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Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Stephen Weissman

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Baker Botts L.L.P.

Work Department

Litigation/ Antitrust Group/ White Collar & Corporate Investigations Group

Position

Stephen Weissman is co-chair of Baker Botts’ Antitrust practice. He recently returned to the firm after serving as the Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition from 2013-2015, where he was involved in the agency’s review of hundreds of merger and non-merger investigations and enforcement actions, covering a wide range of industries. He was lead trial counsel for the FTC in its challenge of a $3.5 billion merger between Sysco Corp. and U.S. Foods Inc. In private practice, he represents companies in high-stakes mergers and antitrust litigation.

Languages

English

Member

District of Columbia Bar; Maryland State Bar; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit; United States District Courts for the District of Maryland, District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia

Education

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1994; B.A., Tufts University, 1991


United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

In 2016, Baker Botts L.L.P. represented Royal Philips in landmark multi-district litigation (MDL), in which it successfully pleaded the client’s withdrawal from an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among cathode ray tube (CRT) manufacturers. The firm also previously assisted the client with avoiding a fine in a related DOJ investigation. Elsewhere, it acts for clients in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations and matters before the European Commission, among other antitrust authorities. John Taladay and Stephen Weissman are co-chairs of the antitrust practice, which also includes the highly regarded Joseph Ostoyich, Erik Koons and James Rill.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Although Baker Botts L.L.P.’s civil antitrust litigation work is primarily weighted towards representing defendants, it also handles a notable share of opt-out cases and class action work for plaintiffs. The firm has undertaken a significant amount of work for Royal Philips recently; in a recent highlight, John Taladay, Erik Koons, Van Beckwith (Dallas) and Stuart Plunkett (San Francisco) assisted the client with obtaining a landmark summary judgment in an MDL involving allegations of a global price-fixing conspiracy among manufacturers of cathode ray tubes (CRTs). The firm has also handled mandates for clients such as McWane Inc, Eaton Corporation and Harold Levinson Associates. Stephen Weissman, Joseph Ostoyich (‘the consummate consigliere in terms of client service’), James Kress and William Lavery are among other notable partners in the team, which saw Tom Dillickrath join the FTC as deputy chief trial counsel. Plunkett, who has particular expertise in representing technology companies in antitrust disputes, joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s highly regarded team, which is led by Stephen Weissman and John Taladay, also includes Sean Boland, who ‘knows how to orchestrate a persuasive presentation to the agencies’ and Paul Cuomo. Also recommended is Joseph Ostoyich, who has ‘excellent recall, in-depth knowledge and exceptionally good judgment’. Recent highlights included advising Boehringer Ingelheim on the antitrust aspects of a complex $12.6bn asset swap transaction with Sanofi, and assisting Liberty Media with obtaining multi-jurisdictional clearances for its $8bn acquisition of Formula One from a consortium of sellers led by CVC. Michael Perry joined the firm in 2016, having previously served as counsel to the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Stuart Plunkett joined in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where indicated otherwise.

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