Barbara Wootton represents clients in government reviews of mergers and acquisitions, antitrust litigation, defense of government investigations, counseling, and establishing effective antitrust compliance and training programs. Ms. Wootton has considerable experience in competition matters involving the pharmaceutical sector in particular and has represented clients in a range of other industries including biotechnology, private equity, telecommunications, consumer products, and real estate. Ms. Wootton also regularly counsels and represents clients regarding filing obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Before joining Arnold & Porter, Ms. Wootton served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Murray M. Schwartz, United Sates District Court for the District of Delaware and to the Honorable John M. Steadman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Wootton worked as an economist at the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Experience

  • Monsanto in connection with its $66 billion acquisition by Bayer in obtaining merger clearances in the US, EU and other jurisdictions.
  • General Electric in multiple transactions involving purchase and sale of energy finance investments.
  • Monsanto Company and its subsidiary The Climate Corporation in the sale of Precision Planting LLC to AGCO.
  • AT&T Inc. before the FCC in connection with its acquisitions of DIRECTV and Leap Wireless.
  • Monsanto in its $930 million acquisition of The Climate Corporation.
  • AT&T Inc. in obtaining US Department of Justice and FCC approval for its acquisition of wireless telecommunications providers Allied Wireless.
  • Pactiv Corporation, a leading manufacturer of packaging products including Hefty® brands, in obtaining FTC clearance of its $4.5 billion acquisition by Rank Group, private equity owner of Reynolds packaging business.

Perspectives

FTC Raises Both Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Filing and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds
Advisory
Arnold & Porter's Competition Law Webinar Series: US Competition Law Update
Arnold & Porter LLP
Federal Trade Commission Continues to Put a Spotlight on Pharmaceutical Patent Agreements
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal
FTC August Actions Continue to Put a Spotlight On Pharmaceutical Patent Agreements
Advisory
Antitrust Issues For Accountable Care Organizations: Revised Agency Guidance Spotlights Possible Concerns (pdf)
Advisory
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Recognition

IFLR1000
"Notable Practitioner" – Competition (US) (2019-2020)
"Notable Practitioner" – M&A (US) (2019-2020)
The Legal 500 US
Antitrust: Merger Control (2017)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1998, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • MS, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993
  • AB, Cornell University, 1987
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
Clerkships
  • US District Court, District of Delaware, The Honorable Murray M. Schwartz
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, The Honorable John M. Steadman
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