Antitrust & Trade Practices

Bass, Berry & Sims’ Antitrust Practice Group provides sophisticated, efficient, business-oriented, client-focused advice and advocacy related to compliance with and enforcement of antitrust laws. We understand and help clients navigate the antitrust risks associated with mergers, acquisitions, and formation of joint ventures, and guide those transactions through review by federal antitrust agencies. Clients depend on us to analyze the antitrust risks of proposed transactions and find solutions for avoiding or minimizing those risks.

In addition, we guide clients on complying with antitrust laws in day-to-day business activities such as contracting, distribution, pricing, and involvement in trade associations, as well as designing and implementing effective antitrust compliance programs.

We have a special focus on the healthcare industry. With our base in Nashville, the nation’s healthcare capital, we have connections throughout the many aspects of this industry sector. As the uncertainties of change and consolidation continue to affect the industry, healthcare clients depend on our team’s antitrust experience as they navigate this difficult environment. In addition to healthcare, our team serves clients in a wide range of industries from automotive to chemicals, from financial services to food services and retail to manufacturing.

We strive to help our clients prevent the expense and disruption of lawsuits and investigations, but if unavoidable, we critically evaluate the risks and rewards of possible litigation outcomes and vigorously advocate on behalf of our client’s interests with the goal of attaining a beneficial resolution as expeditiously as possible. Our attorneys are recognized leaders in the field, are regularly listed in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America®, and serve in leadership positions in antitrust sections of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and Lex Mundi Global Network.

Our approach to client-based solutions is multi-disciplinary. Clients are confronted by a host of antitrust issues throughout the life cycle of a deal, and the antitrust team works seamlessly with the transactional lawyers to provide guidance on antitrust issues relevant to their proposed transaction structures. Our robust investigations and litigation team, combined with our e-discovery technology capabilities, allows us to provide efficient and cost-effective investigation and litigation services throughout the U.S. As more commerce occurs across international borders, we have ready access to local counsel and resources in more than 100 countries, through our networks and in association with Lex Mundi, one of the world’s leading associations of independent law firms.

E. Steele Clayton, IV
Michael G. Dashefsky
R. Dale Grimes
Ashleigh Karnell
J. Brook Lathram
Member (retired)
Matthew J. Sinback
Senior Litigation Attorney
Lucas Ross Smith
Elizabeth S. Warren
Virginia Maynard Yetter