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Dechert LLP

CIRCA CENTRE, 2929 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104-2808, USA
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Steven E Bizar

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Dechert LLP

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Litigation

Career

Steven E. Bizar, co-leader of Dechert's antitrust/competition practice, is a first chair trial lawyer well regarded for his success in the defense of antitrust class action and Section 1 Sherman act cases and his trial of complex commercial disputes in court and before arbitrators. His more than two decades of experience span a diverse range of antitrust and trade regulation, contracts and business torts, government investigations, insurance and reinsurance, securities and corporate governance matters.

Member

Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Member, The Lawyers Club of Philadelphia; Member, Litigation and Antitrust Sections, American Bar Association; Member, President and Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Bar Foundation; Member, Board of Visitors, Columbia Law School; Harlan Fiske Stone Council, Columbia Law School; Member, Dean’s Development Council, Columbia Law School; Member, Alumni Association, Columbia Law School

Education

Brandeis University, B.S., 1984, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Brandeis University, M.A., 1987; Columbia Law School, J.D., 1988, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar


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.

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Merger control

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 lawyerPaul 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 Litwin joined from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

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