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Mayer Brown

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Adrian Steel

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Adrian Steel is a partner in the Washington office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Antitrust & Competition practices. He focuses on assisting clients secure approval of mergers, share acquisitions, asset sales, and other control transactions from foreign competition authorities, and he assists several major international corporations in globally coordinating their merger control filings. He concentrates on identifying new developments in filing requirements and in assisting clients in efficiently and effectively obtaining timely approvals. In administrative and regulatory matters, Adrian represents corporations before federal and state administrative agencies in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings, including representation of major Class I rail carriers in proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board. In the area of dispute resolution, Adrian represents corporate clients in securities fraud, products liability, breach of contract, and other business litigation matters. He manages complex multistate litigation involving the coordination of pending cases and discovery. He also has experience with, and has served as a party-appointed arbitrator, in major commercial disputes. A member of Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office since 1981, Adrian served as co-Chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee from 2005 to 2011. Following law school graduation, he was Law Clerk to The Honorable William H. Webster, US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and from 1978 to 1981 was Special Assistant to Judge Webster when the Judge served as Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Between those assignments, Adrian practiced with a St. Louis law firm.


United States: Antitrust

Merger control

Within: Merger control

Mayer Brown has a full-service practice covering all aspects of merger control, including pre-merger analysis (such as advice on strategic structurings and transactions to balance competition concerns), Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) and international filings, and merger investigations and litigation. William Stallings and Mark Ryan acted for CNH Industrial as the initial complainant in the DOJ’s lawsuit seeking to block Deere & Company’s proposed acquisition of Precision Planting from Monsanto. The team also advised CNH on a review of the same transaction by Brazilian antitrust agency CADE. In 2016, Stallings, Ryan and counsel Meytal McCoy advised Virgin America on the DOJ’s review of its proposed takeover by Alaska Air Group, and also on a related private lawsuit. More recently, Scott Perlman and senior counsel Adrian Steel are acting for Global Houghton in the FTC’s second request investigation into the proposed $1.4bn sale of the business to Quaker Chemical; the firm’s Brussels office is handling a related investigation in Europe. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: rail and road - litigation

Within: Transport: rail and road - litigation

The Washington DC-based team at Mayer Brown specializes in appellate work for major railroad companies and has played a major role in the development of precedent concerning railroad tort liability. Indeed, Evan Tager is leading a team defending CSX Transportation in more than 25 environmental tort claims arising from the derailment of a train carrying chemical cargo. Senior counsel Adrian Steel and counsel Peter Denton are representing BNSF Railway Company in a high-value dispute with Union Pacific Railroad Corporation concerning the allocation of costs associated with certain tracking rights agreements between the two parties. Andrew Tauber is involved in an environment-related claim concerning federal pre-emption.

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Transport: rail and road - regulation

Within: Transport: rail and road - regulation

With dedicated specialists in the rail and road sectors, Mayer Brown is often involved in legislative and rulemaking procedures and advises railroads, auto manufacturers and tech companies on the most pressing industry regulations. Acting for CSX Transportation, Andrew Tauber and Evan Tager successfully advocated against proposed legislation that would have prohibited one-person train crews. Senior counsel Adrian Steel led a team assisting BNSF Railway with the exercise of its access rights to a rail line jointly owned by Union Pacifc and Kansas City Southern Railway. The auto group, which includes Linda Rhodes, has expertise in cybersecurity and traffic safety issues. Erika Jones is another key contact, and Los Angeles-based partners Philip Recht and Andrew Kugler have experience in driverless car projects.

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