Kevin Arquit, Co-Head of Weil’s global Antitrust/Competition practice, is described as “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country” and “a true leader of the Bar” by Chambers. Mr. Arquit has secured approvals for some of the largest and most complex mergers over the past 25 years, and represented clients in high-profile antitrust litigation before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as numerous state and international competition authorities.
He also provides a wide variety of companies with ongoing antitrust counseling. Previous to private practice Mr. Arquit held prominent roles at the FTC, including General Counsel, followed by Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Select Merger Review and Enforcement Representations:
- Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (“Ahold”) in FTC review of its $29 billion merger of equals with Delhaize Group;
- Lorillard in FTC review and clearance of its $27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American;
- DirecTV in DOJ review and clearance of its $48.5 billion sale to AT&T;
- Virgin Atlantic Airways in obtaining regulatory clearance for its $360 million partial acquisition by Delta Air Lines;
- CoStar in complex merger clearance proceedings before the TC relating to CoStar’s approximate $860 million acquisition of LoopNet;
- Tops Markets in its bankruptcy acquisition of the Penn Traffic Company’s supermarket assets;
Select Antitrust Litigation Representations:
- Pilgrim’s Pride in a class action alleging the major chicken producers reduced output to raise the price of broiler chickens and in a related litigation alleges the producers conspired to divide markets upstream, so as to artificially lower the price paid to growers.
- A group of insurance carriers in class action litigation brought by Boies Schiller and Hausfeld alleging the various Blue Cross/Blue Shield entities and their Association illegally divided the market among themselves, resulting in higher premiums and in a related case, brought by providers, alleges that collusion among the Blues resulted in artificially low levels of reimbursement to providers.
- Equitas in obtaining the dismissal of a long-running suit relating to the Donnelly Act;
- Priceline.com and Booking.com in obtaining the dismissal of all claims in an antitrust class action involving the online travel industry;
- Fidelity National Financial and its family of title insurance operating companies in connection with multibillion-dollar antitrust claims;
- MasterCard in two related actions brought by American Express and Discover;
Mr. Arquit serves on the Board of the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation (U.S. Ski Team), the Board of USA Nordic (responsible for developing in the U.S., the Nordic disciplines of ski jumping and Nordic Combined) and the Adirondack Land Trust.
- US Court of Appeals 9th Cir.
- District of Columbia
- Eastern District New York
- New York State
- US Dist Court for DC
- St Lawrence University (B.A., cum laude, 1975)
- Cornell Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1978)
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