Mr Mike Cowie > Dechert LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
1900 K STREET, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20006
United States
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Work Department

Antitrust/Competition

Position

Partner

Career

Mike Cowie, Co-Chair of Dechert’s global antitrust/competition group, has handled high-profile, strategic projects for some of the world’s largest and most successful companies. His advice builds upon insights gained while directing antitrust investigations for the government.

Mr. Cowie served in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition as Assistant Director, where he managed a 25-attorney team responsible for antitrust merger investigations. Mr. Cowie earlier served as the FTC’s Senior Litigation Counsel responsible for leading the Commission’s antitrust litigation. The FTC awarded Mr. Cowie several honors, including the FTC’s Meritorious Service and Superior Service awards, and selected him to represent the FTC in its Merger Investigation Best Practices Initiative.

He has led the work obtaining government approval for transactions that have been recognized as Global M&A Deal of the Year by the American Lawyer, Deal of the Year by The Deal, Merger Control Matter of the Year by Global Competition Review, and Innovative Project of the Year by the Financial Times.

Memberships

  • ABA Antitrust Section, Long Range Planning Committee (2016), Foreign Investment and Antitrust Interface Task Force (2013-2015)
  • Vice Chair, Antitrust Programs (2011-2013)
  • Vice-Chair, Mergers & Acquisition Committee (2008-2010)
  • Editorial Board, Competition Law 360 (2011-2013)
  • Editor, Antitrust Law Journal, Antitrust Magazine, and The Antitrust Source (1997-2005)
  • Chair, Antitrust Committee, ABA’s Administrative Law Section (2004-2005)

Education

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A., Economics, 1986, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in Economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honorary Society
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989, cum laude, Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Dechert LLP is praised by a client for having a ‘very strong antitrust team, with tremendous depth on the bench and a keen insight on how to deal with the most vexing issues’. The firm handles matters across the whole range of antitrust litigation, including price-fixing and supply-reduction conspiracies as well as monopolization claims and other unfair competition. Specialising in antitrust defense litigation, Philadelphia-based Steven Bizar leads the practice together with Mike Cowie in Washington DC, who is particularly experienced in representing clients from the health care and life sciences industries. Also specialized in life sciences is George G Gordon in Philadelphia, while Shari Ross Lahlou has secured significant wins in tying, exclusive dealing, and cartel matters from the firm’s DC hub. At the beginning of 2022, Philadelphia-based Julia Chapman was elected to partner; she focuses on antitrust and complex commercial litigation in industries such as life sciences, chemicals, and agriculture.

United States > Antitrust > Merger control

Dechert LLP advises clients throughout complex merger review processes, including FTC and DOJ challenges and consent orders, as well as representing in merger litigation. Alongside its existing strength in healthcare, the firm also regularly advises clients in retail, energy, and private equity, as well as handling cross-border merger proceedings in collaboration with its global platform. Former FTC assistant director Mike Cowie specializes in government investigations and challenges in the health care and life sciences space, and now co-heads the team alongside Philadelphia-based Steven Bizar. James A Fishkin handles reviews and merger litigation, and is particularly strong in the retail sector, while up-and-coming Rani Habash advises clients throughout pre-merger risk assessments, negotiations with counterparties, and DOJ and FTC investigations, with notable clients including CVS Health and Aetna. Counsel Gregory Luib is also noted for his representation of clients in FTC and DOJ merger investigations. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.