Q&A with Katherine B Forrest, former New York southern district judge

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 23 Apr 2019


Katherine B Forrest's career began in the early 1990s at Cravath Swaine & Moore. By 1998 she was a partner, and by 2010 she was leaving the firm to join the Department of Justice's antitrust division. In 2011 she was nominated by then-president Barack Obama to fill a seat on the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

She stepped down last year, and is now back at her old stomping ground Cravath.

How has antitrust law evolved in the past 20 years?

There are two areas of the law in which we have seen an increase in activities. The first is vertical issues – namely, how we are to analyse vertical restraints and the potential for harm to competition in vertical mergers.

Vertical mergers have recently assumed a higher profile in merger clearance. This may, at least in part, be attributable to increasingly consolidated markets driving participants to...