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.
- Antitrust Litigation 2019 Q&A: USA, which is to be published as a chapter in the Chambers Antitrust Litigation 2019 Guide
- Understanding and Preparing for the Convergence of US Criminal Antitrust Enforcement with Anti-Manipulation Laws Regulating Derivatives, FX, Cryptocurrency, Futures, Options and other Commodities under the Commodity Exchange Act, Volume 39, Issue 1 (January 2019)
Out of the Toolbox and Ready for Use: Antitrust Arbitration
12 September 2019
Time to Get Your House in Order: U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division Announces Credit for Strong Compliance Programs
23 July 2019
U.S. Supreme Court: Antitrust 'Direct Purchaser' Rule Survives, But So Do Monopolization Claims Against Apple
17 May 2019
FTC Task Force to Scrutinize Competition in Tech Industry
7 March 2019
Supreme Court Rejects Extension of American Pipe to Stacked Class Actions
19 June 2018
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
- American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
- New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Section
- Federal Bar Counsel