Antitrust - New York
THE FIRM The team at Davis Polk prides itself on its ability to undertake the full panoply of antitrust work and its deep bench reflects this variety of expertise. Sources are quick to point to the firm's connections and reputation within the federal agencies. Among its recent work is its continuing multifaceted representations on behalf of Comcast, including in a class action relating to the bundling of cable television channels.
Sources say: "They have a whole slew of great attorneys who work seamlessly with us. We know we'll get the best from them."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ronan Harty is "ridiculously smart and knowledgeable about antitrust" according to sources, who also praise him for his "practical guidance." Recently he has advised CNOOC in connection with its acquisition of Nexen, a deal worth $15.1 billion.
In contrast to Harty, Arthur Golden's practice mostly takes in litigation work and he brings over 40 years' experience to the practice group. Sources point out his "wonderful reputation" in the areas of antitrust, corporate governance and M&A.
The "fantastic" and "really smart" Arthur Burke is quickly coming to prominence as a highly talented litigator who also possesses excellent counseling skills. He has a raft of major clients including Comcast, Bank of America and TE Connectivity, whom he advised in relation its EUR1.55 billion acquisition of SAS.
Sources "think the world" of the "excellent" Joel Cohen. In the antitrust arena he recently represented AstraZeneca in defense of a class action case initiated by health insurers.
THE FIRM Market observers heap praise on this firm's ability in antitrust litigation and merger clearance. Its transactional work is particularly highly regarded, having lately worked on various ten-figure deals such as Varian Semiconductor's $4.9 billion sale to Applied Materials. On the litigation side, it represented JPMorgan Chase in the LIBOR class action antitrust litigation.
Sources say: "They have a lot of first-rate academic lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources name Kevin Arquit "one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country" and revere his "unmatched strategic ability." Recently he secured victory in the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of Equitas in a case concerning reinsurance.
Joseph Tringali is a litigator with a very good reputation among his peers for his antitrust work. Of late he represented Viacom in the successful affirmation of an earlier dismissal in a suit concerning the packaging of cable and satellite television channels.
Aimee Goldstein is an "excellent" and "very well thought-of" attorney who is recognized by peers for her antitrust work in relation to M&A.
Since publication, Aimee H Goldstein has left this practice.
THE FIRM Skadden is another outstanding firm for antitrust in New York, garnering praise for the broad reach of its practice and its strength across the board. Peers consistently rate it as one of the top firms in the area, with a particular emphasis on the transactional and government investigation aspects of the practice. Its recent representations include achieving a settlement for HarperCollins Publishers in a DOJ investigation into e-book publishers.
Sources say: "I was extremely impressed by the unparalleled level of quality control - they had superb people top to bottom."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clifford Aronson wins outstanding praise from observers, who note that he has had a "fantastic year." This has included the aforementioned representation for HarperCollins, in addition to advising Express Scripts in relation to its $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco Health Solutions. He is mostly known for his transactional work, although he is also an active antitrust litigator.
Shepard Goldfein is a "great litigator" with an "encyclopedic knowledge of the antitrust world" according to commentators. A pure litigator, he has acted for clients in antitrust disputes in a variety of criminal and civil cases.
James Keyte is noted for his "cerebral approach to antitrust" and his client-friendly manner, which he utilizes across an array of litigation and transactional work. He recently represented SanDisk in two matters, successfully defending the firm in antitrust suits brought by Kingston Technologies and PNY Technologies.
Neal Stoll is a seasoned antitrust practitioner who sources note for his depth of knowledge. He particularly focuses on government investigations and antitrust matters concerning M&A.
THE FIRM This team has a broad-spectrum antitrust practice, with experience in class action litigation, Sherman Act cases and transactions. It has long-standing relationships with such blue-chip firms as American Express and Qualcomm and has represented both of these in multiple matters of late. On the merger side, it advised The Linde Group in connection with its acquisition of Lincare Holdings in a deal worth $4.6 billion.
Sources say: "They are very practical, they understand our business and I was very pleased with the consistency in quality of their work product."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Evan Chesler is the managing partner of Cravath and a very well-regarded general litigator whose practice includes antitrust, securities and IP work. One peer calls Chesler "a terrific, terrific lawyer - someone I'd turn to if I couldn't represent myself." He defended IBM in a suit concerning mainframe computers.
Christine Varney chairs the antitrust practice and is described by sources as an "extremely sophisticated" lawyer. Practicing on the transactional side, she has acted for Grupo Modelo in connection with its proposed acquisition by Anheuser-Busch.
THE FIRM The Sullivan & Cromwell antitrust group has an exceptional reputation for work relating to the financial services industry, both in transactional and litigation matters. In this area it has represented Barclays in the LIBOR investigation. Beyond financial services, the firm has also undertaken significant work in the technology sector, including for Microsoft, which it successfully defended in a multibillion-dollar suit brought by Novell.
Sources say: "They're pretty flawless in their advice and execution and are able to tailor advice to the client well."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "terrific" Yvonne Quinn is known as an outstanding transactional lawyer, with sources describing her as "extremely thoughtful with a very deep knowledge of the financial services industry." She acted for the Bank of Montreal in the acquisition of Marshall & Ilsley, a deal worth $4.1 billion.
Commentators call Steven Holley an "outstanding," "full-service" antitrust lawyer who is able to give "sound, practical advice." He is a long standing representative for Microsoft, acting for it lately in the case against Novell.
THE FIRM This group has a fine reputation for transactional antitrust work. The quality of its work product relating to M&A is considered outstanding and the group has a cohort of exceptional deal lawyers. Among its recent clients is Motorola Mobility, which it represented in its $12.5 billion sale to Google. The team also acted for United Technologies in its $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich.
Sources say: "In terms of deals, Wachtell is as good as it gets. It is a well-oiled machine delivering consistent quality."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ilene Knable Gotts is a "fabulous lawyer" with "fantastic knowledge," according to sources. She practices exclusively in the M&A antitrust area and recently represented PPG in the merger of Chlor-Alkali with Georgia Gulf.
Commentators variously describe Michael Byowitz as a "phenomenal" and "fantastic antitrust lawyer." Another experienced merger specialist, he was the lead lawyer for the firm in the United Technologies deal mentioned above.
Joseph Larson is highly regarded by peers as an "outstanding" and "extremely effective" transactional antitrust attorney. He recently represented McGraw-Hill in a joint venture involving CME Group Index Services.
David Neill is seen by sources as one of the leading financial services antitrust lawyers around. He has an accomplished practice involving numerous representations before government agencies.
THE FIRM This compact group is well regarded for its expertise in the crossover between antitrust and IP matters, whether it be in litigation, deals or investigations. It recently represented Google in multiple matters, including in its much-heralded $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility and also in an FTC investigation concerning the use of patents.
Sources say: "They are relatively small but extremely responsive and have a very high caliber of lawyers across the board."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Harkrider is a "really terrific lawyer" who is a "very smart, excellent writer." In addition to taking the lead in the firm's representations for Google, Harkrider has also acted as lead antitrust counsel to XL Health in its $2 billion sale to UnitedHealth Group.
Stephen Axinn is described as "a real intellectual" who is "very much a force" as a litigator. Among his clients is Zuffa, which he represented in an FTC investigation into its acquisition of Strikeforce.
THE FIRM Litigation specialist Boies, Schiller & Flexner is a capable antitrust firm, whose big-name litigators are renowned for their skill and experience in the area. Practicing both on the plaintiff and defense side, it is particularly well regarded for its class action practice.
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Boies is "the litigation crisis guy" according to sources. He is held in the highest regard by peers for his "exceptional advocacy" in antitrust disputes.
Donald Flexner also garners "high respect" from commentators for being a "very tough antitrust litigator" and for his outstanding knowledge in the area. He is the firm's managing partner.
THE FIRM This team focuses largely on antitrust litigation and cartel matters, with considerable expertise in those areas. Its strong bench has a good mix of youth and experience and is frequently seen by peers in a range of antitrust cases. Recent representations include for MasterCard in the credit card interchange fee litigation and Deutsche Bank in the LIBOR price-fixing consolidated class action case.
Sources say: "It is a litigation powerhouse."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Moses Silverman is a "huge force" and a "superb litigator" whose ambit covers antitrust, securities and general commercial litigation. He acted as lead counsel for Deutsche Bank in the LIBOR class action case.
The "impressive" Aidan Synnott is described by one source as a "high-class antitrust expert" noted for his responsiveness and strategic decision-making. He leads the firm's representation on a number of recent cases, including for Pfizer in a patent antitrust case.
Andrew Finch is recognized by peers as a strong young partner who has "good command of the subject." He has been part of the firm's representation for UBS in a DOJ investigation concerning alleged bid rigging.
THE FIRM Wilson Sonsini's New York antitrust practice is gaining traction as a strong presence in the market. The firm concentrates largely on antitrust litigation and investigations, but is also recognized for its handling of merger-related work. Among its blue-chip clients is Google, which it represents in several matters including an FTC investigation relating to the search and advertising aspects of its business.
Sources say: "I really love their work. They are fantastic, responsive and easy to work with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jonathan Jacobson is a "brilliant antitrust lawyer" who combines "insightful and practical advice" with "great litigation skills," say sources. He is heavily involved in the firm's representation of Google.
Charles Biggio practices in antitrust and trade regulation matters. Recently he has provided advice to Micron in relation to the $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida Memory.
THE FIRM The majority of this group's practice is in civil and criminal antitrust litigation and counseling, with particular expertise in financial services and media-related antitrust. It has recently represented Credit Suisse in the LIBOR investigation and related class actions, and has advised AIG on its antitrust compliance policy.
Sources say: "They are quite knowledgeable and their analytical skills are strong."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Elai Katz is described by sources as "a really smart guy who is dedicated to antitrust." Lately he has represented Ascend Health in its $500 million acquisition by Universal Health Services.
Laurence Sorkin is considered an "excellent" and "respected" antitrust practitioner by impressed sources. He recently represented Akzo Nobel in various matters related to the vitamins industry.
Patricia Farren is a "terrific antitrust litigator," say sources. She was part of a team that represented The New York Times, CNBC and Move, Inc. in an alleged price-fixing case.
THE FIRM This firm covers a range of antitrust work including matters relating to M&A and civil antitrust litigation. It recently represented The Rank Group in a series of substantial acquisitions across a variety of manufacturing industries. It also acted for International Paper in its $4.3 billion acquisition of Temple-Inland.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Antitrust practitioner Daniel Abuhoff is known by peers as a skilled litigator. He represented both The Rank Group and International Paper in the matters mentioned above.
Gary Kubek is seen by clients as a knowledgeable and responsive lawyer. He acted for Schneider in its $2 billion acquisition of software company Telvent.
THE FIRM This firm's New York practice supplements its nationally renowned cartel expertise with an active litigation and M&A presence. Among its major recent matters are representing Schlumberger in two major transactions and acting for UBS in the LIBOR class action cases.
Sources say: "They are very thorough and very smart, while being good at analyzing the situation and developing plans to address the issues."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Sullivan does a "fabulous job" according to sources. He has a varied antitrust practice, covering criminal and civil antitrust litigation as well as transactional work. In addition to representing UBS, he has also acted for MonoSol in its sale to Kuraray.
Antitrust and complex commercial litigator John Herfort is described by commentators as a "tremendous lawyer" who takes a "very smart and common-sense" approach to antitrust work. He recently defended CareCore in an antitrust suit brought by Eastside Medical Radiology.
THE FIRM This group is involved in a variety of significant antitrust work including civil and criminal litigation and transactional work. It has strong international capabilities, with multiple partners qualified to practice in the EU. Lately it has represented NASDAQ OMX in a contested bid for NYSE Euronext. Other clients include Viacom and Citi.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Wayne Dale Collins is known as a "superb" and "formidable" antitrust lawyer who focuses his practice mainly on transactional defense. He recently advised Citibank in relation to the sale of EMI's music publishing arm.
Kenneth Prince is well regarded by sources for his experience and skill across the antitrust field. Recently he has acted for Cargolux in multiple actions alleging price fixing among air cargo companies.
Counsel Lisl Dunlop receives plaudits and recognition from peers as a talented antitrust specialist who is "very articulate and intelligent." She was part of the firm's representation for Barclays Bank in the highly publicized card interchange fee litigation.
Beau Buffier co-heads the firm's global antitrust practice and is praised for his effectiveness in front of the regulators. He recently acted for BASF in its $1.02 billion acquisition of Becker Underwood.
THE FIRM The White & Case team is well regarded for the strength of its antitrust practice, notably with respect to its work in the pharmaceutical and electronics sectors. It has represented Novartis in a number of major matters and also acted for Pfizer in cases concerning the drugs Lipitor and Effexor.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "fabulous" and "pragmatic" Joseph Angland was part of the team that represented Novartis in a class action concerning the use of the drug Diovan.
Robert Milne is noted by commentators for his "amazing work ethic" and "very polished" style. He acted for Saudi Aramco in defense of a class action case brought by private plaintiffs against several OPEC members claiming trillions of US dollars.
THE FIRM This group prides itself on the breadth of its antitrust practice, with the ability to undertake cases across the board. It continues to represent MasterCard in a number of matters including in the card interchange fee litigation, as well as acting for Marsh & McLennan in an insurance brokerage suit.
Sources say: "They are very professional, responsive and thorough and we know we can rely on their judgment."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" William Rooney is praised by commentators for his antitrust dealwork, and is also an active litigator. He recently defended Mueller Industries in a class action concerning alleged anticompetitive practices in the sale of copper tubing.
Wesley Powell recently represented Silver Lake Technology Management in a putative class action concerning the LBO market. Sources "rank him highly" and credit his litigation prowess.
THE FIRM The Winston & Strawn antitrust group received a substantial boost with the addition of ten partners from Dewey & LeBoeuf . The team has particular strength in cartel defense matters and sports-related antitrust. Members of the practice group have recently represented such clients as Uralkali in litigation concerning potash price fixing.
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Terrific trial lawyer" Jeffrey Kessler is an antitrust lawyer with a focus on the sports industry. Sources report that "his mind works at breakneck speed, comprehending and breaking down issues in a way few can." He acted for the NBA Players Association in the antitrust issues arising from the NBA lockout.
Paul Victor is well regarded for his cartel defense practice, with a particular emphasis on the representation of Japanese clients. Lately he has acted for NTN Corporation in defense of a putative class action alleging rigging of bids for industrial bearings.
Elaine Johnston of Allen & Overy LLP heads up the firm's antitrust practice group. She primarily practices as a transactional antitrust lawyer, although she also undertakes litigation.
Eamon O'Kelly of Arent Fox LLP gains plaudits for his "sharp" and "impressive" practice. His recent representations include defending Munich Re in a class action case concerning alleged insurance bid rigging.
Douglas Tween of Baker & McKenzie is a white-collar criminal lawyer with a significant practice in cartel matters. According to one source, "he is terrific - he has lots of experience and is very levelheaded."
The "impressive and experienced" Jay Fastow recently joined Ballard Spahr LLP from Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Fastow is "as smart as it gets," report commentators. His recent work includes representing ZF Meritor LLC and Meritor Transmission Corporation as claimants in an antitrust case related to heavy-duty truck transmissions.
At Bingham McCutchen LLP, Stacey Anne Mahoney has an "excellent antitrust litigation practice" according to commentators. She practices across litigation, M&A and antitrust counseling.
Richard Taffet of Bingham McCutchen LLP is known for his expertise in matters at the intersection between antitrust and IP law. He recently represented Sharp in the TFT-LCD antitrust litigation.
Sources praise Olivier Antoine of Crowell & Moring LLP for being "tremendously hard-working and diligent" and note he is "pragmatic and hands-on." He primarily focuses on transactions.
Michael Weiner of Dechert LLP is cited by sources as "an outstanding lawyer" who "really understands the antitrust law and is very easy to work with." His work encompasses deals and antitrust litigation, and lately he has acted for Travelport in major antitrust litigation against American Airlines.
Peter Guryan of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is "very strong" in the area and is noted for his counseling skill and knowledge of the regulatory agencies.
Scott Martin of Greenberg Traurig, LLP wins plaudits as a fast-rising junior partner who is "excellent in his analysis." He recently defended CTIA - The Wireless Association in a putative class action concerning alleged antitrust violations in relation to text messaging.
The "terrific" Irving Scher, at Greenberg Traurig, is described by commentators as "still being on top of his game" and lately acted for Lorillard Tobacco in defense of a class action alleging price fixing by cigarette manufacturers.
James Serota of Greenberg Traurig is a litigator with substantial antitrust experience. He represented Northeast Pharmaceutical Group in the vitamin C antitrust litigation.
Ethan Litwin of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is a noted antitrust litigator. Sources describe him as a "very strong antitrust lawyer" who "knows his stuff."
Fiona Schaeffer of Jones Day is described by commentators as "terrific" and a "strong player." She has expertise in healthcare and energy antitrust and recently represented Sanofi in the sale of part of its business to Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
Saul Morgenstern of Kaye Scholer LLP is particularly known for his expertise in the pharmaceutical and publishing industries. He receives credit from sources for his "excellent legal expertise and pragmatic counseling style."
Sources call Richard Donovan of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP a "bright and articulate" antitrust attorney who "knows his way around the DOJ." He co-heads the firm's antitrust practice group and also undertakes white-collar and other general litigation work.
Lauren Albert recently departed Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider to found Law Offices of Lauren S. Albert LLC. The "excellent" Albert undertakes a variety of complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on antitrust and IP.
At Linklaters, Thomas McGrath is a "very tenacious advocate" who is "extremely bright and well prepared." McGrath has advised on a number of major recent deals, including Deutsche Börse's combination with NYSE Euronext and Glencore's proposed acquisition of Xstrata.
"Great lawyer" Richard Steuer of Mayer Brown LLP handles antitrust litigation and transactional work. He also undertakes work in IP and franchising.
Harry Robins of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is an "excellent strategist" whose intellect and client management skills are praised by clients. He has worked on a number of major recent deals including for Autonomy in its $10.2 billion sale to Hewlett-Packard.
Mark Ladner of Morrison & Foerster LLP handles financial services-related antitrust work. He has acted for Bank of America in the card interchange fee litigation.
Dennis Orr of Morrison & Foerster LLP is another attorney at the firm with a broad-based practice which includes antitrust. He continues to defend Cadbury in litigation alleging the price fixing of chocolate.
Helene Jaffe of Proskauer Rose LLP joined the firm from Weil Gotshal in January 2012 and now heads up its antitrust offering. In addition to antitrust, she also practices in unfair trading and trademark work.
Joel Mitnick of Sidley Austin LLP has a practice focusing on antitrust and securities. Lately he acted for MacMillan in a case brought against it and other e-book publishing companies.
Bruce Schneider of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is recognized by sources as a "bright and quick" antitrust lawyer and as a strong orator. He recently represented Fujifilm in defense of a monopolization claim brought by an independent party.
Adam Hemlock of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP practices in general commercial litigation and antitrust, and has particular experience of representing Asian clients in US antitrust matters. Sources note his strong client-facing skills and his "business-oriented legal advice."
Molly Boast of WilmerHale is described by sources as a "bona fide antitrust heavy hitter." She was part of a team that acted for International Paper in its acquisition of Temple Inland.