Jan Rybnicek


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.”