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Bilal Sayyed

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Washington, D.C.
Phone: + 1 202-879-5192
Fax: +1 202-654-9629
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Professional Profile

Bilal Sayyed is a partner in the Antitrust & Competition group in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Bilal regularly represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice in significant merger, civil and criminal antitrust matters. He has an active Hart-Scott-Rodino Act counseling practice, and has represented clients in FTC investigations regarding compliance with the HSR Act. In addition to his representation of clients in antitrust and competition matters, Bilal represents clients before the FTC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in consumer protection investigations. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, where he teaches antitrust and competition law.

Representative Matters

  • Community Health Systems, Inc., in the FTC investigation (2013) of its acquisition of Health Management Associates, Inc.

  • Murray Energy Corporation, in its 2013 $3.5 billion acquisition of various mines owned by CONSOL Energy Inc., a competitor in NAPP region coal mining.

  • Advance Auto Parts, in its 2013 $2 billion acquisition of CarQuest, an auto parts specialty firm.

  • Hess Corporation, in its 2013 $1.2 billion sale of Hess Energy Marketing to Direct Energy Business, a subsidiary of Centrica plc.

  • MidOcean Partners, in the 2013 $1 billion sale of Bushnell Group Holdings, Inc., to Alliant Techsystems, Inc.

  • A “Software as a Solution” provider, in an FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection investigation (2012) of the company’s compliance with the Telemarketing Sales Rule.

  • NRG Energy, in the DOJ’s investigation (2012) of its merger with GenOn Energy, forming the largest competitive power generator in the United States.

  • Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, in the FTC’s investigation (2012) of its acquisition of Allos Therapeutics, Inc.

  • Danaher Corporation in the 2012 sale of its Kollmorgen Electro-Optical business to L-3 Communications.

  • BP, in its $2.5 billion sale (2012) of its Texas City refinery to Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

  • An affiliate network marketing company, in an FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection investigation (2011) of its advertising and marketing practices.

  • Constellation Energy, in the DOJ’s review (2011) of its $7.9 billion merger with Exelon, creating the largest U.S. competitive power generator and the second largest residential electricity and gas distribution company.

  • EMS Technologies, in the DOJ’s review (2011) of its acquisition by Honeywell International.

  • Exxon Mobil, in the FTC’s investigation (2011) of the company’s sale of its Maine terminal and pipeline system to Irving Oil.

  • An individual in a successful resolution of a DOJ criminal investigation (2009) into alleged bid-rigging for government contracts. Northwest Airlines, in the DOJ's investigation (2008) of the company's investment in Midwest Airlines.

  • Exxon Mobil, in the FTC's 2007-2008 Pacific Northwest Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Price Investigation and in the FTC's 2005-2006 Investigation of Gasoline Price Manipulation and Post-Katrina Gasoline Price Increases.

  • The Jean Coutu Group, in the FTC's investigation (2006-2007) of the $3.4 billion sale of the company’s U.S. retail drugstore business to Rite Aid Corporation.

  • Dynegy, Inc., in the FTC’s review (2005) of the sale of its midstream NGL business to Targa Resources.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Bilal served as Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy J. Muris. In that role, he advised the Chairman on merger matters involving a wide spectrum of industries, including chemical and mining, petroleum and natural gas, healthcare and pharmaceutical, defense and transportation, gaming, and various consumer products and retail operations.

Bilal advised the Chairman on a number of major non-merger matters, including physician price-fixing investigations, professional association cases, and the improper use of the standard setting process to exclude competitors. During his tenure at the FTC he also served as Attorney Advisor in the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, and provided counsel on the agencies’ consumer protection and competition initiatives.

Bilal has an active pro bono practice and, with the Center for Individual Rights, challenged the forced removal of a child from his family as a violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. He has also represented an individual fleeing political violence in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), in an asylum proceeding. Bilal has represented immigrant women seeking relief under the Violence Against Women Act. He has provided pro bono legal services to the Women’s Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities in athletics for girls and women.

Other Distinctions

Recognized as a "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine (2013)


“A Sound Basis Exists for Revising the HSR Act’s Investment-Only Exemption,” Antitrust Source (April 2013)

“The Long Shadow of Standard Oil: Policy, Petroleum, and Politics at the Federal Trade Commission,” 85 Southern California Law Review 843 (2012) (co-author)

“Shrinking from the ‘Third Rail’: Avoiding Direct Effects Analysis in Lundbeck,” Antitrust (Spring 2011) (co-author)

“Three Key Principles for Revising the Horizontal Merger Guidelines,” Antitrust Source (April 2010) (co-author)

“The Merger Guidelines Commentary: Practical Guidance and Missed Opportunities,” Antitrust Source (May 2006) (co-author)

Antitrust Law Developments (Seventh), American Bar Association (2012) (contributor)

Interlocking Directorates Handbook, American Bar Association (2011) (contributor)

“Conflict, Convergence, Cooperation” in Monopolization and Dominance Handbook, American Bar Association (2011) (co-author)

“2009 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (contributor, Criminal Antitrust Enforcement)

“2008 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law (contributor, Criminal Antitrust Enforcement, and Restraints of Trade)

“Developments in International Cartel Enforcement and Leniency Agreements: 2008 to 2009,” Antitrust Review of the Americas 2010 (2009) (co-author)

“Developments in International Leniency Agreements: 2007 to 2008,” Antitrust Review of the Americas 2009 (2008) (co-author)


"Someone to Watch Over Me:  Legal & Compliance Challenges Posed By Antitrust Agencies' Consent Decrees" Washington Legal Foundation (July 2011)

"Policy, Petroleum, and Politics at the Federal Trade Commission: 100 Years of Standard Oil", George Washington University School of Law (June 2011)

"What Can You Do with Your Equity Interest in a Competitor?" ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting (April 2010)

"The FTC's Part 3 Administrative Litigation Process: Efficient Adjudication or Disparate Treatment?" The Federalist Society (April 2010)

"Should Merger Law be Amended for the Oil Industry? A Discussion of Proposed Federal Legislation SR878," ABA Antitrust Section Program (May 2007)


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