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The North America Antitrust & Competition Group has launched a podcast series called “Beating the Competition”. This is also available on AppleSpotify and Google Podcasts.


Forthcoming SCOTUS Review of Authority Under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act

In the latest episode of our North America Antitrust Group’s “Beating the Competition” podcast, partners Brian Burke and Teisha Johnson discuss the potential implications of the forthcoming review by the US Supreme Court of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to obtain equitable monetary relief under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act.

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Sabre-Farelogix Merger

In this inaugural episode of our North American Antitrust Group’s “Beating the Competition” podcast, partners Brian Burke and Luis Gomez discuss the recently abandoned deal between Sabre and Farelogix, which was blocked by the UK’s Competition Markets Authority (or CMA) shortly after the Antitrust Division of the US DOJ failed in its pursuit of the same outcome. Brian and Luis review the procedural aspects of the matter, including the CMA’s aggressive assertion of jurisdiction, and discuss whether this matter may be a harbinger for a post-Brexit world.

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Brian Burke is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Antitrust Practice Group. He concentrates on federal antitrust and trade regulation issues. He assists clients successfully navigate the merger clearance process before the US as well as international antitrust authorities. Additionally, Brian has extensive experience representing clients outside of the merger context in civil and criminal governmental antitrust investigations as well as in commercial antitrust litigation. He also regularly counsels clients on the establishment and review of antitrust compliance programs and risk assessments as well as pricing/distribution policies. Brian is a member of the Steering Committee for the Firm’s North America Antitrust Practice Group, and is the Firm’s North America representative on its global merger-control taskforce.


Luis Gomez serves as partner in the London office’s EU, Competition & Trade Department and currently chair of the EMEA Competition Group. He advises on general competition and merger control law at both the EU and UK levels, as well as varied competition issues in a wide range of industry sectors, including the oil and gas, mining, chemicals, infrastructure, agribusiness, media, consumer goods and financial services sectors. Luis is co-author of "State Measures and Public Bodies" in PLC’s EC and UK Competition Law Practice Manuals. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1994 and became a partner in 2003.


Teisha Johnson is a member of Baker McKenzie's antitrust practice in Washington, DC. She advises clients on a wide range of antitrust and e-discovery matters, and has considerable experience counseling clients in government investigations, proposed mergers and acquisitions, compliance, and litigation matters.