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Antitrust, Competition & Distribution


Antitrust Issues in M&A, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Arrangements

Listed below are representative antitrust matters in which our partners have participated.

  • Representing a leading medical device company in the $175 million acquisition of an international medical systems company.
  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company in connection with an agreement to transfer to another pharmaceutical company certain rights to market defibrotide in the United States and elsewhere in the Americas.
  • Representing the third largest independent owner of LNG carriers and the leading Japanese independent power producer in their $1.4 billion acquisition of a global ocean carrier’s LNG shipping fleet.
  • Representing 13 financial institutions, including six of the top 10 U.S. bank holding companies, on antitrust issues in connection with proposed joint ventures.
  • Representing an international industrial bearings manufacturer in its $125 million acquisition by a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services.
  • Representing a Vermont electric utility in its $702 million merger with a Canadian natural gas distribution company.
  • Representing a consortium of several of the leading bank holding companies in the United States as founding participants in a joint venture to provide foreign exchange aggregation services.
  • Representing a leading international tobacco company in its $22.7 billion acquisition of a U.S. cigar manufacturer.
  • Representing a leading international manufacturer of bearings, with approximately 76,000 employees in 180 locations in more than 50 countries, in its takeover of one of the top five automotive suppliers worldwide.
  • Representing a UK-based banking and insurance company in its $10.5 billion acquisition by a UK-based global financial services group with more than 30 million customers.
  • Representing one of the world’s largest beer brewing companies, which operates more than 140 breweries in 70+ countries, in its acquisition of a UK-based beer brewing company.
  • Representing one of the largest temporary staffing and employment services agencies in the world, with almost 4,200 locations in more than 40 countries, in its $5.5 billion acquisition of a Netherlands-based international staffing services company.
  • Representing a leading international supplier of office products in its takeover by the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer, which serves consumers and businesses throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Representing the UK’s #1 cigarette maker in its $1.9 billion acquisition of the fourth largest cigarette manufacturer in the United States.
  • Representing one of Europe’s leading private equity investors and one of the largest investment trusts on London’s stock exchange in its sale of an international provider of air and sea freight services to a global supplier of transport and logistics solutions.
  • Representing a state in investigating and preparing a preliminary injunction action related to a corporate acquisition by a global agricultural products and services provider.
  • Representation of clients in premerger national security clearances (CFIUS filings under Exon-Florio; ITAR filings).
  • Representing a multinational coffee chain in its acquisition of a domestic coffee retailer and wholesaler.
  • Representing a major supermarket retailer who was a key witness in the FTC’s lawsuit against Whole Foods.
  • Representing multiple supermarket retailers in both company-wide and store-by-store acquisitions, including providing pre-deal counseling, advocating deals to the FTC, and negotiating divestures.
  • Representing a leading food and agricultural company in investigated mergers and related divestitures in food products, including chocolate and masa corn flour.
  • Representing radio and outdoor advertising companies in multiple investigated deals related to series of acquisitions in various advertising markets.