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The global antitrust team at Arnold & Porter is led by Debbie Feinstein in Washington DC, which is also from where Jonathan Gleklen heads the US practice. The team was recently engaged by Monsanto to oversee its blockbuster acquisition by Bayer and the sale of its precision planting equipment business to AGCO, and by AT&T - led by Feinstein and Richard Rosen - to obtain global antitrust clearance for its landmark vertical merger with Time Warner. Also notable was Michael B Bernstein's advice to BP regarding a number of strategic transactions, including the acquisition of the majority of BHP's shale oil and gas assets and the sale of its non-operating interests in Alaska's Kuparuk oilfields. James L Cooper is assisting longstanding client Cristal with the proposed sale of its titanium dioxide business to Tronox for $1.7bn plus a 24% share in the combined entity. Bill Baer, Sonia Kuester Pfaffenroth and counsel Matthew Schultz are also key contacts.

The antitrust attorneys at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton are 'consistently excellent business and legal advisers; they provide practical guidance in an easy-to-understand format' and are described by one client as 'the best in the world overall'. Mark Nelson, Daniel Culley, George Cary, Mark Leddy and Jeremy Calsyn are currently advising T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom on T-Mobile's merger with Sprint. Cary and Kenneth Reinker also represented 21st Century Fox in the $71.3bn acquisition by Walt Disney of some of its assets; newly promoted counsel Cunzhen Huang worked with the firm's Brussels team to advise Disney on the same deal. Also notable are Elaine Ewing - who represented Dow in its blockbuster $130bn merger with DuPont - and Dave Gelfand, who advised Essilor on its merger with Luxottica. Brian Byrne 'truly understands clients' businesses, industries and market dynamics in a way that allows him to provide better counsel' and is also a key contact alongside Leah Brannon. Above-named attorneys are based in Washington DC, while Culley splits his time between Washington DC and Brussels.

Dechert LLP 'is the gold standard for outside counsel', according to one client. The antitrust team is 'responsive, creative, practical and informed' and operates under the joint leadership of Steven Bizar and Michael Weiner in Philadelphia and New York, respectively. In recent highlights, Washington DC-based Mike Cowie is representing CVS Health in its proposed acquisition of health insurer Aetna as well as in its sale of its RxCrossroads unit to McKesson. Fresenius appointed the group to oversee its acquisition of NxStage, and counsel Gregory Luib - who sits in Washington DC - was part of the team which advised American Airlines on its extended partnership with Qantas. Also notable is Craig Falls, who has recently assisted clients in the manufacturing and construction space. Rani Habash was recently promoted to partner in Washington DC, while Paul Denis retired.

Jones Day's Kenneth Field and of counsel Phil Proger recently advised Rite Aid on the acquisition of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory by Walgreens Boots for $4.4bn. In the telecoms space, Houston-based Bruce McDonald represented Level 3 in its $31bn merger with CenturyLink, while Ryan Thomas was active in the healthcare space where he acted for Essilor in its proposed merger with Luxottica. On the merger litigation front, John Majoras and Michael Gleason defended Parker Hannifin in a DOJ investigation arising from its completed acquisition of Clarcor. Aimee DeFilippo was recently promoted to partner and oversaw GE's $2.6bn sale of GE Industrial to ABB. Other key contacts include New York-based global practice co-head Craig Waldman and Michael Knight; Knight led the advice to Calgon Carbon regarding its $1.3bn all-cash acquisition by Kuraray. David Wales joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's recent highlights include advising Ainsworth Lumber on its $760m acquisition by Norbord, and representing Becton Dickinson in its $12.2bn acquisition of CareFusion. The group also acted for Broadcom in its $37bn acquisition by Avago Technologies, and EMC appointed the firm to oversee its $67bn takeover by Dell. Tara Reinhart and Steven Sunshine are some of the main names to note in Washington DC, while in New York, key contacts include Clifford Aronson and Maria Raptis.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the 'expertise and technical capabilities are extraordinary' and the team's 'practical approach to complex legal issues is always on target'. Clients have rated Jeff White in particular as an adviser who is 'beyond excellent'. In recent highlights, Steven Newborn collaborated with Brianne Kucerik to advise Scripps on its cash-and-stock acquisition by Discovery. Steven Bernstein and Jeffrey Perry were part of the team which assisted Walgreens Boots with its acquisition of 1,932 stores and related assets from Rite Aid. John Scribner works with Sanofi and recently oversaw a number of strategic transactions for the client alongside New York's corporate expert Michael Aiello. Other key clients include Allergan, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson and CoStar. Unless otherwise stated, attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Baker Botts L.L.P.'s antitrust practice 'is backed by a strong team' and is 'great at delivering highly responsive advice'. Stephen Weissman 'excels at providing professional judgment' and 'is unafraid to take a stand even in tight situations'; he jointly leads the US practice with John Taladay. One client praises Joseph Ostoyich as 'one of the best antitrust counselors'. In a recent highlight, he acted for Ingevity in its acquisition of Georgia Pacific's Pine Chemicals business. Weissman advised Indorama alongside 'solid junior partner' Michael Perry on the antitrust aspects of its joint venture with Alpek and Far Eastern Investment to acquire out of bankruptcy the plastics manufacturing assets of M&G Chemicals. Also notable are Paul Cuomo, who assisted clients such as Liberty Media and RealPage, and Mark Botti and Anthony Swisher, who recently arrived from Squire Patton Boggs. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Christine Varney leads the merger control practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, which recently welcomed former US district judge Katherine Forrest. The group was recently appointed by Akorn to oversee its pending sale to Fresenius Kabi, and Varney acted for Alere in its sale to Abbott Laboratories. Also notable are Margaret Segall D’Amico, who represented Jose Cuervo in the antitrust issues arising from its acquisition of the Pendleton Whiskey brand assets from Hood River Distillers, and Julie North, who handled Crown Castle's acquisition of Lightower from Berkshire Partners, Pamlico Partners and other investors. Recent-made partner Vanessa Lavely is also a key name.

The merger control team at Crowell & Moring LLP is praised for its 'very pragmatic approach and good sense for business and economic issues'. The team 'truly takes the time to understand its clients' risk tolerance, interests and overall objectives' and was recently strengthened by the arrival of Juan Arteaga from the DOJ in New York, and Alexis Gilman from the FTC in Washington DC. The 'very smooth and likable' Wm. Randolph Smith 'works very hard' and recently collaborated with practice co-heads Shawn Johnson and Shari Ross Lahlou and New York's 'excellent, responsive and pragmatic' Olivier Antoine to defend AT&T in litigation challenging its vertical merger with Time Warner. United Technologies recently appointed the group to oversee its $30bn acquisition of Rockwell Collins, and Humana engaged a team led by Johnson to clear two recent private equity-backed acquisitions in the healthcare space. Counsel Megan Wolf 'always has a great grasp of the details' and is also a name to note. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise stated.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has an especially standout track record in the financial sector, but also works on headline matters in other sectors. Recent examples include acting for Aetna in relation to its $77bn acquisition by CVS Health, and advising Syngenta on its high-profile takeover by ChemChina. The team also acted for Suez as divestiture buyer in its $3.4bn acquisition of GE Water & Process Technologies from GE as part of the latter's takeover of Baker Hughes. In other highlights, Jon Leibowitz was part of the team which advised Comcast on a number of strategic transactions, and Ronan Harty collaborated with Howard Shelanski to assist Emerson with a number of deals. On the contentious front, Washington DC-based Jesse Solomon is defending Fibria in its contested merger with Suzano Papel e Celuose. Arthur Burke jointly leads the practice with Menlo Park-based Christopher Hockett. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP recently advised Bain Capital and its portfolio companies on the antitrust aspects of a number of strategic transactions, and Blackstone appointed the group to handle its partnership with its portfolio company Alight and Wipro. Out of Washington DC, Mark Kovner, Jeffrey Ayer and Marin Boney advised Boeing on its acquisition of KLX and its proposed takeover of Millennium Space Systems. Also notable is Matthew Reilly, who was part of the team which guided Spectrum Brands through the sale of its battery and lighting business to Energizer. In New York, Ian John led advice to Charter Communications regarding its creation of a 50/50 operating platform partnership with Comcast. Katherine Rocco and Peter McCormack are also contacts to note in New York. Key names in Chicago include James Mutchnik and Luke Ruse, who are defending Citadel Securities as a third party in a DOJ investigation into the announced purchase of NEX by CME.

The 'excellent' antitrust team at Latham & Watkins LLP 'has outstanding knowledge of the agencies, is efficient in its work process, and fields a deep bench of more-than-capable associates'. Global practice co-head Amanda Reeves, Jason Cruise and counsel Alan Devlin 'are superstars; they are smart, efficient and practical'. Agrium (now Nutrien) appointed a team led by Michael Egge, recently promoted partner Farrell Malone and Reeves to obtain clearance for its merger of equals with Potash. In San Francisco, Karen Silverman and client-recommended counsel Jason Daniels are currently representing home security company Ring in the antitrust aspects of its acquisition by Amazon for over $1bn. Also notable are counsel Sydney Smith, who advised Siemens on the US aspects of its merger of equals with Alstom, and San Francisco's Christopher Yates, who co-heads the global practice with Reeves.

The 'very experienced and competent' team at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP adopts a 'creative and hands-on approach' to service its enviable, diverse client roster. The 'outstanding' Sara Razi recently advised K2M on its $1.4bn merger with Stryker, and the 'competent and always available' counsel Ellen Frye is working with Peter Guryan in New York to represent L3 in the merger review of its announced merger of equals with Harris. Guryan is also working alongside counsel Richard Jamgochian to assist First Data with the antitrust aspects of its acquisition by Fiserv in an all-stock transaction. Practice head Peter Thomas and Andrew Lacy represented Daimler and BMW in their proposed mobility services joint venture. Other key clients include Bayer, Boeing, Mars and Taiyo Nippon Sansa. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

The 'very service-focused and responsive' team at White & Case LLP distinguishes itself through 'extraordinary client service' and its 'ability to take very complex matters and quickly provide guidance and tools'. George Paul's 'depth of experience, ability to make the complex simple and business-oriented and succinct approach' make him 'an in-house lawyer's dream'. Anthem recently appointed the group to oversee a number of high-value acquisitions in the health insurance space, as well as high-profile litigation arising from its proposed acquisition of Cigna. Noah Brumfield is leading advice to Delta Electronics regarding a $2.14bn tender offer for Delta Thailand and the associated notification filing before the Chinese authorities. Clients recommend the 'extremely pragmatic' Rebecca Farrington, who 'provides good market context and communications in a way that clients can easily navigate'. Also notable are Eric Grannon, Anna Kertesz, who was recently made partner, and department head Mark Gidley. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC.

At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the antitrust practice is led by Paul Hewitt and the 'expert and responsive' Corey Roush. Roush recently advised 7-Eleven on its $3.3bn takeover of 1,030 convenience from Sunoco, and was also on a team including Fairley Spillman and Gorav Jindal that acted for maritime company Wilhelmsen in its acquisition of Drew Marine. In other highlights, CenterPoint engaged the group to oversee the antitrust aspects of its merger with Vectren to form a leading energy delivery, infrastructure and services company, and Dallas-based Seth Molay represented Diamondback Energy in its acquisition of Energen in an all-stock transaction. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Daniel Abuhoff and Gary Kubek jointly lead the antitrust offering at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP from New York. In recent highlights, the team acted for Discovery in its high-profile, high-value acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, and a team including counsel Erica Weisgerber advised TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Strowe on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Kindred Healthcare. Other key names in New York include Michael Schaper and Kyra Bromley. In Washington DC, Ted Hassi joined the practice from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

The largely Washington DC-based team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP bolstered its offering in 2018 through the hire of Eric Mahr from the DOJ and the promotion to counsel of Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum. KLX engaged Paul Yde - who leads the team - to oversee the acquisition of its Aerospace Solutions Group by Boeing, and Messer and CVC appointed Yde as 'up-front buyers' to handle their joint acquisition of the majority of Linde's industrial gas businesses in North America. Counsel Hiram Andrews sits in New York and recently acted for Novartis in its acquisition of AveXis, while Mary Lehner advised Starbucks on the antitrust aspects of a perpetual license to Nestlé for the right to sell Starbucks products through the packaged consumer goods channels. Other key clients include Johnson & Johnson, Continental and Mars.

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a Texas-based team led by Sean Royall, Mike Raiff and Rob Walters secured a full win for AT&T in its contested $106bn acquisition of Time Warner. In other highlights, Washington DC-based Adam Di Vincenzo is leading the advice to Southern Company regarding its sale of Gulf Power, Florida City Gas and the entities holding its interests in Plant Oleander and Plant Stanton to NextEra Energy. Recently promoted partner Richard Cunningham sits in Denver and was part of the team advising a major car manufacturer alongside Los Angeles partners Maurice Suh and Jay Srinivasan on its joint venture with a foreign competitor to operate a plant in the US. Cynthia Richman in Washington DC is also a key name to note. The US antitrust department, which is jointly led by Royall, Washington DC's Scott Hammond and Daniel Swanson, who sits in Los Angeles, was recently bolstered by the arrival in DC of Richard Parker from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

The 'lean team' at Goodwin 'punches above its weight' and 'has substantial agency experience'. The 'top-notch practical, effective and efficient' lawyers 'routinely handle high-profile and complex transactions across a good number of industry sectors' under the leadership of 'real star' Andrea Murino and Christopher Holding in Washington DC. The independent directors of Sprint recently appointed a team of Murino and 'impressive merger practitioner' Paul Jin - who recently joined from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - to advise on its merger with T-Mobile. In other highlights, the group is representing a number of individual healthcare providers in their efforts to merge and form the second-largest healthcare system in Eastern Massachusetts. In Boston, counsel Kirby Lewis is a key name to note.

The 'highly responsive and capable' merger control team at Hogan Lovells US LLP 'is extremely responsive to the needs of clients, very practical and always achieves outstanding results'. Practice head Joseph Krauss 'is a merger control expert and embodies these qualities'; he recently teamed up with practice head Edith Ramirez to assist Orbital ATK with its $9.2bn sale to Northrop Grumman. In other highlights, Logan Breed led the advice to Marvell regarding its high-profile acquisition of Cavium, and Leigh Oliver represented PPG as lead customer witness for the FTC in its challenge to the proposed merger of Tronox and Cristal. Also notable is Andrew Lee, who 'is able to communicate effectively with Korean businesses' and recently acted for SM Line as a third party in the DOJ's investigation into a three-way merger of three major ocean shipping companies. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Mayer Brown fields merger control experts such as the 'responsive, insightful and practical' William Stallings, who has 'strong knowledge of antitrust issues in the airline industry'. Mark Ryan leads the group from Washington DC.

The 'excellent' antitrust group at McDermott Will & Emery LLP 'is uniquely effective in its analysis of regulatory issues', as well as 'exceptionally practical and solutions-oriented'. Especially noted are practice head Raymond Jacobsen, Jr. and Jon Dubrow who 'stand out from other excellent antitrust lawyers in their ability blend business needs with regulatory demands and formulate a strategy that is sensible and credible'. The pair recently collaborated with Gregory Heltzer to secure clearance on behalf of Martin Marietta Materials' $1.68bn acquisition of Bluegrass Materials, and Joel Grosberg oversaw Motorola's all-cash takeover of Aviglion. The firm's stellar client roster also includes names such as Impax, Lockheed Martin and Mountain States Health. Other key names include Jeffrey Brennan, Daniel Powers, Chicago's Stephen Wu, and William Diaz, who sits in Orange County. Unless otherwise stated, attorneys are based in Washington DC.

The antitrust team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP was recently strengthened in Washington DC by the arrival of Ryan Kantor from the DOJ. Also in the team in DC, Jonathan Rich recently led a team including David Brenneman and Willard Tom to handle the antitrust aspects of several transactions by private equity firm Apollo Global. In New York, Harry Robins oversaw a number of transactions in the financial services sector, and represented Aramark in its $1bn acquisition of AmeriPride Services. Other notable clients include AmeriHealth Caritas, Comcast, the Dr Pepper Snapple group and Merck & Co.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's merger control offering, which is jointly led by Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons in Washington DC, was recently strengthened by the arrival of experienced litigator and antitrust expert Benjamin Singer from the DOJ. Los Angeles-based Daniel Petrocelli, as well as Katrina Robson and Kenneth O’Rourke in Washington DC, acted as lead trial counsel to AT&T and Time Warner, defending their vertical merger against the DOJ. Also notable in DC is Courtney Dyer, who represented longstanding client Microsemi in its $10.4bn acquisition by Microchip Technology. Other key clients include a number of major airlines, ExxonMobil and Humana. Richard Parker and Ted Hassi moved to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP respectively.

Paul Hastings LLP's antitrust practice is led by Scott Hataway and Michael Wise, who was recently promoted to counsel. In recent highlights, GI Partners appointed the group to oversee its concurrent acquisitions of two eDiscovery platforms as well as its takeover of California Cryobank and Cord Blood Registry. Hataway and Wise also acted for Integrated DNA Technologies in its $1.9bn sale to Danaher, and Wise advised Netsmart on its acquisition of Change Healthcare Home Care and Hospice Solutions from McKesson. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of associate Noah Pinegar from the FTC.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's team 'is smart with a strong bench' and is 'driven and supported' by 'fantastic lawyer' Charles Rule, who 'grasps issues promptly and provides incisive counsel'. Washington DC-based Jonathan Kanter and Jay Cohen in the New York office are currently representing Altice as an interested party in T-Mobile's high-profile acquisition of Sprint, while Aidan Synnott continues to advise Automatic Data Processing on a number of strategic acquisitions in the digital finance space. Also notable is Washington DC's Andrew Forman, who is working with Rule, Kanter and the 'excellent' Daniel Howley to oversee Cigna's $67bn acquisition of Express Scripts.

Shearman & Sterling LLP fields 'an elite team, confidently led by David Higbee', which 'sees around corners that other outfits just can't seem to'. New York's Jessica Delbaum 'is very proactive in her approach' and Ben Gris - who recently joined from the FTC - 'has a unique first-hand merger litigation experience and knows the regulators inside out'. The team advised LyondellBasell on its acquisition of high-performance material supplier A. Shulman, and assisted Glatfelter - led by Delbaum - with its acquisition of Georgie-Pacific's European nonwoven business. Also notable is of counsel Wayne Collins, who splits his time between New York and Washington DC, and is 'the rare kind of lawyer who is at home with regulators, CEOs, economists and can communicate on every level'. Gris and Higbee are based in Washington DC.

Vinson & Elkins LLP strengthened its offering through the hires of Darren Tucker, Hill Wellford and counsel Greg Wells from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and also promoted Lindsey Vaala to counsel. Google recently engaged the firm to handle a number of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, while William Vigdor and Houston-based James Reeder represented Plains All-American Pipeline in litigation arising from the sale of its crude oil and gasoline terminals to an affiliate of Valero Energy. In other highlights, Vigdor and senior associate David Smith advised Sunoco on its strategic divestiture of over a thousand retail fuel outlets to 7-Eleven. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

At Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York, Nathaniel Asker and special counsel Aleksandr Livshits 'are excellent attorneys with particular strength in asset management, which is a rarity in the world of antitrust'; they are 'exceptionally responsive and client-focused'. The pair recently represented Landmark and its subsidiary Dominion Enterprises in its sale of ForRent to CoStar, and collaborated with the London office to advise Aleris on its acquisition by Novelis. Permira Funds also appointed the group to handle a number of its transactions, including its takeover of Cisco's service provider video software solutions business and its sale of the Magento Commerce e-platform to Adobe.

Linklaters LLP 'has a deep bench of experienced antitrust attorneys, which enables it to provide unique insights to its clients'. Tom McGrath leads the New York-based group and recently teamed up with counsel Antonia Sherman to advise Linde on the global antitrust aspects of its proposed merger of equals with Praxair. In other highlights, Takeda Pharmaceutical appointed the team to oversee its high-profile acquisition of Shire, and Washington DC's Jeff Schmidt assisted Western Refining with its acquisition by Tesoro. Douglas Tween is also a key name to note in New York.

Jeff Jaeckel is a key name to note in Morrison & Foerster LLP's antitrust team, which recently welcomed Vishal Mehta from Baker Botts L.L.P., Lisa Phelan from the DOJ and of counsel Megan Gerking from Covington & Burling LLP. Jaeckel is currently working alongside David Meyer as lead counsel to Sprint and SoftBank regarding Spint's blockbuster merger with T-Mobile. Also notable is the firm's work for Infineon Technologies in its cross-border sale of its radio frequency power business division to Cree, and Jaeckel's advice to Fujifilm on its proposed acquisition of Xerox. Associate Kerry Jones is also a key name to note in the Washington DC office, where all named attorneys are based.

The senior ranks at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP were recently strengthened by the arrival of Amy Ray from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Longstanding client Microsoft recently appointed a team led by Alex Okuliar and James Tierney to oversee its acquisition of software development platform GitHub, and the pair also advised Cisco on the DOJ investigation into its acquisition of Viptela. The team, led by Jay Jurata, has a particular strength in the technology space but has also handled significant merger clearance work in the energy space. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Ropes & Gray LLP's merger control team 'is skilled and takes a practical, reasoned approach to complex issues, and has particular strength in private equity and healthcare'. Client-recommended counsel Deidre Johnson, who is based in Boston, recently teamed up with Michael McFalls to assist Bain Capital with a number of transactions, including its consortium acquisition of Toshiba's memory business. In the healthcare space, Jane Willis and Jonathan Klarfeld are representing Emory Healthcare in its strategic partnership with DeKalb Medical in Atlanta, and McFalls continues to advise clients such as Wright Medical and Hartford Healthcare. Clients also recommend senior associate Simone Waterbury, and Boston-based associates Kevin Walsh and Derek Yee. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz handles antitrust issues arising from high-profile cross-border transactions. Previous work highlights include advising Broadcom on its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm, and assisting Danone with the antitrust aspects of its takeover of WhiteWave. Key names to note include Damian Didden, Ilene Gotts and Nelson Fitts.

WilmerHale recently acted for three main container line shipping companies in the creation of a joint venture under the supervision of Thomas Mueller, Hartmut Schneider and Perry Lange. Also notable is Jamie Gorelick, who led advice to multiple major telecoms providers in relation to a high-profile merger in the telecoms industry. All named partners are based in Washington DC.

Elaine Johnston and her team at Allen & Overy LLP 'have unsurpassed expertise coupled with impressive knowledge of their clients' businesses', which 'allows them to provide deeply informed and tailored advice in the M&A space'. In recent highlights, Fresenius Kabi appointed the group to oversee its acquisition of Akorn, and Johnston led the advice to credit card processing company Worldpay regarding its high-value merger with Vantiv, a US merchant acquirer.

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider's team recently acted for Silver Lake in its merger with competitor Learfield, which received a second request from the DOJ. In other highlights, San Francisco's Daniel Bitton and Washington DC's recently promoted partner Jeny Maier led advice to McKesson regarding its acquisition of RxCrossRoads from CVS as well as its takeover of Medical Specialties Distributor. Tiffany Rider and Peter Herrick are recent recruits, having joined, respectively, in Washington DC and New York from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. John Harkrider jointly leads the team with Washington DC-based John Briggs. Other key names include Michael Keeley in DC and Richard Dagan. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Baker McKenzie LLP recently advised Spanish Parques Reunidos Group on its acquisition of the Brandenburg leisure resort Tropical Islands, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board appointed the group to oversee its strategic investment into a Japan-focused logistics private real estate fund. Mark Hamer leads the team from Washington DC; other key names include Craig Lee, Brian Burke, David Clanton and Teisha Johnson.

Bracewell LLP 'has excellent technical skills and extensive experience in antitrust matters'. The group is led by New York-based Daniel Hemli, who has 'outstanding technical knowledge', is 'efficient and handles legal matters productively'. Recent highlights mainly involve advising on the antitrust aspects of high-value transactions in the energy and oil and gas industry, such as Harvest Midstream's acquisition of assets in the San Juan Basin Four Corners area from Williams Partners. Other key clients include Great Plains Energy, Hydro One and Apache.

Tembec appointed the antitrust team at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, led by Elai Katz, to oversee its acquisition by Rayonier, a transaction which required merger clearance in several jurisdictions. In other highlights, Katz acted for Envigo in its ultimately abandoned acquisition by Avista, and counsel Lauren Rackow was part of the team which advised underwriters of high-yield debt on the financing of a number of major acquisitions; these included the landmark merger between T-Mobile and Sprint as well as Red Ventures' high-value acquisition of Bankrate. Named attorneys are based in New York.

Jacqueline Grise leads the antitrust offering at Cooley LLP from Washington DC ans has particular expertise in healthcare, medical devices, media and other high-tech industries. Recent highlights include acting for Gray Television in its acquisition of Raycom for $3.65bn, and Adaptive Insights' $1.55bn sale to Workday. Other key names include Howard Morse and Marc Schildkraut.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's antitrust team recently represented the Sinclair Group in its ultimately abandoned merger with Tribune Media, under the supervision of practice head William Kolasky. Other highlights included securing clearance for significant mergers in the travel management and mining sectors. Also notable are Robert Bell and associate Kristin Millay, who are based in Washington DC along with Kolasky.

From New York, Robin Adelstein heads Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP's antitrust and competition practice, which recently welcomed senior counsel Gerald Stein from the FTC. In recent highlights, Washington DC-based Daniel Wellington is handling the antitrust aspects of a proposed worldwide transaction that would combine two leading providers of cybersecurity services. Layne Kruse, Darryl Anderson and Marc Collier are the main names to note in Texas.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's William Rooney 'is particularly outstanding, thorough and keen to understand the client's business'. He jointly leads the 'extremely methodical, extremely thorough, and extremely patient' team with Jeffrey Korn. Also notable is Wesley Powell, who acted as US antitrust counsel to CRF Health in connection with its acquisition by Genstar Capital. In other highlights, Silver Creek appointed the firm to oversee its takeover of Genesis Energy's crude oil transport infrastructure in Wyoming's Powder River basin. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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