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John Friel

John Friel


John Friel

John Friel represents large commercial and financial institution clients in a wide variety of litigation and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations and complex class action litigation, including under the antitrust and securities laws.

John has represented clients in matters before a number of agencies, including the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, the US Federal Trade Commission, and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as a number of enforcement agencies around the world.

  • Representing a major APAC shipping and logistics company in a multi-jurisdictional investigation by DOJ Antitrust Division and foreign authorities into allegations of market-division and bid-rigging in the ocean cargo shipping industries.
  • Defending a large financial institution in threatened shareholder litigation under English securities laws.
  • Defending a major non-US financial institution in a class action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to manipulate platinum and palladium benchmarks and related futures and options prices.
  • Representing a major financial institution in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and numerous class actions alleging price-fixing and manipulation of LIBOR and other benchmarks.
  • Representing a Canada-based global financial institution in class action litigation alleging a conspiracy to manipulate the $12 trillion market for debt securities issued by the US Treasury, and related derivatives.
  • Representing a multinational spirits and beverage company in a DOJ investigation of possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in APAC jurisdictions.
  • Representing a leading global financial institution in parallel litigations in US and English courts concerning a cross-border debt financing transaction in Asia.
  • Advising a major medical device manufacturer in cross-border trade secret litigation.

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Career and qualifications

  • Temple University (BA) 2004
  • Villanova University School of Law (JD) 2009
  • University College London (LLM) 2010
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2010
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2011

Professional bodies

  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Section
  • Federal Bar Counsel