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Compass Lexecon has been involved in many of the largest and most complex antitrust litigation and financial market cases over the past 30 years.

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03/12/19

Dr. Manuel A. Abdala and Professor Pablo T. Spiller were retained in 2007 by ConocoPhillips Company et al. (Claimants) to provide their independent assessment regarding the value of two large-scale heavy crude oil projects (Petrozuata and Hamaca) and an offshore...

03/05/19

On February 26, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the Department of Justice’s appeal of the US District Court’s opinion allowing the merger of AT&T and Time Warner to proceed without conditions. The Department of Justice announced soon thereafter...

01/27/19

Compass Lexecon Expert Testifies Successfully for Defendants Plaintiffs in In re: Bearings Cases (part of In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation) alleged that manufacturers of steel ball and roller bearings for automotive and industrial use conspired to elevate their prices....

01/16/19

In May 2018, Wabtec Corporation, a manufacturer of railroad components, announced plans to acquire General Electric’s Transportation division, which manufactures locomotives and other transportation products, for $11 billion. Compass Lexecon experts Jonathan Orszag and Daniel O’Brien were retained by counsel...

01/13/19

In December 2018, ABRA Auto Body Repair and Caliber Collision announced a merger that would create the collision repair provider with the largest geographic coverage in the United States. Compass Lexecon was retained by counsel for both ABRA and Caliber...

12/17/18

In this case, Plaintiffs alleged that TD Ameritrade Futures & Forex LLC (TDAFF) engaged in fraud and acted in a recklessly and commercially unreasonable manner by liquidating putative class members’ deep out-of-the-money short put options on the E-mini S&P500® futures...

12/05/18

Compass Lexecon President Daniel R. Fischel Testifies on Damage Issues at Trial JM Eagle is a large manufacturer of PVC pipe which sells pipe to municipalities and other governmental entities around the country. The recent damages trial against JM Eagle...

11/30/18

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman approved the Plan of Distribution for the $408.5 million settlement in the ISDAfix Manipulation case, in which Plaintiffs allege that Defendants manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rates, which are used in the settlement of a variety...

11/28/18

Following a Phase-II investigation, the European Commission (“EC”) unconditionally cleared the acquisition by T-Mobile NL, the Netherlands’ third largest mobile network operator (“MNO”), of its smaller rival Tele2 NL. The EC’s decision marks the first unconditional clearance of a 4-to-3...

10/31/18

Compass Lexecon was retained to represent CME Group Inc. in connection with its $5.4 billion acquisition of NEX Group plc. The deal combined the largest US-based futures exchange and a leading operator of cash trading platforms and post-trade services. In...

10/30/18

Compass Lexecon was retained by Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, counsel for Tyson Foods, Inc. to assist with obtaining expedited regulatory approval of its acquisition of Keystone Foods in multiple jurisdictions around the world. The two companies are leading suppliers...

10/19/18

In December 2017, the European Commission unconditionally approved the transaction between French aerospace equipment suppliers Safran and Zodiac Aerospace after a Phase I investigation. The merger, creating the world’s third-largest aerospace supplier, required clearance in various jurisdictions, including the European...

10/15/18

Court Relies on Testimony of Compass Lexecon Expert Professor Daniel R. Fischel On October 1, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery, relying on Compass Lexecon President Daniel Fischel's expert testimony on behalf of Compass...

10/01/18

In its May 22, 2017 decision, the United States Tax Court rejected the claim of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that the Estate of Andrew J. McKelvey owed $41 million in taxes with respect to McKelvey’s 2008 income tax return...

09/18/18

Compass Lexecon experts Marcelo Schoeters and Julián Delamer were retained by Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. ("Claimants"), a toll concession operator, as quantum experts in an ICSID arbitration against the Government of Argentina. Mr. Schoeters and Mr. Delamer filed an expert report...

08/01/18

Court Relies on Testimony of Compass Lexecon Experts Professor Daniel R. Fischel and Dr. Adel Turki Plaintiffs in this litigation claimed that New York University paid excessive recordkeeping fees and made imprudent investments in its employee retirement plans, thereby failing...

07/11/18

Compass Lexecon was retained by AT&T and Time Warner to provide economic analysis and expert testimony concerning the merger of the two companies, and to assist with the litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice to block the deal...

07/06/18

In a landmark judgment on July 4, 2018, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales decided in favour of Compass Lexecon's clients on the lawfulness of interchange fees. The Court relied heavily on Compass Lexecon's Neil Dryden in its...

05/31/18

In March 2018, Agilent Technologies announced plans to acquire Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc. (AATI). Both Agilent and AATI sell products that analyze the quality and quantity of nucleic acid fragments. A Compass Lexecon team provided economic analysis in support of...

05/29/18

Compass Lexecon provided economic advice and analysis in the $66 billion global acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. Both Bayer and Monsanto are active in the supply of seeds and seed treatments, including those designed to work with patented seed traits....

05/22/18

Compass Lexecon expert Dr. Manuel A. Abdala was retained by Phillips Petroleum Company Venezuela Limited and ConocoPhillips Petrozuata B.V. ("Claimants"), two large-scale producers of heavy crude oil and related products, as quantum expert in an ICC arbitration against Petróleos de...

05/01/18

On May 1, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna entered an order dismissing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s claims against Monex Deposit Company, Monex Credit Company, Newport Services Corporation (collectively “Monex”), and its principals, Michael Carabini, and Lewis...

05/01/18

Compass Lexecon was retained by counsel for TopBuild to evaluate the competitive effects of its $475 million acquisition of United Subcontractors Inc. (USI). The parties owned and operated the #1 and #3 nationwide insulation installation services companies in the U.S.,...

04/27/18

Compass Lexecon Senior Consultant Professor Bradford Cornell Successfully Testified at Trial in Delaware Chancery Court On April 23, 2018, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed, in a one sentence opinion, Vice Chancellor Laster's ruling in ACP Master, Ltd. v. Sprint Corp....

03/16/18

On March 16, 2018, Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A. (“Suzano”) announced its plan to acquire Fibria Celulose S.A. (“Fibria”). The two companies are both leading Brazilian suppliers of eucalyptus pulp in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Compass Lexecon was retained...

03/14/18

Compass Lexecon President Daniel R. Fischel and Professor Bradford Cornell Testify at Trial After Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., (“Lehman”) filed for bankruptcy, Trustees for 244 RMBS Trusts filed claims arising out of alleged breaches of representations and warranties on mortgages...

03/09/18

In March 2018, a three judge panel of the U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit affirmed the lower court’s granting of summary judgment to Compass Lexecon’s client, Delta Air Lines, in an antitrust suit involving allegations that Delta colluded...

03/08/18

Universal Entertainment and its subsidiary Aruze USA brought a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, alleging that Aruze’s shares of Wynn Resorts common stock were redeemed at a discount that was too large and inconsistent with the shares’ fair value. Compass Lexecon...

03/07/18

In the sprawling LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation matters, Plaintiffs sought certification of three separate classes: (i) traders of Eurodollar futures and options on futures traded at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the Exchange-Based Plaintiff Action); (ii) financial institutions that made...

02/27/18

Compass Lexecon expert Dr. Manuel A. Abdala was retained by Novenergia II Energy & Environment (SCA) SICAR (Claimant) as economic and quantum expert in an Energy Charter Treaty arbitration against Spain, held under SCC rules. The dispute centered on several...