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Paul T Denis
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Paul T. Denis focuses his practice on mergers and other business combinations under antitrust scrutiny. Combining unique insights from his government tenure in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice with diverse private sector experience, Mr. Denis advises on the antitrust implications of business practices, structures transactions to obviate competition law and Hart-Scott-Rodino issues, quietly resolves the most sensitive and complex government investigations, and forcefully litigates to achieve the results needed by his clients.
Member, American Bar Association; Member, International Bar Association
Villanova University, B.A., 1980, summa cum laude; University of Michigan, M.A., 1983; University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1984, cum laude
United States: Antitrust
Civil litigation/class actions
Within: Civil litigation/class actions
Dechert LLP has a prominent standing in contentious merger matters. In a recent example, Paul Denis, deputy chair of the firm’s global litigation practice, and Mike Cowie led advice to General Electric in contesting the DOJ’s challenge to its proposed $3.3bn sale of GE Appliances to Sweden’s Electrolux; the transaction was ultimately aborted. On the class actions side, Philadelphia-based Christine Levin successfully obtained, for key client R.W. Sauder, the dismissal of a motion to certify a class by a putative class of indirect purchasers alleging that producers of eggs and egg products conspired to reduce supply. Other clients include American Airlines and Dow. Paul Friedman, who like Denis and Cowie is located in Washington DC, and New York-based Michael Weiner are also recommended. Steven Bizar, an experienced antitrust and trade regulation litigator, joined from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in February 2016.
Within: Leading lawyers
Paul Denis - Dechert LLP
Within: Merger control
Dechert LLP’s US antitrust practice, which operates across 13 offices, continues to be active on large and complex deals, among them 15 transactions worth more than $1bn. ‘Very good lawyer’ Paul Denis took the lead in securing FTC clearance for the $9.4bn merger of Albertsons and Safeway. In another highlight, James Fishkin was part of the team advising Dollar Tree on its $8.5bn acquisition of Family Dollar, two of the largest discount merchandise store chains in the US. The group also represented Fibertech in its sale to Lightower, which turned two leading independent providers of fiber optic cables in the Northeast into a Northeast and Mid-Atlantic powerhouse. Philadelphia-based George Gordon and Michael Weiner in New York head the department. Craig Falls was promoted to partner, and trial lawyer Steven Bizar joined the firm’s Philadelphia office after leaving Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Since publication,
Ethan Litwinjoined from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.