Leaders in Merger Review and Enforcement
Kasowitz’s core transactional antitrust practice is headed by Kevin Arquit, described as “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country” and “a true leader of the Bar” by Chambers USA.
Our transactional antitrust team has substantial government experience and a deep understanding of regulatory and judicial processes. We are able to provide wise counsel and guide our clients through the complex challenging antitrust problems that frequently arise in connection with major mergers & acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
We work quickly and efficiently to understand our clients’ businesses and provide practical advice to help our clients achieve their business objectives, including obtaining approval of corporate transactions from the Department of Justice through Hart-Scott-Rodino filings and “second requests.”
We routinely collaborate with the firm’s litigation, government affairs, bankruptcy and restructuring, and employment groups, providing a fully integrated team to help drive our clients’ businesses forward. Our antitrust litigation team regularly represents clients, as plaintiffs or defendants, in cases involving price-fixing, bid-rigging, tying, exclusive dealing, conspiracies, attempts to monopolize, and monopolization.
Our antitrust experience spans a wide range of industries, including shipping, chemicals, agricultural and processed foods, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and publishing. Our antitrust lawyers have received extensive recognition by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Best Lawyers, among others, and have chaired American Bar Association antitrust committees and other industry groups.
Merger Review and Enforcement Matters Handled by Kasowitz Lawyers at Prior Firms
Koninklijke Ahold N.V. in FTC review of its $29 billion merger of equals with Delhaize Group.
Holcim in connection with the U.S. antitrust review of its $50 billion merger with Lafarge.
Lorillard in FTC review and clearance of its $27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American.
DirecTV in DOJ review and clearance of its $48.5 billion sale to AT&T.
Office Depot in obtaining clearance from the FTC in its $1.2 billion merger with OfficeMax.
Virgin Atlantic Airways in obtaining regulatory clearance for its $360 million partial acquisition by Delta Air Lines.
CoStar in complex merger clearance proceedings before the TC relating to CoStar’s approximate $860 million acquisition of LoopNet.
Tops Markets in its bankruptcy acquisition of the Penn Traffic Company’s supermarket assets.
Sirius Satellite Radio in antitrust aspects of its $13 billion merger of equals with XM Radio.
Adidas-Salomon AG in connection with its $3.8 billion acquisition of Reebok International.
PanAmSat in its $3.2 billion merger with IntelSat.