KS&G’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group focus on issues affecting competition in the Hawaii market. We handle criminal and civil antitrust matters in federal and state courts in Hawaii and provide antitrust advice and consultation to businesses. We are frequently called upon to provide consultation on U.S. antitrust law to foreign companies doing business here.

We work toward practical solutions that minimize risk while achieving each client's objectives to the maximum extent possible. An important part of our antitrust practice involves counseling clients in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

We consult on a broad spectrum of antitrust and trade regulations including:


  • Compliance with the Sherman Act and comparable state statutes
  • Compliance with the Clayton Act and comparable state statutes
  • Consumer protection statutes, including the Hawaii Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act
  • Development and implementation of pricing policies
  • Creation and compliance of trade associations and other arrangements among competitors
  • Counseling of joint ventures and drafting distribution arrangements
  • Advising clients on compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976
  • Advising clients of the rules governing below-cost pricing and exclusionary practices under Hawaii state law as well as the Robinson-Patman Price Discrimination Law, and a variety of other competition-related regulations
  • Drafting, amending and registering of franchise agreements
  • Advising clients on the requirements for accuracy in advertisements, product defamation claims and other product disparagement issues