As head of the firm’s US antitrust practice, Deborah Feinstein is a leading antitrust lawyer, principally focusing on merger and acquisition matters, and conduct investigations, before the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ). Global Competition Review named her global "Lawyer of the Year" for 2010 and named her on its international list of the "Top 100 Women in Antitrust"; The National Law Journal named her one of the most influential women lawyers in America and in Washington, DC; and Super Lawyers named her one of the top 50 women lawyers in Washington, DC. Ms. Feinstein has advised clients on hundreds of transactions, involving virtually all sectors of the economy. She has particular experience with clients whose businesses involve retail, food, consumer products, healthcare, chemicals, automotive parts, and government contractors.
She is Editor-in-Chief of Antitrust, a publication issued by the ABA's Section of Antitrust Law.
Antitrust/Competition Representative Matters
- General Electric and NBC Universal in connection with the Comcast-NBCU joint venture
- Unilever in its acquisition of the Alberto Culver hair care business.
- Pepsi in the acquisitions of PepsiCo Bottling Group Inc. and PepsiAmericas Inc.
- AMC in its purchase of Kerasotes Showplace Theaters, LLC.
- Air Products in its US$5 billion hostile acquisition of Airgas, Inc.
- General Electric in its US$3 billion acquisition of Dresser Inc.
- Unilever in the sale of its Lawry's & Adolph's spice/seasonings business to McCormick.
- Boston Scientific Corporation, the world's largest medical device company dedicated to less-invasive medicine, in its US$27 billion acquisition of Guidant. The transaction also included a US$4 billion pre-closing divestiture to Abbott Laboratories of Guidant's endovascular solutions and vascular intervention businesses but allowed Boston Scientific to retain rights with respect to Guidant's drug-eluting stent portfolio.
- Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation in its merger with AMC Entertainment Inc. Together the firms will own or operate 334 theatres nationwide. The matter was resolved with the DOJ and various state attorneys general with the divestiture of only 10 theatres.
- The Kroger Co. in its US$13.5 billion merger with Fred Meyer, Inc., negotiated with the FTC to require the divestiture of only 8 stores. The combined company became, at the time, the largest grocery retailer in the United States.
- General Electric Corporation's US$2.1 billion acquisition of Instrumentarium OYJ, a manufacturer of high-technology medical equipment.
- Philip Morris and Kraft in their US$18.9 billion acquisition of Nabisco Holdings Corporation, creating the world's largest food company. Negotiations with the FTC resulted in the divestiture of only minimal assets.
- Occidental Chemical Company in the US$360 million purchase of Vulcan Materials Company's chemical assets.
- PepsiCo in its US$14 billion acquisition of The Quaker Oats Company. The merger strengthened PepsiCo's food businesses and added Gatorade, the leading sports drink brand, to its portfolio.
- Meritor Automotive in its merger with Arvin Industries to become ArvinMeritor, a leading automotive industry supplier.
- NBC's US $5.2 billion acquisition of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, creating one of the world's largest media and entertainment companies.
- Genzyme's acquisition of Novazyme. The acquisition combined the only two companies performing research and development on a rare disease.
Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012-2013 for Competition/Antitrust: USA
Global Competition Review 2013 Women in Antitrust
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 for Antitrust (DC)
PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook 2012: Highly recommended for Competition/Anti-trust
The Best Lawyers in America 2012 for Antitrust Law
Washingtonian's "Best Lawyers" 2011 for Antitrust
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 for Antitrust
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2007-2011 "Top 50 Women Lawyers in DC" for Antitrust Litigation
Global Competition Review 2011 "Lawyer of the Year"
Euromoney's Guide to Women in Business Law 2010: included as an Expert in Competition and Antitrust
The National Law Journal list of "Washington's Most Influential Women Lawyers" 2010
Global Competition Review 2009 "Women in Antitrust"
Expert Guides “The Best of the Best USA 2009” for Competition and Antitrust
The National Law Journal "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America" 2007
Lawdragon 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" 2006
Global Competition Review's international list of "Top 100 Women in Antitrust" 2004
The Legal 500 US 2012 for Antitrust
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2012 for Antitrust Litigation
The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers 2011