John M. Taladay is Co-Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group of Baker Botts, he is based in their Washington office. He is well-recognized as a leading global antitrust practitioner, known for his work in defending criminal cartel investigations, litigating civil antitrust cases, gaining merger approvals, and managing complex international competition matters. He has particularly extensive experience in gaining merger clearances before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the European Commission, and other international agencies. He has also led the defense of U.S. and foreign corporations and individuals in dozens of major cartel matters including antitrust grand jury investigations into allegations of price fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation and related offenses. He has navigated corporate clients through a range of cartel representation strategies from steadfast defense to leniency application to formal non-prosecution treatment. His litigation work includes acting as lead counsel in numerous civil antitrust class action and other litigation matters involving nearly all aspects of the antitrust laws. Mr. Taladay has been a leader in the development of international competition policy. He serves as Chair of the Business at OECD (BIAC) Competition Committee, and as past Chair of the United States Council for International Business Competition Committee. He has been appointed as a Non‐Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network for more than 15 years and has served as a faculty member at several international merger workshops aimed at training more than 50 ICN member agencies in the analysis of mergers, investigations, and other matters. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Global Private Litigation Committee of the ABA Antitrust Law Section and as a member of the ICC Commission on Competition.