John Friel represents corporate and financial institution clients in complex litigation and government enforcement actions. His practice focuses on antitrust, securities, and derivatives matters, both criminal and civil, and he has particular expertise in cross-border matters.
John represents clients before a number of US agencies, including the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as numerous enforcement agencies around the world.
- Defending a global telecommunications trade association in an investigation by DOJ Antitrust Division alleging collusion in the development of industry interoperability standards.
- Representing multiple major technology companies before US and foreign antitrust authorities in connection with potential monopolization of digital markets.
- 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 major financial institution in class action litigation alleging a conspiracy to manipulate platinum and palladium benchmarks and related derivatives prices.
- Defending a major financial institution in federal court litigation alleging collusion in the market for debt issued by government-sponsored entities.
- Representing a major financial institution in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and numerous class actions alleging price-fixing and manipulation of LIBOR and related benchmarks.
- Representing a major 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.
- Defending a large financial institution in threatened shareholder litigation under English securities laws.
- Representing a global financial institution in litigations in US and English courts, including under state securities laws, concerning a cross-border debt financing transaction in Asia.
News and client work
- Has your U.S. retirement program had a risk checkup lately?, July 2021
- Time for a Check-Up: the U.S. Healthcare Industry Remains Subject to Aggressive Criminal Antitrust Enforcement, Corporate Counsel Business Journal, March 2021
- Tuna Tales: The Antitrust Tsunami, Douglas H. Ginsburg Liber Amicorum Vol. II - An Antitrust Professor on the Bench
- Law and Practice, Chambers and Partners Antitrust Litigation 2020 Guide
September 17, 2020
- Restraints of trade and dominance in the United States: Overview, Thompson Reuters Practical Law (June 1, 2020)
- Extraterritorial enforcement of the commodities, securities and antitrust laws: A growing confluence, Futures and Derivatives Law Report, Volume 40, Issue 3 (March 2020)
- Antitrust Litigation: Law and Practice in the US, Chambers Global Practice Guide Antitrust Litigation 2019
- 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, Futures and Derivatives Law Report, Volume 39, Issue 1 (January 2019)
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
- Partner since 2020
- American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
- New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Section
- Federal Bar Counsel