Kirkland & Ellis (New York)

Ian G. John

Kirkland & Ellis (New York)
Lawyer (Partner)

Ian John’s 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, building material, chemicals, computer hardware and software, defense, fertilizer, financial products, insurance, media and telecommunications, managed care, medical products, natural gas exploration, production and transportation, pharmaceuticals, precious metals mining, satellites, semiconductors, student transportation and various consumer goods.



2715 Bulletin

Alec Y. Chang, Clifford H. Aronson, Ian G. John, James A. Keyte The US District Court for the District of Columbia grants DoJ request to enjoin a merger between two digital do-it-yourself tax preparation software providers (H&R Block / TaxAct)


This article has been nominated for the 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. On October 31, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is sued an order enjoining H&R Block, Inc.’s acquisition of a rival tax preparation (...)

Alec Y. Chang, Clifford H. Aronson, Ian G. John, Neal R. Stoll The US District Court for the Central District of California denies the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction in a medical laboratory merger case (LabCorp / Westcliff)


In a decision broadly critical of the Federal Trade Commission’s case challenging the acquisition of Westcliff Medical Laboratories, Inc., a medical laboratory company, by Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), Judge Andrew Guilford of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of (...)

Alec Y. Chang, Ian G. John, Steven C. Sunshine The US FTC announces consent agreement to address its concerns that a proposed acquisition would reduce competition in the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric services in three local markets (Universal Health Services / Psychiatric Solutions)


On November 15, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed consent agreement to address the agency’s allegations that the $3.1 billion acquisition of Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. by Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) would reduce competition in the provision of acute inpatient (...)

Frederic Depoortere, Gary A. MacDonald, Ian G. John, Joseph F. Ciani-Dausch The US FTC and DoJ release for public comment a draft version of their new joint horizontal merger guidelines offering the opportunity to debate about the role of market definition and unilateral effects analysis


As the credit and capital markets continue to revive, companies around the world considering a return to greater mergers and acquisitions activity may be right to wonder whether recent antitrust law developments should deter those considerations. Notwithstanding the attention the various new (...)

Ian G. John, Neal R. Stoll, Steven C. Sunshine The US DoJ settles Hart-Scott-Rodino gun jumping charges stemming from buyer’s pre-approval of target’s purchasing contracts (Smithfield Foods / Premium Farms)


On January 21, 2010, after a three-year and four-month investigation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $900,000 settlement with meat processors Smithfield Foods Inc. and Premium Farms LLC to resolve DOJ allegations that Smithfield exercised operational control over Premium (...)

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