A litigator and former enforcer at both the Federal Trade Commission and DOJ Antitrust Division, Alex offers clients insightful counseling and advocacy before federal and state antitrust authorities. Alex focuses on technology, energy, and finance, but his work extends to many other important sectors of the economy.

Alex divides his practice between transactions, counseling, and litigation. From 2012-2015, Alex served as antitrust and competition advisor to FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He also engaged with enforcers outside the United States on key policy issues, including the proper role of antitrust analysis in intellectual property disputes. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on technology and finance. 

In addition to his government work, Alex has more than a decade of experience in private practice. He has defended the transactions of domestic and international technology, media, and energy clients before antitrust agencies and represented class action defendants in federal and state court litigation around the United States. Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.

  • SELECTED EXPERIENCE (includes representations prior to joining the firm)

    Technology and Media

            Transactions

    • VTech.  Represented VTech in the FTC investigation of its acquisition of Leapfrog. 
    • AVG Technologies.  Represented AVG in its $1.3 billion sale to Avast Software, maker of antivirus and security software.
    • Photomask Manufacturer.  Represented semiconductor photomask manufacturer in the DOJ review of its acquisition by another manufacturer.
    • National Radio Network.  Represented Spanish-language radio network in its $3 billion acquisition by the nation's largest Spanish-language television network.
    • National Radio Network.  Defended radio network in the DOJ review of multi-station acquisition.
    • Government Experience.  Numerous transactions reviewed at DOJ and FTC, including Google/ITA (online travel software), Universal/EMI (music distribution), and dozens of additional deals in these sectors.

           Litigation

    • Technology Equipment Company.  Defended leading home equipment technology company in class actions alleging monopolization for exercise of intellectual property rights.
    • Semiconductor Manufacturer.  Defended semiconductor company against claims of price fixing in federal court class action.

    Energy and Infrastructure

    • Plastics Distributor.  Represented US plastics distributor in the FTC investigation of its 2016 acquisition of another major plastics distributor.
    • Midstream Energy Services Company.  Represented company in FTC review of the company's $13 billion acquisition of a midstream services provider; negotiated a consent decree involving divestitures.
    • Midstream Energy Services Company.  Defended company before the FTC review in its review of an acquisition of assets in Texas and Oklahoma.
    • Renewable Power Generator.  Representing renewable energy generator in structuring a joint venture for generation and transmission services.
    • Oil Producer.  Represented oil producer in negotiating a joint venture arrangement for pipeline services.
    • Government Experience.  While at the FTC, advised on numerous proposed transactions, including pipeline sales, as well as retail and industrial manufacturing and distribution deals. Drafted Commission opinions on multiple transactions (restaurant food and supplies distribution, office supply stores and glass bottle manufacturers). Advised on the Commission’s decisions and drafted opinions and statements in the administrative case involving allegations of price fixing and exclusive dealing, In re McWane; the decision was  upheld on review at the Eleventh Circuit and certiorari denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Financial Services

    • National Bank.  Defended bank against group boycott allegations in multi-year case involving credit card payment networks.
    • National Bank.  Defended bank against allegations of price fixing involving the merchant interchange rate for credit card payment networks.  
    • Government Experience.  As a trial attorney at DOJ, investigated the proposed merger of the New York Stock Exchange and Deutsche Borse, the proposed takeover of NYSE by NASDAQ, and many other deals involving financial exchanges and related businesses.

    Health Care and Life Sciences

    • Branded Pharmaceutical Company.  Represented branded drug maker in the negotiation of a licensing agreement. 
    • Regional Hospital System.  Representing a health care provider in an investigation into a clinical integration program and joint venture. 
    • National Hospital System.  Presented concerns of a third party to the FTC regarding a proposed health care merger.
    • Government Experience.  As an FTC advisor, reviewed many transactions in life sciences, medical devices, and hospitals, as well as the resolution of agency concerns. In addition, worked on the agency’s appellate and Supreme Court strategy pre-Actavis and its amicus briefs and staff enforcement recommendations post-Actavis.  At the DOJ, litigated the lawfulness of most favored nations clauses imposed by a health insurer on health care providers.

    Transportation

    • National Discount Air Carrier.  Presented proposed deal to the federal antitrust agencies for an acquisition of airport slots. 
    • Global Air Carrier. Defended a major Asian air carrier in federal district and appellate courts against class actions alleging price fixing of passenger air fares. See In re Korean Air Lines Co. Antitrust Litig., 567 F. Supp. 2d 1213 (C.D. Cal. July 23, 2008), aff’d in part, vacated in part, 642 F.3d 685 (9th Cir. 2011).
    • National Discount Air Carrier.  Defended an air carrier against allegations of predatory pricing.
    • Government Experience.  Investigated the purchase and sale of airport slots between two major airlines while at DOJ.

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