Past Events

Recent Trends on Global Merger Control with Linklaters LLP (April 23, 2019)


On April 23, 2019, CALEA hosted a lunch discussion with Linklaters attorneys, Thomas McGrath (partner) and John Eichlin (Senior Associate). Their presentation discussed recent trends of global merger control in the context of antitrust law and economics.

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Intro to Antitrust Deals with Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP (March 7, 2019)

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On March 7, 2019, CALEA co-hosted an antitrust practice workshop with attorneys from Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, a premier litigation boutique law firm specializing in antitrust, IP, and high stakes litigation. The panelists were James Goldfeier (CLS '12) and Kail Jethmalani. Their discussion included a walkthrough of a merger and the role of an antirust lawyer in getting the deal through merger clearance in the United States and around the world. They also shared their experiences and insights on career paths, the recruiting process, and associate life as an antitrust lawyer.

The Modern Antitrust Movement: A Lunch Discussion with Lina Khan (January 28, 2019)

On January 28, 2019, CALEA co-hosted a lunch discussion with Lina Khan on the modern antitrust movement. Lina Khan previously served as a Legal Fellow for Commission Rohit Chopra at the Federal Trade Commission and Director of Legal Policy for the Open Markets Institute. Her research and writing on antitrust law and competition policy, and specifically how it should be modified to address new technologies and business models, has been published (or is forthcoming) by the Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. She is currently an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School.

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The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in The New Gilded Age (November 13, 2018)

On November 13, 2018, CALEA co-hosted a book launch event of Professor Tim Wu's new book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in The New Gilded Age. In his new book, Professor Wu tells of how figures like Brandeis and Theodore Roosevelt first confronted the democratic threats posed by the great trusts of the Gilded Age--but the lessons of the Progressive Era were forgotten in the last 40 years. He also calls for recovering the lost tenets of the trustbusting age as part of a broader revival of American progressive ideas as we confront the fallout of persistent and extreme economic inequality. The event covered a short talk by Professor Wu and was followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

The Role of Empirical Analysis in Antitrust Litigation (November 1, 2018)

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On November 1, 2018, CALEA hosted a discussion led by Dr. Randy Chugh on the use of economic analysis in modern antitrust litigation. He provided valuable insights into the role economists play in developing evidence in antitrust investigations and trials. Dr. Chugh is the senior economist at Bates White LLC, a DC-based economic consulting firm. Dr. Chugh previously worked as an economist at the Department of Justice.



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Antitrust in Brazil (October 18, 2018)

On October 18, 2018, CALEA, Caminati Bueno Advogados, Pinheiro Neto Advogados, and Vinicius Marques de Carvalho Advogados hosted a lunch panel with Brazilian antitrust practitioners. The panelists were Eduardo Frade, partner of Vinicius Marques de Carvalho and former General-Superintendent of the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Luis Nagalli, partner of Caminati Bueno Advogados, and Daniel Rebello (LLM, ’10), senior associate of Pinheiro Neto Advogados and former Head of Antitrust Analysis at the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense. Their discussion covered issues and cases related to abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, and merger control in Brazil.

Antitrust M&A and Litigation: Recent Developments and Cases (March 6, 2018)

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On March 6, 2018, CALEA hosted three antitrust attorneys from Debevoise & Plimpton’s NYC office: Erica Weisgerber, Tristan Ellis, and Youngbin Son. Their discussion covered a range of topics ranging from the recent mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications industry, specifically the AT&T/Time Warner merger and the acquisition of Scripps Networks by Discovery Communications, the TIBOR (Tokyo Interbank Offered Rate) conspiracy litigation, and the recent legislative efforts at class action reform and the potential effect on antitrust litigation and enforcement.

Careers in Antitrust: Public and Private Perspectives (February 26, 2018)

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On February 26, 2018, CALEA hosted David Gringer, partner at WilmerHale, and Pete Schwingler, trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, for a lunch discussion on beginning a career in antitrust law. David, who began his career in public service before moving to a law firm, and Pete, who worked at a law firm before joining the Department of Justice, discussed their respective career paths and offered advice to students interested in beginning their careers practicing antitrust law.

Antitrust on the International Stage with Linklaters LLP (February 22, 2018)

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On February 22, 2018, CALEA and Linklaters LLP hosted a panel of practitioners of international antitrust law that included Douglas Tween, partner from Linklaters LLP, Antonio Sherman, counsel from Linklaters LLP, Mark Friedman, former Deputy General Counsel of Phillip Morris International, and John Eichlin, associate from Linklaters LLP.  John Eichlin led the discussion on international antitrust investigations, criminal cartel cases, and global mergers.

Issues in Antitrust and Technology with Ethan Litwin of Dechert LLP: Pricing Algorithms and Tacit Collusion (February 12, 2018)

On February 12, 2018, CALEA hosted Ethan Litwin, partner from Dechert LLP’s antitrust practice, for a discussion on pricing algorithms and tacit collusion. Mr. Litwin introduced and explained the issues and challenges that pricing algorithms pose for traditional legal frameworks of antitrust analysis. He also shared his insights and experiences from his own practice and answered questions from the attendees.

LUNCH LECTURE: Introduction to Antitrust Law and Economics: Vertical Restraints and Two-sided Markets (November 3, 2017)

On November 3, 2017, CALEA hosted a lunch lecture by Professor Victor Goldberg, the Jerome L. Greene Professor of Transactional Law. The primary discussion of the lecture was about vertical restraints and two-sided markets in the context of antitrust and economics business models relevant today.

Jurisdictional Issues in Antitrust: Intel & Beyond (October 30, 2017)

On October 30, 2017, CALEA and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) hosted a lunch panel discussion on jurisdictional issues in antitrust. Advocate General Nils Wahl led the discussion with a focus on the potential consequences of the Intel judgment.


On March 3, 2017, CALEA hosted Daniel Bitton, James Goldfeier, and Cagla Boylu of Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, as they walked through the life of a merger and the role of an antitrust lawyer in getting the deal through merger clearance in the United States and around the world. They shared their experiences and insights on career paths, the recruiting process, and associate life.

Antitrust Law in Practice with White & Case (February 23, 2017)

On February 23, CALEA hosted White & Case partners, Mark Gidley and Jack Pace, as they spoke ab0ut some of the highest profile ongoing antitrust litigation. The presenters shared their experiences and insights from their practice and answered questions from the attendees.

Antitrust Law and Protectionism: Does the EU Use Merger Regulation to Shield EU Companies from Competition? (February 7, 2017)

On February 7, 2017, CALEA proudly hosted Professor Anu Bradford, the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization. Professor Bradford presented her recent research on whether the European Union shields EU companies from competition through its antitrust enforcement.


White & Case and the Columbia Antitrust Law and Economics Association invited the law school student body to join lawyers from White & Case for a panel discussion on real-world practice examples from lawyers working on some of the most important complex litigation matters today. Panelists included White & Case partners Mark Gidley, Alison Hanstead, and Jack Pace, as well as associate Lexie Calistri.


CBLA ( and CALEA co-hosted the Antitrust Panel, part of the Fundamentals of Corporate Law Series. The Fundamentals Series is designed to introduce law students to career options in various practice areas in corporate law, including Capital Markets, M&A, Bankruptcy, Investment Management, IP, and Commercial Litigation.

Attorneys from the following firms attended:

  • Steven L. Holley — Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Julie A. North — Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • James A. Keyte — Skadden
  • Peter Guryan — Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Joel M. Cohen — Davis Polk

The antitrust panelists have a range of experiences and provided diverse perspectives on their career paths, what sort of antitrust-related challenges and risks an attorney must assess in transactions and litigation, and discussed the current trends in antitrust law. They also provided advice for students interested in pursuing careers in this field of law.

Moderator: Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law


Professor Cavanagh, a member of the Order of the Coif and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, spoke on the emerging topics and developments in the practice of Antitrust Law. Professor Cavanagh is currently a member of the Council of the ABA Antitrust Section.  He has served as co-chair of the ABA Antitrust Section Public Service Committee and co-chair of its Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. Professor Cavanagh also shared his experience as a leading lawyer in this area. The talk will covered important aspects of the current regime of Antitrust law and practice area and will be valuable for any aspiring M&A and Antitrust lawyer.