Vinson & Elkins’ Antitrust lawyers possess a wealth of experience in the approaches, arguments, and economics necessary to see a transaction through to approval by U.S. and non-U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), State Attorneys General (AG), the European Commission (EC), and competition in authorities in countries around the world.
Our lawyers are proactive and strategic in helping clients across a variety of industries secure approvals for complex mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. We work with clients through the entire clearance process, including assessing risk, advising on transaction structure, conducting due diligence, negotiating agreements, as well as advising on information exchanges, pre-merger coordination, and “gun-jumping.”
Each year, V&E lawyers analyze hundreds of transactions for our clients, and represent them from initial Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) or competition notifications, through any competition investigations to final approval, to get deals through. Our regular experience before the various antitrust agencies, and the good working relationships we have developed, provide our clients with valuable insights and efficiencies.
Represented Google LLC in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, Inc.
Represented Noble Energy, Inc. in its $5 billion acquisition by Chevron Corporation—the second largest transaction in the energy industry in 2020
Represented Parsley Energy, Inc. in its $4.5 billion acquisition by Pioneer Natural Resources—the third largest transaction in the energy industry in 2020
Represented Jagged Peak Energy in its $2.27 billion merger with Parsley Energy, Inc.
Represented Targa Resources Corp. in its $1.6 billion sale of an interest in its North Dakota assets to funds managed by GSO Capital Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities
Represented Momentum Midstream in its $2.25 billion sales of a gathering system and gathering pipeline in the Haynesville shale formation of Louisiana by DTE Midstream
Representing Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. in its joint venture with Qatar Petroleum to develop an $8 billion petrochemical plant in Texas
Represented Roan Resources Co. in its approximately $1 billion acquisition by Citizen Energy Holdings, Inc.
Represented Lone Star in its $3.5 billion acquisition of BASF’s global construction chemicals business