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BBA’s Voices of the Bar Summer Reading Poll

Posted on August 12, 2015

The Boston Bar Association’s Voices of the Bar blog recently asked local attorneys, “What are you reading — or looking forward to reading — this summer?”  Alicia Downey’s response, which was featured in the July 9, 2015 edition of BBA’s weekly e-bulletin, was this: “I’m reading The Hell Screen, the fifth book in a mystery series by I.J. Parker, featuring Sugawara Akitada, a well-educated, emotionally-conflicted aristocrat and government functionary in 11th century Kyoto, Japan. My ambitious goal for this summer is to read all fourteen books in the series, in order of publication.” Alicia has since met that goal and looks forward to the fifteenth installment.

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Alicia Downey Re-Appointed as Chair of ABA-SAL Distribution & Franchising Committee

Posted on July 1, 2015

The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law has asked Alicia Downey to chair the Distribution and Franchising Committee for the upcoming 2015-2016 ABA year, beginning in August. Under Alicia’s leadership since 2014, the committee provides a unique venue for Section members to get involved in projects involving vertical distribution systems, including but not limited to franchising. The committee’s mandate covers domestic and international distribution and franchising issues of all kinds, including dealer terminations, exclusive dealing, price and non-price restraints, restrictive covenants and many other topics.

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Law Day at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Celebrates 800 Years of Magna Carta

Posted on May 11, 2015

Alicia Downey was one of several former SJC law clerks who aided the Court in its annual celebration of Law Day on May 1, 2015, at the John Adams Courthouse. This year, the clerks worked with small groups of visiting Boston high school students, comparing some of the key provisions of the English Magna Carta with important rights incorporated into the Massachusetts and federal constitutions.

Institutional Investors + Antitrust = ??

Posted on April 1, 2015

Alicia Downey is preparing to speak at a panel discussion entitled, “Institutional Investors + Antitrust = ?” at the 2015 Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, CA, on April 17, 2015.  Joining Alicia in a two-hour discussion about antitrust issues arising in dealings between and among institutional investors and investment fund managers will be K&L Gates partners John Longstreth and Margaret Niles, and Cynthia Collins, a partner with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson.

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Alicia Downey Leads ABA Webinar on Managing and Mitigating Antitrust Risk in Transactions

Posted on March 6, 2015

On February 26, 2015, Alicia Downey moderated a 90-minute webinar with speakers S. Lynn Diamond of White & Case LLP and Sarah Rabinovici of Pepper Hamilton LLP, entitled, “Managing and Mitigating Antitrust Risk in Transactions.” The program focused on how counsel and client can work together to manage and mitigate the risks associated with deals among competitors: the types of transactions that are most likely to draw scrutiny; how to use antitrust risk assessment to negotiate appropriate protections in the contract; and managing the risks in doing due diligence and integration planning.

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Alicia Downey Attends ABA Business Law Section’s Midwinter Leadership Meeting in Mexico

Posted on January 26, 2015

Alicia recently returned from the invitation-only retreat for ABA Business Law Section officers and committee chairs in Riviera Maya, Mexico. In addition to getting to know other Section leaders in sessions addressing how the ABA’s largest section can effectively nurture its current and future leaders while offering value to business lawyers, Alicia enjoyed the warm weather and took some time to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza.

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Alicia Downey Leads ABA Webinar on Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Requirements and Processes

Posted on November 12, 2014

On November 11, 2014, Alicia Downey moderated a 90-minute American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education webinar entitled, “But We Want to Close in Two Weeks” – HSR Process and Timing. The speakers, S. Lynn Diamond of White & Case LLP and Sarah Rabinovici of Pepper Hamilton LLP, covered a wide range of issues arising in deals subject to review and clearance by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. The program was geared toward transactional lawyers who need to understand which deals are subject to reporting requirements, HSR requirements and timing of investigations, and how to protect the confidentiality of client documents submitted to the agencies.

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US News-Best Lawyers Ranks Downey Law “Best Law Firm” at National and Metro Levels

Posted on November 3, 2014

The 2015 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” has ranked Downey Law in Tier 1 for Litigation – Antitrust and Tier 2 for Antitrust Law in the Metro Boston area. This year, Downey Law was also awarded a National Tier 3 ranking in Litigation – Antitrust. According to Best Lawyers, rankings are determined on the basis of feedback from clients and peers and information provided by participating law firms. 

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Alicia Downey to Speak at PLI Antitrust Counseling and Compliance 2014

Posted on September 18, 2014

Alicia Downey is a faculty member for the Practising Law Institute’s upcoming annual Antitrust Counseling and Compliance seminar on October 31, 2014, in New York. The all-day Continuing Legal Education program will be presented live and via webcast to a large audience of in-house counsel and lawyers in private practice. Alicia’s segment will focus on pricing conduct, including price discrimination, resale price maintenance, and predatory pricing. The complete agenda and event details are available here

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BC Law Program for First Year Students Explores Legal Ethics

Posted on August 28, 2014

Alicia Downey participated in a program on legal ethics for 1Ls at Boston College Law School. She and fellow panelists (all BC Law alumni) engaged in a role-playing exercise that illustrated common ethical dilemmas faced by lawyers and the importance of adhering to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Photo below (l to r): Panelists Seth Orkand (WilmerHale), Kelli Powell (WilmerHale), Steve Riden (Beck Reed Riden LLP), Alicia Downey, and John Marshall (MA Office of Bar Counsel), with BC Law Professor Paul Tremblay.

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