Alex is a litigator and former senior DOJ and FTC official representing clients in high-profile deals, investigations, and disputes. He frequently works for leading global companies, including recently Microsoft, Cisco, and Schlumberger, and has been recognized by Chambers USA and Global Competition Review, among others. Who's Who Legal reports that Alex is “a highly skilled competition lawyerapplauded for "his strong knowledge of and experience with the US authorities."

Drawing on his agency experience, Alex regularly appears before federal, state, and foreign authorities in connection with conduct and merger investigations, including the Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice. He also advocates for client's interests on numerous competition and consumer protection issues before the agencies. In addition to his agency work, Alex has litigated large antitrust, unfair competition, and consumer protection class actions in federal and state courts around the United States.

From 2012-2015, Alex served as advisor to FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen, counseling her on the agency's numerous investigations, enforcement actions, and policies. He focused heavily on technology and telecommunications-related issues, including big data, the growth of online technology platforms, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust. Earlier, from 2010-2012, Alex was a trial attorney at the DOJ Antitrust Division focused on mergers and conduct in the technology and finance sectors. He also worked on dozens of energy, health care and hospital matters while at the FTC and DOJ and continues to practice in those sectors. Before serving in the government, Alex spent ten years in private practice at leading international law firms.

Alex is frequently acknowledged for the quality of his work and client service. Chambers USA has recognized Alex in its ranking of top DC antitrust lawyers (2018, 2019). He was recommended for antitrust litigation defense (2019) and merger control (2017-2019) in Legal 500 and was listed in Who's Who Legal: Future Leaders (2017, 2018) and Who's Who Legal: Competition (2019). He was also individually noted as "excellent" by Global Competition Review in its 2018 ranking of the world's antitrust practices. 

Before law school, Alex co-founded and sold an online technology company.

  • RECENT MATTERS

    • Schlumberger. Advised the client on the creation of a global oil field services digital technology joint venture with Rockwell Automation, Sensia (2019).
    • Microsoft. Represented Microsoft in its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, a collaborative application development system (2018).
    • Superior Plus.  Advised Superior Plus on its $900 million acquisition of NGL's US propane retail business (2018).
    • Nova. Advised Nova Chemicals on its joint venture with Borealis and Total to build a $1.7 billion ethylene cracker and a polyethylene plant in Texas (2018).
    • Cisco.  Represented Cisco in its $610 million acquisition of Viptela, a privately held software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) company (2017).
    • Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co.  Advised a major Japanese pharmaceutical company on its $250 million acquisition of Neurovance, a privately-held clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies for ADHD and related disorders (2017).
    • Planet Labs.  Represented earth-imaging satellite company in its acquisition of Google's Terra Bella Technologies business (2017).
    • Michelin North America.  Advised Michelin on its acquisition of NexTraq, a U.S. provider of commercial fleet telematics, from FLEETCOR Technologies (2017).
    • Nodal Exchange Holdings.  Advised leading energy derivatives exchange on its acquisition by EEX, part of the Deutsche Boerse Group (2017).
    • Marubeni Corp.  Advised major Japanese trading company on its acquisition of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, a top supplier of USDA-certified beef and pork products (2017).
    • Apigee.  Represented cloud computing company Apigee in its $625 million sale to Google (2016).
    • VTech.  Represented VTech in the FTC investigation of its acquisition of Leapfrog (2016).
    • AVG Technologies.  Represented AVG in its $1.3 billion sale to Avast Software, maker of antivirus and security software (2016).
    • Private Equity Fund.  Represented private equity fund in its acquisition of a plastics distributor (2016).

    ADDITIONAL SELECTED EXPERIENCE (includes representations prior to joining Orrick)

    Technology and Media

    Transactions

    • Microsoft. Advising Microsoft on its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub, a collaborative application development system (2018).
    • Cisco.  Represented Cisco in its $610 million acquisition of Viptela, a privately held software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) company (2017).
    • Planet Labs.  Represented earth-imaging satellite company in its acquisition of Google's Terra Bella Technologies business (2017).
    • Apigee.  Represented cloud computing company Apigee in its $625 million sale to Google (2016).
    • VTech.  Represented VTech in the FTC investigation of its acquisition of Leapfrog (2016). 
    • AVG Technologies.  Represented AVG in its $1.3 billion sale to Avast Software, maker of antivirus and security software (2016).
    • 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 sand deceptive advertising practices for exercise of intellectual property rights.
    • Semiconductor Manufacturer.  Defended semiconductor company against claims of price fixing in federal court class action.

    Energy and Infrastructure

    • Superior Plus.  Advising Superior Plus on its $900 million acquisition of NGL's US propane retail business (2018).
    • Nova. Advised Nova Chemicals on its joint venture with Borealis and Total to build a $1.7 billion ethylene cracker and a polyethylene plant in Texas (2018).
    • Private Equity Fund. Represented private equity fund in its acquisition of a plastics distributor (2016).
    • 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

    • Nodal Exchange Holdings.  Represented a major financial exchange in its "nine-figure" acquisition by EEX, part of the Deutsche Boerse Group (2017).
    • 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.  Represented 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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