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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

1285 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10019-6064, USA
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Aidan Synnott

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Work 212-373-3213
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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Work Department

Litigation, Antitrust, IP Litigation: Copyright & Trademark, Securities Litigation

Position

http://www.paulweiss.com/professionals/partners-and-counsel/aidan-synnott.aspx

Education

LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, 1989; B.L., The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, 1987; B.C.L., National University of Ireland (University College Cork), 1985


United States: Antitrust

Cartel

Within: Cartel

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘very capable and experienced’ group was significantly strengthened by the addition of a team from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, including Charles Rule, Andrew Forman, Joseph Bial and Jonathan Kanter. The firm particularly stands out in global investigations involving multiple regulators. Highlights included handling Libor and ISDAfix investigations (and related civil litigation) for Deutsche Bank, and acting for Europe Chemi-Con in a European Commission investigation into price-fixing in the capacitors industry. Kenneth Gallo, Aidan Synnott in New York and Joseph Simons are also recommended.

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Civil litigation/class actions

Within: Civil litigation/class actions

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s team, comprising ‘excellent business lawyers’, stands out for high-value, bet-the-company litigation. Aidan Synnott (New York) and Joseph Simons are among several ‘top-level litigators with experience across a wide range of issues’. Illustrative of the firm’s stellar reputation in antitrust litigation, it has longstanding relationships with notable clients such as Becton, Dickinson and Company and The Nielsen Company. Charles Rule, who joined the firm along with a team of other antitrust lawyers from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, worked with Kenneth Gallo and various other team members to represent Cigna in a lawsuit brought by the DOJ and several states arising from its proposed $54bn merger with Anthem. The firm also advised the same client on Aetna’s proposed $37bn acquisition of Humana, which was challenged by the DOJ and several states. Another highlight for the firm included representing Sharp Corporation and Sharp Electronics in opt-out litigation initiated by Motorola Mobility, arising from the client’s alleged involvement in a global cartel connected with liquid crystal displays. David Bernick (New York) made partner. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC except where otherwise specified.

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Merger control

Within: Merger control

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s diverse practice spans advisory work, pre-merger filings and second request investigations, as well as merger litigation. Moses Silverman and Aidan Synnott acted for Pace Plc in the DOJ’s investigation into the client’s proposed $2.1bn takeover by ARRIS, which was cleared in December 2015. In 2016, the sizable team was strengthened by the arrival in Washington DC of partners Charles Rule, Joseph Bial, Andrew Forman, Jonathan Kanter and a group of other lawyers from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Rule and Kanter are currently handling various antitrust matters for Monsanto arising from its $66bn takeover by Bayer, which recently included a regulatory review and a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Joseph Simons (Washington DC) and Jacqueline Rubin are other notable individuals. Unless otherwise stated, named attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

A ‘go-to New York law firm for litigation and regulatory investigations’, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPprovides the highest level of service’ to a broad range of clients across the financial services, technology, media, sports, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. ‘Well-connected’ firm chair Brad Karp maintains a broad commercial and securities litigation practice; he and Bruce Birenboim and Elizabeth Sacksteder are defending AXA Equitable Life Insurance in a putative class action in the Southern District of New York that followed a 2013 report by the New York State Department of Financial Services on captive reinsurance. Time Warner Cable is another significant client; teams led by Jay Cohen, Jacqueline Rubin and Aidan Synnott have been representing it in two antitrust investigations and a shareholder dispute concerning corporate transactions. Leslie Fagen and Jack Baughman are also recommended. All partners are based in New York.

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