James A. Keyte

Adjunct Professor

Email: james.keyte@skadden.com
Telephone: 212-735-2583
Fax: 917-777-2583


As a partner at Skadden, James A. Keyte handles a wide variety of antitrust litigation, transactional and advisory matters across numerous industries.

In the litigation area, Mr. Keyte has handled a number of cases involving alleged price-fixing, monopolization, other restraints of trade and class actions. Recent matters include cases for Pfizer, USIM, Ainsworth, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, IASIS Healthcare and several of Skadden’s Japanese clients. In addition, Mr. Keyte has handled or played significant roles in a number of sports-related litigations and trials, including several high-profile matters for the NHL, NFL and the NBA. He recently played a key role in the NHL’s successful litigation against MSG as well as in an attempt, through bankruptcy, to relocate the Phoenix Coyotes over the NHL’s objection. Mr. Keyte also played an instrumental role in the NFL’s successful jury verdict in a billion-dollar case brought by the Oakland Raiders in California state court.

In the transactional arena, Mr. Keyte has represented numerous clients before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. For example, he represented The Coca-Cola Company in its successful acquisition of Glacéau and its partial acquisition of Honest Tea. He also represented Toshiba in its acquisition of Westinghouse’s nuclear division; Alcatel in its acquisition of Lucent Technologies; Caesar’s Entertainment in its acquisition by Harrah’s; and a number of private equity firms, including in the acquisition of MGM with Sony Corp. He also has advised Sealed Air in a variety of matters and counsels a number of the firm’s Japan-based clients on transitional matters. Mr. Keyte also regularly appears before the antitrust agencies in a variety of investigational contexts.

In the area of general antitrust counseling, Mr. Keyte advises numerous clients on compliance with basic antitrust statutes, including issues relating to competitor collaborations, unilateral conduct and distribution. He also counsels clients on intellectual property matters with antitrust implications.

Mr. Keyte is a frequent contributor of antitrust articles to the Antitrust Law Journal and Antitrust Magazine on a variety of topics, including merger analysis, market definition and conduct-related issues. Mr. Keyte is a senior editor of the Antitrust Law Journal and a former editor of Antitrust Magazine. He has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


J.D., Loyola Law School, 1986 (Law Review)

B.A., Harvard University, 1981 (cum laude)

Bar Admissions

New York