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William R. Vigdor

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Vigdor, William R.

Billy’s primary area of practice is antitrust law. Since joining V&E in 2003, Billy has represented clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and States Attorneys General in a wide range of industries including energy (E&P, midstream , generation, transportation, storage and marketing), petrochemicals, health care, technology (computers, information services, semiconductors, radio frequency identification, aerospace, telecommunications equipment), machine tools, auto parts, hydrocarbon trading, retailing, food manufacturing, industrial liquids, pharmaceuticals, paper products, and others. Billy has also assisted many clients appearing before competition authorities around the world, including the European Commission and authorities in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and others.

Billy’s merger work has involved cutting-edge issues involving multi-jurisdictional merger review, and mergers of partially owned companies, joint ventures, master limited partnerships, private equity and hedge funds along with strategic acquisitions. Billy has a successful record in persuading the agencies not to challenge mergers or not to issue second requests.

Billy has represented many clients (both buyers and sellers) before CFIUS, including companies involved in technology, telecommunications, E&P companies, and petrochemicals. Billy has also obtained CFIUS clearance for government-owned clients.

In addition, Billy has represented a number of trade associations, including those with standard setting bodies. Billy has worked with clients in antitrust litigation and agency investigations involving price fixing, monopolization, state action immunity, Noerr Pennington immunity, and distribution issues such as exclusive dealing, tying, and resale price maintenance. Some of the more notable intellectual property antitrust issues in which Billy has been involved include exclusionary payments in patent settlements, Walker Process claims, abuses of standard setting organization rules, and refusals to license intellectual property. Prior to joining V&E, Billy served six years at the FTC, three of which as Deputy Assistant Director. Billy also participated in FTC litigation involving mergers and anticompetitive conduct.

Representative Experience
Mergers - Antitrust
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  • Represented a client before the FTC in an exclusive dealing investigation
  • Represented a client in an approximately $1 billion acquisition of a titanium dioxide competitor persuaded the FTC not to issue a second request
  • Represented a Middle Eastern Oil Company in acquiring a German Chemical company in a transaction valued at approximately €700 million; competition filings were required in Spain and The Netherlands
Mergers - National Security (CFIUS)
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  • Represented Crimson Exploration Inc. before CFIUS and successfully persuaded the Committee that the acquisition by American Capital Energy Corporation, a company owned by a Chinese private company, of a minority interest in Crimson did not fall within CFIUS' jurisdiction
  • Successfully assisted a client in obtaining what the press reported as the first CFIUS approval of a transaction involving the acquisition by a state owned entity of US business that owned export-controlled machinery
  • Successfully represented a client before CFIUS in a transaction involving the transfer of export-controlled technology
Non-Merger Antitrust Work
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  • Successfully assisted a client in obtaining a summary judgment dismissing monopolization and attempted monopolization claims and RICO claims
  • Successfully represented a client before the Department of Justice in a conspiracy and monopolization investigation
  • Successfully represented a client before the Federal Trade Commission in an exclusive dealing investigation
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • George Washington University Law Center, J.D., 1990
  • University of Iowa, Ph.D. Economics, 1994
  • Emory University, B.A. Economics, 1981
  • Attorney: Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 1997-2000
  • Deputy Assistant Director: Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, 2000-2003
  • Admitted to practice: Connecticut, 1990; New York, 1991; District of Columbia, 1992; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Professional Recognition
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  • Legal 500 US in M&A Antitrust, 2012 - 2014
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2015
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, in antitrust law, 2010 - 2015
Activities and Affiliations
  • Co-Vice Chair:  Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust, 2001-2005
  • Chair and Vice Chair: Antitrust Committee, Energy Bar Association, 2002-2003
Publications and Presentations
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Clients describe Billy as an "efficient, knowledgeable attorney, who does an excellent job in coordinating global work." - Chambers USA 2012