Jan Rybnicek

Counsel

Antitrust, Competition and Trade Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Jan Rybnicek

Counsel

Antitrust, Competition and Trade Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Jan is Counsel in the antitrust, competition and trade group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, based in Washington, DC.

Jan represents clients on a range of antitrust issues relating to the US merger control and review process, multijurisdictional merger control, joint ventures, civil antitrust litigation, and investigations before the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Prior to rejoining Freshfields in 2015, Jan served as an attorney adviser to former Commissioner Joshua D. Wright of the FTC. Jan advised Commissioner Wright on a range of competition and consumer protection issues, including providing enforcement recommendations; drafting speeches, statements, and Congressional testimony; and spearheading efforts to publish guidelines articulating the boundaries of the FTC’s authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act.

Jan was awarded the 2017 Antitrust Writing Award, a joint initiative between Concurrences Review and the George Washington University Law School, in the Best Academic, Mergers category for his article “A Hedgehog in Fox’s Clothing? The Misapplication of GUPPI Analysis.”

Contributions

When Does Refusal to Deal Violate Antitrust Law?

November 17, 2020

In 2004, the Supreme Court decided Verizon Communications v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko. The case examined what types of monopolistic activities would violate antitrust laws. The Court addressed issues involving forced sharing, the risks and rewards of competition in a free market, and the role of governing regulations. The Trinko decision raises important questions and provides insightful consideration for examining antitrust issues.

Jan Rybnicek is Counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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