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Is the Energy Industry Under the Microscope? A Closer Look at Energy Antitrust
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Length: 60 Minutes

A panel discussion of the latest enforcement trends and actions by federal and state authorities along with analysis of recent private litigation.  Panelist will provide an overview of antitrust under President Biden while detailing the implications of pending legislation, the meaning of recent enforcement actions, the increasingly aggressive posture of federal agencies, and legal developments in court. 

Jeffrey S. Oliver, Baker Botts L.L.P.

Jeffrey Oliver has extensive experience counseling clients on merger control and competition enforcement matters in Washington D.C. and every other major antitrust jurisdiction in the world.  Mr. Oliver has significant expertise in the oil & gas industry, having successfully counseled energy companies on important transactions and government investigations in numerous jurisdictions.  Clients have including Shell, HollyFrontier, Valero, Magellan, Halliburton, Tallgrass, Enable, Koch, Maersk, Southern Company, Arch Coal and many others.  Mr. Oliver began his career in the FTC’s Mergers III division, which is responsible for merger control in the midstream and downstream sectors.  At Mergers III, Mr. Oliver participated and led investigations into mergers among major MLPs, investigated alleged anticompetitive conduct in the gathering, processing, storage, and pipeline transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids, and investigated multiple refinery and pipeline acquisitions in varying markets across the United States.

Layne Kruse, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Layne Kruse is a trial partner for antitrust and other complex business litigation.  Layne is the former Head of Antitrust and Competition, United States and previously served on the Global Supervisory Board. 

He concentrates on antitrust and business litigation, government investigations and regulatory matters, international disputes and other business problems. He has represented clients in petroleum production and marketing, health care, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, insurance, publishing, consumer products, transportation and other industries. 

Layne has been named a BTI Client Service All Star in the US based on a survey of corporate counsel.  Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Chambers USA states that he is a "very skilled courtroom advocate who knows the law, but also has a manner that connects with local judges and juries."

Layne has been a first-chair litigator for jury trials, nationwide class actions, injunctions, arbitrations and appeals, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has appeared in courts throughout the United States from Florida to Alaska, from Hawaii to New York, and from California to the District of Columbia. Layne is a former judicial clerk to the Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Geraldine Young, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Geraldine handles complex antitrust, RICO, and class action litigation in federal and state courts. She has obtained a number of dismissals and other favorable outcomes for her clients. She has also represented clients in private arbitration and secured success for her clients there. She has advocated for clients in pre-litigation contract, antitrust, and other commercial disputes, achieving good results and avoiding litigation. With her knowledge of the substantive law, she also counsels and develops relationships with clients on antitrust and other compliance matters.

Geraldine provides detailed, forward-thinking analysis and practical, business-ready advice. She makes sure her clients are in the best position to prosecute or defend against ongoing or anticipated litigation.

Geraldine's breadth of experience also spans a wide variety of industries. This includes the energy, pharmaceutical, medical, insurance, entertainment, banking, transportation, and steel industries. Geraldine learns and understands the business of each of her clients.

In addition to her client service, Geraldine is known for her strong written advocacy. She also has considerable courtroom experience, which includes several jury trials, multi-day evidentiary hearings on preliminary approval and final approval of a class action settlement, and temporary injunction proceedings.


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