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Ropes & Gray’s antitrust group provides sophisticated insight in addressing the wide-ranging antitrust needs of our clients.

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Overview

Ropes & Gray’s antitrust team offers top-flight representation across the full spectrum of antitrust matters. Built around veterans of the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, and including litigators and former prosecutors with deep antitrust experience, our team has the experience, knowledge, and everyday understanding of business practices to help clients in all areas of antitrust law. We are routinely recognized as a leading practice by Chambers USA, with attorneys ranked highly in multiple jurisdictions.

We litigate complex antitrust cases, including patent-antitrust and price-fixing class actions, in courts nationwide, and handle civil and criminal antitrust investigations before federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. By anticipating antitrust concerns, we are able to preempt issues before they affect crucial operations, counseling clients on their most important business arrangements, as well as interactions with suppliers, customers, and competitors.

The firm’s antitrust group has a proud record of success representing clients clearing transactions before U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies, including in Second Request investigations. Our leading HSR practice provides companies with clear guidance on regulatory filing requirements and frequently coordinates merger filings in jurisdictions around the world.

Our antitrust team works seamlessly across industries with our leading corporate and litigation practices offering clients a full range of services including:

Experience

Ropes & Gray’s antitrust attorneys have cleared some of the most notable mergers and acquisitions of the past decade and have successfully represented clients in court and before arbitral panels as well as federal and state agencies. Clients regularly turn to us for antitrust counseling on their most difficult and sensitive issues, with recent successful work that includes:

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Google in its $2.35 billion sale of Motorola Home to Arris
  • Berkshire Partners in its $2.0 billion acquisition of Lightower Fiber Networks, and Sidera Networks
  • Nypro in its proposed sale to Jabil Circuit, Inc. for an expected purchase price of approximately $665 million 
  • TJX in its $200 million acquisition of Sierra Trading Post 
  • Becton Dickinson where we obtained FTC clearance in Corning Inc.'s $730M acquisition of BD's Discovery Labware unit 
  • TPG Capital in its $1.9B acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. 
  • Hospital of St. Raphael before the FTC in connection with its combination with Yale New Haven Hospital 
  • Genzyme before the FTC in its $20.1 billion sale to Sanofi-Aventis, avoiding a Second Request 
  • Keurig Green Mountain in successfully securing clearance from the FTC of its acquisition of Diedrich Coffee 
  • Covidien before the FTC in its $108 million acquisition of Newport Medical, avoiding a Second Request

Litigation 

  • Cablevision in an unlawful tying and monopolization suit in connection with cable set-top boxes
  • Hitachi-LG Data Services in direct and indirect purchaser antitrust class actions alleging price-fixing
  • Illinois Tool Works in a suit involving federal and state law antitrust conspiracy claims 
  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Polar Air Cargo LLC, winning dismissal of claims in a multi-district antitrust litigation alleging market manipulation and claiming that our clients’ international pricing practices violated U.S., state, and European Union antitrust laws 
  • Hospital Corporation of America in winning summary judgment in a monopolization case 
  • Lloyd’s of London in multiple antitrust class actions alleging that contingent commission arrangements among insurers and brokers unlawfully allocated customers
  • TravelCenters of America in an action alleging a horizontal and vertical group boycott in connection with the provision of fuel card services to trucking companies

Counseling

Ropes & Gray counsels numerous clients on business relationships with competitors, suppliers and customers. Companies we counsel include, among others:

  • Altera 
  • AMC Networks
  • Bain Capital 
  • Becton Dickinson 
  • Biomet 
  • Blackstone 
  • Cablevision 
  • Covidien 
  • FTD 
  • Google 
  • IASIS Healthcare 
  • Madison Square Garden 
  • NSTAR 
  • Pfizer 
  • Purdue Pharma 
  • TJX Cos. 
  • TPG Capital 
  • TravelCLICK 
  • Transammonia 
  • University Physicians Healthcare 
  • Water Street