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Hales Speaks on Criminal Antitrust Investigations

January 1, 0001
O'Melveny associate Chris Hales recently served as a guest speaker for "Prosecuting International Cartels," a Hastings College of the Law course focused on the investigation, prosecution, and defense of international price-fixing cartels.  Hales was a member of a panel that discussed criminal antitrust investigations from a practitioner’s perspective, including interaction between the government and company counsel during an investigation, the relationship between company and individual counsel, the effects of parallel foreign investigations and civil litigation, and various strategic and ethical issues that can arise during the course of an investigation.  “The students seemed particularly interested in understanding what it is like representing companies that are under investigation for federal antitrust offenses on a day-to-day basis,” Hales said.

The panel included Assistant Federal Public Defender Jodi Linker, former Assistant United States Attorney and current McDermott, Will & Emery associate Eugene Litvinoff, and the course instructor, Assistant United States Attorney Nat Cousins.