Scott Schaeffer is a counsel in O’Melveny’s Shanghai office and a member of the Antitrust and Competition Practice. Scott represents clients based both in the United States and in Asia. His practice involves complex antitrust and commercial litigation, antitrust counseling, and criminal antitrust investigations. It also involves defending proposed and consummated mergers before antitrust agencies and in merger litigation. Scott has represented U.S. and Asian clients in transactions in the technology, airline, biotech, foodservice, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries, among others.
Scott counsels multinational clients on a variety of other competition matters, including Section 8 of the Clayton Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, and compliance issues. He regularly advocates for government interventions on behalf of parties adversely impacted by anticompetitive conduct or proposed mergers.
Scott is also involved in the firm’s appellate and white collar practices. He has authored briefs in cases before the United States Supreme Court as well as federal and state appellate courts on subjects including criminal law, class actions, competition law, federal jurisdiction and procedure, federal constitutional law, and employment law. His white collar experience includes criminal defense, government investigations, and internal compliance matters, both in the U.S. and in Asia.
Scott is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of subjects, including antitrust enforcement, foreign sovereignty, and emerging issues in competition law.
Prior to joining O’Melveny, Scott was a law clerk for the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Gary Feinerman on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Honors & Awards
- “Top 40 Young Lawyer,” American Bar Association (2020)
- “Rising Star,” Competition, Law360 (2019)
- District of Columbia
- Stanford Law School, J.D.
- University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science
- Honorable Gary Feinerman, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- Honorable A. Raymond Randolph, US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
- China’s Recent Competition Developments: 2019 in Review, ABA Antitrust Section’s The Antitrust Source (April 2020)
- Common Ownership and Its Competitive Impact: Is It Real and What’s at Stake?, Antitrust (Spring 2020)
- China’s Recent Competition Developments: 2019 in Review, Antitrust Source (April 2020)
- Trade Association Survey Subject to Hong Kong Competition Ordinance, Lexology (Nov. 28, 2019)
- Immunity, Sanctions & Settlements in Hong Kong, Global Competition Review (2019)
- Hong Kong Competition Commission Considers Request to Exempt Trade Association Survey from Competition Ordinance, Lexology (May 6, 2019)
- Extraterritoriality After Vitamin C: Are We Between a Rock and a Hard Place?, Antitrust (Fall 2018)
- Hong Kong Competition Commission Releases 2017/2018 Annual Report, Lexology (Dec. 11, 2018)
- Competition Commission Rules Hong Kong Code of Banking Practice is Subject to Competition Laws, Lexology (Nov. 13, 2018)
- Hong Kong Competition Commission Brings Charges Against Individuals, Hong Kong Lawyer (Oct. 19, 2018)
- Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Clarifies Competition Commission’s Discovery Obligations, Hong Kong Lawyer (July 6, 2018)
- Viewing FTC v. Actavis Through the Lens of Clayton Act Section 4, Antitrust (Fall 2013)
- Antitrust Law Developments, American Bar Association (8th Edition 2016)
- “Information Exchanges in the Digital Era,” Latest Developments in International Anti-Monopoly Law, China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment (2019)
- “Merger Control in the Current US Administration,” Frontier Issues in China’s Competition Policy and AML Enforcement (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, China University of Political Science and Law), Beijing, China (2018)