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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20006-2401
United States
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Robert B. Bell is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He is a former clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White and US District Court Judge Thomas A. Flannery. Robert has wide experience securing antitrust clearance for mergers and acquisitions from both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, and in representing companies and individuals in criminal and civil antitrust matters. He also regularly counsels clients on matters involving antitrust litigation and provides antitrust counseling on issues ranging from competitor collaborations to vertical distribution arrangements. His experience covers a wide array of industry sectors, including imaging, communications, defense, entertainment, manufacturing, mining, chemicals and transportation.


Stanford Law School, J.D., 1980, Order of the Coif., Editor, Stanford Journal of International Studies
University of Cambridge, M.A., Economics, 1977
Dartmouth College, B.A., 1975, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

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United States > Antitrust > Merger control

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.

United States > Antitrust > Cartel

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is retained by domestic and multinational corporations alike to assist with criminal investigations alleging a wide array of antitrust issues such as price-fixing and market rigging. The Washington DC-based William Kolasky spearheads the department, with cartel investigations making up a significant part of his practice. Also located in the capital, Robert Bell provides advice on an extensive portfolio including competitor collaborations and vertical distribution agreements. Marc Weinstein in New York is especially active in assisting clients from the financial services industry. In April 2019, the Washington DC office welcomed Philip Giordano from Arnold & Porter to the antitrust group.