Sergei Zaslavsky

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Sergei Zaslavsky is an antitrust attorney with broad experience in trials, regulatory merger reviews, conduct investigations, antitrust audits, and antitrust counseling. Sergei effectively represents his clients by being both detail-oriented and strategic, and by studying his clients’ businesses to understand how legal questions intersect with marketplace realities. In doing this, he is able to synthesize antitrust doctrine, economics, and facts into advocacy that is both rigorous and intuitive.

Sergei is a veteran of three federal trials and one arbitration hearing. He has taken the testimony of executives, deposed numerous fact and expert witnesses, second-chaired direct and cross examinations of world-famous economists, and argued in court. In 2019, the National Law Journal named Sergei as a “DC Rising Star,” an award recognizing “the Washington, DC, region’s 40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under.”

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Honors & Awards

  • Selected as one of The National Law Journal’s 2019 “DC Rising Stars”

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Education

  • Harvard University, J.D.: magna cum laude
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., Economics: summa cum laude

Professional Activities

Member

  • ABA Antitrust Law Section Leadership
  • ABA Antitrust Law Section Our Curious Amalgam Podcast

Author / Co-Author

Contributing Author

  • Antitrust Law Developments Update, ABA (2019)
  • Consumer Protection Law Developments, ABA (2016)

Podcasts

  • Our Curious Amalgam, “What’s the Hubbub About No-Poach? Recent Antitrust Enforcement in Labor Markets,” Co-Host, ABA (2020)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “Who Is Ready for 2021? Year in Review: Part 1,” Host, ABA (2020)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “Who Does Antitrust Work For? An Exploration of Labor Antitrust” Co-Host, ABA (2020)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “All Bundled Up? Making Antitrust Sense of Product Bundles and Clusters,” Co-Host, ABA (2020)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “What is the Relationship Between Privacy and Competition? A Conversation with Commissioner Noah Phillips” Co-Host, ABA (2020)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “Breaking News Special:  Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines,” Co-Host, ABA (2020)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “Why Does it Matter? The Role of Big Data in Antitrust” (interview with Daniel Sokol), Co-Host, ABA (2020)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “Why the Techlash? Antitrust Policy and Big Tech” (interview with Hal Varian), Co-Host, ABA (2019)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “What’s The State of Things:  3 Things I Keep, 3 Things I Change” (interview with Josh Wright), Co-Host, ABA (2019)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “What is the Secret Sauce Behind Developing a Complaint” (interview with Melinda Coolidge) Co-Host, ABA (2019)
  • Our Curious Amalgam, “Can We Have Mergers Without Tears:  Understanding the Basics of Merger Review” (interview with Mike Keeley), Co-Host, ABA (2019)

Speaker

  • ABA Fundamentals of Antitrust Economics Series: Statistical Significance (November 2018)
  • ABA Consumer Protection Update (October 2015)
  • Defended AT&T and Time Warner against DOJ’s challenge of their historic merger. The trial was characterized as a “sweeping victory for AT&T” by The Wall Street Journal. United States v. AT&T Inc., 310 F. Supp. 3d 161, 164 (D.D.C. 2018), aff’d sub nom. United States v. AT&T, Inc., 916 F.3d 1029 (D.C. Cir. 2019).
  • Prepared key fact witnesses and second-chaired economic experts’ direct and cross examinations in US Airways v. Sabre, an eight-week trial that resulted in a favorable jury verdict and garnered Global Competition Review’s “Litigators of the Week” award for the O’Melveny trial team. US Airways, Inc. v. Sabre Holdings Corp., No. 11 CIV. 2725, 2017 WL 1064709 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 21, 2017), remanded, 938 F.3d 43 (2d Cir. 2019).
  • Represented US Airways in litigation against the DOJ in its merger with American Airlines.
  • Representing a major bank in a class action involving allegations of collusion to inflate interest rates on bonds.
  • Representing Global Music Rights in antitrust litigation against the Radio Music Licensing Committee.
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Alerts and Publications

DOJ Breathes New Life into Section 2 Criminal Enforcement

March 8, 2022

FTC Announces New 2022 HSR Reporting Thresholds and Renews Call to Congress for Additional Funding

January 25, 2022

Prompted by Sweeping Executive Order on Competition, New Leadership at US Antitrust Agencies to Launch Review of Merger Guidelines; Similar Initiatives in Europe and China May Signal Greater Convergence in Enforcement Across Jurisdictions

July 26, 2021

Unanimous Supreme Court Affirms Injunction Barring NCAA Rules that Limit Education-Related Compensation to Student Athletes

June 30, 2021

Supreme Court Holds That FTC Cannot Sue for Monetary Relief: AMG Capital Management v. FTC

April 26, 2021

Senator Klobuchar Unveils Broad New Proposed Antitrust Legislation

February 8, 2021

FTC Adjusts New 2021 HSR Reporting Thresholds Downward

February 3, 2021

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division Brings First-Ever Criminal No-Poach Case

January 22, 2021

Germany Strengthens Antitrust Enforcement Powers to Rein in Big Tech

January 19, 2021

China Expands National Security Review of Foreign Investments

January 12, 2021

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 2 - Draft Digital Services Act

December 23, 2020

European Commission Plan to Reform Europe’s Digital Space - Part 1 - Draft Digital Markets Act

December 21, 2020

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division Brings First-Ever Criminal Labor Market Collusion Case

December 17, 2020

New Guidelines Clarify When Antitrust Division Will Consider Using Arbitration

December 1, 2020

The UK National Security and Investment Bill: Strengthening scrutiny of investment in the UK and introducing the UK’s first mandatory notification regime

November 20, 2020

ABA Antitrust Law Podcast: Who Does Antitrust Work For? An Exploration of Labor Antitrust

November 2, 2020

The Deal: Merger Control and Privacy - The Right Tool for the Job?

October 12, 2020

ABA Antitrust Law Podcast: All Bundled Up? Making Antitrust Sense of Product Bundles and Clusters

October 12, 2020

China Publishes “Unreliable Entities” Rules Targeting Foreign Enterprises

September 22, 2020

DOJ Issues Letter Encouraging IEEE to Change Policy on Standard Essential Patents

September 18, 2020

Hong Kong Competition Tribunal Approves First Cartel Settlement

August 13, 2020

ABA Antitrust Law Podcast: What is the Relationship Between Privacy and Competition? A Conversation with Commissioner Noah Phillips

August 10, 2020

Congress Reauthorizes ACPERA and Repeals Sunset Provision

July 17, 2020

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