Merger control in United States
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.
Debbie Feinstein; Jonathan Gleklen
- 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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
JUUL Labs, Inc.
Commercial Metals Company
- 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 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.
Steven Bizar; Michael Weiner
‘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.’
One Equity Partners (PeroxyChem)
Fresenius Medical Care
J.H. Whitney & Co.
DTE Energy Company
- 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.
Steven Sunshine; Clifford Aronson
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.
Steven A. Newborn
‘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.’
Walgreens Boot Alliance
- 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
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.
Maureen Ohlhausen; John Taladay; Stephen Weissman
‘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.’
ARCH COAL, INC.
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM GMBH
INDORAMA VENTURES PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED
LIBERTY MEDIA CORPORATION / SIRIUSXM
MERCK & CO., INC.
NOVARTIS INTERNATIONAL AG
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL GROUP OF COMPANIES / EQUILON ENTERPRISES LLC
RWJ BARNABAS HEALTH
SI GROUP, INC.
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED/UNITEDHEALTHCARE, INC./OPTUM, INC.
- 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
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.
Other key lawyers:
Margaret Segall D’Amico
‘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.’
INEOS Enterprises Group Limited
New Media Investment Group Inc.
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Peabody Energy Corporation
Pitney Bowes Inc.
- 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.
Shawn Johnson; Jason Murray
United Technologies Corporation
Blue Cross BlueShield Association
General Mills, Inc.
- 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.
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.
‘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.’
Nutrien, Ltd. (formerly Potash Corporation Saskatchewan)
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Ares Capital & National Veterinary Associates
Nexstar Broadcasting Group, LLC
WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Vista Equity Partners
Olympus Partners/Liqui-Box Corporation
Madison Dearborn Partners
- 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 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.
Amanda Reeves; Chris Yates
‘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.’
Epsilon Data Management, LLC
The Toro Company
Apollo Global Management
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
- 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 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.
Peter Guryan; Sara Razi; John Terzaken
‘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.’
First Data Corp.
K2M Group Holdings
La Quinta Holdings
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Taiyo Nippon Sanso
The Boeing Company
Vistra Energy Corp.
- 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
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.
J. Mark Gidley; George Paul
Newmont Mining Corp.
Roark Capital Management, LLC
SodaStream International Ltd.
- 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 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.
Daniel M. Abuhoff; Gary W. Kubek; Ted Hassi; Mike Schaper
Bain Capital Private Equity, Diamond Castle, and Beacon Health Option
Clayton Dubilier & Rice and Portfolio Companies
DBS Bank Ltd.
Elliott Management Corporation
Impax Laboratories, LLC
Pernod Ricard SA
Prudential Financial, Inc./Assurance IQ
The Bank of Yokohama, Ltd.
Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.
TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
Tribune Media Company
- 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.
Scott Hammond; Daniel Swanson; Rachel Brass
Heritage Pharmaceutical, and its parent company Emcure
Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal
- 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 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.
Andrea Agathoklis Murino; Christopher Holding
‘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.’
Beth Israel Lahey Health System
Carbon Black, Inc.
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.
- 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
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.
‘Pragmatic and easy to work with.’
‘Meghan Rissmiller is very dedicated and able to bridge the potential gap between lawyers and business.’
Multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans
Ford Motor Company
Marvell Technology Group
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
- 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 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.
‘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.’
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd
Marfrig Global Foods S.A.
- 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
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.
David Hanselman; Stephen Wu
Other key lawyers:
‘Practical advice based on accurate understanding of the facts and knowledge.’
‘Stefan Meisner is extremely diligent and tries to understand the client’s goal.’
Impax Laboratories, Inc. and Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Southern Illinois Healthcare
American Gypsum Company LLC
Silver Cross Hospital
Prospect Medical Holdings/Roger Williams Medical Center
The Permanente Medical Group
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
Bemis Co., Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
- 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 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.
Steven A. Reed; Jon Roellke; Harry Robins
Other key lawyers:
David Brenneman, Ryan Kantor; Maria Luisa Di Lauro
AP Moller Maersk
Apollo Global Management LLC
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Digital Colony Partners
Merck & Co. Inc.
New-Indy (a Robert Kraft company)
Perrigo Company plc
Securus Technologies Inc.
Sun Capital Partners Inc.
- 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 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.
‘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.’
CDH Investment Partners and a strategic partner
Symphony Technology Group
- 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 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.
Aidan Synnott; Andrew Finch; Jonathan Kanter; Rick Rule
Other key lawyers:
‘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 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.
‘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.’
- 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 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.
Darren Tucker; Hill Wellford
Other key lawyers:
Apollo Global Management
Basalt Infrastructure Partners
Blue Racer, LLC
Energy Transfer LP
First Reserve Corporation
HeartBrand Beef, Inc.
HEB Grocery Company LP
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
Kibo Software Inc.
Maxell, Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America
Magellan Midstream Partners
MoneyGram International Inc.
Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners
New Fortress Energy
Phadia US Inc.
Plains All American Pipeline
PennEnergy Resources, LLC
Quantum Energy Partners
Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)
SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc.
Southwest Airlines, Inc.
US Well Services
Vida Capital Partners
Wanhua Chemical (America) Co., Ltd.
- 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 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.
Enterprise Products Partners
Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA
RagingWire Data Centers, Inc.
Antech Diagnostics, Inc.
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
Aleksandr Livshits; Matthew Joseph; George Wolfe
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.
Laurel Road Bank
- 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 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.
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.
Cenveo Worldwide Ltd.
Pure Power Tech
- 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
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.
Other key lawyers:
William Stallings; Oral Pottinger
‘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.’
- 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 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 Gerrits. Jon 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.
- 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 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.
Ben Bradshaw; Ian Simmons
‘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.’
AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.
Endo Pharmaceuticals plc
Honeywell International Inc.
Global Music Rights LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
US Airways Group, Inc.
- 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
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.
‘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.’
- 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
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.
‘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.’
- 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.
‘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.’
Associated British Foods
- 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.
John Harkrider; Michael Keeley
Stanley, Black & Decker (US) Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Silver Lake Partners
Charles River Laboratories
KIK Custom Products
Nishikawa Rubber Co., Nishikawa of America, Inc., Nishikawa Cooper, LLC
The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global)
Shintech and Shin-Etsu
- 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'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.
Mark Hamer; Creighton Macy
Freeman Decorating Company
- 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
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Economic Professors in Ohio v. American Express
Envigo International Holdings, Inc.
Bank of America, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co., UBS & other investment banks and underwriters
S&P Global (Standard & Poor’s Financial Services)
- 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
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.
Timothy Cornell; Sharis Pozen
Other key lawyers:
Michael Van Arsdall
‘Experienced team with a global perspective.’
CVC Capital Partners
Partners Group AG
The Carlyle Group
- 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
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.
Norm Armstrong; Jeff Spigel
‘Strong bench of well-connected practitioners.’
‘Jeff Spigel, Norm Armstrong and John Carroll are strong.’
Porsche Cars North America
InterContinental Hotels Group
The Coca-Cola Company
Ochsner Health System
Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
Universal Health Services
The Home Depot
Sutter Health System
Starwood Energy Group
Kemira Chemcals, Inc.
Peloton Interactive, Inc.
- 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 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.
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
Willis-Knighton Hospital System, Louisiana
Bausch + Lomb
- 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
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.
Mark Popofsky; Deidre Johnson
Other key lawyers:
Michael McFalls; Jonathan Klarfeld
Baring Private Equity Asia
- 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
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.
Arlington Capital Partners
United Flexible, Inc.
- 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
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.
William Rooney; Jeffrey Korn
Other key lawyers:
Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
Former JPMorgan currency trader
Vintage Capital Management LLC
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Arkema Innovative Chemistry
CRF Health Group Limited.
ITE Management LP
Former Bank of America and Deutsche Bank trader
Third Point LLC
Owl Creek Asset Management
- 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