Merging companies today face the most aggressive global antitrust regulatory environment in decades. From the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to the European Union's DG COMP and China's MOFCOM, authorities across the world are investigating an unprecedented number of transactions more vigorously than ever.
Packed with practical advice, our panel of former senior officials and market specialists from around the world provide tips on how best to navigate the increasingly complex web of merger control laws when planning a global transaction.
Stephen I. Glover — Stephen I. Glover is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn and Co-Chair of the Firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Mr. Glover has an extensive practice representing public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity and debt offerings and corporate governance matters.
Sébastien Evrard — Sébastien Evrard is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Gibson Dunn. He is a member of the firm's Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Mr. Evrard handles complex antitrust matters in Asia, with a particular focus on Mainland China. He is a co-author of Anti-Monopoly Law and Practice in China, the leading English treatise on China's competition law.
Ali Nikpay — Ali Nikpay is a partner at Gibson Dunn and head of the Firm's competition practice group in London. He is currently representing Marriott in its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood before the European Commission's Competition Directorate (DG COMP). Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, he served at DG COMP as legal/policy advisor in over 50 merger and antitrust cases. Ali also held a number of important positions at the UK competition authority including Senior Director for Merger Decisions, Senior Director for Cartels and Criminal Enforcement division, and Senior Director for Policy. Ali teaches at University of Oxford and has taught at the LSE.
Joshua H. Soven — Josh Soven is an antitrust partner in the Washington, DC office. He represents a wide range of prominent companies in merger clearance matters before the DOJ's Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Soven is currently representing Marriott in its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood and Southern Company in its $8 billion acquisition of AGL Resources. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Soven served as the Chief of the Litigation I Section of the Antitrust Division, a Trial Attorney in the Division's Networks & Technology Enforcement Section, and an Attorney Advisor to FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras.
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