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Katherine I. Funk, Managing Partner of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP’s office in Washington, D.C., to Speak at TKG’s Vertical Merger Enforcement Webcast

Katherine I. Funk, Managing Partner of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP’s office in Washington, D.C., to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Vertical Merger Enforcement: How to Effectively Navigate Through the Uncharted Waters of Complexities Webcast

New York, NY, August 14, 2019 --( The Knowledge Group Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Katherine I. Funk, Managing Partner of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP’s office in Washington, D.C. will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Vertical Merger Enforcement: How to Effectively Navigate Through the Uncharted Waters of Complexities.” This event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

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About Katherine I. Funk

Katherine I. Funk is the managing partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Antitrust & Competition Practice.

Katie is a trusted advisor to corporate executives and in-house legal departments with more than 25 years of experience successfully navigating antitrust and business issues on behalf of clients in a range of industries. She has participated in more than 100 transactions requiring review by the DOJ or FTC. Katie also provides day-to-day business counsel on matters including distribution arrangements, the Robinson-Patman Act, licensing agreements and global corporate compliance. She has represented both employees and employers on non-compete and other employment related agreements. In the healthcare space, Katie works with clients on the formation and operation of clinically integrated networks, the buying and selling of provider practices, and other healthcare-system transactions, as well as on licensing and other transactions on behalf of clients in the life-sciences sector.

Previously, Katie was a partner at AmLaw 100 firms and also served as an attorney in the FTC’s Mergers 1 section.

Katie is on the advisory board of Ithaka Hospitality, a boutique hospitality management company. Additionally, she is a board member of Mending Faces, a non-profit medical charity providing life-changing cleft lip, cleft palate and tissue release surgeries to children in the Philippines and Columbia.

About Lewis Brisbois

Lewis Brisbois is the 9th largest firm in the U.S. boasting 1,300 attorneys in 50 cities serving clients of all sizes in every major industry. The Firm remains dedicated to the principles established at its founding 40 years ago- dedicated client service and diversity. For its efforts, the Firm earned a Chambers no. 1 ranking for Diversity, and top 5 rankings as best law firm for Minority Equity Partners and for Women Attorneys. Founding partners Robert Lewis and Bob Smith are still with the firm, serving as Chairman and Vice Chairman.


Vertical mergers proliferate in many markets with the promise of increasing business synergies to create more efficient operations. For the most part, U.S. antitrust agencies – the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission, offered little resistance based on “Chicago school” economic theories suggesting that vertical mergers raise few competitive concerns. Some antitrust enforcers are now pushing back against this engrained analytical framework, suggesting that vertical integration can result in anticompetitive consequences and should be scrutinized more closely. The agencies have responded by holding a series of public hearings and challenging for the first time in 40 years a vertical transaction – albeit unsuccessfully.

The growing debate about the appropriate metric to apply to vertical integration makes it imperative for legal counsel and business people companies to understand the latest enforcement developments appropriately counsel clients and avoid the emerging risk and pitfalls that vertical transactions likely will confront.

In this live webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will present to the audience an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in vertical merger enforcement. Speakers will also present best practices and strategies to effectively address the important issues surrounding this significant topic.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

• Vertical Merger Enforcement – Latest Trends and Developments
• Recent Enforcement Actions
• Notable Court Rulings
• Practical Tips and Strategies
• What Lies Ahead

About The Knowledge Group Live Webcast Series

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