Mr Matthew Reilly > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States
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Matt focuses on a wide range of antitrust matters, including complex transactions (and any related litigation), antitrust counseling, and government investigations. Matt is frequently relied upon to obtain regulatory clearance for many of the toughest, high profile deals. Representative clients and transactions include Bristol-Myers Squibb in its acquisition of Celgene, AbbVie in its pending acquisition of Allergan, Liqui-Box in its acquisition of DS Smith Plastics, Staples in its acquisition of Essendant, GlaxoSmithKline in its joint venture with Pfizer, Tronox in its acquisition of Cristal’s TiO2 business, Spectrum Brands’ sale of Rayovac to Energizer, Mazor Robotics’ sale to Medtronic, Sycamore Partners, Health Care Service Corporation, Blackstone, and Cinven.


Former Assistant Director, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Mergers IV Division (2007-2012); Deputy Assistant Director, Mergers I Division (2004-2007). Awarded the Chairman’s Award (the FTC’s highest honor) for numerous successes in high-profile litigations.


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1995; Duke University, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, M.A., 1991; Colby College, B.A., 1988.

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United States > Antitrust > Merger control

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Matthew ReillyKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is heavily active in merger clearances, successfully securing approvals for its highly acquisitive corporate and private equity clients, including such major funds as Blackstone, KKR, and Bain Capital, handling a large proportion of HSR filings alongside more contentious merger proceedings such as Second Requests and DOJ investigations. Alongside its strong domestic presence, the firm also regularly handles cross-border clearances, appearing before the European Commission and other global enforcers, and collaborating with its international offices on complex multijurisdictional matters. Key names in the team include the vastly experienced Matthew Reilly, a fixture in FTC and DOJ merger proceedings on behalf of a wide range of blue-chip clients and New York-based Ian John, who notably represented Ahold Delhaize in the clearance of its acquisition of Fresh Direct. Marin Boney has strong expertise in the software and technology space, handling approvals and investigations for M&A and joint ventures. The team expanded significantly during 2021, with Andrea Agathoklis Murino and Matthew Wheatley arriving from Goodwin in January and March respectively, Jill Ross joining the New York office from Dechert LLP in May, and media and entertainment specialist Scott Scheele arriving from the Antitrust Division in December. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.