review tools to ensure that our clients are well prepared to make informed decisions.