Ian G. John, P.C. - Partner

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New York
Phone: + 1 212-446-4665
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Professional Profile

Ian John is an antitrust and competition partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on advising clients and representing them before the antitrust enforcement authorities on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, including complex cross-border transactions. He has represented clients from a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, beef processing, beer, building material, chemicals, computer hardware and software, defense, fertilizer, financial products, food and beverage, insurance, managed care, media and telecommunications, medical products, natural gas exploration, pharmaceuticals, precious metals mining, production and transportation, satellites, semiconductors, skilled nursing facilities, student transportation and various consumer goods. Ian has appeared before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Defense, state antitrust authorities, the Canadian Bureau of Competition and the European Commission, representing a number of major corporations in connection with antitrust investigations of merger and acquisition transactions, both consensual and contested.


Representative Matters

Chemicals and Agriculture

  • Huntsman Corporation in its merger with Clariant with a combined enterprise value of approximately $20 billion

  • Tronox in its $1.64 billion acquisition of Alkali Chemicals

  • CF Industries in its:

    • $4.7 billion unsolicited acquisition of Terra Industries and simultaneous defense of a hostile offer by Agrium. In its inaugural issue on innovative lawyers in the United States, the Financial Times recognized the Terra acquisition and Agrium defense as the most innovative M&A transaction in 2010*

    • $1.4 billion sale of its phosphate business to The Mosaic Co.*

    • $910 million acquisition of a stake in Canadian Fertilizers Limited, owned by Viterra*

Energy

  • Chevron in its $4.3 billion acquisition of Atlas Energy*

  • XTO Energy in its $41 billion sale to Exxon Mobil*

  • Coastal Corporation in its $16 billion acquisition by El Paso Energy*

Food and Beverage

  • Mead Johnson Nutrition in its $17.9 billion sale to Reckitt Benckiser Group plc.

  • Roundy’s Inc. in its $800 million sale to Kroger Co.

  • Centerbridge Partners L.P. in connection with the acquisition of Splenda by Heartland Food Products from McNeil Nutritionals, LLC.

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev in its $21 billion acquisition of the remaining stake of Grupo Modelo it did not already own, including participating on the defense team in related private and public litigation*

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company in its $3.1 billion acquisition of WILD Flavors GmbH (Switzerland)*

  • JBS S.A. in its acquisitions of Smithfield Beef Group and Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding LLC*

Media and Telecom

  • Clear Channel Outdoor in its sales of assets of its Americas Outdoor segment in certain non-strategic outdoor markets

  • Blackstone in its acquisition of SESAC Holdings, a leading music rights organization, from Rizvi Traverse Management

  • Tribune Publishing Co. (n/k/a tronc, Inc.) in its defense of an unsolicited acquisition proposal from Gannett Co.

  • Nexstar Broadcasting Group in connection with its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, ending a six-month public takeover battle during which Nexstar jumped Media General’s previously announced transaction with Meredith Corp.

Life Sciences

  • VWR in its pending $6.4 billion sale to Avantor

  • CoverMyMeds, LLC in its $1.1 billion sale to McKesson Corporation

  • Cinven in its acquisition of BioClinica, Inc.

  • Acorda Therapeutics in its $363 million acquisition of Biotie Therapies, a Finland-based biotechnology and pharmaceutics company

  • The Gores Group in its $1.3 billion sale of Therakos, an immunotherapy company, to a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt plc

  • Express Scripts in its $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco Health Solutions, including participating on the litigation defense team in a last-minute private antitrust challenge to the transaction. This acquisition was recognized in the 2012 Financial Times "US Innovative Lawyers" report*

  • Genesis HealthCare Corporation in its acquisition of Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. and its $275 million acquisition of Sun Healthcare*

  • Stryker Corporation in its $1.7 billion acquisition of MAKO Surgical Corp., its $1.5 billion acquisition of the neurovascular division of Boston Scientific, its $500 million acquisition of Ascent Healthcare Solutions, its $318 million acquisition of Orthovita and various other matters*

  • Endo Pharmaceuticals in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from Apax Partners*

  • Guidant Corporation in connection with its proposed acquisitions by Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific*

  • Amerigroup in its $4.9 billion merger with WellPoint*

  • HealthSpring in its $3.8 billion sale to Cigna*

  • Deere & Company in the sale of its health plan to UnitedHealth Group*

  • PacifiCare Health Systems in its merger with UnitedHealth Group*

  • UnitedHealth Group in its acquisition of Oxford Health Plans*

Technology

  • Micro Focus International plc in its $8.8 billion acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company’s software business

  • Epiq Systems in its $1 billion sale to OMERS Private Equity and Harvest Partners

  • Silver Lake in its $700 million acquisition of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services and subsequent acquisition of CAPS Payroll

  • EQT on its sale of Automic Software to CA Technologies

  • ShopperTrak on its $175 million sale to Tyco International plc

  • IGATE Corporation in its $4.04 billion merger with Cap Gemini S.A.

  • ASML in its $2.5 billion acquisition of Cymer and its $5.2 billion sale of a 25 percent equity stake to three major customers (Intel Corporation, Samsung and TSMC) and their associated commitment to provide ASML with at least $1.7 billion in R&D funding*

  • GTCR in its:

    • in its sale of Convergex to Cowen

    • and Convergex in the combination of LiquidPoint and Dash Financial

    • in its $390 million acquisition of Fundtech*

  • Novell in its acquisition by Attachmate and in the concurrent sale of its intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft*

Transportation

  • Swift Transportation in its $6 billion stock-for-stock merger with Knight Transportation

  • Consolidated Aviation Services, a portfolio company of ICV Partners, in its sale to Worldwide Flight Services, a portfolio company of Platinum Equity

  • Bain Capital Private Equity

    • in its acquisition of Big Tex Trailers from HIG Capital

    • in its acquisition of American Trailer Works from Southlake Equity Group and subsequent merger with Big Tex Trailers

  • Warburg Pincus in its $1.8 billion sale of Coyote Logistics to UPS

  • Laidlaw International, an operator of school and passenger buses, in its $36 billion acquisition by FirstGroup, an operator of passenger trains, passenger buses and school buses*

Other

  • SoftBank in its $3 billion acquisition of Fortress Investment Group

  • Lincolnshire Management in its sale of National Pen to Cimpress USA Incorporated

  • Boise Cascade in its acquisition of wood products production facilities from Georgia Pacific

  • Building Materials Holding Corporation in its all-stock merger with Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc., valued at approximately $1.5 billion

  • OAO Severstal, a producer of steel based in Russia, in the $2.3 billion sale of its subsidiaries Severstal Columbus, LLC and Severstal Dearborn, LLC to Steel Dynamics Inc. and AK Steel Corporation*

  • BlackRock Inc. in its $9.7 billion acquisition of the Merrill Lynch Investment Management business from Merrill Lynch*

  • Oakley in its $2.1 billion acquisition by Luxottica Group*

  • Stillwater Mining Company in its $341 million sale of a 51 percent stake to MMC Norilsk Nickel, a mining company in Russia*

  • TRW in its:

    • $11.8 billion merger with Northrop Grumman*

    • $1.5 billion sale of Aeronautical Systems Group to Goodrich*

  • Honeywell in its $14 billion business combination with AlliedSignal and its attempted $45 billion acquisition by General Electric*

*Prior to Kirkland

Ian also has experience in litigated matters, such as participating in the representation of Anheuser-Busch InBev and Express Scripts in separate merger-related litigation matters, and advising four universities, each of which was then a member of the Big East Conference, in connection with the move of several schools to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In addition, Ian advises clients on other antitrust matters, including issues related to trade associations, product distribution and pricing. He also works with clients to design and implement antitrust compliance programs.


Memberships & Affiliations

Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Other Distinctions

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S., 2015, 2017

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014–2017


Prior Experience

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
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