Kevin Arquit, Co-Head of Weil’s global Antitrust/Competition practice, is described as “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country” and “a true leader of the Bar” by Chambers. Mr. Arquit has secured approvals for some of the largest and most complex mergers over the past 25 years, and represented clients in high-profile antitrust litigation before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as numerous state and international competition authorities. He also provides a wide variety of companies with ongoing antitrust counseling. Previous to private practice Mr. Arquit held prominent roles at the FTC, including General Counsel, followed by Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.
Select Merger Review and Enforcement Representations:
- Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (“Ahold”) in FTC review of its $29 billion merger of equals with Delhaize Group;
- Holcim Ltd. in connection with the U.S. antitrust review of its $50 billion merger with Lafarge;
- Lorillard in FTC review and clearance of its $27.4 billion sale to Reynolds American;
- DirecTV in DOJ review and clearance of its $48.5 billion sale to AT&T;
- Office Depot in obtaining clearance from the FTC in its $1.2 billion merger with OfficeMax;
- Virgin Atlantic Airways in obtaining regulatory clearance for its $360 million partial acquisition by Delta Air Lines;
- CoStar in complex merger clearance proceedings before the TC relating to CoStar’s approximate $860 million acquisition of LoopNet;
- Tops Markets in its bankruptcy acquisition of the Penn Traffic Company’s supermarket assets;
- Sirius Satellite Radio in antitrust aspects of its $13 billion merger of equals with XM Radio;
- Adidas-Salomon AG in connection with its $3.8 billion acquisition of Reebok International Ltd.; and
- PanAmSat in its $3.2 billion merger with IntelSat.
Select Antitrust Litigation Representations:
- Pilgrim’s Pride in a class action alleging the major chicken producers reduced output to raise the price of broiler chickens and in a related litigation alleges the producers conspired to divide markets upstream, so as to artificially lower the price paid to growers.
- A group of insurance carriers in class action litigation brought by Boies Schiller and Hausfeld alleging the various Blue Cross/Blue Shield entities and their Association illegally divided the market among themselves, resulting in higher premiums and in a related case, brought by providers, alleges that collusion among the Blues resulted in artificially low levels of reimbursement to providers.
- Priceline.com and Booking.com in obtaining the dismissal of all claims in an antitrust class action involving the online travel industry;
- Equitas in obtaining the dismissal of a long-running suit relating to the Donnelly Act;
- Fidelity National Financial and its family of title insurance operating companies in connection with multibillion-dollar antitrust claims;
- MasterCard in two related actions brought by American Express and Discover;
- Weyerhaeuser in a series of monopolization cases concerning its purchases of logs in the Pacific Northwest, which culminated in February 2007 with the U.S. Supreme Court vacating the original jury verdict in a unanimous decision that established the standard for evaluating the legality of a predatory buying claim; and
- Chevron USA in a number of FTC investigations into gas and oil pricing in various regions of the United States.
Mr. Arquit is regularly recognized as one of the world’s top antitrust attorneys. For over the past ten years, he has consistently been ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in his field. Chambers notes that “he is one of the leading transaction antitrust attorneys in the country” and a “first-rate antitrust litigator” who is “right at the top of the market.” Clients and peers comment in Chambers that they “really like working with him” and consider him to be an “impressive person” with “a phenomenal reputation” and “good instincts” and note “He’s a great tactician. The agencies like him and the clients love him.” The Legal 500 has named him a leading practitioner in his field for over 10 years. The 2013-2018 editions of Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation identified him as a “Litigation Star” both nationally and in New York, for antitrust litigation.
Law360 has named him on its list of the “10 Most Admired Competition Attorneys” and in 2015, he was one of 50 lawyers named to the “Lawdragon 500: The Legends” list for being recognized on the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list for 10 consecutive years (2005-2015). Lawdragon wrote that Mr. Arquit is “One of the most accomplished antitrust lawyers ever and a model for public service and professionalism.” In March 2010, National Law Journal selected him as one of the “Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers,” one of only 40 selected.
In 2017, Best Lawyers selected Mr. Arquit as the “Lawyer of the Year” in New York Antitrust Law, and in 2017 and 2018 Who’s Who Legal recognized him as a top-ranked “Thought Leader” in the Competition area.
In 2012, and previously in 2008, he was named on The BTI “Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms.” He received the inaugural award for “The Chambers Shield of Excellence for Antitrust” in 2006 and similarly the “Global Competition Lawyer of the Year” by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.
Mr. Arquit serves on the Board of the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation (U.S. Ski Team), the Board of USA Nordic (responsible for developing in the U.S., the Nordic disciplines of ski jumping and Nordic Combined) and the Adirondack Land Trust.