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Katherine Rocco is an antitrust and competition partner in Kirkland’s New York office. Kate’s practice includes antitrust litigation, merger clearance and cartel investigations. Kate has managed complex litigations through trial and appeal and secured regulatory clearances for multi-billion dollar transactions. Kate has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Fordham University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009, Editor, Fordham Law Review, Order of the Coif, Wilkinson Scholar; The George Washington University, B.A., Economics & International Affairs, magna cum laude, 2005, Presidential Scholar, University Honors Program.

United States: Antitrust

Merger control

Within: Merger control

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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