Michael N. Sohn

Former Partner

Michael Sohn (1940-2022), a former General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission, was a member of Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, based in Washington DC office. Mr. Sohn’s practice focused on the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as government and private antitrust litigation and investigations. He was widely recognized for his involvement in sensitive and complex antitrust matters, particularly with regard to facilitating innovative agreements between companies and reviewing government authorities. Mr. Sohn represented clients such as Wyeth, GE, Merck, Nasdaq, Emerson, Comcast, Palm, PricewaterhouseCoopers and PepsiCo in merger investigations and litigation before the FTC and the Justice Department. He also provided general antitrust counseling for a variety of clients, including GE and Forest Laboratories. He served as General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Sohn joined Davis Polk from a major Washington law firm where he led the antitrust practice for many years.



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Michael N. Sohn The Chinese MOFCOM blocks a joint venture in the shipping sector notwithstanding the fact that both U.S. and EU competition authorities had chosen not to challenge the transaction (MSC / CMA CGM / P3)


For only the second time since it began reviewing mergers and joint ventures in 2008, when China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) came into effect, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has blocked a proposed transaction rather than addressing its competition and trade policy concerns through some form (...)

Arthur J. Burke, Christopher B. Hockett, Howard Zhang, Joel M. Cohen, Michael N. Sohn, Miranda So, Ronan P. Harty, Stephen M. Pepper The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit potentially expands the extraterritorial reach of the US antitrust laws (Minn-Chem / Agrium)


This article has been nominated for the 2013 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. Introduction The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (the “Court”) recently potentially expanded the extraterritorial reach of the U.S. antitrust laws. (...)

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