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Matt focuses on a wide range of antitrust matters, including antitrust litigation, complex transactions and antitrust counseling and government investigations. Representative clients include ISDA, Office Depot, Amgen, Tyco, Siris, Tronox, Lorillard, Heineken, Priceline, HCA, TE Connectivity, Abbott, StubHub, Sears, Best Buy, and Comdata.


Former Assistant Director, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Mergers IV Division (2007-2012); Deputy Assistant Director, Mergers I Division (2004-2007). Awarded the Chairman’s Award (the FTC’s highest honor) for numerous successes in high-profile litigations.


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1995; Duke University, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, M.A., 1991; Colby College, B.A., 1988.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong track record negotiating clearances of complex multibillion-dollar transactions with significant competition issues. Ian John, Peter McCormack, Chicago-based James Mutchnik and others advised Bain Capital on its $3.2bn carve-out acquisition of Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division, and also its food hygiene and cleaning business. The team also assisted the same client with the $1.2bn sale of Consolidated Container Company to Loews Corporation. Illustrative of its other work, John and Katherine Rocco acted as antitrust counsel to AkzoNobel in its successful defense against an unsolicited takeover attempt by PPG in 2017. Matthew Reilly, Mark Kovner, Marin Boney and recent hire Carla Hine (who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in 2017) are among the practitioners based in Washington DC. Named individuals are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

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