Antitrust & Competition

Experience

  • Litigation/Investigations

    • A Japanese bank in the ongoing TIBOR litigation.
    • Ongoing representation of a distributor of medical supplies in tying, bundling and monopolization claims against major competing distributors.
    • The American Association of Publishers and five publishing houses in responding to a Department of Justice antitrust investigation relating to the proposed settlement of a copyright infringement action challenging Google’s plan to build a virtual library.
    • A major global financial institution in obtaining dismissal of antitrust claims relating to auction-rate securities.
    • A U.S. vitamin producer in defending federal and state court claims by U.S. and non-U.S. parties in the Vitamins Antitrust Litigation.
    • A pharmaceutical company in an FTC investigation of a “reverse payment” patent settlement.
    • A vitamin manufacturer in one of the largest price fixing litigations ever, and Columbian Chemicals Company (a subsidiary of Phelps Dodge) in a series of actions relating to alleged price fixing of carbon black.
    • Insurance clients in investigations and court proceedings concerning allegations of bid-rigging in insurance sales.
    • Westpac Banking in the interchange fee class actions.
    • A municipal securities broker in a federal criminal investigation of “courtesy quote” practices.
    • A chemical company in the successful defense of an FTC investigation of competition in a highly concentrated industry.
    • Swedish Match in its antitrust claims against UST for whom we obtained a settlement of more than $200 million.
  • Mergers and Joint Ventures

    • Hojeij Branded Foods in its $330 million sale to Lagardère Travel Retail.
    • Solenis, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company, in its combination with BASF's paper and water chemicals business.
    • TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, with Humana, in their $1.4 billion acquisition of Curo Health Services.
    • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its acquisition of Manna Pro, a leading producer of nutritional supplements and other animal products, from The Carlyle Group.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of a majority interest in American Greetings.
    • Dover Corporation in its acquisition of Germany-based Ettlinger, a leading manufacturer of filtering solutions for the plastics recycling industry.
    • Precision Medicine Group in a new $275 million investment.
    • Westfield in the company’s $24.7 billion sale to Unibail-Rodamco, Europe's largest listed commercial property company.
    • Time Inc. in its $2.8 billion sale to Meredith.
    • Pacific Life and Aviation Capital Group in the minority investment by Tokyo Century in Aviation Capital Group, a transaction which won the Airline Economics Aviation 100 “2017 Overall Equity Deal of the Year” award.
    • Discovery Communications in its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive.
    • Helios Investment Partners in the formation of a joint-venture with GBfoods targeting the African fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, creating one of Africa's largest FMCG groups, operating in 30 African countries, including leadership positions in Nigeria and Ghana.
    • Solenis in merger control aspects of its acquisition of Nopco Paper Technology.
    • American International Group in several transactions with Fairfax Financial, a leading global property and casualty insurer and reinsurer, as part of a strategic partnership in 12 jurisdictions across Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe.
    • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Ascot from American International Group.
    • Solenis in the merger control aspects of its Lostris and Wester Blend acquisitions.
    • Rank Group in its acquisitions of Pactiv, Blue Ridge Paper Products, the CPG division of Honeywell and Graham Packaging.
    • Pernod Ricard in its €5.6 billion acquisition of Vin & Sprit, makers of Absolut Vodka, from the Kingdom of Sweden and in its acquisitions of Allied Domecq and a portion of Seagram’s wine and spirits business.
    • The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Dell in the $24.9 billion sale of Dell to an investor group including Michael Dell and Silver Lake.
    • The Carlyle Group in its $3.3 billion acquisition of Getty Images.
    • Schneider Electric in its $2 billion acquisition of Telvent GIT SA, a software and solutions provider to the electricity, water, transportation and oil and gas industries.
    • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Carlyle Group, Kelso & Company, Providence Equity Partners and other private equity investors in numerous acquisitions and dispositions in the US and internationally.
    • The Associated Press in establishing an online registry for news services.