Charles H Critchlow is a partner in Baker McKenzie's global competition and North American litigation practice groups. His practice focuses on competition and complex commercial litigation, cartel investigations, grand jury defence, and competition counselling, including multi-jurisdictional merger analysis and clearance.
Chuck is a recognised authority on export trade and international competition law, where he has practised for more than 30 years representing a number of large export corporations and associations on a wide variety of matters, including ground-breaking cases in the US, India and South Africa, as well as Brazil and Venezuela.
Other litigation matters have included representation of a defendant in the first large price-fixing class action against Chinese companies brought in US federal court; representation of a freight forwarding organisation in international competition investigations and follow-on proceedings under the US False Claims Act; representation of a large international cosmetics company in a complex accounting arbitration and subsequent proceedings in federal court; representation of an Irish plaintiff in a patent fraud and infringement action in Boston federal court; a successful challenge to the constitutionality of the US Harbor Maintenance Tax; and obtaining dismissal from the bench on jurisdictional grounds in a contract action brought against a Swiss company in Boston federal court.
His counselling matters have included the organisation and antitrust clearance of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions in household and agricultural insecticides, chemical fertilizers, basic and industrial chemicals, coal mining and food distribution, as well as general contract, international sales contracts and distributor counselling. Chuck has also worked with companies in financial services, publishing, electric utilities, electrical contracting, oil and transportation, and has provided competition and cartel enforcement training to the Competition Commission of India.
He holds a BA (summa cum laude with honours with exceptional distinction) from Yale University (1972, Phi Beta Kappa), and a JD from Columbia Law School (1975), where he was a James Kent Scholar and Julius Goebel Research Fellow.
He is admitted to practise in New York, and before the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Court of International Trade, the US Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth and Federal Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.
Chuck is listed in Who's Who in America, is a co-author of the ABA monograph Special Defences in International Antitrust Litigation, is a member of the competition editorial advisory board for Law360, and is a frequent commentator on international antitrust matters to various publications including the Global Competition Review.
The US Sherman Act (1890), prohibiting "contracts, combinations and conspiracies in restraint of trade," is perhaps the oldest competition statute in the world. Yet, because the act's prohibitions are almost constitutional in dimension, its application constantly evolves and develops through case...