William J. Kolasky

Hughes Hubbard & Reed (Washington)
Lawyer (Partner)

William Kolasky is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes Hubbard. He has nearly 40 years of experience across the full range of antitrust litigation and counseling. Mr. Kolasky regularly represents clients in antitrust litigation before courts all over the country. He also represents clients in criminal and civil investigations before both the Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission. He has secured antitrust clearance from the two agencies for more than 100 mergers and acquisitions, and has coordinated merger reviews in multiple other jurisdictions around the world. He also regularly counsels clients about antitrust aspects of a wide variety of business arrangements from joint ventures to distribution arrangements. In 2013, he received the Global Competition Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in private practice, government service, and antitrust scholarship. Mr. Kolasky served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice. While there, he was one of the architects of the International Competition Network, a network of over 100 competition authorities worldwide designed to promote great international cooperation and convergence among those authorities. He has also taught antitrust law for over ten years at the American University’s Washington College of Law. Mr. Kolasky publishes and speaks regularly on antitrust law subjects in both the United States and Europe. He has taught antitrust law at the American University’s Washington College of Law. Mr. Kolasky has been active in the Section on Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association for many years and currently serves as an Associate Editor for their Antitrust Magazine.​

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WilmerHale (Boston)
US Chamber of Commerce
WilmerHale (Washington)
WilmerHale (Washington)
Stanford University
WilmerHale (Brussels)
WilmerHale
Kirkland & Ellis (Washington)

Articles

2717 Bulletin

Steven P. Lehotsky, William Kolasky The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit holds that it is per se unlawful to fix a uniform price for the products combined in a joint venture (Dagher v. Saudi Refining)

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On January 10, 2006, the Supreme Court will hear Dagher v. Texaco, Inc., an antitrust case that presents the Court an opportunity to clarify issues of substantial importance to the formation and operation of joint ventures. The question presented is whether two joint venture partners, both of (...)

Douglas Melamed, Janet Ridge, William Kolasky The Brazilian Antitrust Authority annnounces a new interpretation of the Brazilian merger notification threshold reducing foreign merger filings (ADC Telecommunications / Krone International)

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Brazilian merger notification requirements, traditionally a major hurdle for multinational mergers, have just become less burdensome. In an unexpected development last Wednesday, the Brazilian antitrust authority (“CADE”) announced a new interpretation of the Brazilian merger notification (...)

William Kolasky A US Court of Appeals holds that American courts have authority to hear antitrust claims brought by foreign plaintiffs against foreign defendants over foreign conduct (Empagran)

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The twenty years since the enactment of the Federal Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (the FTAIA) in 1982 have seen steady progress in the cooperation of antitrust authorities worldwide. Prior to the FTAIA’s passage, the US’s extraterritorial application of its antitrust laws created international (...)

Douglas Melamed, James W. Lowe, Thomas Mueller, William Kolasky A US Court of Appeals invalidates rules of two cards network service providers that prohibit member banks from issuing competitors’ cards (Visa USA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover)

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Background Visa and Mastercard are network services providers that are owned and supported by thousands of member banks, which act as both issuers [1] and acquirers [2] of Visa and Mastercard charge cards. (Network services (...)

Richard D. Elliott, William Kolasky The US FTC holds that an agreement between two joint venture partners not to advertise or discount directly competing products violated s. 5 of the FTC Act (PolyGram/Warner)

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It is said that hard cases make bad law, but sometimes easy cases can make even worse law, especially when theory gets in the way of common sense. A case in point is the Federal Trade Commission’s Three Tenors decision last summer, in which the Commission held that an agreement between two (...)

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 (...)

William Kolasky A US Court of Appeals holds that US courts have authority under the FTAIA to award damages for price-fixing in an action brought by foreign buyers and sellers (Kruman)

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The twenty years since the enactment of the Federal Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (the FTAIA) in 1982 have seen steady progress in the cooperation of antitrust authorities worldwide. Prior to the FTAIA’s passage, the US’s extraterritorial application of its antitrust laws created international (...)

Leon Greenfield, William Kolasky The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia overturns a FTC decision to prevent the proposed merger of two of the three major U.S. baby food producers and clears it based on the finding of economic efficiencies (Heinz / Beech Nut)

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This week, Judge James Robertson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied the Federal Trade Commission’s motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the proposed merger of two of the three major U.S. baby food producers, Heinz and Beech-Nut, while the FTC (...)

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