Merger control in United States

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter has outstanding depth of experience in guiding household name clients through merger clearances across the globe. Debbie Feinstein and Jonathan Gleklen co-chair the department from Washington DC, where all following team member sit unless stated otherwise. Feinstein focuses her practice on merger and acquisition reviews by enforcement agencies in the US and beyond, advising stellar clients from a broad array of industries. Obtaining antitrust clearance for mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations is also the pivotal point of Michael B. Bernstein's personal workload. The New York-based Scott Lent combines his sports law practice with advising on antitrust-related issues in connection with obtaining regulatory transaction approval. Key support comes from counsel Justin Hedge, who is particularly active for clients from retail, technology, as well as food and drink industries.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Feinstein; Jonathan Gleklen

Key clients

AbbVie

GE

Altria

BP

NxStage

Boston Scientific

Cristal USA

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Reyes Holding

Kroger

American Securities

Novartis

Work highlights

  • Representing AbbVie in its $63bn acquisition of Allergan.
  • Represented GE in GE Transportation’s $11bn merger with Wabtec.
  • Represented BP in its acquisition of BHP’s onshore oil and gas business for $10.5bn.
  • Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb in its $74bn acquisition of Celgene.
  • Representing Altria in its $12.8bn acquisition of 35% of JUUL Labs.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

The merger practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton undertakes the full range of cross-border matters including Chinese merger reviews and advice to global competition authorities on mergers between other companies. Operating entirely out of the firm's Washington DC office, the US team is frequently sought out by multinationals to handle blockbuster transactions. The eminent George Cary represents companies from a wide array of sectors in industry-transforming transactions. A focus of Jeremy Calsyn's personal practice is the coordination of mergers requiring regulatory approval in dozens of jurisdictions. Mark Nelson's global practice involves merger cases before the European Commission and national authorities throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Involved in all three antitrust disciplines, Dave Gelfand handles transactions in a wide range of industries. Daniel Culley, who also has a desk in Brussels, focuses on high-tech sector and two-sided markets. Combining M&A with her antitrust litigation practice, Elaine Ewing is another key figure of the team. Kenneth Reinker fields deep know-how in telecommunications and mass media as well as financial industry, pharmaceuticals and technology.

Testimonials

‘Best-in-class in terms of service, talent and capability. Outstanding work on novel and extremely complex issues.’

‘Truly outstanding firm in the US, Europe and globally. Works very well together. ‘

‘Cleary is very adept at managing global deals and has great relationships with local firms around the world.’

‘Cleary offers practical and creative strategies and clear, realistic advice. They have tremendous credibility with enforcers. In short, Cleary is as good as it gets in this space.’

‘Jeremy Calsyn and Ken Reinker are two of the finest attorneys I have worked with in any practice area. Great thinkers and thought partners, but are also action-oriented and focused on helping the client and its business achieve its goals. Offer practical and insightful advice and solutions.’ 

‘Brian Byrne and Elaine Ewing are exceptional merger lawyers.’

‘They understand our business and the complexities of an international presence.’

‘Very business and practical-oriented. Consistently cut through the fog to get to the core issue.’  

‘Elaine Ewing and Lisa Danzig are always available and efficient with time. Work product is of exceptional quality.’

Key clients

Fox Corp.

Keurig

Sabre

Whirlpool

T-Mobile US

JUUL Labs, Inc.

Essilor

Molson Coors

Commercial Metals Company

Work highlights

  • Secured merger clearance as lead antitrust counsel to T-Mobile and parent company Deutsche Telekom in connection with T-Mobile’s monumental merger with Sprint Corporation for $56 billion
  • Represented 21st Century Fox on U.S. antitrust matters related to Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, including Fox’s film and television studios and its cable and international TV businesses, after the spin-off of other Fox businesses
  • Representing JUUL Labs on the antitrust aspects of a $12.8 billion investment by Altria Group in JUUL Labs
  • Acted as counsel to Essilor in its merger with Luxottica, a transaction valued at about €46 billion
  • Served as global counsel to Thales in connection with its €4.6 billion tender offer for, and merger with Gemalto

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP offers a full-service and trial-ready merger clearance department, handling multijurisdictional transactions across the globe in collaboration with teams in Brussels, Frankfurt and Paris or local counsel. The team implements the Dechert Antitrust Merger Investigations Timing Tracker ("DAMITT") into its practice to record the duration of merger investigations in the US and EU. Steven Bizar in Philadelphia and Michael Weiner in New York are in joint charge of the stellar team. The latter specializes in merger clearance combined with technology industry know-how. Washington DC is home to four notable practitioners: Mike Cowie is well versed in healthcare and life sciences and James Fishkin shows specific expertise with supermarket chains and other retailers. Guiding companies in structuring joint ventures is a strong suit of Craig Falls' practice and Rani Habash advises on pre-deal risk assessments as well as antitrust provisions with counter parties and litigates merger challenges. Shari Ross Lahlou joined  from Crowell & Moring LLP in April 2019 after Ethan Litwin departed to Constantine Cannon LLP in March of the same year.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bizar; Michael Weiner

Testimonials

‘Craig Falls is extremely knowledgeable and does a fantastic job of ensuring we are always aware of anti-trust cases that could affect our organization. He ensures our planned actions are always in compliance with the law.’

‘Craig and Dechert have an exceptional reputation in the anti-trust world which provides for instant credibility with our suppliers’ attorneys.’

Key clients

One Equity Partners (PeroxyChem)

CVS Health

Fresenius Medical Care

J.H. Whitney & Co.

DTE Energy Company

Travelport

Work highlights

  • Advising One Equity Partners and PeroxyChem LLC on all antitrust aspects in connection with OEP’s sale of PeroxyChem to Evonik Industries AG
  • Advised CVS Health on its US$70 billion acquisition of U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc
  • Antitrust/competition counsel to Fresenius on its US$2 billion acquisition of NxStage, a maker of home dialysis machines
  • Advising J.H. Whitney & Co. and Aveanna Healthcare in Aveanna’s acquisition of the home healthcare division of Maxim Healthcare Services
  • Representing Travelport in connection with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)’s lawsuit to block the merger between Sabre and Farelogix

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The antitrust practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP includes focused, integrated services in global mergers and acquisitions. While counseling and obtaining clearance for complex mergers and acquisitions, the US department draws on the firm's global platform extending to Europe and China. Merger and other transaction-related litigation before US federal courts is also part of the service offering. Steven Sunshine in Washington DC leads the overall antitrust practice on a global level and the New York-based Clifford Aronson leads the North America department. The latter is involved in transactions and strategic alliances across several industries with a particular strength in healthcare. Operating out of the same office, Matthew Hendrickson is also involved in major transactions. The New York office further fields pharmaceuticals expert Maria Raptis and counsel Rita Sinkfield Belin, who assists with Hart-Scott-Rodino Act review processes. Operating out of Washington DC, counsel Steve Albertson also focuses on all HSR aspects including the applicability and compliance with its reporting and notification requirements.

Practice head(s):

Steven Sunshine; Clifford Aronson

Other key lawyers:

Maria Raptis; Rita Sinkfield Belin; Steve Albertson; Elliot Silver; Ken Schwartz; Matthew Hendrickson; Karen Hoffman Lent

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP stands out as an antitrust destination practice for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures with a strong bench thanks to extensive agency experience. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, retail, healthcare, technology, chemicals and energy. The department is headed out of Washington DC by Steven Newborn, who is retained particularly to advise on especially large transactions and life-and-death mergers. Also in the capital, Jeffrey Perry brings wide-ranging regulatory expertise to the table. Brianne Kucerik operates out of the same office, playing pivotal roles in multijurisdictional mergers. In addition to his antitrust litigation practice, the Washington DC-based Jeff White is actively involved in advice on M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Steven A. Newborn

Other key lawyers:

Steven Bernstein; Jeffrey Perry; Brianne Kucerik; Jeff White

Testimonials

‘The individuals in this group will work to make your life easier while protecting your company and getting to the right result.’

‘I had an especially positive experience working with Jeff White and Jonathan Cheng. They are approachable, friendly, and terrific lawyers.’ 

Key clients

Allergan

BASF

Blackstone

Brookfield

Canon

CoStar

Eaton

Hilton Worldwide

Kinder Morgan

Sanofi

Sherwin Williams

Walgreens Boot Alliance

Work highlights

  • Represented Blackstone and its portfolio company PSAV, a global leader and provider of event technology services, in its acquisition of Encore Event Technologies from The Freeman Company
  • Representing Allergan in its $63 billion merger with AbbVie
  • Represented Brookfield in its $4.8 billion acquisition of a 62% stake in Oaktree Capital Group, LLC
  • Represented Varian Medical Systems in its acquisition of interventional oncology assets from Boston Scientific
  • Represented ALFA S.A.B. de C.V. in the formation of Corpus Christi Polymers LLC, a joint venture among leading U.S. industry participants valued at $1.1 billion

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The 'smart and practical' team at Baker Botts L.L.P. represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, working closely with colleagues in Brussels to provide seamless global services. The team is also well equipped to assist third parties and to handle second request reviews. Washington DC-based trio consisting of Maureen Ohlhausen, John Taladay and Stephen Weissman is in joint charge of the antitrust group. The group assists clients from the full gamut of industries, with a number of specific core strengths: Paul Cuomo in Washington DC spends the majority of his time on merger work, focusing on oil & gas clients as well as financial services. Also located in the capital, both Anthony Swisher and Mark Botti are heavily involved in the healthcare space, whereas Weissman and Michael Perry often advise pharmaceutical companies. Adding to the strong bench in Washington DC, Joseph Ostoyich also litigates merger-related antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay; Stephen Weissman

Testimonials

‘The team, both in their counseling and litigation functions, provides pragmatic advice in real time. In addition to answering the question asked, they always provide me with contextual information to help me understand the broader implications of the decision before us.’

‘They have very detailed and broad knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, which they call upon to deliver their advice and can also help us to effectively benchmark our practices.’

‘Given their speed and ability to balance risk in a way that makes sense, they are our go-to firm for antitrust counseling in M&A transactions.’

‘Steve Weissman and Will Lavery are the team we rely upon.’

‘Mark Botti has excellent insights and advice on health care antitrust issues with great insight into the agencies that enforce those laws.’

‘They are the best in the industry. I have complete confidence that I’ll receive the correct answer and advice that takes into consideration the needs of our business.’

‘Joe Ostoyich has invested significant time in understanding the nuances of our business. He delivers practical advice that goes far beyond just advising as to standard legal requirements. He is very responsive, knows the law and has keen insight as to the current trends in Washington. A trusted and valued resource.’ 

‘Smart and practical; gets results without excessive lawyering.’

‘Paul Cuomo is my go-to partner. He understands the businesses and issues on a granular level but can package the legal concerns in an easily digestible format. Paul delivers practical advice and works well with other counsel.’

Key clients

AIP, LLC

AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES

ARCH COAL, INC.

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM GMBH

CATERPILLAR INC.

CELGENE CORPORATION

HOLLYFRONTIER CORPORATION

INDORAMA VENTURES PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED

LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION / SIRIUSXM

MERCK & CO., INC.

NOVARTIS INTERNATIONAL AG

PETIQ, INC.

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL GROUP OF COMPANIES / EQUILON ENTERPRISES LLC

RWJ BARNABAS HEALTH

SI GROUP, INC.

UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED/UNITEDHEALTHCARE, INC./OPTUM, INC.

WORLEYPARSONS LTD

Work highlights

  • Advising Arch Coal on its coal mining joint venture with Peabody Energy to combine the companies’ Powder River Basin and Colorado assets
  • Advised OptumHealth on its USD $4.3 billion acquisition of DaVita Medical Group
  • Advising Novartis on the USD $1 billion sale of its generic oral solids and dermatology business assets to generic competitor Aurobindo
  • Advising Akamai Technologies, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, in the establishment of Global Open Network, Inc. joint venture with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  • Advising Royal Dutch Shell on antitrust aspects related to the USD $1 billion sale of its refinery in Martinez, CA to PBF Energy Inc

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Antitrust practitioners at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP enhance their merger control practice with extensive experience of other areas of law. The department represents corporate, financial institutions and their boards of directors on various types of corporate transactions including dispositions. Both key individuals of this practice are located in New York: group leader Christine Varney formulates antitrust strategies for business transactions and potential investments. Focusing on transactional matters and regulatory approval, Margaret Segall D’Amico handles antitrust clearance procedures for numerous transactions. The team's client portfolio covers a wide array of sectors including transportation, telecommunications, cable, media, healthcare, retail, technology, manufacturing and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Christine Varney

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Segall D’Amico

Testimonials

‘The team has all the technical expertise and intellectual horsepower to distil the toughest issues, while also being able to explain the issues in terms that non-legal business people understand and internalize.’

‘Top-notch intellect combined with excellent client service.’

Key clients

Hasbro, Inc.

INEOS Enterprises Group Limited

J.D. Power

Mylan

New Media Investment Group Inc.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Orbotech Ltd.

Peabody Energy Corporation

Pinnacle Foods

Pitney Bowes Inc.

RELX Group

Unilever

U.S. Foods

Work highlights

  • Represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation on antitrust issues in connection with its $57 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Representing Mylan N.V. on antitrust issues in connection with its pending $50 billion combination with Upjohn, Pfizer Inc.’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines business
  • Represented Pinnacle Foods Inc. on antitrust issues in connection with its $10.9 billion acquisition by Conagra Brands, Inc.
  • Represented Buckeye Partners L.P. on antitrust issues in connection with its $10.3 billion acquisition by IFM Global Infrastructure Fund
  • Representing Hasbro, Inc. on antitrust issues in connection with its pending $4 billion acquisition of Entertainment One Ltd (“eOne”)

Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP acts as antitrust counsel on M&A deals and other transactions across a wide range of economy sectors including aerospace and healthcare. The department is headed by Shawn Johnson in Washington DC and Jason Murray in Los Angeles. The former is particularly well-equipped to represent clients in merger investigations, whereas the latter focuses on antitrust litigation. Located in Washington DC, Randolph Smith regularly leads merger clearance for high-visibility transactions. Associate Megan Wolf operates out of the same office, bringing significant aerospace and defense industry expertise to her antitrust practice, which encompasses competitor collaborations, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Adding to the department's bench in the capital, Alexis Gilman relies on government experience when handling merger reviews and clearances as well as premerger Hart-Scott-Rodino notifications. In April 2019, the Washington DC-based Shari Ross Lahlou joined Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):

Shawn Johnson; Jason Murray

Key clients

United Technologies Corporation

AT&T Inc.

Humana Inc.

General Motors

Marriott International

United Airlines

CSX Corporation

Cardinal Health

Siemens

Centene Corporation

Blue Cross BlueShield Association

General Mills, Inc.

Enterprise Holdings

Alcoa Corporation

Arconic Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead US antitrust counsel to United Technologies Corporation in its $135 Billion Merger with The Raytheon Company
  • Represented United Technologies in the global antitrust review of its $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins
  • Served as antitrust counsel to Humana in connection with : the $4.1 billion acquisition of Kindred Healthcare and the $1.4 billion acquisition of Curo Health Services

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Combining its litigation practice with corporate transaction experience, the antitrust department at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP assists clients with a wide variety of US and cross-border deals. The team also works closely with the firm's M&A department to provide clients with a well-rounded service. Sector expertise ranges from pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, telecoms and financial services to consumer goods, automotive, oil and gas. The department is led by Arthur Burke, who splits his time between Northern California and New York. He is often retained by technology businesses and financial institutions to assists with transactions. Ronan Harty is also based in New York, where he advises US and multinational corporations. In Washington DC, Jesse Solomon develops global strategies for obtaining competition clearance of cross-border transactions, particularly in the healthcare space. Howard Shelanski adds to the firm's bench strength in the capital, relying on previous experience at the FTC's Bureau of Economics.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Burke

Jones Day

Multijurisdictional transactions and bet-the-company mergers are the pillars of Jones Day's antitrust practice, all the while implementing its strong industry knowledge in pharmaceuticals, energy and technology. The team with a 'depth of knowledge regarding healthcare antitrust' acts in merger-related litigation as well as on antitrust issues on a global stage, with a specifically well-versed China practice. Craig Waldman, who fields deep knowledge of the technology sector and splits his time between San Francisco and Washington DC, presides over the practice. Operating out of the latter office, both Ryan Thomas and Michael Knight frequently take the antitrust lead on cross-border transactions and joint ventures. The group also benefits from a strong bench of  'exceptionally smart and responsive' next generation partners in Washington DC: Aimee DeFilippo, Kenneth Field and Michael Gleason are all active across the full board of antitrust law including merger work.

Practice head(s):

Craig Waldman

Testimonials

‘The depth of knowledge regarding healthcare antitrust distinguishes Jones Day from other firms with significant antitrust practices.’

‘Jones Day combines their antitrust group with a strong litigation team, and has successfully litigated challenged healthcare acquisitions in recent years.’ 

‘Ken Field, Michael Gleason, and Aimee DeFilippo are all younger partners who I see as rising stars (or established stars) among lawyers specializing in health care antitrust. They all have a broad range of experience across different segments of the healthcare industry (e.g., hospitals, insurers, pharma) and have worked on merger review, conduct cases, vertical consolidation, and civil litigation within health antitrust. In addition to being experienced, they’re all exceptionally smart, easy to work with, and responsive.’ 

Key clients

CBS Corporation

NVIDIA Corporation

Nutrien, Ltd. (formerly Potash Corporation Saskatchewan)

Work highlights

  • Advising NVIDIA Corporation in its $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.
  • Representing CBS Corporation in $28 billion all-stock merger of CBS and Viacom
  • Represented Nutrien, Ltd. In divestiture transactions involving reviews in China, India, Chile, and Argentina

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP takes on both US and foreign mergers clearances, hence filing numerous HSR notifications as well as handling second requests on a regular basis. 'Exceptionally knowledgeable and strategic' antitrust teams in Chicago, New York, Washington DC and Dallas work closely with the firm's M&A department to handle antitrust aspects of transactions. Practice strength is evenly balanced across locations: Washington DC fields Matthew Reilly, healthcare expert Marin Boney and Michael DeRita. Katherine Rocco, global transactional practice co-head Ian John and Peter McCormack are all located in New York. Chicago is James Mutchnik's playing field, which includes a white-collar crime defense practice in addition to antitrust merger advice. The Dallas office recently received a significant boost with the arrival of Sean Royall and Olivia Adendorff from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in November 2019. Richard Cunningham relocated to Washington DC.

Testimonials

‘The team displayed excellent knowledge of our industry and provide sound strategic advice. They were also incredibly responsive.’

‘The partners were exceptionally knowledgeable, strategic and complemented each other very well. Great teamwork.’

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

AbbVie, Inc.

Ares Capital & National Veterinary Associates

Blackstone

Cambrex Corporation

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, LLC

Bain Capital

Warburg Pincus/DocuTAP

GlaxoSmithKline

WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

Huntsman Corporation

Spectrum

Sycamore

Vista Equity Partners

Olympus Partners/Liqui-Box Corporation

Fortive Corporation

Madison Dearborn Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Bristol-Myers Squibb Company on antitrust aspects in its agreement to acquire Celgene Corporation
  • Advised AbbVie Inc. on antitrust aspects in its agreement to acquire Allergan plc
  • Representing Ares Capital and National Veterinary Associates (NVA) on antitrust aspects in its multibillion-dollar strategic sale to JAB and Compassion First
  • Advising Blackstone and its $4.8bn portfolio company Alight Solutions on several strategic deals
  • Representing Cambrex Corporation in its $2.4bn sale to an affiliate of the Permira funds

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP applies creative solutions to antitrust issues arising from transactions in the US and beyond, for instance in collaboration with the firm's EU offices or using team members' jurisdictional expertise across the globe. Amanda Reeves in Washington DC and Christopher Yates in San Francisco are in joint charge of the 'efficient and client-oriented' department displaying significant experience with second requests. Reeves has sector expertise in pharmaceuticals as well as life sciences and regularly undertakes merger clearances involving Brazil and Canada. The team has a particularly strong bench in the capital: The development of cohesive clearance strategies for cross-border transactions is one of Michael Egge's strong suits and Farrell Malone excels at handling large merger reviews in the US, Europe, China and India. Operating out of San Francisco, Karen Silverman has deep knowledge of regulatory aspects of strategic mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Reeves; Chris Yates

Testimonials

‘The team we are usually working with are characterized by an efficient and client-oriented approach. It seems to us that also the working atmosphere is very productive and motivating. Cross-border cooperation (EU-US) works perfectly.’

‘Mike Egge has a special talent to handle complex cases. He is very well connected in the DC area.’

‘Michael Egge and his team are excellent technicians, with a very good knowledge of the FTC and a good team spirit.’ 

‘Michael Egge understands the clients’ problems and needs and provides very good advice.’

‘Excellent depth. Provide sound, practical advice.’  

‘Farrell Malone and Tara Tavernia are great and very responsive.’

‘Take the time to know our business, strategy and culture and provide legal advice and options in the appropriate context. ‘

‘Farrell Malone, Shaun Hartley and Jason Morelli have provided excellent service over many years. Their capacity to deliver meaningful, timely and valued added legal advice as part of our deal team has enabled us to overcome some challenging situations and turn them into opportunities.’ 

Key clients

DaVita Inc.

Epsilon Data Management, LLC

The Toro Company

Novelis

Apollo Global Management

Siemens

Rowan Companies

EssilorLuxottica S.A.

The Carlyle Group

FXI Holdings, Inc.

The Carlyle Group/BC Partners/Accudyne Industries

TMK and IPSCO Tubulars

Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

The Carlyle Group; AxleTech

Work highlights

  • Obtained US merger clearance for the $4.9 billion sale of DaVita Medical Group business
  • Assisting Novelis, a world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, in obtaining global merger clearances for the acquisition of Aleris Corporation, a competing global supplier of rolled aluminum products
  • Advising private equity firm Apollo Global Management on the merger control aspects of its buyout of US digital imaging company Shutterfly Inc. for US$2.7 billion, including the company’s US$900 million debt and its proposed acquisition and combination with Snapfish
  • Handled the US antitrust clearance process for the merger of equals between client Siemens’ Mobility Business and Alstom SA to create a global Franco-German rail champion (deal was aborted with an EC prohibition decision in February 2019)
  • Assists Rowan companies in obtaining global merger clearance for its merger with Ensco, an offshore drilling services provider

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is retained by private equity firms, their portfolio companies and multinational corporations alike to advise on strategic deals and transformative transactions across a wide range of industries. Spearheaded by Peter Guryan in New York and Washington DC partners Sara Razi and John Terzaken, the team is also experienced in navigating the global regulatory landscape and is praised for its 'practical approach' as well as 'availability around the clock'. The trio was promoted to global antitrust co-chairs in September 2019. Additional skills include second request investigations by FTC and DOJ as well as litigation in relation to proposed mergers and acquisitions. Andrew Lacy, in Washington DC, brings significant litigation experience to the table and represents clients in merger investigations. In New York, counsel Ellen Frye advises clients on pre-merger notification compliance with a focus on international merger control.

Practice head(s):

Peter Guryan; Sara Razi; John Terzaken

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lacy; Ellen Frye; Richard Jamgochian

Testimonials

‘Always accessible and prepared to deliver practical and actionable advice without hedging.’

‘Responsiveness and availability around the clock; practical approach; willing to take a position and have a point of view; pragmatic.’

‘Sara Razi is a valued resource for complex antitrust matters arising from M&A contexts as well as evolution and diversification of my company’s business lines.’

‘Sara Razi has a deep knowledge of antitrust laws and regulations, which she expertly distils into practical advice that can be understood and implemented by non-experts.  She keeps herself well-informed on current issues, decisions and agency positions on antitrust matters, ensuring that clients are mitigating risk within the context of today’s regulatory environment.’ 

Key clients

Best Buy

Blackstone Group

BMW Group

Daiichi Sankyo

First Data Corp.

Gerdau, S.A.

K2M Group Holdings

KKR

L3 Technologies

La Quinta Holdings

Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.

Taiyo Nippon Sanso

The Boeing Company

Vistra Energy Corp.

Work highlights

  • Representing Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in connection with its proposed merger with a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG for €9.0 billion (USD 10.1 billion)
  • Represented L3 Technologies, Inc. in antitrust review of its announced merger of equals combination with Harris Corporation
  • First Data in antitrust review of its announced merger agreement with Fiserv for $22 billion
  • Secured antitrust clearance for Sedgwick in its acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey
  • Apax Funds, CPPIB and PSP Investments consortium to sell Acelity and its KCI subsidiaries for approximately $6.725 billion

White & Case LLP

The merger control team at White & Case LLP specializes in obtaining clearance for globally-oriented, creative mergers. In addition to its market position as a one-stop-shop for global deals, the firm also fields a number of trial-tested lawyers across the world to handle challenges and related litigation. The team offers factually detailed advice across all industries with a particular strength in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, oil and gas sectors. Mark Gidley and George Paul preside over the merger control practice, the latter of which is regularly involved in mergers that require clearance from several international competition agencies. Rebecca Farrington has a strong track record in defending proposed and consummated mergers before the FTC and DOJ. Thanks to her time spent at the FTC, Anna Kertesz has deep knowledge of merger investigations in oil & gas as well as pharmaceutical sectors. All above-mentioned lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

J. Mark Gidley; George Paul

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Farrington; Anna Kertesz

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

Metso Corporation

Anthem, Inc.

Newmont Mining Corp.

Brookfield

Roark Capital Management, LLC

SodaStream International Ltd.

Federal-Mogul

Icahn Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, on merger control matters in 23 jurisdictions in connection with the record-breaking US$69.1 billion acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation from the Public Investment Fund in Saudi Arabia
  • Advising Metso Corporation on the worldwide antitrust clearance for its €4 billion combination with Outotec Oyj in a major consolidation in the mineral processing equipment industry
  • Defending Anthem in a high-profile action stemming from its proposed US$54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corporation
  • Advised a consortium composed of Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on the US$8.4 billion acquisition of Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
  • Representing SodaStream International Ltd., a leading manufacturer and distributor of sparkling water makers, in its US$3.2 billion sale to PepsiCo, Inc., a global food and beverage company

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP advises on domestic transactions as well as international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures that require clearance in additional jurisdictions. Specific industry expertise ranges from asset management and private equity to healthcare and insurance. A quartet of practitioners presides over the practice: Daniel Abuhoff, Gary Kubek and Michael Schaper in New York, while Ted Hassi is located in Washington DC. Abuhoff, who also litigates on both sides of the fence, fields additional radio, oil and gas and consumer goods know-how. Schaper enhances his practice with advice on distribution and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Daniel M. Abuhoff; Gary W. Kubek; Ted Hassi; Mike Schaper

Key clients

Amazon.com

American Express

Ardagh Group

Bain Capital Private Equity, Diamond Castle, and Beacon Health Option

Bayer/Monsanto/BASF Monitorship

Celanese Corp.

Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Portfolio Companies

DBS Bank Ltd.

Discovery Communications

Domtar Corporation

Elliott Management Corporation

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Impax Laboratories, LLC

Perform

Pernod Ricard SA

Prudential Financial, Inc./Assurance IQ

Solenis LLC

SouthernCarlson, Inc.

The Bank of Yokohama, Ltd.

Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.

TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Tribune Media Company

Work highlights

  • Advising InterXion in its combination with Digital Realty to create a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions
  • Advised affiliates of Elliott Management Corporation (Elliott) in their acquisition of Barnes & Noble
  • Advised SouthernCarlson, Inc., a U.S.-based distributor of tools, fasteners, packaging and facility supplies, in its sale to Kyocera Corporation
  • Provided antitrust advice on behalf of digital content provider Perform in its combination with U.S. sports data company STATS
  • Advised Amazon in its acquisition of an interest in Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network LLC

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields a full antitrust service offering including guidance through government review of mergers and acquisitions. The antitrust department is led collaboratively by Scott Hammond in Washington DC and Daniel Swanson in Los Angeles. Operating out of New York, Eric Stock is an antitrust all-rounder for pharmaceutical, financial services, high tech and healthcare clients. The Washington DC-based Richard Parker is recognized especially for his merger clearance litigation skills. Serving as antitrust counsel on domestic and international M&A transactions, Adam Di Vincenzo is also located in Washington DC. In November 2019, the practice lost Sean Royall, Olivia Adendorff and Richard Cunningham, who all joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hammond; Daniel Swanson; Rachel Brass

Other key lawyers:

Rich Parker; Adam Di Vincenzo; Eric Stock

Key clients

Ottogi

Swisher

Heritage Pharmaceutical, and its parent company Emcure

Tronox

Deutsche Telecom

AT&T

Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal

Uber

BNSF Railway

Tenet

Work highlights

  • Representing Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile, in litigation related to the T-Mobile/Sprint deal
  • Representing Tronox Limited in its proposed acquisition of Cristal

Goodwin

Goodwin navigates mergers, acquisitions and private equity investments alike through FTC and DOJ merger processes including second requests. Located in Washington DC, Andrea Murino is in joint charge of the 'tight-knit and highly functioning' department together with Boston-based Christopher Holding. Murino counts healthcare, technology and life sciences businesses across the country among her clients. Assessment of transaction-related antitrust risks and applicability of merger clearance filing requirement in the US and abroad are strong suits of Paul Jin in Washington DC. Operating out of the same office, associate Matthew Wheatley advises clients on HSR filings and in-depth merger review investigations.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Agathoklis Murino; Christopher Holding

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jin; Matthew Wheatley

Testimonials

‘Goodwin has a relatively small but very nimble antitrust practice. Their relatively smaller size ensures that each member has a great deal of experience across a variety of matters.’

‘They have a tight-knit, and highly functioning team.’

‘Andrea Murino is excellent at client management, and is a very strong and persuasive communicator. She has the ability to distil down the primary advocacy arguments in a case and communicate those ideas persuasively to the antitrust agencies.’

‘Paul Jin has a sharp eye for detail, and is very good at working closely with the economists to help construct the economic arguments in support of a transaction.’

‘Very relationship-driven, worked well together, and extremely attentive to detail.’

‘Andrea Murino was the lead on our case, and she was amazing.’

‘The team is very responsive, and they give practical solutions every time.’

‘They are always available, turnaround is unbelievably rapid, and they easily calibrate the granularity of their responses to the audience.’

‘Very strong in tech space, as well as others.’

‘Smaller team than other antitrust practices but definitely punches above its weight class.’

‘Andrea Murino is a star and fabulous lawyer. She is an expert on the antitrust agencies and very proactive.’

Key clients

ANSYS, Inc.

Beth Israel Lahey Health System

Carbon Black, Inc.

Control4 Corporation

Haven Healthcare (a joint venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase)

Shields Healthcare Solutions

Sprint Corporation (Independent Directors)

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

Truck Hero, Inc.

Qualtrics, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising ANSYS, Inc. in its acquisition of Livermore Software Technology Corporation (LSTC), the premier provider of explicit dynamics and other advanced finite element analysis technology
  • Represented Beth Israel Lahey Medical Center, Lahey Health System, Mount Auburn Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, and Anna Jaques Hospital, all entities based in and around Boston, in their efforts to form Beth Israel Lahey Health
  • Supported Carbon Black in its sale to VMware, Inc. a subsidiary of Dell
  • Advised Haven Healthcare, a joint venture among Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase
  • Advised Shields Healthcare Solution on the sale of a $900 million stake to Walgreens

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Thanks to the firm's global reach through worldwide offices and local counsel relationship, the merger control team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is of particular note for its strength in multijurisdictional transactions. The group also displays a strong suit in healthcare in addition to sector expertise in TMT, insurance, chemicals and manufacturing. Technology and healthcare expert Edith Ramirez heads the team out of Washington DC, where the two following lawyers are also based. Logan Breed frequently advises on artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge industries. In October 2019, the team welcomed Chuck Loughlin from the FTC, adding knowledge of financial, pharmaceutical and technology industries to the group.

Practice head(s):

Edith Ramirez

Other key lawyers:

Logan Breed; Joseph Krauss; Chuck Loughlin; Robert Leibenluft

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and easy to work with.’

‘Meghan Rissmiller is very dedicated and able to bridge the potential gap between lawyers and business.’

Key clients

PPG Industries

IBM

Multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans

Celgene

Ford Motor Company

Dell

Amcor Limited

AEG

Marvell Technology Group

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

Work highlights

  • Advised IBM on the worldwide antitrust merger clearance aspects of its acquisition of Red Hat Inc.
  • Guided Amcor Limited through the merger clearance process of its $6.9 billion acquisition of Bemis Company
  • Provided antitrust counsel to Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in connection with the planned merger with Jefferson Health
  • Served as antitrust counsel for MedMen Enterprises on the proposed acquisition of PharmaCann LLC
  • Advising Wake Forest Baptist Health on its transaction with Atrium Health

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is regularly retained by blue-chips to process antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Department head Tom McGrath is based in New York and represents international clients in multinational merger clearances before US authorities. In Washington DC, Jeff Schmidt also focuses his practice on merger matters, frequently advising representative of oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods industries. At the same office, counsel Antonia Sherman showcases a particular strength in private equity and pension funds as well as in obtaining merger clearances in the US and Latin America. Additional support comes from fintech-savvy senior associate John Eichlin in New York.

Practice head(s):

Tom McGrath

Testimonials

‘Transatlantic reach, better value than pure US firms.’

‘Very solid practice with strong global footprint.’

‘Antonia Sherman is a US merger guru extraordinaire and lovely to work with.’

‘Outstanding responsiveness, very good grasp of internal politics and dependencies, excellent project management.’

‘Tom McGrath, John Eichlin and William Huynh have an excellent understanding of the business and know how to bring the business topics in line with regulator’s requirements. Perfect guidance in an international, highly complex merger project.’ 

Key clients

Linde plc

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd

Marfrig Global Foods S.A.

Bayer AG

Nestle AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Linde AG as lead strategic counsel on the global antitrust aspects of its US$90bn merger of equals with Praxair Inc.
  • Advised Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. in relation to the acquisition of global pharmaceutical company Shire plc
  • Advising Bayer AG as lead global counsel on the US$7.6 billion sale of its worldwide animal health business to Elanco Animal Health
  • Advised Marfrig Global Foods S.A. on the sale of its U.S. subsidiary Keystone Foods to competitor Tyson Foods, Inc. for an enterprise value of US$2.4billion
  • Representing Grand Vision in its US$8bn acquisition by EssilorLuxottica

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

In addition to the full range of antitrust transactional work, McDermott Will & Emery LLP advises hedge fund clients with antitrust aspects of investment decisions. The department displays key strengths in healthcare, defense industry and consumer goods with a particular focus on food and beverage industries. Chicago-based partners David Hanselman and Stephen Wu are in joint charge of the firm's antitrust practice. In Washington DC, Jon Dubrow specializes on aerospace, life sciences and alcoholic beverages businesses, while leading the firm's antitrust mergers focus group together with his local colleague Joel Grosberg. The latter relies on personal government experience when defending merger, acquisitions and joint ventures before US antitrust authorities.

Practice head(s):

David Hanselman; Stephen Wu

Other key lawyers:

Ray Jacobsen: Jon Dubrow; William Diaz; Ray Jacobsen; Jeffrey Brennan; Joel Grosberg

Testimonials

‘Practical advice based on accurate understanding of the facts and knowledge.’

‘Stefan Meisner is extremely diligent and tries to understand the client’s goal.’

Key clients

Impax Laboratories, Inc. and Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Premier, Inc.

Southern Illinois Healthcare

American Gypsum Company LLC

Silver Cross Hospital

Prospect Medical Holdings/Roger Williams Medical Center

The Permanente Medical Group

Ballad Health

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Bemis Co., Inc.

Steel Dynamics

Weyerhaeuser

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Bemis in its $6.8 billion merger with Amcor, an Australian global flexible packaging competitor
  • Represented BioTek Instruments, Inc in its announced $1.165 billion sale to Agilent Technologies Inc.
  • Representing Constellation Brands in E&J Gallo’s $1.7B acquisition of 34 wine and spirit brands from Constellation
  • Representing TreeHouse Foods in the pending combination of its private label breakfast cereal business with Post Holdings
  • Served as antitrust counsel to Baptist Health South Florida in obtaining government clearance for its acquisition of Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP processes numerous Hart-Scott-Rodino filings in the US and beyond, while at the same time handling a significant number of second request investigations by the DOJ and FTC. Global practice group leader Steven Reed is located in Philadelphia and his deputy Jon Roellke operates out of Washington DC, whereas transactional antitrust head Harry Robins is in New York. In addition to assisting corporate clients, specifically in the life sciences sphere, Robins also advises private equity sponsors on strategic acquisitions. Business combinations in technology, telecoms and financial services are a core focus of David Brenneman's New York-based practice.

Practice head(s):

Steven A. Reed; Jon Roellke; Harry Robins

Other key lawyers:

David Brenneman, Ryan Kantor; Maria Luisa Di Lauro

Key clients

Alphabet/Google

Amerisource

AP Moller Maersk

Apollo Global Management LLC

Aurobindo

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Celgene

Digital Colony Partners

EQT Partners

Fanatics

Hitachi Metals

Intercontinental Exchange

Merck & Co. Inc.

MWI

New-Indy (a Robert Kraft company)

Nex

Perrigo Company plc

Pfizer Inc.

Platinum Equity

Raytheon

Regeneron

Securus Technologies Inc.

Sumitomo Corporation

Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Transcontinental

Zoetis Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana in connection with its acquisition of majority ownership of Vantage Health Plan, a health insurance company
  • Assisting Pfizer with the US antitrust work in connection with the proposed spin-out of Pfizer’s Upjohn and Greenstone Pfizer’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines businesses into a new entity to combine with Mylan N.V.
  • Represented prison-phone operator Securus Technologies in connection with its proposed acquisition of Inmate Calling Solutions
  • Representing EQT and Digital Colony Partners as lead US antitrust counsel in its proposed acquisition of fiber network owner Zayo Group Holdings
  • Representing Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. in the acquisition of certain assets from Sandoz Inc. USA

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP guides clients through HSR filings and multijurisdictional reviews, with the option to defend merger-related investigation processes and handle second requests. The department regularly covers an array of sectors such as healthcare, telecoms, financial services and transportation. Team lead Scott Hataway is located in Washington DC, where his practice includes multijurisdictional merger reviews, particularly appearing before Asian authorities. Also operating out of the capital, counsel Michael Wise regularly leads antitrust transaction advice within the US. Associate Noah Pinegar adds to the team in Washington DC with specific know-how of medical devices and pharmaceuticals industries.

Practice head(s):

Scott Hataway

Other key lawyers:

Michael Wise; Noah Pinegar; Mary Walser

Testimonials

‘Good sense of how the process is going to play out in practice, manage client expectations well.’

‘Thorough understanding of med tech space from an antitrust perspective.’

‘Mike Wise and Noah Pinegar were very responsive and were able to fully grasp the issues and how to resolve them.’

‘Strong legal know-how and capacity in crucial sectors. Well experienced partners and trial experience from the DOJ.’ 

Key clients

Samsung Electronics

Francisco Partners

CDH Investment Partners and a strategic partner

Canopy Growth

Symphony Technology Group

Netsmart

GI Partners

Teleperformance Group

LG Chem

Mitsubishi Corp.

Madison Industries

Barclays

Boehringer Ingelheim

Maersk Line

Work highlights

  • Represented Aurora Resurgence Capital Partners in the sale of Cardiac Science Corporation, a leading provider of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), to ZOLL Medical Corporation
  • Represented private equity firm Francisco Partners in respect of its definitive agreement for the sale of portfolio company ClickSoftware Technologies, a team-management technology company, to Salesforce for $1.4 billion enterprise value
  • Represented private equity firm Endeavour Capital in the $275 million sale of its portfolio company Good Food Holdings, LLC to E-Mart Inc.
  • Represented Canopy Growth Corporation on the definitive agreement for the right to acquire Acreage Holdings, a multi-state cannabis operator
  • Represents Dodge Data and Analytics in its planned combination with Roper Technologies

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a merger control team in both Washington DC and New York, which is led by a foursome consisting of Aidan Synnott, Andrew Finch, Jonathan Kanter and Rick Rule. Operating out of New York, Synnott counts software providers and manufacturers among his clients. Finch returned to private practice in September 2019 after serving the DOJ's antitrust division for two years, splitting his time between both aforementioned branches and focusing on antitrust litigation. The Washington DC-based Kanter fields valuable technology expertise and his local colleague Rule is particularly active in the healthcare and life sciences space.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Synnott; Andrew Finch; Jonathan Kanter; Rick Rule

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Forman

Testimonials

‘Paul Weiss has a very experienced and practical approach to problem solving. They take a holistic approach which advises you on the pitfalls and best practices that you may not have been aware of but which could later have an impact on what you want to accomplish.’

‘Paul Weiss has a deep bench of resources to assist.’

‘Incredibly experienced and creative in all areas of antitrust law.’

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP takes pride in its transatlantic full-service antitrust practice, with the US team closely interlinked with the firm's offices in London and Brussels. Clients have the option to use the firm's innovative merger matrix tool to identify likely filing obligations before turning to New York-based department head David Higbee and his team for tailored advice. The group covers a wide array of industries ranging from media, energy and food to technology and pharmaceuticals. New York-based Jessica Delbaum primarily defends multinationals' mergers and acquisitions before the FTC and DOJ. Ben Gris in Washington DC provides key support in investigations and litigation surrounding mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

David Higbee

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Delbaum; Ben Gris; Lynn Diamond

Testimonials

‘Shearman provides a high-level of service on both Antitrust/Merger Control and M&A matters.’ 

‘They are responsive, efficient, and provide well-reasoned, practical advice.’  

‘David Higbee is “hands on” and responsive, and manages his team very efficiently and effectively.’  

‘Ben Gris, Matthew Readings and associate Ryan Leske provide excellent service, practical and thoughtful advice.’ 

‘Well-thought strategic advice.’

‘Dale Collins is the most thoughtful, strategic and creative merger control advisor we have ever worked with. He has a solid command of the economics (often more than the retained experts), and a great understanding of how regulators will consider the facts of a transaction and how to argue the case.’ 

Key clients

Raytheon

Chevron

Viacom

GSK

Bojangles

Sonic

Thomson Reuters

SS&C Technologies

Genewiz

Salesforce.com

Work highlights

  • Advising Raytheon on the antitrust aspects of its $74 billion combination with United Technologies in a merger of equals
  • Advised Chevron on the antitrust elements of its agreement to acquire Anadarko Petroleum
  • Advising Viacom on the antitrust aspects of its merger with CBS
  • Advised GSK on its acquisition of oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company Tesaro
  • Advised Bojangles, Inc. in its acquisition by Durational Capital Management LP and The Jordan Company, L.P.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles antitrust advice on global merger control out of its office in Washington DC, where all the following team members are based. Darren Tucker and Hill Wellford lead up the team with a core focus on tech clients in addition to sector expertise in energy, chemicals, airlines and automotive. The department excels at Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification filings and analysis: Counsel David Smith, for instance, coordinates global filings for the firm, especially since an increasing number of deals contain multijurisdictional aspects.

Practice head(s):

Darren Tucker; Hill Wellford

Other key lawyers:

David Smith

Key clients

AirTran Airways

Altagas

Apollo Global Management

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Blue Racer, LLC

ConocoPhillips

Covey Park

Denbury

Energy Transfer LP

First Reserve Corporation

Flywheel Energy

Google LLC

Goldman Sachs

Handa Pharmaceuticals

HeartBrand Beef, Inc.

HEB Grocery Company LP

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Huntsman International

INTEGRIS Health

Kibo Software Inc.

LifeSize Inc.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Maxell, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America

Momentum Midstream

Magellan Midstream Partners

MoneyGram International Inc.

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Numerous shippers

New Fortress Energy

Oncor Electric

Osaka Gas

Phadia US Inc.

Plains All American Pipeline

PennEnergy Resources, LLC

Quantum Energy Partners

Riverstone Holdings

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Spredfast, Inc.

Spartan Energy

Southwest Airlines, Inc.

US Well Services

USA Compression

Vida Capital Partners

Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represents Google in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, Inc
  • Advised INTEGRIS Health on antitrust issues related to three simultaneous transactions in the same city
  • Advised Goldman Sachs’ renewable energy fund on its approximately $350 million acquisition from Marina Energy, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, of its solar portfolio
  • Advised TPG Growth and The Rise Fund in an agreement to acquire CLEAResult
  • Advised Devon Energy Corp. in connection with its agreement to sell its aggregate ownership interests in EnLink Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream, LLC

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP performs multijurisdictional merger control analyses and is obtained to clear transaction approval in a large number of jurisdictions beyond the US. The team also represents merging or complaining companies in U.S. second requests and EC Phase II merger investigations. Department lead Corey Roush and his antitrust team are based entirely in Washington DC. Thanks to a background in engineering and economics, Gorav Jindal guides particularly clients from the energy sector through transformative transactions. Since joining the firm from the FTC in March 2019, Haidee Schwartz focuses on US and international antitrust agency reviews.

Practice head(s):

Corey Roush

Other key lawyers:

Gorav Jindal; Haidee Schwartz

Key clients

VCA, Inc.

Peabody Energy

Inguran LLC

Enterprise Products Partners

7-Eleven, Inc.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

RagingWire Data Centers, Inc.

Antech Diagnostics, Inc.

Neff Rentals

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Houchens

Vallourec

Work highlights

  • Advised U.S. Concrete on antitrust considerations in connection with the auction for Polaris Materials Corporation
  • Represented MNG in its attempted takeover of Gannett
  • Represented SRC Energy in its sale to PDC Energy in an all-stock transaction
  • Represented Seven & I Holdings Co., Ltd. (7-Eleven) in an investigation of the proposed acquisition of retail fuel outlets, convenience stores, and related assets from Sunoco LP
  • Providing Peabody with antitrust advice related to a proposed joint venture with Arch Coal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The merger control practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP assists with the clearance of cross-border and domestic transactions. Co-chair of the global antitrust litigation group Eric Mahr operates a notable practice out of Washington DC, guiding clients through second phase merger proceedings and transactions challenges on both sides of the Atlantic. Paul Yde is of particular note to the merger practice in Washington DC.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP helps clients to plan transactions that often involve international and multijurisdictional elements, for instance providing risk assessments for sellers or advice on the full range of options from a buyer's perspective. Often acting in collaboration with the London office, the team is especially sought out by private equity firms for assistance with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. The merger control team is headed by Nathaniel Asker in New York and further able to handle merger-related litigation. Special counsel Aleksandr Livshits, also in the firm's New York office, provides key support in a broad range of industries.

Practice head(s):

Nathaniel Asker

Other key lawyers:

Aleksandr Livshits; Matthew Joseph; George Wolfe

Key clients

Aleris Corporation

Permira/Wedding Wire

OMERS Private Equity/Caliber Collision Centers

Global Brass and Copper Holdings

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Onex/York Risk Services Group

Yellow Wood Partners

SPX Flow, Inc.

Leidos

Laurel Road Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to Aleris Corporation in its approximately US$2.6 billion acquisition by Novelis, Inc.
  • Acted as counsel to OMERS Private Equity and Caliber Collision Centers in the sale of a majority interest in Caliber Collision Centers to funds affiliated with Hellman & Friedman LLC, the owner of ABRA Auto Body & Glass.
  • Acted as counsel to Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. (GBC) in the approximately US$999 million all-cash acquisition of GBC by Wieland-Werke AG through a merger
  • Acted as counsel to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in the US$3.3 billion sale of its Energy, Chemicals, and Resources (ECR) segment to WorleyParsons Limited
  • Acted as Counsel to York Risk Services Group in connection with its acquisition by Sedgwick

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP advises on all aspects of antitrust law with a particular focus on merger control work. Core areas of the department's client portfolio include pharmaceuticals, electronics, media and entertainment industries. William Kolasky leads the team out of Washington DC, where all following lawyers are based. His personal practice revolves largely around joint ventures, licensing and distribution arrangements. Taking the lead in numerous matters, Robert Bell's work recently focused on pharmaceuticals and mining transactions. The practice received a significant boost in April 2019, when Philip Giordano joined the team from Arnold & Porter to strengthen the firm's offerings for technology and financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

William Kolasky

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bell; Philip Giordano; Kristin Millay

Key clients

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

Cartamundi Group

Conde Nast

Cipla

Wipro

Cenveo Worldwide Ltd.

Patrick Drahi

Zoetis

Cyclerion

Pure Power Tech

Covia Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. in obtaining Department of Justice approval for its proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of 21 Fox Regional Sports Networks from the Walt Disney Company
  • Advising Cartamundi Group in seeking antitrust clearance for its proposed acquisition of the United States Playing Card Company (USPC)
  • Presented magazine publisher Condé Nast in securing antitrust clearance for the sale of Golf Digest to Discovery Inc.
  • Representing drugmaker Cipla in its acquisition of U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical firm Avenue Therapeutics
  • Represented global information technology company Wipro in securing antitrust clearance for the sale of its human resources management business to Blackstone Group-owned Alight Solutions for $110 million

Mayer Brown

At Mayer Brown, merger control matters are primarily handled by the firm's offices in Washington DC, led by antitrust practice head Mark Ryan. The team acts on the full range of M&A antitrust and merger control issues such as the preparation and documentation of multi-jurisdictional merger clearances and assistance with joint ventures. M&A investigations and litigation arising out of antitrust concerns are also part of the service portfolio. DC-based key figure William Stallings brings sector expertise in transportation, energy and agriculture to the table. In addition to that, the merger control team is also well versed in advising representatives of financial services and chemicals industries.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ryan

Other key lawyers:

William Stallings; Oral Pottinger

Testimonials

‘Bill Stallings is insightful, he thinks strategically, gives us excellent advice, and is responsive to our needs. He also has suggested innovative solutions to our issues where appropriate.’

‘Bill and his team have done quick turnarounds in response to our issues.’

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead antitrust counsel for D-HH in its proposed combination with GraniteOne Health (“GOH”) to form a new New Hampshire health care system, D-HH GO
  • Represented Advanced Disposal Services in its merger with Waste Management

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP coordinates merger and acquisition reviews in the US, Europe and Asia as well as related disputes. Jeff Jaeckel in Washington DC, who is acting on secondment as Sprint’s global M&A counsel, co-chairs the global antitrust group with Tokyo-based Rony GerritsJon Gowdy in Washington DC showcases deep knowledge of antitrust law beyond the US when securing antitrust clearances for mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions around the globe. David Meyer is another name to note in the capital, in particular for his recent role assisting Softbank Group in the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Jaeckel

Other key lawyers:

Jon Gowdy; David Meyer; Rony Gerrits

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead legal counsel for SoftBank Group Corp., the controlling shareholder of Sprint, on the landmark merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US Inc
  • Obtained merger clearances for ON Semiconductor in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Quantenna Communications in the U.S. and China

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP relies on the firm's strong Asian practice, particularly the team in South Korea, to collaborate on antitrust issues arising in the US and in Asia. Both co-department leads Ben Bradshaw and Ian Simmons are based in Washington DC, where all following team members are located. Bradshaw fields sector knowledge of financial services as well as aviation and healthcare. Fortune 500 companies from a wide industry background count on Katrina Robson to defend merger challenges and merger trials. Similarly, Courtney Dyer has experience with defending proposed as well as consummated mergers before US antitrust agencies.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Katrina Robson; Courtney Dyer; Bo Pearl

Testimonials

‘O’Melveny’s Antitrust Practice in DC is one of the best practices in the US. Most of the attorneys have worked with various government agency. This government experience, the pedigree of the attorneys along with the resources available at O’Melveny produce top-notch legal advice to help corporations navigate issues with antitrust agencies.’ 

‘Courtney Dyer’s innovative approach, her reputation with the FTC and her solid work ethics allow her to resolve some of the most complex M&A issues in a timely manner and with little impact to her client. She should be to go-to attorney for any major transaction that is being scrutinized by a US antitrust agencies.’

Key clients

AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

Samsung Bioepis

Bitcoin.com

Endo Pharmaceuticals plc

Honeywell International Inc.

Global Music Rights LLC

Leoni AG

Harry’s Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

US Airways Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc in a US District Court trial on whether their US$85.4 billion merger would harm competition
  • Advised Quantenna Communications, a leading Wi-Fi technology company, in its definitive agreement to be purchased by ON Semiconductor Corporation in an all-cash transaction
  • Representing Harry’s, Inc. in conjunction with the FTC’s regulatory review of its acquisition by Edgewell Personal Care Company for approximately US$1.4 billion
  • On behalf of US Airways Group, Inc., filed an opposition to a motion seeking to consolidate a pre-existing private merger challenge with In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The core area of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's merger control practice revolves around advice to technology companies. On top of that, the entirely Washington DC-based US group is also heavily involved in deals in the energy sector. Jay Jurata spearheads the team and advises particularly his stellar client Microsoft on merger matters. Other key lawyers include oil and gas expert Alex Okuliar and James Tierney, who brings a strong background in financial services to the table. As part of her broad antitrust practice, Amy Ray also assists with antitrust aspects of transactions, especially in the technology and internet space.

Practice head(s):

Jay Jurata

Other key lawyers:

Alex Okuliar; James Tierney; Amy Ray

Testimonials

‘Orrick’s antitrust team has a perfect blend of former enforcers, litigators, seasoned partners and smart young associates.’

‘Jim Tierney spent more than 20 years in the DOJ Antitrust Division, which has endowed him with tremendous judgment to cut to what’s important – and what is not – in building a defense or a case in front of the agencies.’

‘Alex Okuliar brings a deep knowledge of the law and economics of antitrust, and the ability to frame that knowledge within the unique circumstances of the digital economy.’

‘Jay Jurata knows patents and antitrust, and he brings a litigator’s clarity and conciseness to every case.’

‘Amy Ray can synthesize and communicate in ways that business clients understand, and trust.’ 

Key clients

Microsoft Corp.

Nutanix, Inc.

Cisco

Bayer AG

Schlumberger

Work highlights

  • Represented Cisco in the merger clearance of its $2.6 billion acquisition of Acacia Communications
  • Represented Nutanix, Inc. in DOJ and JFTC investigations into whether IBM’s $34 billion acquisition of RedHat would inhibit choice and innovation in the market for open source hypervisors and enterprise Linux operating systems
  • Represented Schlumberger on the creation of a joint venture named Sensia with Rockwell Automation
  • Advised Bayer on the antitrust aspects of its acquisition of the remaining 59.2% stake in BlueRock Therapeutics
  • Advised Meade Pipeline in its $1.37 billion acquisition by NextEra Energy Corp

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP applies a holistic approach to the coordination of US and cross-border merger clearances. Department heads Renata Hesse and Steven Holley are the key partners in Washington DC and New York, respectively.

WilmerHale

WilmerHale advises on numerous US Hart-Scott-Rodino reviews and also opposes proposed mergers on behalf of long-time clients. Operating out of Washington DC, team head Thomas Mueller fields antitrust experience in the US and in Europe, which comes in handy in matters of a global scale. The main practitioners of his merger team also sit in the capital: Leon Greenfield also maintains a strong litigation practice, and Hartmut Schneider, who is dual-qualified in the US and in Germany, is well versed in securing merger clearance for transactions in a diverse range of industries and regularly counsels clients on legal issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Mueller

Other key lawyers:

Leon Greenfield; Hartmut Schneider; Perry Lange

Testimonials

‘WilmerHale’s antitrust practice from start to finish is professionally capable, client sensitive group with top-tier expertise and seamless project management.’

‘Hartmut Schneider has top-tier expertise, ability to understand complex industry concepts quickly, identify industry-specific issues timely. Keen client sensitivity and engages a team that provides highly sophisticated representation.’

Key clients

Danaher Corporation

Toshiba

Baker Hughes

Work highlights

  • Advising Danaher Corporation on its agreement with General Electric Company to acquire the Biopharma business of GE Life Sciences for a purchase price of approximately $21.4 billion
  • Assisting Toshiba in responding to FTC and EC investigations into potential violations of merger reporting requirements in connection with a large transaction
  • Assisting Baker Hughes in responding to FTC and EC investigations into potential violations of merger reporting requirements in connection with a large transaction

Allen & Overy LLP

The full service antitrust offering at Allen & Overy LLP includes obtaining clearance for domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and disposals as well as representation of third parties. Thanks to the firm's global reach, the US department frequently collaborates with offices in Europe and Asia to handle multijurisdictional filings. Department head Elaine Johnston is based in New York, where she focuses on technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services. She receives key support from two New York team members: associate Puja Patel and Joshua Shapiro, who was promoted to senior counsel in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Shapiro; Puja Patel

Testimonials

‘This is an exceptional team. Technically excellent but provide pragmatic advice.’

‘Excellent communication skills of technical advice to non-legal colleagues in the business.’

‘Elaine Johnston and Alastair Balfour’s vast experience is demonstrated by their articulate and pragmatic advice and calm approach. They always made themselves available to answer any question or query which he had on the anti-trust process of global public acquisition.’

‘Catherine Wylie demonstrated great ability to process vast amounts of technical scientific and business information. Even under pressure she remained extremely calm and was very thoughtful in all her communications with our non-legal colleagues, explaining technical knowledge in a practical way.’ 

Key clients

Associated British Foods

Advent International

Experian plc

Fresenius Kabi

BTG plc

Thomson Reuters

Hitachi ltd

Mubadala Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented BTG plc in its $4.2b takeover by Boston Scientific Group
  • Represented Mubadala in its parallel acquisitions of Citizens Lanier Holdings and OTPP Parking LLC by Cheese Holdings Inc., a consortium JV entity jointly held by ParkJockey Global, Inc. and MDC Capital Partners II
  • Served as global competition counsel for Advent in connection with its $3.39 billion acquisition of Evonik’s Methacrylates, Acrylic Products, CyPlus, and methacrylates resins business lines
  • Represented IFM in the acquisition of Buckeye Partners LP
  • Represented Agrosuper S.A. with regard to U.S. merger clearances relating to its $850 million acquisition of Empresas AquaChile S.A

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider

Antitrust, litigation and intellectual property boutique Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider obtains global clearance for combinations of rivals and strategic mergers around the world. The department is also active where the firm's three pillars intersect, for instance in patent acquisitions. John Harkrider in New York and Michael Keeley in Washington DC head the antitrust team, with significant activity in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare space. The San Francisco-based Daniel Bitton combines his antitrust litigation practice with merger clearance work adn EU expertise. In August 2019, Leslie Overton joined from Alston & Bird LLP where she guides clients through merger reviews.

Practice head(s):

John Harkrider; Michael Keeley

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bitton; Leslie Overton

Key clients

Stanley, Black & Decker (US) Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Silver Lake Partners

Charles River Laboratories

McKesson Corporation

KIK Custom Products

Tyson Foods

Nishikawa Rubber Co., Nishikawa of America, Inc., Nishikawa Cooper, LLC

The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global)

Shintech and Shin-Etsu

Work highlights

  • Served as lead global antitrust counsel for Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in its proposed $925M acquisition of Gatan, Inc. from Roper Technologies
  • Represented Thermo Fisher in its Fisher’s $1.7 billion acquisition of Brammer Bio
  • Acted as lead antitrust counsel in Charles River’s acquisition of Citoxlab
  • Represented Stanley Black & Decker in its acquisition of a 20% stake in MTD Products Inc
  • Served as lead antitrust counsel for Centerbridge Partners portfolio company, KIK Custom Products Inc. in its acquisition of NC Brands L.P

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP's US antitrust team is part of the firm's fully integrated global practice. Over the past year, the department has undergone numerous personnel changes: John Fedele and Teisha Johnson were promoted to partner in January 2019 and January 2020, respectively. In December 2019, Mark Hamer was promoted to global antitrust chair and Creighton Macy assumed the post of North America chair in Washington DC. Both field government experience from their time at the DOJ's Antitrust Division and now jointly lead the US team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hamer; Creighton Macy

Other key lawyers:

Teisha Johnson; John Fedele; Brian Burke

Key clients

Freeman Decorating Company

Knauf Industries

Knorr-Bremse AG

Sika AG

Quest Diagnostics

NHK Spring

Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals

Unilever

Cineplex

Galapagos

Mirtha

Daimler

DMGT

BGRS

Work highlights

  • Represented Knauf in its successful USD 7 billion acquisition of USG Corporation
  • Represented Freeman Decorating Company in connection with the proposed sale of its Encore subsidiary to Blackstone, which owns one of Encore’s leading competitors, PSAV
  • Helped represent Sika AG on the US merger control aspects of its acquisition of French mortar manufacturer, Parex, from financial investor CVC Capital partners
  • Acted as lead counsel to Galapagos NV on its 10 year global research and development collaboration with Gilead Sciences, Inc
  • Advised Cineplex in its acquisition by Cineworld Group for $2.1 billion

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

The pillars of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's merger control practice are strong client relationships with numerous financial institutions as well as seamless collaboration with the firm's corporate department. 'Stellar' department head Elai Katz and his New-York based team frequently take the position of advising lenders and underwriters of transactions on merger reviews and possible antitrust concerns on a domestic and international scale. At the same time, the group handles antitrust aspects of transaction negotiations and filings. 'Outstanding' counsel Lauren Rackow is particularly active in advice to financing entities of large mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Elai Katz

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Rackow

Testimonials

‘Cahill works – compared to other US law firms – with rather smaller teams which is cost-wise a significant advantage. If necessary, they quickly scale up the team.’

‘Elai Katz is stellar. Very profound legal knowledge as well as market expertise in the fields I have worked with him (airline catering services) and incredibly responsive.’

‘The team is super professional and supplies excellent legal services. Very flexible in thinking and always putting the client’s needs top of the list.’

‘A great team to work with on international mergers. They knew how to bring their experience and knowledge and work in a team with other law firms and jurisdictions to bring out the best results.’ 

‘Elai Katz knows how to think outside the box but never looses sight of the client and the case.’

‘Lauren Rackow is an outstanding lawyer, professional, efficient and very client orientated.’ 

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Economic Professors in Ohio v. American Express

Tembec Inc.

Envigo International Holdings, Inc.

Bank of America, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co., UBS & other investment banks and underwriters

American Express

S&P Global (Standard & Poor’s Financial Services)

ICON plc

Arch Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Envigo International Holdings, Inc. (Envigo) in connection with the completed transaction whereby LabCorp’s Covance Drug Development segment acquired Envigo’s nonclinical research services business and Envigo’s Research Models Services business acquired the Covance Research Products business
  • Provided antitrust to financing sources of the prospective Sprint/T-Mobile merger
  • Advice to American Express Company and its card and travel businesses with respect to business practices, M&A, collaborations, and antitrust compliance

Clifford Chance

The antitrust department at Clifford Chance has strengthened its bench in Washington DC significantly over the course of 2019. Most importantly, Sharis Pozen joined the department from a senior in-house post at General Electric in May 2019 to assume the position as global antitrust co-head. Together with US antitrust practice head Timothy Cornell in Washington DC, she is developing a team equipped specifically to assist clients with cutting-edge topics such as standard setting, big data, biosimilars and platform investigations. The firm advises clients from industrials, telecoms and technology sectors on a wide range of merger control matters including the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. In March 2020, the practice received an additional boost with the arrival of Peter Mucchetti from the DOJ, where he served as Chief of the Antitrust Division's Healthcare and Consumer Products Section.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Cornell; Sharis Pozen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Van Arsdall

Testimonials

‘Experienced team with a global perspective.’

Key clients

S&P Global

CVC Capital Partners

Henkel

Partners Group AG

Mitsubishi

L’Oréal

The Carlyle Group

General Electric

Symrise AG

JP Morgan

Work highlights

  • Advising Symrise AG on its US$900 million acquisition of American Dehydrated Foods / International Dehydrated Foods
  • Advised NEX on its acquisition by CME
  • Advised Inmarsat of its sale to go private, in which its equity was acquired by a consortium of private investors
  • Providing merger control advice as well as taking care of all U.S. merger control filings for Partners Group AG
  • Advising Europcar on all aspects of its acquisition of 100% of Fox Rent A Car for a combination of cash and shares of Europcar

King & Spalding LLP

The 'strong bench' at King & Spalding LLP is retained by clients to navigate not just domestic but also global transactions. Financial services, healthcare and energy are areas of particular focus, with increasing expertise in the technology sector. Norm Armstrong and Jeffrey Spigel, both of whom are located in Washington DC, are in joint charge of the merger control group. John Carroll adds to the firm's bench in the capital, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions of healthcare clients. Associate Meaghan Griffith, also in Washington DC, provides key support in merger clearance work.

Practice head(s):

Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel

Other key lawyers:

John Carroll; Meaghan Griffith; Brian Meiners

Testimonials

‘Strong bench of well-connected practitioners.’

‘Jeff Spigel, Norm Armstrong and John Carroll are strong.’

Key clients

Porsche Cars North America

BASF Corporation

Equifax

InterContinental Hotels Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Hanesbrands

Ochsner Health System

Progressive Casualty Insurance Company

HD Supply

Energizer

Tenet Healthcare

Universal Health Services

Transocean Ltd.

The Home Depot

Sutter Health System

Starwood Energy Group

RedBuilt LLC

Kemira Chemcals, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

WestRock Company

Work highlights

  • Represented TSYS in merger clearance of its $54 billion all-stock merger of equals with Global Payments
  • Merger clearance work for Energizer’s $2 billion acquisition of Spectrum Holdings
  • Advice to SunTrust Bank on antitrust aspects of integration planning and information sharing between the banks for a $21.5 billion merger of equals with BB&T
  • Advising Ochsner Health System in its $300 million strategic transaction to merge with Lafayette General Health System
  • Represented WestRock Co. in a U.S. Department of Justice Second Request investigation of its $4.9 billion strategic acquisition of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright accompanies clients from a wide range of industries in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures from start to finish. The department analyzes antitrust implications of proposed transactions, determines the required filings and secures agency clearance. Robin Adelstein in New York heads up the antitrust and competition practice group. The Washington DC-based Daniel Wellington plays a key role in the merger team, where he represents clients such as health care providers, hospitals, physicians and provider networks in sales and acquisitions. In January 2019 Vic Domen joined from the Tennessee Attorney General's office and Amanda Wait moved from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Practice head(s):

Robin Adelstein

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wellington; Layne Kruse; Vic Domen; Amanda Wait

Key clients

Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Willis-Knighton Hospital System, Louisiana

Phillips 66

CHRISTUS

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Bausch + Lomb

Work highlights

  • Advised Vallourec on the sale of its Drilling Products activity to US company National Oilwell Varco (NOV)
  • Defeated a competitor’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop an alleged merger by Willis-Knighton Medical Center with physicians from the LSU Medical School in Shreveport, Louisiana

Ropes & Gray LLP

Pre-merger reporting obligations, merger and acquisition clearance and remedy negotiations with competition authorities are among the service portfolio of Ropes & Gray LLP's merger control group. The team has a strong client base of private equity firms and other investors, regularly advising both on antitrust implications of strategic transactions. In addition, the department assists high-net-worth individuals with merger control regulations concerning start-up transactions, follow-on investments and stock-based compensation for executive service. Mark Popofsky in Washington DC leads the overall antitrust practice and counsel Deidre Johnson in Boston takes responsibility for the merger practice, especially for HSR filings. Based in Washington DC, Michael McFalls represents particularly pharmaceutical and medical device companies in transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Popofsky; Deidre Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Michael McFalls; Jonathan Klarfeld

Key clients

Baring Private Equity Asia

Genstar Capital

Bain Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Baring Private Equity Asia on the acquisition of Pioneer Corporation for approximately $900 million
  • Advised Genstar Capital on the approximately $1.2 billion acquisition of CRF Health

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Antitrust lawyers at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP collaborate closely with the firm's corporate practice to handle merger reviews and Hart-Scott-Rodino filings of primarily mid-market deals. The department is headed by the San Francisco-based Michael Scarborough and often makes use of a pull and refile to avoid second requests. Bevin Newman from Jones Day is a significant addition to the Washington DC office, bringing her healthcare expertise. The firm's offices in the capital further fields Robert Magielnicki, a pre-merger expert with knowledge of business law. David Garcia serves as managing partner of the Century City office, alongside his antitrust transaction practice with a focus on healthcare and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scarborough

Other key lawyers:

David Garcia; Robert Magielnicki; Bevin Newman; Leo Caseria

Key clients

Harris Corp.

Arlington Capital Partners

The Polyclinic

United Flexible, Inc.

Samsung Electronics

Work highlights

  • Represented United Flexible, Inc., a subsidiary of Arlington Capital Partners, in its acquisition by British engineering conglomerate Smiths Group Plc. for approximately $345 million
  • Represented The Polyclinic, a multi-specialty physician group in the Seattle, Washington area, in its acquisition by a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group
  • Representing Samsung Electronics America, Inc. with respect to subpoenas from the New York State Attorney General in the Sprint/ T-Mobile merger investigation
  • Represented Summit Medical Group, one of the nation’s premier independent multi-specialty medical practices, in its merger with CityMD
  • Represented a private bottling company that served as a key witness in the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of a proposed three-way joint venture created by Alpek, Indorama Ventures, and Far Eastern New Century to acquire an under-construction facility in Corpus Christi, Texas from bankrupt competitor M&G for $1.1 billion

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz operates its merger and acquisitions antitrust practice from New York. Damian DiddenNelson FittsIlene Gotts and Joseph Larson are the key names to note in this area of competition law.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP attracts praise for its strong transatlantic merger practice, particularly in collaboration with the firm's teams in London and Brussels. Operating out of New York, the department is jointly led by cross-border experts William Rooney and Jeffrey Korn. The latter focuses primarily on merger matters and regulatory investigations, whereas the former displays a key strength in advising internet and financial technology clients. Overall, the merger control team covers a broad range of industries with a strong suit in healthcare and private equity sectors. Wesley Powell takes a leading role in civil as well as criminal antitrust matters and enhances his merger control practice with expertise in financial services, health care and insurance.

Practice head(s):

William Rooney; Jeffrey Korn

Other key lawyers:

Wesley Powell

Key clients

Fidelity National Information Services Inc.

Former JPMorgan currency trader

Constantia Flexibles

Vintage Capital Management LLC

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Arkema Innovative Chemistry

Marsh-McLennan Companies

CRF Health Group Limited.

ITE Management LP

Healthequity, Inc.

Former Bank of America and Deutsche Bank trader

RenaissanceRe

Viking Global

Third Point LLC

ValueAct Capital

Owl Creek Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Fidelity National Information Services Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Worldpay, Inc.
  • Represented Constantia in connection with the $6.8 billion Amcor/Bemis transaction
  • Represented Vintage Capital in a nationally followed case against Rent-A-Center after Rent-A-Center terminated a merger claiming that the antitrust conditions had not been satisfied and the termination date had not been extended notwithstanding a pending Second Request by the FTC
  • Advised ITE in its purchase of American Railcar Industries Inc. (ARI) from Icahn Holdings
  • Represented RenaissanceRe in its acquisition of Tokio Marine Holdings’ reinsurance platform