Maritime Antitrust & Competition

The maritime industry’s unique status under U.S. and global antitrust laws generates considerable regulatory complexity. Cozen O’Connor’s dedicated team of maritime antitrust attorneys are among the most experienced practitioners in the world with respect to the varying applicability of U.S. and international antitrust laws to the maritime industry.

Our attorneys have decades of experience advising clients on the unique intersection of the antitrust laws and global shipping regulations. In particular, the firm represents ocean common carriers, marine terminals, and their cooperative arrangements, including vessel sharing alliances, commercial discussion agreements and numerous other joint ventures. Our attorneys represent more industry agreements than any other maritime group in the world.

From competitive pricing to joint service, from data exchange to industry benchmarking, Cozen O’Connor provides ongoing guidance on how to achieve and maintain antitrust and regulatory compliance in the U.S. and around the world.

Arguably more so than in any other field, it is essential that maritime mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures undergo careful review by antitrust attorneys with deep maritime-specific experience. Our attorneys serve as antitrust counsel on major maritime transactions, handling Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, competitive analyses, teaming arrangements, and confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Post transaction, we advise clients about ongoing competitive communications, evaluate new initiatives from an antitrust perspective, and design antitrust compliance policies and practices.

Backed by the resources of a full-service law firm, our team regularly represents maritime clients in private antitrust class actions and U.S. and multi-jurisdictional government investigations and enforcement proceedings. We have particular experience handling cases before the Federal Maritime Commission, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

Cozen O’Connor also conducts international maritime antitrust advocacy of a kind that few, if any, other U.S. law firms undertake. For many years, we have worked closely and successfully with maritime clients, local trade organizations and a network of sophisticated local counsel to educate foreign governments about how major trading nations structure global antitrust and competition laws for the maritime industry to promote competition, operational efficiency and international consistency.

In the current legal environment, Cozen O’Connor recognizes that price matters. Through lean staffing, careful time management, and client-specific fee structures, our firm is able to provide premier service at rates that appeal to the maritime industry’s best-managed companies. 



Opportunity to Comment on MARAD’s U.S. Citizenship Regulations and Policies [Alert]

April 30, 2019

Anne Mickey and Jeff Vogel discuss two Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking soliciting comments on steps that MARAD can take to simplify and/or modernize its U.S. citizenship regulations and policies.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

EMLO 2017 Spring Seminar

April 27, 2017 - Genoa, Italy

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Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Transportation Attorney Geoffrey Ferrer Admitted to Practice Law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

August 02, 2017

Geoffrey D. Ferrer, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Practice Group and Office Managing Partner of the New York Downtown Office, has been sworn in as a member of the Republic of the Marshall Islands bar becoming one of only 54 admitted and active Marshall Islands attorneys.

Cozen O’Connor Named 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law

December 12, 2016

Cozen O'Connor was recognized as the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year” for outstanding work in Admiralty & Maritime Law. Cozen O’Connor is one of only five firms to have been honored with this prestigious recognition in this area of practice since the inception of “Best Law Firms” in 2010.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.


Jeffrey F. Lawrence

Chair, Transportation & Trade, Co-Chair, International Practice

(202) 463-2504


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