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Antitrust Transactional

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.

Experience Highlights

  • Southwest Airlines in its $3.4 billion acquisition of AirTran Holdings

  • Represented Riverstone Holdings in obtaining approval from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice to combine its merchant power generation assets with those of PPL Corporation to form Talen Energy, a company which will have over $7 billion in annual sales

  • Represented Permian Mud Service in its sale of Champion Technologies, Inc., one of the world’s largest makers of oilfield chemicals, to Ecolab Inc. for approximately $2.2 billion

  • Represented Eagle Rock Energy Partners in the $1.325 billion contribution of its midstream business to Regency Energy Partners 

  • V&E represented Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. before the FTC in its divestiture of the Rocky Mountains Pipeline System

  • Represented St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its $1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationally recognized healthcare system

  • Holly Corporation in its $7 billion merger with Frontier Oil Corporation, creating one of the largest independent refiners in the United States

  • Oiltanking Holdings Americas in the $4.41 billion acquisition by Enterprise Products Partners of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, and all of the common and subordinated units of Oiltanking Partners held by Oiltanking Holding Americas and a wholly owned subsidiary