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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Frankfurt, London, New York, Washington DC

Michael Anstett

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Litigation, False Claims Act and FIRREA, Litigation, Government, White Collar Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations, Aerospace & Defense


Mr. Anstett focuses on the representation of government contractors, including major defense and aerospace clients, in a wide range of matters involving bid protests, regulatory compliance, and suspension and debarment proceedings. He regularly advises as government contracts counsel in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and joint venture transactions involving aerospace and defense companies. He also represents government contractors in fraud investigations and False Claims Act qui tam litigation and also counsels clients on contract formation and post-award matters, government audits, export control compliance, government contracts due diligence, Procurement Integrity Act and Freedom of Information Act disputes, and voluntary disclosures.


Mr. Anstett joined Fried Frank in 2000.


Mr. Anstett has been the Chair of the Legal Committee for the Procurement Division of the National Defense Industrial Association for the past two years. He is a vice chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law, and he is a member of Law360’s Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board for 2018-2019. Mr. Anstett often lectures and writes on government contract matters, and, along with Mr. McCullough, he annually co-authors a chapter on US procurement in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Public Procurement (Global Legal Group, 2018).


Mr. Anstett received his JD from Duke University School of Law in 1999 and his BA from the University of Portland, maxima cum laude, in 1996.

United States: Government

Government contracts

Within: Government contracts

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP provides ‘a superior service’ in the field of M&A transactions for government contractors, notably in the aerospace and defense sectors. The group has an established reputation for handling some of the most high-profile transactional deals; a recent example was advising Jacobs Engineering Group on its successful $3.3bn acquisition of CH2M. Bid protests and FCA cases are other cornerstone areas of expertise for the team; Douglas Baruch, who heads the firm’s False Claims Act practice, defended military container subtractor Advanced Containment Systems in an FCA investigation and qui tam suit concerning allegations of falsely certified quality assurance standards. In July 2017 Jerald Howe left to join Leidos and of counsel James McCullough, who is ‘very precise’, took over as head of the government contracts practice. Michael Anstett is another name to note.

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