Ms Christine Varney > Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP > NEW YORK, United States > Lawyer Profile

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
United States

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Christine A. Varney is the Chair of Cravath’s Antitrust practice. Ms. Varney has been widely recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States in both private practice and in government service, and she is the only person to have served as both the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Varney formulates global antitrust strategy for clients in connection with joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions, including advising on business conduct or potential investments to ensure compliance with antitrust laws, securing antitrust regulatory approvals, and handling internal or governmental investigations into anticompetitive behavior. Her clients span diverse industries, including cable, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, transportation, technology and telecommunications.

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United States > Antitrust > Merger control

(Leading lawyers)

Christine VarneyCravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP remains highly active in merger clearances, working in close collaboration with the firm’s dominant M&A practice on HSR filings, FTC and DOJ investigations, including Second Requests, and contentious merger review proceedings. The ‘results-oriented‘ team has seen success in several of its major ongoing transactions, including representing Mylan in its completed merger with Upjohn to form Viatris, and Illumina in its $8bn acquisition of GRAIL, and is also acting on major new transactions including Afterpay’s purchase by Square, and AerCap’s acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from General Electric. This reflects the firm’s broad blue-chip client base and capabilities in a range of highly scrutinised market sectors, including pharma, tech, and utilities. Practice head Christine Varney is former Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ Antitrust Division, offering vast expertise in review processes for high-stakes, multijurisdictional mergers, alongside a strong record in merger litigation. Maggie Segall continues to establish herself at the top table, playing a key role in the ongoing AerCap and Afterpay mandates, and is increasingly sought-after by major clients for complex and heavily scrutinised deals. All lawyers are in New York.

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

The antitrust practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP handles contentious matters ranging from allegations of price-fixing, monopolization, and coordination in output to industry-wide conspiracy allegations for a vast variety of sectors and clients. Led by Christine Varney, the department is sought after for its experience and success rate in high-stakes civil litigation and class action cases, regularly handling matters at the intersection of antitrust with other areas, such as securities and intellectual property. ‘Standout star’ Kevin Orsini has defended claims on behalf of household names including American Express and Time Warner, while Evan Chesler brings to bear outstanding expertise in bet-the-company cases across a large range of industries. Other names to note are Peter Barbur, whose expertise spans antitrust issues such as securities litigation and other unlawful competition claims, as well as former FTC Assistant Director Daniel Zach who joined the firm at the end of 2021. All mentioned attorneys are located in the firm’s New York office.