Broadcast Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)


With the growing competition in the marketplace and the increasing number of antitrust claims, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continue to intensify its crackdown on anticompetitive conduct across all industries. The FTC recently announced the creation of an internal task force that would monitor and investigate potential antitrust violations arising in the technology markets. Moreover, the DOJ’s amicus program initiatives continue to expand as it intends to promote fair and accurate interpretations of antitrust laws in courts.

The current COVID-19 pandemic further complicates the myriad of critical issues and compliance hurdles companies are already facing. Thus, businesses and their counsel must keep themselves abreast of emerging developments. They should be proactive in reassessing their existing practices to ensure compliance and avoid legal liabilities.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group as they present the audience with an in-depth discussion of the emerging trends and developments in antitrust law. Speakers will dig deeper as they analyze critical issues and offer significant compliance tips and strategies in this evolving legal climate.

This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:

  • Antitrust and Consumer Protection Enforcement in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic:
    • U.S.
    • Europe
    • Emerging Challenges
    • How to Manage Risks
    • Best Compliance Practices
    • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of antitrust laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Fabian Leimgruber LL.M, Partner

Dr. Fabian Leimgruber is a lawyer and senior patent attorney, who has earned an international reputation as litigator and prosecutor mainly in the fields of competition and antitrust law, software and business methods patenting, pharmaceutical and life science protection. He practices in an advisory and forensic role as a licensed attorney before various courts on all levels, the Opposition and Appeal Boards of the European Patent Office, as well as national and international arbitration courts.

Juris Doctor in comparative competition and antitrust law. Specialized expertise in (i) competition/antitrust law, pharmaceutical industry and reverse payment settlement agreements, (ii) protection of software, business model and artificial intelligence, (iii) information technology (IT), electrical engineering and telecommunications, (iv) nano-technology and bio-chemistry.

Todd Seelman, Managing Partner | Chair, Antitrust & Competition, and Government Investigations Practices
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Todd Seelman is the Managing Partner of the Lewis Brisbois Denver and Colorado Springs offices, as well as the Co-Managing Partner of its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Seelman is the firm’s chair of the Antitrust & Competition Practice and co-chair of the Government Investigations Practice. He focuses his practice on all facets of U.S. federal and state antitrust law, including: horizontal restraints (price-fixing, supply restrictions, group boycotts, bid rigging, competitor collaborations); vertical restraints (resale pricing programs; advertised pricing programs (MSRP, MAP, and Colgate policies); price discrimination; dealer termination); mergers and government reporting; and monopolization. Mr. Seelman is also an Adjunct Professor of Antitrust Law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Dee Bansal, Partner
Cooley LLP

Dee Bansal is a partner in Cooley’s antitrust and competition practice group. Her practice focuses on defending clients in high-stakes antitrust litigation, including complex class actions, and in investigations brought by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and State AGs related to claims of monopolization, restraint of trade and unfair and deceptive practices. She also defends corporate clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions and provides antitrust counseling. Dee has been selected as Rising Star in Antitrust Litigation in Washington, DC by Super Lawyers (2017 – 2019).


SEGMENT 1: Todd Seelman, Managing Partner | Chair, Antitrust & Competition, and Government Investigations Practices Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Trends in US Antitrust and Consumer Protection Enforcement in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • The pandemic has resulted in an economic shock impacting all facets of business, labor, the legal system, and antitrust / consumer protection enforcement
  • Legitimate relaxation of antitrust / consumer protection enforcement is in the public interest
  • There are limits (of course) - continued enforcement of antitrust / consumer protection laws is necessary
  • The rise in unintended consequences – a new breed
  • of antitrust / consumer protection violations

SEGMENT 2: Dee Bansal, Partner Cooley LLP

Federal Antitrust Agencies Enforcement Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • FTC and DOJ guidance on competitor collaborations and information sharing
  • Enforcement activity around price gouging
  • Increased scrutiny and guidance re “No poach” agreements
  • Increased criminal enforcement

SEGMENT 3: Fabian Leimgruber LL.M, Partner ThomannFischer

  • COVID-19’s impact in Europe, in particular to trends in the consumer protection enforcement
  • Reverse Payment Settlements in 2019 and 2020: A global pattern?
  • US approaches and trends
  • Confirmation of Approach by EU Court of Justice?: Generics (UK) and others v CMA, January 30, 2020
  • The generic manufacturers and competitors’ dilemma
  • The antitrust/competition law violation
  • The aftereffects of the pricing mechanisms in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Reverse Payment Settlements in the global picture: A comparison

Date & Time:

Thursday, July 16, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Antitrust Lawyers
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Compliance and Risk Officers
  • Top Level Executives
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Fabian Leimgruber LL.MPartner
Todd SeelmanManaging Partner | Chair, Antitrust & Competition, and Government Investigations Practices
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Dee BansalPartner
Cooley LLP



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