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Hugh Hollman



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Hugh Hollman



Hugh is a partner in A&O’s global antitrust team with significant experience in representing clients across the globe on all aspects of antitrust law that includes obtaining merger approvals, litigating civil antitrust cases, and managing complex international competition matters.

Qualified in the U.S., England and Wales, and South Africa, Hugh has distinctive global public and private sector experience – both as in-house and outside counsel: his previous position as Chief Antitrust Counsel for one of the world’s largest energy companies parallels his experience in the public sector having served in a senior position at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This breadth of experience allows him to effectively tailor his advice to efficiently meet the business objectives of his clients.

Hugh is a member of the Business at OECD Competition Committee, a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, serves on the editorial board of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s Antitrust Magazine, and Oxford University Press’s Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.

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Admitted as an Attorney (New York and District of Columbia), 2002

Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2010

Admitted an Advocate (South Africa), 1999


JD, Duke University School of Law, 2005

LL.M., Duke University School of Law, 2000

LL.B., University of Cape Town School of Law, 1998

B.Bus.Sc., University of Cape Town, 1995

Pro-bono experience

  • Provided legal and social services at Bread for the City, a charity dedicated to providing residents of Washington D.C. with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
  • Filed a series of amicus curiae briefs in the domestic brig detainee cases on behalf of Human Rights Watch.
  • Obtained a grant of asylum for a young woman from Guinea who had been the subject of forced genital mutilation, rape and a forced marriage. She fled Guinea on her wedding day and eventually fled to the United States.

Awards & accolades

Nominated, co-author with Benjamin Geisel, Six Steps to Better Merger Control Reviews: Recommendations for Competition Agencies Across the Globe

THE ANTITRUST SOURCE (Dec. 2019). - Concurrence, Antitrust Writing Awards 2020

Nominated, co-author with James F. Rill, James G. Kress, and Dina Kallay, Antitrust and FRAND Bargaining, Rejecting the Invitation for Antitrust Overreach into Royalty Disputes

ANTITRUST (Fall 2015) - Concurrence, Antitrust Writing Awards 2016

Received award for Supreme Court Amicus Curiae brief submitted in Padilla v. Hanft

Co-Recipient, Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award 2007

Published work

  • Hugh Hollman and Benjamin Geisel, Six Easy Steps to Better Merger Control, The Antitrust Source (Dec. 2019).
  • Joseph Ostoyich, Hugh Hollman, and Jared Daniels, Competitor Collaborations, Practical Law (Thompson Reuters) (Dec. 2016-20).
  • Christopher MacAvoy, James Kress, and Hugh Hollman, International Licensing and Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law, Wolters Kluwer (Dec. 2015).
  • James Rill, James Kress, Dina Kallay, and Hugh Hollman, Antitrust and FRAND Bargaining, Rejecting the Invitation for Antitrust Overreach into Royalty Disputes, Antitrust (Fall 2015).
  • Hugh Hollman and William Kovacic, The International Competition Network’s Past, Current, and Future Role, 20:2 Minn. J. Int’l. L. 274-323 (Summer 2011).
  • Hugh Hollman and William Kovacic, Does Your Agency Measure Up? 7 Eur. Comp. J. 25-45 (Apr. 2011).
  • Hugh Hollman, Setting New Standards: The ICN’s Convergence Principles, International Research Handbook on Competition Law (A. Ezrachi Ed., 2012).
  • Hugh Hollman and William Kovacic, The ICN’s Past, Current, and Future Role, The ICN Handbook (Paul Lugard Ed., 2011).
  • Hugh Hollman, Editor’s Note: Horizontal Merger Guidelines Symposium, The Antitrust Source (Oct. 2010).