Kennan joined Ropes & Gray as a Litigation & Enforcement associate in 2016. Kennan advises clients on a wide range of antitrust matters, including transaction risk, Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission-facing advocacy, Civil Investigative Demand and Second Request compliance, and pre- and post-merger integration. Clients include both private equity sponsors and strategic acquirers and sellers. Kennan has experience preparing witnesses for and defending witnesses in government depositions. Kennan also advises clients on Section 2 compliance issues, particularly in the technology sector.
In addition to his experience in antitrust, Kennan has helped represent several individuals in co-investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission relating to alleged insider trading, FCPA, and accounting fraud offenses.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Kennan attended American University Washington College of Law, where he served as the Associate Articles Editor of the American University Law Review. Kennan maintains proficiency in Arabic.
Representative matters include:
- Represented Charlesbank Capital Partners and Partners Group in Hearthside Food Solutions’ strategic acquisition of Greencore’s U.S. division, Peacock Foods. The transaction was granted early termination.
- Represented TPG Capital in the sale of Eze Software to strategic acquirer SS&C Technologies for $1.45 billion. The transaction closed on October 1, 2018.
- Represented Emory Healthcare in its strategic acquisition of DeKalb Medical. The transaction cleared regulatory review without the issuance of a Second Request.
- Advised global medical device company on participation in an information-sharing venture.
- Advise telecommunications company on AT&T/Time Warner and Sprint/T-Mobile mergers.
- Represented executive from biotechnology company in DOJ/SEC investigation relating to potential allegations of insider trading and misrepresentation. Criminal charges against the executive were not brought nor was a Wells notice issued.
- Assisted in an internal investigation of global animal health company’s affiliate located in Egypt.
- Represent executives of multinational company in connection with investigations by the DOJ and SEC.
- Kennan Khatib, The Harms of the Benefit Corporation, 65 Am. U. L. Rev. 151 (2015).
- JD, magna cum laude, American University Washington College of Law, 2016; associate articles editor, American University Law Review; Order of the Coif
- BA (Arabic), cum laude, Georgetown University, 2011
Admissions / Qualifications
- District of Columbia, 2017
- Illinois, 2016