Steven Holley is a senior partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s litigation group, and his practice has focused for many years on antitrust matters. He has extensive experience advising clients on competition issues, including reviews of prospective mergers and unilateral conduct investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, and state attorneys general. For more than a decade, he represented Microsoft in the web of governmental enforcement actions and civil litigation brought by competitors and consumers, all related to the design and marketing of Microsoft’s PC operating systems.
Mr Holley’s practice has addressed a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, extraction and refining of primary metals, distilled spirits, automotive components, microprocessors, pharmaceuticals, electricity generation, medical imaging equipment, newspaper publishing and computer software. He has particular expertise in handling large and complicated cross-border transactions that require mergers clearances in multiple jurisdictions. He represented Bayer in its recently closed acquisition of Monsanto, and he is currently representing Praxair in its merger with Linde – both transactions were valued in excess of US$65 billion, with substantial antitrust issues and mandatory filings in more than 20 countries.