Laura A. Wilkinson

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Washington)
Lawyer (Partner)

Laura Wilkinson is an antitrust partner in the Washington, DC office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges with a practice focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Wilkinson has successfully obtained merger clearance from the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department for clients in a variety of industries, as well as serving as lead antitrust counsel for numerous multi-billion dollar transactions. Representative transactions include: Kinder Morgan’s acquisition of El Paso; ExxonMobil’s acquisition of XTO Energy; Johnson & Johnson’s acquisitions of Micrus Endovascular and SterilMed; Micron Technology’s acquisition of Numonyx; Vulcan Materials’ acquisition of Florida Rock; Sherwin-Williams’ acquisitions of Duron and Comex; and the management-led buyout of Kinder Morgan. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Wilkinson served as Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Trade Commission, where she oversaw one of the Bureau of Competition’s litigation divisions and was responsible for merger enforcement in various industries including defense and pharmaceuticals. She was also responsible for negotiating numerous consent orders, which preserved competition while allowing the mergers to proceed. Ms. Wilkinson’s tenure with the Federal Trade Commission was marked by numerous awards, including the Paul Rand Dixon Award for developing innovative antitrust theories and arguments; the Outstanding Team Effort Award for her roles as lead attorney in the FTC’s successful challenge of two high-profile acquisitions; and the Distinguished Service Award. She has written extensively on antitrust issues, and received a 2008 Burton Award for excellence in legal writing. Ms. Wilkinson has been recognized by Super Lawyers for antitrust in Washington, DC since 2011. Ms. Wilkinson is an active member of the American Bar Association, where she was co-chair of the Antitrust Section’s FTC Committee, the District of Columbia Bar, where she was chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Law Section, and the National Bar Association. She has taught antitrust law as an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law. Ms. Wilkinson received her law degree and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University. She is active in various civic organizations, including Legal Momentum – the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, Cornell University Board of Trustees, President’s Council of Cornell Women, Cornell Law School Advisory Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and AKA Educational Advancement Foundation. Bar Admissions District of Columbia; Eastern District New York; New York State; Southern District New York; US Supreme Court Education University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1982); Cornell University, Johnson School (M.B.A., 1985); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1986)

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges (Washington)
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Articles

1526 Bulletin

Laura A. Wilkinson, Megan Granger The US FTC imposes divestiture and "unusual" conduct remedies to protect the competitor after an acquisition in commercial real estate databases and information services (CoStar / Loopnet)

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On April 26, 2012, the FTC challenged CoStar Group’s proposed $860 million acquisition of LoopNet and accepted a settlement that required not only divestitures, but also “unusual” additional conduct remedies. CoStar is the largest provider of commercial real estate (CRE) information services in (...)

Jeff L. White, Laura A. Wilkinson The US FTC challenges, for the first time, private-equity firms acquiring a minority interest in one firm while holding a partial ownership interest in a rival firm and requires certain conduct remedies to protect competition in the market for gasoline terminaling services (Carlyle / Kinder Morgan)

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United States of America, Mergers, Competition Authority, Consent Order, Access to information, Anticompetitive effect, Barriers to entry, Coordinated effects, Geographic market, Prices increase, Unilateral effects, Vertical restrictions, Other services, National provision prohibiting (...)

Jeff L. White, Laura A. Wilkinson The US FTC requires an investing firm to relinquish voting rights for members of the board of directors and install an internal firewall before allowing the firm to acquire simultaneous interests in competing firms in gasoline terminaling services (Carlyle / Kinder Morgan)

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The explosion of private-equity financing in global capital markets resulted in a record year for 2006. In that year alone, private- equity firms raised more than $400 billion, established over 600 new funds, and spent roughly $737 billion globally on buyouts. In addition, the wide- spread (...)

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