Nana Wilberforce focuses her regulatory and government affairs practice on matters involving antitrust and competition. She joined the firm in 2014 after serving as an intern with the US Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Branch.
Ms. Wilberforce has extensive experience navigating clients through the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program in cartel enforcement matters and has worked to secure merger clearance for transactions across a range of industries, including healthcare, biotechnology and energy.
Ms. Wilberforce’s practice includes a commitment to public service and pro bono contributions. She recently worked with Children’s Law Center to represent a client in the successful adoption of the client’s foster child and grandniece.
She was also selected as WilmerHale’s 2017 Pickering fellow and spent six months working full time with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Ms. Wilberforce is a member of the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy section of the California Lawyers Association and a member of the Antitrust section of the American Bar Association.
- Ms. Wilberforce has extensive internal investigation and litigation experience, including experience in developing strategies in responding to price-fixing allegations, often from both the US Department of Justice and the European Commission. She has helped to persuade authorities to close investigations without taking enforcement action and has secured leniency protection for clients. A selection of recent cartel investigations and litigation matters include:
- Representing an auto parts manufacturer in navigating investigations by the DOJ and the European Commission
- Representing a financial institution in a class action alleging a conspiracy to fix prices of Mexican government bonds
- Ms. Wilberforce has represented clients in a variety of transactions, with experience in serving counsel as both the buyer and the seller. She has particular expereince in healthcare and technology industries and working to serve the needs of repeat clients, including:
- Assisting Analog Devices in securing antitrust clearance for its $2.5 billion acquisition of Hittite Microwave
- Assisting MKS Instruments in securing antitrust clearance for its $980 million acquisition of Newport Corporation
- Assisting MKS Instruments in securing antitrust clearance of its purchase of the assets of Granville-Phillips, a division of Brooks Automation, for $87 million
- While in law school, Ms. Wilberforce completed a joint-degree program, earning a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to pursuing her legal education, Ms. Wilberforce worked in the healthcare industry. She held positions as an associate at Triage Consulting Group, where she performed compliance and payment review support for area hospitals and health systems, and as a research analyst at the Stanford Center on Longevity, where she examined population data on aging patterns as part of the Global Aging Project. She has leveraged this background to aid clients with a variety of matters, including:
- Representing health care company employees in criminal healthcare fraud investigations conducted by the DOJ
- Advising a national healthcare company in obtaining antitrust clearance for merger with a physician-services company
- JD, Columbia Law School, 2014
- MPH, Mailman School of Public Health, 2014
- BA, Human Biology, Stanford University, 2008
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