John M Taladay is Co-Chair of the Antitrust practice of Baker Botts. He is well known for his work in gaining merger approvals, defending criminal cartel investigations, litigating civil antitrust cases and managing complex international competition matters.
In working closely with the US Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the European Commission and other international agencies, Mr Taladay has extensive experience in gaining merger clearances particularly in the technology, media, telecommunications, consumer products, software and pharmaceutical sectors and traditional industries including the automotive, airline, primary metals, agriculture, food, chemicals and electronics sectors.
Mr Taladay has also counseled US and foreign clients and individuals in dozens of major cartel matters including antitrust grand jury investigations into allegations of price fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation and related offenses. He has navigated corporate clients through a range of cartel representation strategies from steadfast defense to leniency application to formal non-prosecution treatment. His litigation work includes acting as lead counsel in numerous civil antitrust class action and other litigation matters involving nearly all aspects of the antitrust laws.
Previously, Mr Taladay served in the antitrust leadership of Howrey LLP, and as International Legal Counsel at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal.
Mr Taladay has been extremely active in the development of international competition policy. He serves as Chair of the Business at OECD (BIAC) Competition Committee and was previously Chair of the United States Council for International Business Competition Committee. He has been appointed as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network and has been invited by the US FTC and DOJ to serve as a faculty member at several international merger workshops aimed at training more than 50 ICN member agencies in the analysis of mergers. Within the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, he serves as a Member of the Council as well as Co-Chair of the Procedural Transparency Task Force. He is also a member of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Competition.