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Neil is described as "very much the kind of lawyer that anyone would like to have on their team" and "respectful of his clients, knowledgeable, able to answer questions immediately and really level-headed." - Chambers USA 2011
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Neil W. Imus

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Imus, Neil W.

Neil is an antitrust lawyer focusing on mergers and acquisitions and other antitrust matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, state and international antitrust authorities, and U.S. Courts. He has represented and counseled clients in a wide variety of industries with extensive experience in energy, food, healthcare, aviation, media, retail, and technology. Neil has been recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by a variety of national and international organizations.

Representative Experience
  • Advised private equity company in connection with FTC investigation of its investment in taking one of the largest midstream companies in the US private.  Negotiated a consent decree with the FTC to resolve competitive concerns
  • Represented large midstream MLP in a post acquisition investigation by the FTC.  Negotiated consent decree with the FTC involving asset divestitures
  • Represented major oil company in connection with FTC investigation of pricing practices at the wholesale and retail levels
  • Assisted several energy companies in the creation of antitrust compliance programs which included specially tailored antitrust training seminars
  • Advise refining company on antitrust matters involving several acquisitions and potential acquisitions and counseling issues
  • Represented a major operator in the marine oil field services business in a DOJ investigation of its purchase of various pipeline construction assets from another oil field service company
  • Represented a large natural gas pipeline and electric company in a FTC investigation of the sale of several of its natural gas gathering and processing companies
  • Represented a large oil field service company in several merger investigations before the DOJ
  • Represented a major energy company in an investigation by the Antitrust Section of the Department of Justice of the sale of the company’s electric utility subsidiary
  • Advised in the sale of a company in the meat packing industry to a strategic buyer
  • Represented buyer of brand name food product resulting in litigation with FTC
  • Provided antitrust counseling and advice to a major food producer in a variety of transactions including joint venture formations, acquisitions, and distribution arrangements
  • Advised on cash tender offer in the hospice care industry
  • Represented the largest for-profit hospital company in a variety of antitrust matters, including several acquisitions investigated by the FTC, numerous Hart-Scott-Rodino matters; and general antitrust counseling
  • Represented a manufacturer of automated drug dispensing equipment in a Federal Trade Commission investigation of the sale of the company to a drug distribution company
  • Counseled a wide range of healthcare providers, including for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, PPOs, HMOs, physician organizations, and medical associations on a variety of antitrust issues including acquisitions, joint ventures, formations of networks, and Robinson-Patman issues
  • Represented the company that owned and operated the largest group of radio stations in the U.S. in several antitrust matters before the DOJ.  Several transactions involved asset divestitures as a condition to a consent decree.
  • Represented various TV  and radio broadcasters in transactions involving investigations by the DOJ
  • Represented a newspaper company on various antitrust matters
  • Represented large natural and organic grocery store company in its acquisitions of another natural and organic grocery store company.  The FTC investigation resulted in a preliminary injunction proceeding on Clayton Act Section 7 issues in the U.S. District Court and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals on a stay and on the appropriate standard to be used in a preliminary investigation determination involving FTC investigation.
  • Represented a major oil company in an FTC investigation of the sale of a large number of its retail gasoline stations.
  • Advised a company with patents in radio broadcast area in connection with DOJ investigation of related merger
  • Represented a major computer manufacturer on various antitrust matters
  • Represented a major communications/Internet equipment manufacturer before the Antitrust Section of the Department of Justice in acquisition of another equipment supplier company
  • Advised patent holders on antitrust matters involving proposed licenses
  • Advise major U.S. airline on variety of antitrust matters
  • Represented a major telecommunications equipment manufacturer in connection with several transactions 
  • Represented a large manufacturer of check processing equipment in a DOJ investigation of its acquisition of another manufacturer
  • Represented a major foreign glass manufacturer in Federal Trade Commission investigations of several acquisitions and joint venture formations
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • Georgetown Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 1985 (Editor, Georgetown Law Journal)
  • George Washington University, M.B.A., 1981 (Beta Gamma Sigma)
  • Davidson College, B.S. cum laude, 1975
  • United States Courts Administrative Office
  • Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, 1985
Professional Recognition
  • Legal 500 US in M&A Antitrust, 2012 - 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal: Competition, 2008, 2009, and 2015
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in antitrust law, 2008 - 2015
  • Washington DC & Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers, American Lawyer Media, 2012
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers, 2008 
  • Recommended Competition Lawyer, PLC, Cross Border Competition 2007/08
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2007, 2011 - 2015
  • Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyer, Nightingale, 2005
Publications and Presentations
  • "The Basic Elements of Pre-Merger Notification Filing," The China Dealmaker, May 2013 (co-author)
  • "What Companies Don't Know Can Hurt Them: Basics of Premerger Notification Filings," First published in the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Spring 2013 (co-author)
  • "Companies Required to Pay $550,000 Settlement to the Government for Alleged Anticompetitive Bidding Agreement for Bureau of Land Management Mineral Rights Leases," Antitrust News & Notes, February 2012 (author)
  • Revisions to HSR Regulation,” Antitrust News & Notes, August 2011 (co-author)
  • "Thresholds Lowered Under the HSR Act," Antitrust News & Notes, March 2010
  • "Antitrust Developments and the Energy Industry," Vinson & Elkins Energy Industry Series, May  2009
  • "Aftermarkets and Tying: The Legacy of Kodak," ABA Section Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, March 2009
  • Premerger Notification Practice Manual, American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section, Fourth Edition (co-editor)
  • Premerger Notification Practice Manual, American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section Third Edition (editor)
  • “The “New Improved” Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-merger Notification Act,” Business Law International, May 2001
  • American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section, three-volume State Antitrust Law Practice and Statutes, 1991 (editorial board)
  • Jury Selection section of the 1984 Georgetown Law Journal’s Criminal Project
  • Antitrust Law Journal, a journal published by the Antitrust Law Section, American Bar Association (assistant editor)
  • Antitrust Law Developments (Fourth)

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Neil is described as "very much the kind of lawyer that anyone would like to have on their team" and "respectful of his clients, knowledgeable, able to answer questions immediately and really level-headed." - Chambers USA 2011