Michael Egge is the Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Practice. He represents and advises clients on a broad range of competition and antitrust law matters in the United States and abroad. Mr. Egge has served as Vice Chair of Latham’s Global Litigation & Trial Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Antitrust & Competition Practice.
Mr. Egge is a leading global competition lawyer, with 25 years’ experience advising corporations on antitrust matters in Washington and in every major antitrust jurisdiction in the world, including nearly three years’ experience resident in Latham’s Brussels office.
Mr. Egge’s practice focuses on representing leading companies in investigation matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, including sensitive merger antitrust matters, criminal price-fixing investigations, and civil conduct investigations. Mr. Egge is also recognized as a leader in handling multi-jurisdictional competition law matters. He has defended major corporate clients in investigation and antitrust merger matters on the ground in nearly two dozen jurisdictions outside of the US.
Mr. Egge is active within the leadership of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, having served in a broad range of leadership roles, including on its governing council, as Chair of the Merger Process Working Group, and on the Advisory Board on Section Reserves.
Mr. Egge is consistently recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, and Best Lawyers. He is known as a “terrific” merger clearance lawyer, rated by the market for his extensive cross-border expertise (Chambers USA 2016) and seen as “a great asset in large cross-border mergers” (The Legal 500 US 2014). Sources praise him for his “vast international experience” (Chambers Global 2013) as well as his “commercial awareness, market insight and knowledge of the regulators” (Chambers Global 2014). Mr. Egge is commended for being “incredibly skillful” and a “tremendous resource” on both US and European competition law issues (Chambers USA 2015) and “can bring a perspective that is different from everyone else” (Chambers USA 2016).
Mr. Egge participates in industry associations, lectures frequently, and is the author of several articles on topics related to antitrust and competition. Recent thought leadership activities include:
- Contributing Editor, Latin Lawyer, 2008–Present
- Speaker, "Staying Compliant Around the Globe," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2018
- Moderator, “Update on Latin America: Thinking Outside the Box About Future Cross-Border Enforcement Cooperation Models in the Americas,” ABA Antitrust Midwinter Meeting, Grand Cayman Islands, January 2018
- Panel Member, “International Antitrust Policy,” Heritage Foundation Antitrust Conference, Washington, D.C., January 2018
- Panel Member, “Merger Efficiencies: The Great Divide,” GCR Live Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, Miami, Florida, February 2018
- Moderator, “Panel discussion with Deborah P. Majoras, Chief Legal Office & Secretary, Proctor & Gamble,” Antitrust in the Americas, Mexico City, MX, June 2017
- Speaker, “What Oilfield Services Attorneys Need to know about the latest Oilfield Services Transactions before the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and views about the Trump Administration,” 7th Oilfield Services Law Conference, Houston, TX, October 2017
- Speaker, “Managing Global Mergers,” IBC Merger Control Conference, Brussels, BE, April 2016
- Moderator, “Competitor Collaborations, Minority Acquisitions and Associative Agreements,” Antitrust in the Americas, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Rio de Janeiro, BR, June 2015
- Speaker, “Transatlantic Perspectives on Commitments, Consent Decrees, Settlements and Section V FTC Remedies,” 4th BSC-LCII Competition Day, Brussels, BE, June 2014
- Co-author, “Practical Guides to the US Merger Review Process,” Concurrences, No 1-2014
- Advisory Board Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, 2011–2014
- Moderator, “US Antitrust: Practical Guide for EU Companies,” Premier Cercle Competition Summit, Brussels, BE, December 2013
- Speaker, “Competition Law Challenges in the Pharmaceutical Sector,” Annual IBC Legal Conference, Brussels, BE, November 2013
- Moderator, “Coordinating Multijurisdictional Merger Filings,” PaRR Antitrust Forum 2013, London, UK, September 2013
- Co-chair, American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law Antitrust in the Americas Conference, June 2013
- Co-author, “Will Your Deal Close? Antitrust Risk in the M&A Recovery,” Global Business Magazine, March 2011
- Governing Council Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, 2008–2011
- Chair, Merger Process Working Group of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, 2009–2011
- Nominating Committee Member, American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, 2010
- Co-chair, American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law Annual Spring Meeting, 2006–2008
- Editorial Board Member, Annual Review of Antitrust Law Development, 2004–2005
- Co-chair, American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law Masters Program, 2004
Mr. Egge’s recent matters include the representation of:
- Agrium in its US$36 billion merger of equals with PotashCorp
- Omnicom in its US$35 billion planned merger with Publicis
- Weatherford in its proposed OneStim joint venture with Schlumberger
- Time Warner Cable in its US$55 billion merger with Charter Communications.
- Siemens in its US$7.8 billion acquisition of rival Dresser Industries
- ArthroCare in its US$1.7 billion acquisition by Smith & Nephew
- Avago in its US$37 billion acquisition of Broadcom
- Live Nation in its US$2.5 billion merger with Ticketmaster
- FMC Technologies in its US$13 billion merger with Technip SA
- TaylorMade in its US$70 million acquisition of AdamsGolf
- Receptos in its US$7.2 billlion purchase by Celgene
- Energy Transfer Equity in its acquisitions of Southern Company and Sunoco
Providing strategic antitrust counsel to leading companies, including Nestlé, Weatherford International, Starbucks, Koch Industries, Safran Group, Agrium, and Georgia Pacific.