Jones Day (Silicon Valley)

Margaret A. Ward

Jones Day (Silicon Valley)
Lawyer (Partner)

Peggy Ward is partner at Jones Day. She practices exclusively in the antitrust area of law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, counseling, compliance programs, and nonmerger government investigations. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including health care, PC hardware, software, life sciences, energy, telecommunications, and broadcasting. Representative clients include: Bayer, Chevron, Clarian Health, Clear Channel, Electrolux, Federated Department Stores, Intuit, Live Nation, SAP, Sprint Nextel, and Sutter Health. From 2001 through 2003, Peggy worked on antitrust matters at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While serving as senior counsel to Assistant Attorneys General Charles A. James and R. Hewitt Pate, she worked on a number of merger and nonmerger antitrust investigations and advised the AAGs on policy initiatives, appellate and international matters, and competition advocacy efforts. Peggy is a Co-Chair of the 2011 Antitrust and Energy Conference of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. She previously served in several other leadership positions within the ABA, including Vice Chair of the Section’s Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. In that role she was responsible for coordinating the drafting and submission of any merger law-related comments to be submitted on behalf of the Section to the U.S. and foreign governments. She also has been a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, Chair’s Assistant, and Vice Chair of the section’s Fuel and Energy and Membership and Equal Opportunity Committees.

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3533 Bulletin

Catherine E. Livingston, James Lenahan Poth, Aimee DeFilippo, Kenneth W. Field, Michael A. Gleason, Lisa Han, David Kiernan, Margaret A. Ward The US Congress passes the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act limiting the antitrust exemption available to companies under the McCarran-Ferguson Act


In Short The Development: Congress unanimously passed and before leaving office, President Trump signed into law, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act ("CHIRA"). CHIRA limits application of the McCarran-Ferguson Act, an exemption from the federal antitrust laws, as it relates to the (...)

Julia E. McEvoy, David Kiernan, Bruce McDonald, Craig A. Waldman, Margaret A. Ward, Marc Siegel The US DoJ brings criminal charges for wage fixing on therapist staffing companies (Neeraj Jindal)


The Department of Justice Antitrust Division ("DOJ") has indicted a Texas businessman for conspiring with competitors to fix employee wages in violation of the Sherman Act. This action challenges particularly blatant conduct, but is consistent with recent attention to antitrust in employment (...)

Craig A. Waldman, Margaret A. Ward, Philip A. Proger The US DoJ requires divestiture of the entire US business before approving a merger in the market for point-of-sale terminals in retail stores (VeriFone / Hypercom)


In any transaction involving the combination of two or more competitors, M&A lawyers should consider whether antitrust issues may impact the deal, and how they can be addressed in the merger agreement. Most of the transactions closely scrutinized by the U.S. antitrust authorities are (...)

Jeffrey A. LeVee, Margaret A. Ward The Superior Court of the State of California (County of Alameda) challenges minimum resale price maintenance as per se illegal (DermaQuest)


In the 2007 Leegin Creative Leather v. PSKS case, the Supreme Court held that, under the federal antitrust laws, minimum vertical resale price fixing agreements are no longer per se illegal, but governed by the rule of reason, like maximum resale price fixing. Antitrust observers were quick to (...)

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