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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Ian John

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Antitrust & Competition


Ian advises clients and represents them before the antitrust enforcement authorities on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, including complex cross-border transactions. He has represented clients from a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, beef processing, beer, building material, chemicals, computer hardware and software, consumer goods, defense, fertilizer, financial products, food and beverage, hospitality, insurance, life sciences, managed care, media and telecommunications, natural gas and oil exploration and transportation, retail, satellites, semiconductors, skilled nursing facilities, and transportation.


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

United States: Antitrust

Merger control

Within: Merger control

Kirkland & Ellis LLP recently advised Bain Capital and its portfolio companies on the antitrust aspects of a number of strategic transactions, and Blackstone appointed the group to handle its partnership with its portfolio company Alight and Wipro. Out of Washington DC, Mark Kovner, Jeffrey Ayer and Marin Boney advised Boeing on its acquisition of KLX and its proposed takeover of Millennium Space Systems. Also notable is Matthew Reilly, who was part of the team which guided Spectrum Brands through the sale of its battery and lighting business to Energizer. In New York, Ian John led advice to Charter Communications regarding its creation of a 50/50 operating platform partnership with Comcast. Katherine Rocco and Peter McCormack are also contacts to note in New York. Key names in Chicago include James Mutchnik and Luke Ruse, who are defending Citadel Securities as a third party in a DOJ investigation into the announced purchase of NEX by CME.

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