GCR 100 - 11th Edition

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Professional notice

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.

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP advises clients regarding the antitrust implications of all types of business combinations, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. AVH has an unsurpassed reputation for its ability to obtain antitrust clearance for some of the most challenging mergers and acquisitions over the last decade, including representing BellSouth in its $67 billion acquisition by AT&T, and the DOJ in its challenge to WorldCom’s $129 billion acquisition of Sprint, the largest merger ever challenged by the United States. The firm also advised MasterCard in its 2007 $2.9 billion IPO and currently represents The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), Airbus SAS, Ball Corporation, Bemis Company, GSI Commerce, Google, Hexcel, Omnicare, SunGard, Take-Two Interactive Software, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc. and United Technologies Corporation, among others.

The firm also has significant experience litigating mergers challenged by the antitrust agencies, including SunGard’s acquisition of Comdisco. Further, the firm has significant experience in Section 1 and Section 2 Sherman Act cases involving both class actions and individual plaintiffs.

The firm also has substantial experience advising clients on the dynamic intersection between antitrust and intellectual property law, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, patent pooling and standards-setting issues.

New York, NY

114 West 47th Street
NY, NY 10036
John D. Harkrider – (212) 728 2210

Hartford, CT

90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3704
Michelle H. Seagull – (860) 275-8180

Washington, DC

1330 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
John DeQ. Briggs – (202) 721-5400
Michael L. Keeley – (202) 721-5414

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