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Adam C. Hemlock

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

New York, NY, USA

Adam Hemlock is a partner in Weil’s Antitrust Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He regularly represents clients in civil and criminal antitrust investigations and litigations, as well as commercial litigations and disputes. Adam is currently recognized in a variety of legal and business publications for his work in civil and criminal antitrust matters, including as a leading lawyer in New York by Chambers USA, as a recommended lawyer nationwide by Legal 500, and as a “Future Star” in New York by Benchmark Litigation.

Adam regularly represents clients in criminal antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice, and has served as lead coordinating counsel for clients under investigation in multiple jurisdictions, including the European Union, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Brazil. Adam routinely defends clients in cartel class action lawsuits across the United States. In addition to cartel litigation, Adam has litigated a variety of private antitrust litigation cases, including disputes regarding exclusivity, bundling/tying, and joint ventures. Adam has substantial experience in the antitrust/intellectual property area, where he has litigated cases and counseled clients on the antitrust legality of patent pools, standard setting bodies, and technology transactions among competitors. He also represents clients in merger counseling and notifications under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. In addition to his work in the antitrust area, Adam has represented clients in various commercial dispute matters, including complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures. He has particular experience representing foreign clients in U.S. legal proceedings.

Adam has worked on behalf of many major domestic and foreign clients, including Panasonic, Victor Company of Japan (JVC), Bridgestone, Taiyo Yuden, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Calsonic Kansei, Copyright Clearance Center, Toray Industries, Kyowa Hakko Kogyo, Polyplastics, Vantec, American Airlines, Telecom Italia, Medpointe, Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep, Global Foundries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), Texas Instruments, Perricone, Reuters, Denak, Iridian, DirecTV, Hughes Aircraft, Sumitomo Chemical, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and others.

Adam is currently the Vice-Chair of the Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section, and previously served as Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee. He is a member of the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association Antitrust Section. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc., a member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Minorities in the Profession, and a leader of Latinos@Weil, the Firm’s Hispanic affinity group. He heads the Firm’s Asylum Practice Team and routinely represents asylum applicants in administrative proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security and in federal courts.

Adam is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches a class on international cartels. He has lectured at Fordham Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Practicing Law Institute, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) and other venues. Adam previously served as a legal intern at the Federal Trade Commission, where he worked on several antitrust and consumer protection investigations. Adam also worked for Panasonic Corporation in Japan as legal counsel for two years, where he advised the company on a variety of dispute, regulatory, and transactional matters. He is a contributing author to Antitrust Adviser and the ABA’s Antitrust Law Developments, and has appeared on Japanese national television on the subject of e-discovery and litigation practice.

Key Representations

  • Represented Bridgestone in a criminal antitrust investigation and follow-on class action litigation.
  • Representing Calsonic Kansei, a major Japanese auto parts manufacturer, in a civil class action litigation alleging price fixing with respect to automobile radiators.
  • Represented Panasonic Corporation in $9 billion acquisition of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Representing Taiyo Yuden, a manufacturer of capacitors, in class action litigation alleging price fixing.
  • Representing Ericsson in class action alleging antitrust claims related to SMS texting services.
  • Representing a major provider of medical equipment rental services on antitrust issues related to exclusivity, bundling and tying.
  • Represented Polyplastics, a major Asian manufacturer of engineering plastic, in a major litigation involving claims of contract breach, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Representing Copyright Clearance Center, the top licensor of copyrights for academic and other journals and periodicals, on antitrust issues.
  • Represented Telecom Italia in antitrust litigation relating to standard setting for wireless telephony.
  • Represented MedPointe Pharmaceuticals, a major manufacturer of cold/cough medicine, in antitrust litigation involving claims of illegal exclusive agreements – prevailed on summary judgment.
  • Representing a major provider of credit ratings and benchmark data in connection with government antitrust investigation.
  • Representing a major manufacturer of semiconductors with respect to antitrust issues in licensing, joint ventures and collaborations.
  • Advising a major beer brewery on antitrust issues relating to procurement of raw materials.
  • Advising the American Association of Publishers on antitrust issues related to trade association and other activities.
  • Represented a manufacturer of nuclear power plants in formation of joint venture.
  • Representing a consortium of major consumer electronics companies on antitrust, IP and other issues in connection with establishment of standard setting body.
  • Advising a licensor of drug technology related to HIV treatment on antitrust issues.
  • Advising top consumer electronics companies on antitrust issues related to DVD and Blu-Ray licensing.
  • Advising a top investment management firm on antitrust and other issues.

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