COVID-19 has profoundly impacted our industry – many people working from home, courts experiencing delays and closures, substantial exits from the workforce, etc. Nevertheless, Compass Lexecon has continued its upward trajectory with the two best years in our firm’s history in 2020 and 2021. We are proud of our people and our client relationships which allowed us to flourish despite these obstacles.
In every one of our practice and geographic areas – from mergers to antitrust litigation, financial market issues to securities litigation; from mass torts to intellectual property matters and international arbitration proceedings; and from the U.S. to China, Europe, and South America, we were retained on the biggest and most important matters involving complex economic issues.
The fundamental reason why we continue to succeed year after year is our award-winning experts and staff. As the Global Competition Review concluded, we are an “economics heavyweight with a reputation to match, Compass Lexecon sets the standard for others to follow.” Recently we have been named Competition Economics Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal and been named a leading “Band 1” firm by Chambers. Our role as an industry standard-bearer is reflected in the cases in which we have participated, examples of which are described in more detail in this newsletter.
We have also used the past two years to further strengthen our firm by adding multiple world-class experts in our traditional core practice areas of competition and finance, as well as in newer emerging areas such as data privacy and cryptocurrencies.
Because of the pandemic, we are only circulating our Newsletter electronically as opposed to also mailing out hard copies. You can download the letter including its Table of Contents here.
While the past two years have seen significant positive developments and successful case outcomes, we want to stop and note with great sadness the loss of two intellectual giants who were an integral part of our firm. Christopher Culp, a passionate teacher and mentor, brought deep analytical expertise and encyclopedic institutional knowledge to studies of financial markets and products that were unmatched in the industry. Janusz Ordover, a Compass institution from the very beginning, combined his love for life and the people around him with the sharpest of minds. His articles on vertical integration, predation, access to bottleneck facilities, and the nexus of competition policy and IP rights made significant contributions to our understanding of those issues.