GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

24 January 2011

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP is an antitrust deal boutique, started in 1997 by ex-Skadden lawyers including firm senior partner Stephen M Axinn.

He and antitrust practice co-chair John D Harkrider are both in the Who's Who, with Axinn in particular fielding a stellar reputation. John DeQ Briggs, another Who's Who nominee, brings deep experience to the team.

Over the past year, the Axinn team won a significant victory for Group Health Incorporated and the HIP foundation when a federal judge rejected a claim based on the upward pricing pressure test outlined in the federal government's new merger guidelines. The team also acted for Google in its ITA purchase. It worked on the Anheuser-Busch/InBev brewer merger, and has been retained by food-packager Bemis for its acquisition of assets from Rio Tinto. Harkrider represented Omnicare in its conspiracy claim against United Health. The practice also successfully fought off videogame-maker Electronic Arts's attempt to acquire rival Take-Two. Small but effective, AVH is the best of its size in New York.

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