Matt Tabas' practice focuses on federal and state government reviews of mergers and acquisitions, civil antitrust litigation, civil and criminal government investigations, and antitrust counseling. He has represented clients in a number of industries in all phases of merger clearance, including pre-merger business counseling, before the US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and state antitrust enforcement authorities, as well as before federal courts in litigated challenges by the government.

Mr. Tabas previously served as a Counsel to the Director in the FTC's Bureau of Competition where he advised two Bureau of Competition Directors on a wide range of antitrust issues. Mr. Tabas also worked as an attorney in the Mergers IV Division of the FTC, investigating and analyzing combinations in the supermarket, healthcare, and funeral home industries. Among other assignments, he led two investigations into mergers of healthcare providers and played an integral role in the trial teams that successfully challenged several high profile mergers, including In re Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and Ameristar Casinos, Inc.; FTC v. Whole Foods Market, Inc.; and three of the Federal Trade Commission's hospital merger challenges: FTC v. OSF Healthcare System; FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.; and FTC v. ProMedica Health System, Inc. While at the FTC, Mr. Tabas participated in a staff exchange with Canada's Competition Bureau, where he worked as a Competition Law Officer in the Competition Bureau's Mergers Branch.

Experience

  • BP in its $155 million acquisition of the upstream portion of Clean Energy's renewable natural gas business and establishment of a long-term supply contract with Clean Energy to support the firm's continuing downstream renewable natural gas business.
  • Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in a multi-district antitrust litigation involving automotive lamps and HID ballasts.
  • General Electric in connection with the proposed sale of its appliances business to AB Electrolux, including the DOJ's litigation challenging the transaction.
  • General Electric in connection with the $5.6 billion sale of its appliances business to Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd.

Perspectives

FTC Workshop Signals Continued Focus on Prescription Drug Competition
Advisory
Global Overview
Getting the Deal Through: Intellectual Property & Antitrust 2018
Revolving Doors and Sliding Doors: How a Domestic or International Secondment Can Change Your Career
Panelist, The International and Young Lawyers Committees of the CBA Competition Law Section and ABA Section of International Law Program, Toronto, ON, Canada
FTC Merger Remedy Study: Key Takeaways
Advisory. Published in Law360 on February 9, 2017 and in Columbia Law School's Blue Sky Blog on February 16, 2017.
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Recognition

Janet D. Steiger Award
Awarded by the Federal Trade Commission (2012, 2013)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, St. John's University School of Law, 2008
  • AB, Colby College, 2003, cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Government and Military Service
  • Counsel to the Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission
  • International Exchange Competition Law Officer, Mergers Branch, Competition Bureau, Canada
  • Attorney, Mergers IV, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission
Activities
  • Member, ABA Section of Antitrust Law

  • Young Lawyer Representative, Agriculture & Food Committee, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, 2014-2015

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