Antitrust & Mergers

Orrick’s Antitrust and Competition Group assists clients in developing and advising on strategy and obtaining merger clearances around the world.

With attorneys in the United States, Europe and Asia, the team offers clients seamless service for multi-national transactions, including private and public takeovers. Our lawyers have extensive experience managing and devising solutions for high-profile transactions in key sectors, such as airlines, oil and gas, infrastructure, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, media, leading consumer branded goods, and food and grocery.

We regularly appear before competition agencies such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission and national agencies, including the Competition and Markets Authority (U.K.), the Bundeskartellamt (Germany) and the Conseil de la Concurrence (France). We guide clients through first and second phases of merger investigations in national and global transactions. In particular, we have extensive experience preparing and presenting the necessary economic evidence to gain approval of strategic transactions. Where necessary we assist in the negotiation of remedies that will preserve key business goals.

Our lawyers have tried some of the most high-profile merger cases in federal court against U.S. enforcement agencies, including Western Refining, where our lawyers were part of the trial team that defeated the FTC’s preliminary challenge to Western Refining’s acquisition of Giant Industries in the oil and gas sector and successfully persuaded the FTC not to pursue further action.

The team benefits from the insights and experience of several members who have worked for the merger review units of the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission. Our lawyers are recognized as experts in mergers in the EU, UK, U.S. and Asian directories of publications such as Chambers and Legal 500.