Jeffrey Ayer

Kirkland & Ellis (Washington)
Partner

Jeff is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Jeff’s practice focuses on a wide range of antitrust matters, including securing antitrust clearance for complex transactions, antitrust litigation, antitrust counseling and government investigations.

Jeff has obtained antitrust clearance for numerous transactions, litigated cases in state and federal court, and represented clients in civil investigations before the U.S. antitrust agencies. His practice includes counseling on proposed transactions and joint ventures, distribution practices and Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filing requirements.

With many transactions triggering both U.S. and foreign filings, Jeff has worked closely with local counsel in securing clearance in jurisdictions worldwide. He has also represented clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission in merger reviews and investigations of alleged anticompetitive conduct.

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Articles

2462 Bulletin

James W. Lowe, Jeffrey Ayer, Kenneth Merber, Leon Greenfield The US FTC imposes a civil penalty on a toy retailer for violating a 13-year-old antitrust order governing its dealings with suppliers (Toys “R” Us)

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) imposed on Toys "R" Us a $1.3 million civil penalty for violating a 13-year-old antitrust order. This fine highlights that FTC orders can stay in force for 20 years—and potentially indefinitely if they are obtained in district court —and that the FTC actively (...)

James W. Lowe, Jeffrey Ayer, Leon Greenfield, Lester Ross The Chinese MOFCOM prohibits for the first time since the entry into effect of the new anti-monopoly law, a merger between a US soft drinks manufacturer and a Chinese juice producer (Coca-Cola / Huiyuan)

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On March 18, 2009, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced that it had blocked Coca-Cola’s proposed acquisition of Chinese Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd. (Huiyuan) under Article 28 of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). This was MOFCOM’s first merger prohibition since the AML came into effect on (...)

James W. Lowe, Jeffrey Ayer The US FTC increases thresholds and penalties pertaining to the Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger notification regime and thresholds for Section 8 of the Clayton Act

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has increased thresholds and penalties pertaining to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) pre-merger notification regime. The Commission also increased the thresholds for Section 8 of the Clayton Act. Penalties for HSR Violations The maximum penalty for violations of (...)

James W. Lowe, Jeffrey Ayer, Leon Greenfield A U.S. Court of Appeals overturns a district court’s denial of FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction against an acquisition in the organic food sector (Whole Foods / Wild Oats)

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) won a major victory last week when a splintered D.C. Circuit overturned the district court’s denial of its request for a preliminary injunction against the acquisition of Wild Oats by Whole Foods. The decision provides the FTC a much-needed win in a prominent (...)

Ali Stoeppelwerth, Jeffrey Ayer, William Kolasky The US FTC announces the implementation of new guidelines for future merger investigations relating mostly to FTC second requests

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On December 12, 2002, the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition announced the implementation of new guidelines for future merger investigations. The guidelines, which relate mostly to FTC Second Requests, emanate from Bureau-sponsored public workshops on best practices in merger (...)

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