Washington, DC – May 21, 2012 – Cooley LLP announced today that Marc G. Schildkraut and Jacqueline I. Grise have joined the firm as partners in its Washington, DC office. Both were formerly partners in the antitrust practice of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and will join Cooley's national Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice.
Schildkraut, a former Assistant Director of the Federal Trade Commission's ("FTC") Bureau of Competition is among the most successful and respected antitrust attorneys in the United States. He has handled the antitrust clearance aspects of some of the country's highest profile mergers transacted , including Chevron/Texaco, Exxon/Mobil, PepsiCo/Quaker, Albertson's/American Stores and Boeing/McDonnell Douglas. Schildkraut has obtained numerous antitrust clearances, including several matters where antitrust authorities sought but did not obtain preliminary injunctions.
Grise's practice focuses on the defense of corporate clients in connection with domestic and international M&A work, as well as antitrust counseling and other non-merger matters. She regularly represents clients before the FTC, the Department of Justice and numerous foreign antitrust enforcement agencies. Grise was integral to the antitrust clearances obtained in the Novartis AG/Alcon, Sony Music/BMG, Whirlpool/Maytag, Hewlett-Packard/EDS and InBev nv/sa/Anheuser-Busch merger transactions. In 2008, Global Competition Review named Grise one of the top 40 antitrust lawyers worldwide under 40 years old.
"Marc and Jackie take our incredibly strong M&A and antitrust capability to an even higher level. Their addition deepens and broadens our ability to serve clients in complicated, transformative transactions," said Ryan Naftulin, partner in charge of Cooley's Washington, DC office. "We warmly welcome them to Cooley, and to our Washington office in particular. Their arrival here further evidences the transformative growth that we have experienced in this office as we continue to add talent and practices that meet the regulatory needs of our global client base."
"Jackie and I are excited about bringing our practice to Cooley," Schildkraut said. "We look forward to working with Cooley's already highly-regarded antitrust team to serve clients involved in strategic transactions and that are targets of government investigations."
Cooley has more than 130 attorneys based in its Washington, DC and Reston, Va. offices. Recent partner additions in Washington include former senior International Trade Commission attorney Stephen Smith; Drew Gantt, recently recognized as one of the top ten outstanding health care IT lawyers by Nightingale's Healthcare News; Danish Hamid, whose practice focuses on international business transactions and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws; and Lyle Roberts, a securities enforcement and litigation expert who also recently joined Cooley from Dewey & LeBoeuf.
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