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Ian John

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Antitrust & Competition


Ian focuses on advising clients and representing them before the antitrust enforcement authorities on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, including complex cross-border transactions, in a diverse range of industries. Ian has appeared before the U.S. DOJ, FTC, DOD, state antitrust authorities, the Canadian Bureau of Competition and the European Commission, representing a number of major corporations in connection with antitrust investigations of merger and acquisition transactions, both consensual and contested.


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995; Bowdoin College, B.A., 1990.

United States: Antitrust

Merger control

Within: Merger control

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a strong track record negotiating clearances of complex multibillion-dollar transactions with significant competition issues. Ian John, Peter McCormack, Chicago-based James Mutchnik and others advised Bain Capital on its $3.2bn carve-out acquisition of Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division, and also its food hygiene and cleaning business. The team also assisted the same client with the $1.2bn sale of Consolidated Container Company to Loews Corporation. Illustrative of its other work, John and Katherine Rocco acted as antitrust counsel to AkzoNobel in its successful defense against an unsolicited takeover attempt by PPG in 2017. Matthew Reilly, Mark Kovner, Marin Boney and recent hire Carla Hine (who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in 2017) are among the practitioners based in Washington DC. Named individuals are based in New York, except where otherwise stated.

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