Combating Supply Chain Antitrust: A Discussion With the Department of Justice Webinar
October 25 | Webinar
Historically, businesses have used “shocks” to the economy as a cover to conduct antitrust conspiracies that enhance bottom lines. Recent events, such as supply chain disruptions and inflation, have given opportunities for bad actors to collude to increase their prices, which ultimately affects the world economy. This and all anticompetitive conduct is subject to criminal and civil actions under the Sherman and Clayton Acts, statutes that prohibit conspiracies in restraint of trade, monopolization and anticompetitive mergers.
In this webinar, hosted by the HDA Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division — which monitors the promotion and maintenance of competition in the American economy — will provide background on their division while describing recent events and the dangers they pose to downstream businesses. DOJ representatives will discuss the red flags for companies to identify possible collusion in their supply chains, what businesses can do to protect themselves, and how to report any suspicious activity.
This webinar was designed for individuals responsible for supply chain security for companies or stakeholders in recent events surrounding supply chain disruptions and inflation.
Manish Kumar, Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Section Chief
Manish Kumar is Chief of the San Francisco Office of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. The office maintains both a civil and criminal antitrust practice, which includes international price-fixing investigations, civil antitrust investigations and domestic bid-rigging and procurement fraud investigations involving the western United States. Mr. Kumar has served in various roles at the Department over the past 13 years, including as Trial Attorney, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Assistant Chief in the Antitrust Division.
Devon Mahoney, FBI Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)
Former Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Devon P. Mahoney graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics. Upon graduation, he accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army serving as a Field Artillery Officer at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. In 1994, SSA Mahoney earned a Master of Science Degree from the University of Laverne in Organizational Management.
In 1996, Mr. Mahoney was appointed to the position of Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During his career, he was assigned to the Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Columbia Field Divisions, where he worked criminal and terrorism investigations. As a lead investigator, Mr. Mahoney conducted numerous undercover operations using confidential human sources to investigate and dismantle criminal conspiracies. In 2015, Mr. Mahoney was assigned to Bucharest, Romania, where he worked international corruption matters with Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate and Moldova’s National Anticorruption Center. In 2016, Mr. Mahoney was promoted to the FBI International Corruption Unit located in Washington, D.C., where he was the Program Manager responsible for the FBI’s Antitrust Program.
In 2019, Mr. Mahoney retired and started New Market International Consulting, specializing in providing training and investigative solutions to agencies working antitrust and competition matters. Mr. Mahoney has had the opportunity to work with numerous international competition agencies and is under contract with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he serves as the division’s Technical Assistance Coordinator.