Latham & Watkins (New York)

Katherine Rocco

Latham & Watkins (New York)

Katherine Rocco is an antitrust partner and co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ New York Litigation & Trial Department. Ms. Rocco regularly leads clients through their most complex antitrust matters, including by securing clearances from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for high-stakes mergers, and defending companies in a wide range of antitrust litigations, investigations, and cartel matters. Over the last thirteen years, Ms. Rocco has advised private and public companies on more than 200 individual antitrust matters. She has litigated multiple matters through trial and appeal, and appeared before numerous agencies including the European Commission. Ms. Rocco’s broad industry experience spans semiconductors, consumer products, life sciences, entertainment, social media, healthcare, financial services, agriculture, and technology. Ms. Rocco is routinely recognized as a leading practitioner in antitrust, including by Global Competition Review, The Legal 500, Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal. Ms. Rocco is a guest lecturer at Fordham Law School and is a Member of the Board for the Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program. For nearly a decade, Ms. Rocco served in the leadership and as a member of the Civil Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, including by serving as an independent legal observer at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals in Cuba in 2012 and 2014, and by preparing amicus briefs for the Supreme Court of the United States on issues like warrantless wiretapping. Prior to joining Latham, Ms. Rocco was an antitrust partner at another leading law firm. During law school, she was an editor for the Fordham Law Review and interned for Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 (Malaysia) and served as an intern in The White House in 2002.

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Makan Delrahim, Kelly Smith Fayne, Katherine Rocco, Joshua N. Holian, Niall Lynch, Elizabeth Prewitt, Nitesh Daryanani, Karen Keun-Yong Kim, Carla Rita Palma The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit applies the functional framework for analyzing the ownership structures of private equity firms to hold that a company cannot conspire with an entity it owns and controls and with which it does not compete (OJ Commerce / Kidkraft / Ikea)


This article has been nominated for the 2023 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. PE firms with non-competitor, majority-owned portfolio companies will face reduced risks of antitrust liability under Section 1 of the Sherman Act in the (...)


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