Baker Botts (Washington)

John Taladay

Baker Botts (Washington)

John M. Taladay is Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group of Baker Botts, he is based in their Washington office. He is well-recognized as a leading global antitrust practitioner, known for his work in defending criminal cartel investigations, litigating civil antitrust cases, gaining merger approvals, and managing complex international competition matters. He has particularly extensive experience in gaining merger clearances before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the European Commission, and other international agencies. He has also led the defense of U.S. and foreign corporations and individuals in dozens of major cartel matters including antitrust grand jury investigations into allegations of price fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation and related offenses. He has navigated corporate clients through a range of cartel representation strategies from steadfast defense to leniency application to formal non-prosecution treatment. His litigation work includes acting as lead counsel in numerous civil antitrust class action and other litigation matters involving nearly all aspects of the antitrust laws. Mr. Taladay has been a leader in the development of international competition policy. He serves as Chair of the Business at OECD (BIAC) Competition Committee, and as past Chair of the United States Council for International Business Competition Committee. He has been appointed as a Non‐Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network for more than 15 years and has served as a faculty member at several international merger workshops aimed at training more than 50 ICN member agencies in the analysis of mergers, investigations, and other matters. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Global Private Litigation Committee of the ABA Antitrust Law Section and as a member of the ICC Commission on Competition.


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Erik Koons, Timothy Singer, Christine M. Ryu-Naya, John Taladay The US Assistant Attorney General Delrahim announces changes to the Justice Manual designed to incentivise antitrust compliance programs


On July 11, 2019, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim announced changes to the Justice Manual designed to incentivize the implementation and use of antitrust compliance programs. Chief among these changes is a reversal of the Antitrust Division’s longstanding policy of refusing to (...)

Stephen Weissman, Catriona Hatton, John Taladay The US District Court of Delaware spotlights the importance of antitrust risk-shifting provisions in merger agreements in the pharmaceutical sector (Akorn / Fresenius)


As counsel involved in negotiating mergers, acquisitions, or other transactions know, provisions that allocate antitrust risk between buyer and seller, or between joint venture (JV) partners, are a common feature of merger and JV agreements. Such provisions are increasingly important in (...)

Nathan Chubb, John Taladay, Stephen Weissman, Joseph Ostoyich The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejects antitrust claims predicated on a supplier’s market-share discount program and other promotional tactics (Eisai / Sanofi)


On May 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced its decision in Eisai, Inc. v. Sanofi Aventis U.S., LLC, rejecting antitrust claims predicated on a supplier’s market-share discount program and other promotional tactics. While the court’s decision adds some definition (...)

John Taladay, Joseph Ostoyich The US President publishes an executive order to further promote competitive conditions and root out antitrust abuses in industries across the American economy


Last week, President Obama issued an Executive Order ostensibly designed to further promote competitive conditions and root out antitrust abuses in industries across the American economy, including the healthcare, energy, and broadband industries which were specifically identified in the (...)

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John Taladay Buyer power : A star is (re)born


La notion de puissance d’achat revêtait traditionnellement une place importante en droit de la concurrence car elle était souvent mise en avant pour contrecarrer l’argument du risque d’une augmentation des prix corrélative à une concentration. Cependant, l’intérêt pour la notion de pouvoir de (...)



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